Three Ideas To Spice Up Your Family Biking Adventures

Cycling is undoubtedly a popular and well-loved sport. Data from Outdoor Recreation report for 2018 even revealed that it is the third most popular outdoor activity in America. As the report said that there is an estimated 47.5 million bikers in the US, you have a good reason to engage in this activity as well. Since biking is suitable for almost any age, you can make your biking joyride even more special by tagging your whole family along.  

Why consider family biking?

Family biking is a great idea because it is a fun and healthy way for parents and children to strengthen their relationships. You would also be happy to know that every member of your brood will enjoy the many benefits that come from pursuing outdoor activities such as biking. For one, biking can tremendously help in maintaining a strong and fit physique. Pedaling on your bicycle is likewise a great stress buster as the simple activity relaxes the mind. However, there is still a chance that your kids (or even spouse) may not show as much enthusiasm with biking. They may see the sport as boring or tiring. To make your cycling escapades a more memorable event for your family, you want to tie it up with other exciting activities. Listed below are a few suggestions:

Explore biking trails. 

Biking trails offer a convenient route that you and your family can follow. These spots often feature scenic views so it is a great way to make your little ones appreciate nature. You can likewise turn your biking adventures into lessons on how to protect and preserve the environment. It is advisable to do some research about the trail before the trip so you will  know what to expect. However, even with extensive research, the trails can still surprise your family. Therefore, expect a fun biking adventure  

Do community service.

To pursue a hobby or a leisurely activity with the whole family is already commendable. However, you can further improve your family bonding sessions by combining it with a purpose. By signing up as volunteers to some biking groups that organize altruistic activities, your family can easily give back to the community. Your family can also opt to organize your own charitable activity through biking.

Mix it with other fun activities.

Cycling is quite a versatile sport because you can easily pair it up with other fun activities. If you wish, it can only be a prelude to other exciting activities such as camping or fishing. Your family can bike your way to a certain park or beach where you can then have a picnic or go swimming. Another idea is to join fun parades by biking. Some states or biking organizations also hold bike festivals from time to time,

Safety reminders

Of course as with any other sports, safety should always be a top priority. You do not want to spoil your biking trips with any untoward incidents so be mindful of precautions you have to take. Using proper biking gear and accessories will help keep your spouse and children (especially the little ones) from getting hurt. It also pays to check if the state or town where your family will bike has certain biking policies that you need to follow so you can avoid breaking any rules. 

Family bonding times are essential in fostering a happy and loving relationship at home. Moms and dads who wish to give their children an amazing childhood should make it a priority to plan activities that the whole gang can enjoy together. There are all sorts of activities to choose from but if cycling interests you,, family biking is surely an awesome idea. 

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Five Tips to Stress Free Travel With Young Children

One of the best parts about having children is the opportunity to visit new places and show your children the world. However, many parents run and hide at the mere thought of navigating an airport and flying with young children. Traveling with children can be very overwhelming, but with focused planning, direction and a little bit of experience, flying with young ones will seem much more manageable. Although there is no way to say you won’t have any turbulence ahead, these tips will hopefully help you to avoid a mile-high meltdown.

Choose Your Flight Time Wisely

One of the easiest and most helpful travel tips for families is to thoughtfully choose your flights based on your children’s needs. If possible, plan to fly around your little one’s nap time—Ideally, they would stick to their schedule and then sleep while on the flight. Also if there is a direct flight option, take it. By avoiding layovers it will simplify the entire travel process for you, require less planning on your end, and eliminates the stress of rushing to catch your connection.

Prepare Your Supply Bag

It is easy to overpack a diaper bag, or carry-on suitcase with who knows what, but when traveling with children it is essential to pack the right supplies for in-flight needs. The supply bag includes diapers and wipes, and two changes of clothes in case of an accident. Also be sure to bring hand sanitizer and wipes to avoid germs that live on planes. Bring any medications your child may need in your supply bag rather than checking it in case the luggage gets lost. Bring lots of mess-free snacks like crackers, and a spill-proof cup for each child. It is better to be over-prepared with supplies than at 30,000 feet without a clean diaper for your little one, so keep the length of the flight and total time to your final destination after the flight in mind when determining your supply quantities.

Engaging Entertainment

You may feel the need to pack your children’s entire playroom for a plane flight, but if you strategically plan and select toys and entertainment for the kids, you will be just fine. The key is to entertain and engage your child. Bring wrapped surprises for each child, such as a new toy car or mini doll. When you board the plane, ask the flight attendant for some plastic cups that the kids can stack and play with. Choose toys that last a while like coloring books, stickers, lace-up toys, etc. If your child is old enough, ask them to pack their own backpack with their toy choices for the flight. Be sure to load up any tablets with lots of videos for longer flights. And finally, use your children to entertain each other. Ask older children to help with their younger siblings—this will keep both busy and occupied with each other.

Minimize Carry-On’s

Depending on how many children you have, you may have your hands full without even carrying any actual baggage. Now add all the carry-on luggage, car seats, strollers, and maybe an infant in there and you probably won’t even be able to get from the car to the check-in desk without falling over yourself. With that said, it is best to check anything and everything that you can so that you can be as hands-free as possible. Most airlines allow you to check up to one stroller and one car seat per child at no additional cost. If your child is small enough, use an ergonomic carrier or wrap to hold your child. They even allow you to “wear” your babies through security which is a huge plus. If you opt for the stroller route for younger kids, swap out your heavy-duty wheels for a smaller, travel-friendly stroller that can be easily gate-checked. Your most important responsibility is getting your children from point A to point B, and that is much easier accomplished by only bringing the necessities.

You’ve Got This

No matter how hard you try to prepare for flying with children, things still happen. A baby may cry, drinks might get spilled all over the seats, and the iPad might die mid-flight. Take a deep breath, and keep your cool because it is all ok. Let’s be honest, crying from babies is toddlers is pretty much inevitable, and although you may think the passengers around you would throw you out mid-flight because your little one is upset, they won’t. Most people have been there before and get it. As long as you are doing your best to console, and diffuse the situation, the majority will understand.

Having children shouldn’t limit your travel opportunities, it should encourage them. They always say the hardest part is just getting there, but that doesn’t mean getting there has to be so hard. If you plan ahead, thoughtfully pack, and prep for the journey ahead, traveling with young children will be stress-free and enjoyable for the whole family.

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3 Outdoor Adventures to Kick off the New Year

Forget your same old same old resolutions and make 2018 your year of adventure. Adopt an adventurous mindset this year because the possibilities for finding new adventures and making new memories really are endless. However, the colder weather around this time of the new year can make it hard to find activities to do with the whole family that gets everyone out of the house and moving around. But if your family is anything like ours, staying active is a necessity no matter what the weather is doing outside. And a little cold weather never hurt anyone anyways. Plus, there’s nothing like starting a brand new year with some family-oriented adventures. Here are 3 ideas for outdoor adventures for your family this new year.

Take the family snow skiing

Let’s start with one of our family’s favorite pastimes. Skiing is at the top of the list when it comes to activities that come to mind when thinking of wintertime adventures. And for good reason. Skiing is the perfect family bonding activity because it’s suitable for any age and provides a constant challenge. Not to mention, skiing is one of the best and most fun workouts out there. Trust us on this one––if you can take your family skiing this year, it will be an adventure you’ll never forget.

Play a game of flag football

Sure it may be a little chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop a good old-fashioned game of flag football. Instead of staying inside 24/7 and catching cabin fever, throw on a coat and pick your teams. Before you know it, you’ll forget how cold it is outside anyways.  Plus, a little healthy competition may be exactly what your family needs after all.

Find a nice wintertime hike

Hitting the trails during the winter may not be the first thing you think of when brainstorming some family-centered wintertime activities. However, if you’re prepared, a wintertime hike make for some of the most beautiful sights. There are few views more magical than a forest frosted in snow. So bundle up and head out into the great outdoors for a beautiful, snowy view and a wintertime adventure that’s hard to beat.

The weather may be a bit nippy this time of year, but that doesn’t mean it should stop your family from staying active and making memories the best way you know how. Try these 3 outdoor adventures to kick off the new year.

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3 Reasons You Should Take Your Family Snow Skiing

With the winter months quickly approaching, back porch family cookouts and summertime days in the sun are coming to an end. But that doesn’t mean the family fun should too. The winter months bring just as many opportunities for quality, family time as the summertime does despite the drop in temperatures. In fact, some of the most adventurous and memorable moments can be had skiing down a mountain with your entire family in tow. Here are 3 reasons you should go snow skiing this winter.

Active hobbies keep you young

Activities that get your family into the great outdoors for a bit of fresh air and some exercise are perfect for the whole gang because these activities can be enjoyed at any age. Snow skiing, in particular, serves as an effective, but most importantly fun family workout. Trust us, you’ll be feeling the aftermath of an afternoon out on the slopes for days to come. Family activities that double as a workout keep everyone young no matter what age you are!

Snow skiing is the perfect opportunity for family bonding

Finding family bonding activities that don’t feel like forced family bonding activities can be super difficult especially when you have kids of all different ages. But snow skiing is one of the only family activities that truly has it all. Not only does it get the adrenaline pumping and adds a little adventure and excitement to life, but snow skiing also provides the perfect opportunity to make memories and establish traditions that can last your family a lifetime.

Snow skiing builds character and confidence

Snow skiing is one of the best activities to get your children involved in at an early age because every day out on the slopes has its own challenges and own adventures. Snow skiing is definitely one of the more challenging sports out there, but it can also be one of the best ways to learn how to set reasonable goals and track progress in reaching them. Different level slopes have their own set of adversities, but overcoming each one adds character and confidence.

It may be hard for the entire family to find an activity everyone enjoys, especially when the weather starts getting a little colder, but snow skiing is the perfect hobby to cure everyone’s cabin fever, build character, and make memories all at the same time.   

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4 Ways to Enjoy The Outdoors on The Fourth

The 4th of July is a great way to celebrate all that our amazing country has to offer, and to appreciate the freedom and opportunity we are given each and every day. There’s no better way to be festive and American on this American holiday than to get outside and take in the beautiful scenery and fresh air.

If you want to celebrate our great land the right way, but are at a loss as to how to plan your Fourth of July adventure, check out these 4 ways to enjoy the outdoors on the Fourth.

Take a trip to the beach

July is the perfect month to enjoy a relaxing trip to the beach to begin with; the weather is sunny and warm, the ocean water begins to heat up, and people are on island time enjoying the summer. Since this American holiday attracts flocks of beach-goers, you’re sure to be presented with endless festivities and even make some new friends. During the Fourth, beach towns are usually buzzing with festivals, live music, and decorations to get people in patriotic spirits, so you won’t have to worry about planning a full schedule. At the end of your day of sunbathing and making sandcastles, gather your friends or family on the beach to watch fireworks, likely set off from a barge off the shore. Afterall, isn’t the Fourth about coming together and celebrating and appreciating our beautiful nation?

Go to the lake

If you can’t manage to plan a beach trip for the Fourth of July, why not plan a fun day or weekend trip to the lake? Gather some friends to take a boat out, or bring some lawn chairs and a picnic to the shore to enjoy relaxing summer vibes. Either way, being on the water keeps you in perspective of everything to be grateful for, and reminds you that life is good. Going to the lake on the Fourth is sure to be a festive outing with fireworks at dusk and people coming together to celebrate.

Hike a mountain trail

Breathing in the fresh outdoors while fitting in good physical exercise is a great way to celebrate your Fourth of July. Even if you’re staying in town around the holiday, hiking outdoors is something you can do most anywhere to enjoy the natural flora and fauna of America. Gather up a big group of friends or even just a few family members to plan a hiking trip and really appreciate the landscape and view. Whether you’re in the mood for walking a short woodsy trail or tackling an all-day mountain hike, you’ll be sure to have time at the end to relax and enjoy an evening fireworks show.

Camp in the outdoors

You can even take your hiking trip to the next level by spending the night in a tent or RV. Camping is a great way to immerse yourself in the outdoors while celebrating this great American holiday. It forces you to go off the grid with minimal technology so that you can really spend quality time with your friends and family to appreciate what’s truly important in life. At the

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3 Things You Didn’t Know the Outdoors Could Teach You About Yourself

Jaw-dropping landscapes aren’t just for desktop backgrounds. That’s why the most adventurous among us experience such a rush when we lace up our hiking boots and head outdoors. One of the many thrills of setting out on a new adventure is learning about the world and embracing the beauty of the unknown, whether it’s a mountain trail all the way across the country or a riverbank in your very own background. But we often don’t think about how the world can teach us about ourselves. Read on to find out three of the most astonishing things you can learn about yourself on your next adventure outdoors.

3 Things You Didn’t Know the Outdoors Could Teach You About Yourself

Nature can teach about the things you don’t even know about yourself.

First off, when you set out on an unfamiliar trail, you continuously explore new sights, learn new paths, and have new experiences. Embarking on a new adventure, in fact, may be better defined as braving the unknown. Likewise, the unknown of nature can remind us about what we have failed to unearth about ourselves. Just as there is an endless amount of world to explore, you can learn something new about yourself every day.

Nature can teach you about your strength.

When you are faced with a challenge, whether it’s an unexpected river to cross or an intimidating mountain you’ve never skied before, you tend to recognize the powerful force of nature. It’s easy to focus your attention on the difficulties that lie ahead and quickly become obsessed with strategizing a way to overcome them. We often fail to take this time to notice the strength that lies within us and the absolute resilience we already have that will push us through any obstacle – whether on our adventure or in everyday life.

Nature can teach us to notice the beauty in all parts of our lives.

When we set out to discover a new place, hike a new mountain, or follow a new trail, we often set out in search of the world’s beauty. We may find ourselves shocked or taken aback at the views before us. However, just as nature’s beauty can take our breath away, we fail to recognize the beauty that colors our lives, the beauty of the energy of those who fill it, and the beauty that radiates through us.

Remember these things the next time you find yourself lost on an adventure somewhere, and make an honest attempt to pay attention to what nature might be telling you. Whatever you discover just might take the breath right out of your lungs.

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Ode to My Old Hiking Boots

“Take a hike,” they said, snidely. But you and I knew the truth: taking a hike was exactly what we always wanted to do.

To my dearest companions, my old hiking boots, I now dedicate this brief ode to you and our shared adventures over the years.

My wife tells me it’s time to pack you up, send you on to a better home, and find a new, stiff pair to replace you. After weeks and months of back-and-forth, I am sorry to say that I have relented. Don’t worry, old pals; I’m sure you’ll wind up in whatever equivalent of heaven there is for faithful hiking boots.

For now, I would like to sing my praises for your laces. Your sturdy padding has held me together on many a long and rigorous hike. Your form-fitting insoles have cushioned my every trek, and each groove of your sole has grasped onto craggy rocks and trod through the thickest of mud without hesitation.

Thank you, old hiking boots, for never crying out in pain when I forced you to explore just two more miles during that already pretty extensive hike through the backwoods. It was always you that encouraged me to keep on keeping on, even when the going got rough. You were forever a sense of comfort in a vastly uncomfortable and unforgiving world.

You have never shied from the depths of the wilderness, and for that bravery, I am eternally grateful. Even in the moments when I was doubting myself, you were there to let me know I wasn’t alone in the world. My bare feet never had to know the harshness of the uneven terrain; your thick, rubber soles thanklessly did that mitigating job for me. That job is thankless no more. I need you to know, hiking boots, how ardently I admire you—to paraphrase the words of Mr. Darcy. You are my Elizabeth. Okay, maybe I won’t take my admiration that far, but suffice it to say that I am forever indebted to your service.

You’ve been the best of adventure companions, and through all of our journeys, our explorations, and our feats, I am glad to have had you all along the way. You will be missed, old hiking boots, but you will never be forgotten.

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