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The Best Family Road Trip Begins With A Plan

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With road trips representing 39% of US vacations, it comes as no surprise that British families are beginning to adopt the trend. Known for being a great way to spend time with your kids and hitting up all of the sights to see, road tripping is a great choice for many, no matter where you are in the world. However, if you’re thinking about taking your family on a road trip, having a plan beforehand can not only help the trip go more smoothly, but can ensure everyone will have a great time.

 

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Planning ahead

When it comes to planning the best family road trip possible, it’s important to start early. Making lists, packing, and deciding what car you’ll take is imperative to having a smooth trip – and you’re going to need time to plan everything just so. Depending on where you want to go and what you want to do and see, it’s important to do your research as early on as possible to make sure you’re informed of possible entry fees, rules, regulations and opening hours of the places you want to visit – after all, the last thing you want is to get a nasty surprise on the day of your trip.

Making sure you bring along everything you will need is a must, including clothes, blankets and snacks. While a simple checklist can ensure that you don’t forget anything, it’s important that you begin packing at least four days to a week before you embark, depending on how long your trip is. And when it comes to packing for the children, allowing them to bring a small bag of toys can be a great idea for entertainment along the way – an in-car DVD player is also a good thing to think about, especially if your trip will be on the longer side.

 

 

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The best places to go

On any road trip, it’s important to know where you’re headed – or at least know where you want to stop along the way. While there are many great places to visit, there are a few that really stand out when it comes to captivating the family, and can help give you some ideas when you’re mapping out a route.

Over an hour away from London, West Sussex is a great destination choice for any family planning a road trip this summer. Filled with history, West Sussex has plenty for your family to explore – including Arundel Castle – a restored castle from the medieval times. This trip is perfect for inquisitive children who like to learn, and is a great way for them to see a part of history in real life. However, if you’re looking for a more beachy road trip filled with swimming, fishing and the like, then look no further than a route through Cornwall, located in the southwest of Great Britain. This route is truly one with amazing scenery, as there is plenty to see and explore, from beaches to coastal trails. The seaside villages are a great stopping point, and allow for the perfect place to explore shops and restaurants.

Road trips can be a great vacation idea for any family – and planning one doesn’t have to be stressful. By planning and packing ahead of time and doing your research when mapping a route, you’ll be able to plan the perfect road trip that your family is sure to enjoy.

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Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Williams, Arizona

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Williams, Arizona is truly one of the quirkiest little towns in the American Southwest.  This tourist-friendly town is full of charm, from the many shops and eateries to the old-fashioned train that shuttles to and from the Grand Canyon.  For folks traveling with little ones, Williams is the perfect place to stop, as there are tons of family-friendly restaurants to choose from when hunger strikes.  Whether you plan on staying in Williams for a few days or are just passing through on your way to Phoenix, here are some of the best restaurants your family is sure to love!

Red Raven

135 W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ

Red Raven is one of the most quaint restaurants in all of Williams.  With a menu offering just about anything and a quirky atmosphere, Red Raven is a must-try for anyone visiting Williams.  Popular menu items include the Salmon Cilantro, a charbroiled salmon fillet topped with cilantro pesto, and the Chicken Parmigiana, a breaded chicken breast topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  

 

Pine Country Restaurant

107 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ

The Pine Country Restaurant will make you feel like you’re in your grandma’s kitchen!  This adorable spot is known for their “down home cookin’” and famous homemade pies in a variety of delicious flavors.  The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with American favorites like hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, and country fried steak.  If you go, be sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up some Williams souvenirs!

 

Goldie’s Route 66 Diner

425 E Route 66, Williams, AZ

Walking into Goldie’s Route 66 Dinner feels like stepping into a 1950s time capsule!  This gem of a restaurant features classic American dishes, like biscuits and gravy, chili burgers, and milkshakes.  Goldie’s is a great spot if you want a bit of nostalgia with your meal, and families with small children will love the kid-friendly menu (especially fussy eaters!).  If you’re in Williams, don’t leave without stopping at Goldie’s- poodle skirt and saddle shoes optional.

 

Station 66 Italian Bistro

144 W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ

If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian fare, Station 66 Italian Bistro has got you covered.  The restaurant features an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes, as well as a great variety of wines, beers, and cocktails.  One of the restaurant’s coolest features is the rooftop deck and patio, where patrons can dine and look out at Route 66 below. The hotspot also regularly features live music and entertainment, perfect for an exciting night on the town with the family!

 

Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe

137 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ

The Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe, also known as Anna’s, is the perfect little breakfast spot for those mornings when you just need a cup of coffee.  The cafe serves classic breakfast favorites like omelets, eggs, and hashbrowns, as well as some Mexican and Oriental dishes. The Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe also features a pretty large kid’s menu, so your little ones will have no problem finding something they like!  

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Our Stay at Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday. We had a blast here! I hope the year 2019 would be amazing in all areas of our lives. We started the new year in a big way with a captivating circus show. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it but first, let me tell you all about our stay at Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex.

 

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Our Premier Inn Festival Park Basildon Essex Experience

We have stayed at this hotel many times but I never got the chance to write about it. I decided to change that this year. We spent 2 nights at this Premier Inn in Basildon and we have done so several times. The hotel location is easy to find and well situated with lots to eat and do around. It is a few mins walk away from a retail park with a cinema, club, bars and restaurants, so no dull moment here. The check in was quick and our room was on the ground floor which was good.

I was happy with the room space. We booked a family room with 2 individual beds for the kids and another king sized bed for us and I was glad we still had some room to keep our luggage.

 

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My Honest Thoughts

Our stay at this Premier Inn was ok overall. The rooms were properly cleaned and the TV and WIFI worked great. I have stayed in so many hotels that struggle with the simplest things so it was great to see this didn’t. The Premier Inn Bedding is also loved by us. I think it is super comfy and I love sleeping on their beds. The only issue we had was with the heating. We were shocked to find out the heating was not working in our ground floor room.

With the drop in temperature, I was shocked I had to bring this to the attention of the receptionist. She did provide two little heaters which she wheeled into our rooms (you can see one of them in the picture above). The heaters worked ok but it was annoying to have to keep manually switching it off and on. It was an inconvenience that we shouldn’t have had to deal with and I hope they sort it out asap.

 

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I don’t see myself returning here again. They have no air conditioning, so we won’t be able to stay here in the summer months and with the inconvenient heating arrangement, we won’t be visiting in the cold months either. I like comfort in hotels. If I have to struggle to get the basic amenities after parting with money, it makes me really grumpy. Having said that, I have stayed in some amazing Premier Inns and will be reviewing them when next I get the opportunity.

 

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Have you stayed in this hotel before? What do you think of Premier Inn hotels? Do sound off in the comments section below. Let’s hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Have an amazing 2019!

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