Tag: travel with kids

Never miss a flight again with this new Tripit app feature. Well, hopefully.

One of our favorite travel apps just got a whole lot better thanks to a new feature that tells you exactly when to leave for the airport to ensure you’ve got enough time to drive, park, check-in and get to the gate. Basically, Tripit is making it really hard for you to miss your flight, and for that, we’re thankful. Related: 6 smart travel apps to help you save money.  Tripit already does so much to make traveling easier — whether it’s for business or pleasure — but their new “Go Now” feature makes it a whole lot easier....

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Google Flights makes booking travel so much easier. Maybe even cheaper, too.

If you’re booking travel for the holidays, or even next year for spring break or summer vacation, you’ll want to check Google Flights for finding the best flight and rate, straight off the bat. What’s so great about Google Flights is the flexibility and the ability to save trips and get alerts on price changes in the hopes that you can get the best deal possible. Simply visit the website or mobile-friendly version on your phone (no dedicated app yet which is surprising), and do a search for any route. I tested it out and found that there are several options from...

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Google Trips app: Our cool free app of the week

My family will be taking a trip to Seoul, South Korea, in the next couple months, and I’m a little overwhelmed trying to plan our itinerary. Pinterest is somewhat helpful, but there’s a lot of link bait to wade through. That’s why I was so pleased to discover Google Trips app. Google Trips is a dashboard for all your trip info, with everything from your flight and hotel reservations, to that awesome restaurant your friend said you had to try. It’s all available offline too, so if you land in the city and don’t have WiFi, you can still get your hotel info for...

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Rome2rio travel app: Our cool free app of the week

We just returned from a family vacation to Italy, and boy do I wish I had discovered the Rome2rio app before our trip. It could have saved us countless moments trying to decide the best way to get around the various sites with three kids, with the least amount of aggravation. What I love about this app for both iOS and Android is that it quickly and neatly lists the best options from getting from “point A” to “point B”. Before heading out on your trip, you can use the handy website to help plan out the routes you’d like to...

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These are the droid suitcases you’re looking for

Let’s just say that on our recent vacation, I had absolutely no trouble finding my son’s suitcase at baggage claim because it’s pretty hard to miss R2D2. Whether your kids are Star Wars fans or it’s you who is obsessed, you’ll want to check out the Star Wars luggage from American Tourister. We’ve used the R2D2 suitcase for a few trips now, and I have to say that I’m impressed with how well it has held up, not just in giving us tons of room (yay extender zipper) in a carry-on sized bag but also in terms of all the...

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SpotHero: Our cool free app of the week

Summertime is the perfect time for the kids and I to explore nearby Boston–hey, we need to do that Freedom Trail someday, right?–but, oy, do I hate driving around looking for parking. So, when a well-traveled friend told me that she’d found a simple-to-use app called SpotHero that helps her line up parking ahead of time, at big discounts, in almost any large US city she finds herself, I was intrigued. Intrigued, and excited, because with SpotHero, I am ready to hit the road without worrying about where I’m going to leave my car even on the busiest days, or how much money it’s...

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7 of the best science museums for kids that you should know about. Yay for hands-on STEM education!

We’re huge fans of STEM at Cool Mom Tech (no surprise, there), and in fact we started this site in part to help give parents more resources and opportunities to get their kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. However, while we love all the science apps, educational YouTube channels, and coding toys we’ve featured, there’s nothing like the hands-on experience of taking your family to a science center or science museum. That’s why we’re so excited that our recent sponsor Frito-Lay 2 Go has partnered with the amazing org, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), to help make it easier for families to get...

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Yuggler for parents: Our cool free app of the week

It’s Sunday morning and your kids’ friends just had to cancel their afternoon playdate. Or, you are on vacation with your toddler, and rain has just ruined your plans to visit that cool new park you read about online. What to do? Well, nowadays, there are lots of resources like Mommy Poppins or even Yelp with lists of activities. Along those lines is a cool new find for me: The Yuggler app, free for iOS, is designed to help you find things to do with kids, fast. What I like most about Yuggler is the ability to customize the stuff I want to see so that I...

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4 of the best USB car chargers you need in your ride, like yesterday

Look, you and I both know that those cheap-y car chargers we get at the pharmacy, mall kiosk or as free giveaways at conferences have a limited usefulness before they fizzle out on us — usually at the most inopportune time. So I went looking for the very best USB car chargers that will be ready to rock when you roll, whether you’re in your car all day for work or carpools, or you’re getting ready for a big spring break road trip with the family. Because when you’re maybe a wee bit lost and need to pull over to re-check the...

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Waze Planned Drives: Big news for anyone who spends any time in the car at all, ever.

If you haven’t yet heard about the brand new feature from the Waze app called  Waze Planned Drives, then you might be as excited as I am. Especially if, like me, if you’re the kind of person who had kids, then went from being always early, to the one who’s always late. Especially when trying to navigate to a new playdate location or out-of-town soccer field. We have lauded the benefits of Waze in the past and while there’s always some debate about how it measures up to Google Maps, I have really come to rely on it for the most...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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