San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2009
Despite the economic downturn, family travel is still going strong. Parents across the country are still getting ready to pack for their next trip with the kids. Whether a day trip or weeklong vacation, parents are searching for ways to manage travel costs through this recession without skimping on fun. Trekaroo, the first review site dedicated to family travel, is helping families build memories and save money, by enabling parents to connect, share resources, and offer tips on how to plan family travel in a recession.
Family vacation continues to be a high priority for families, even in hard economic times. Ninety-two percent of travelers with children will be taking a family vacation in the next twelve months; thirty-six plan to spend less. Thirty-six plan to spend less than they did last year.*
"Parents across the country look forward to summer vacation as a time when they can be together with their families, without the stress of work or school schedules getting in the way," said Esther Lee, co-founder and CEO, Trekaroo. "However, with finances under pressure, parents are increasingly concerned about how to maximize every dollar they spend on vacation fun. They need ideas and resources on how to be creative with budgets, and who better to get advice from, than other parents who have been to, or live in, destinations families are heading to."
Trekaroo has compiled the top five tips most commonly shared among parents around summer travel and how to focus on family first and have fun on a budget.
1) Ride Don't Fly - Between the staggering cost of airfare and car rentals, we recommend ride, don't fly. We're lucky to have a country that's geographically diverse. So, the question on the minds of many parents is - where should we go if we want to drive? When planning your family vacation, pick cities or destinations that are close to home and close to the beach, a lake, the mountains, or a river. This gives you and the kids the option of having days where you can disconnect from the commercialism of the world and connect with the free and fabulous parts of the Great Outdoors. Whether high in the mountains, or lying low at the beach, chose destinations where you can take advantage of what Mother Nature has given you. Trekaroo makes it easy to find places both on and off the beaten path that are just a gas tank or two away.
2) Maximize the Fun - So, you've cut down on travel costs. But the next question is what family attraction will make the most of budget and memory making. Trekaroo's database of 6,000 activities has thousands of reviews on kid friendly and family worthy attractions. While tourist bureaus and attraction websites are a good place to find ideas, there is usually a step admission price and don't get down to basics on what others parents have said about their experiences. On Trekaroo, families share the honest truth on what attractions and activities are best for your kids at a certain age. For example, a beach that's great for body-boarding as teenagers may be scary for babies and preschoolers. Additionally, on Trekaroo, parents that live in destination cities share insider secrets on their favorite places that are affordable or even free, and often off the beaten path.
3) Stay in Budget, Mix and Match Activities - Whether heading to the city or the mountains, there are plenty of ways for a family of four to spend less than $100 per day. If there are too many attractions and too many admission prices to consider, it's easy to cut costs by doing something together that's free (or close to it), such as a day at the beach or visiting a candy factory. Trekaroo can help parents find activities -- popular destinations include San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Orlando -- by price, age, and type.
4) Sleep in Style - Make the recession work for you. With business travel down significantly, hotels are offering low cost deals on high cost rooms and suites. Suites are perfect for families in many ways, including multiple beds, living space, and in some cases, small or full kitchens, which can help save money on eating out and even accommodate special meal needs. The booming economy made suites prohibitive to families, but now, costs are down and families should take advantage. Trekaroo is partnered with Hotels.com to provide the lowest prices for more than 33,000 hotels - guaranteed.
5) Sign Up for Alerts, Deals - Many airlines offer "deals of the week" specials, or affordable one way fares, but it's not easy to stay on top of them all. Through partnerships with Expedia and others, Trekaroo will announce deals through Twitter (@Trekaroo), as well as a monthly newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, visit Join.
Trekaroo is a fun way to get the inside scoop on traveling with children. Quickly becoming the go-to destination for parents to find reviews, tips, ask questions, and connect with like-minded family travelers; its parent-to-parent wisdom offers unprecedented insight from locals and visitors in cities across the country. It has relationships with many top tier brands, including Expedia/IAN, Globe Pequot Press, and 77kids/American Eagle and just received StartUpNation's Top 200 Leading Moms in Business award.
*TripAdvisor, April 2009
Trekaroo is the first review website that is designed specifically to help parents overcome the stress of traveling with kids. The site launched in January 2009 as the brainchild of Brennan and LiLing Pang, fanatic travelers who were determined not to let parenthood stop their quest to see the world locally and further afield. Trekaroo combines interactive tools and resources with the power of an engaged, fast-growing online community of moms and dads, to connect users to a network of families who have traveled to popular destinations all over the United States. It is a 2009 recipient of StartUpNation's Top 200 Leading Moms in Business award. Trekaroo is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and can be reached at http://www.trekaroo.com.
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