Road Trip with Kids? Here’s What You Need to Remember

Road Trip with Kids? Here’s What You Need to Remember

Long road trips can be fun – and yes, even with kids. Although, you need to be more creative if you want to enjoy long drives with them. Plus, you have to carry loads of patience.

If you are planning a long road trip with your kids, we are giving you some practical tips to ensure the best adventures for everyone.

HACKS: Long Road Trips with Kids

Always check your car 

It is important that you check your car’s condition. Of course, accidents may happen. But it is better if we do whatever we can to prevent it from happening. Check your brakes, your tires, and whatnots. Remember, you are bringing your kids along. Do not risk anything!

Bring first aid kit 

You always have to bring a first aid kit simply because, kids can be a bit rough. You wouldn’t want to strap them to their seats during stopovers, right? You need to let them go and let them run around. And yes, expect that they would fall down a couple of times. Just always be on the lookout and prepare your kit.

Prepare an entertainment bag 

During long drives, your kids will get bored. That’s already a given. What you can do is to pack an entertainment bag. Put papers, pencils, crayons, legos and all sorts of things that can kill their boredom. You can also try to download their favorite songs and play it while on the road. You can play your favorite ones when they are sleeping. 🙂

Choose the best time to drive 

You can schedule your time on the road while your kids are sleeping. That way, you can concentrate on the road more.

Bring snacks 

Well, this isn’t just for the kids! You know you want to eat too. 🙂

Plan your stops 

As much as you want to have a spontaneous travel, that’s unlikely to work when you are with kids. For your long drive, check the possible stops and all the things you can do in between. Yes, it’s going to be a challenge but it’s all worth it.


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GLOBAL EXPATS FEATURE: Helen and Her Adventures

GLOBAL EXPATS FEATURE: Helen and Her Adventures

Hey PeN pals!

Get to know the newest addition to our community!

Helen Sumampong- Cienca hails from Bohol, Philippines.

She left Bohol to chase her dreams; she became a pharmacist  in California, U.S.A.

You can say her typical day could be quite hectic and demanding that’s why she sees to it that her days off would be worthwhile.

She pampers herself and go shopping sometimes but when she’s on the mood, they go on exciting places you would definitely enjoy, too!

Helen lives in Brea which is strategically near to everything! Peek into Helen’s charmed life!

Last winter, they went to Mountain High where you can see the beauty of nature covered with fine snow!

Just look how they are enjoying the little snowman. Isn’t cool that she gets to make the most of her time with her family? Helen is such a wonderful woman.

Mountain High can be enjoyed by skiing or doing other extreme sports.

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They can easily treat the kids and have some fun time at Disneyland, too. Helen can go to Disneyland in Anaheim – anytime – since they are just minutes away! When kids are around, life becomes extra sweet, right? It doesn’t look like it but Helen is a doting grand mom already!

Helen also visits Las Vegas for some real relaxation with friends and her husband, Clyde.

Check out the Seven Magic Mountains they visited recently. The Seven Magic Mountains is a public-site art installation in the Nevada desert. Can you imagine how heavy those rocks are?!

And lastly, her trip to the Grand Canyon deserves an indescribable admiration. Nature’s wonder is beyond beautiful.

Watch out for Helen’s travel adventures on PeN communities. Follow the GLOBAL EXPATS COMMUNITY for more!

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PeN mobile application highlights nearby destinations that can possibly boost more visitors anywhere!

The digital age has made the world closer. Thanks to technology, everything seems to be easier now. Global tourism can be considered to have benefited from technological advancements through the rise of social media and various tools that captures the beauty of what used to be hidden travel spots.

A total of 1.22 trillion U.S dollars were collected solely from international tourism revenue in 2016 since the beginning of the new millennium according to Statista. Tourism is such a big industry and there’s certainly more horizon to explore.

The UNWTO made a forecast that international tourist arrivals will rise to 1.81 billion in 2030. In India, 8.89 million tourists arrived last year that contributed $220 billion, 9.6 % of the country’s GDP. Clearly, tourism plays a vital role in every country in terms of economic growth; and technology, through the internet and mobile applications, boosted its worth.

By using its SPOT feature, PeN super app guides every user to let them know the closest destinations to visit. SPOT has four categories to choose from that’s why this feature is not only limited to tourism. Even business owners can benefit from PeN’s useful feature. These places are categorized into ACTIVITIES, VISIT, DINE AND SHOP

Ian Vernon, PeN’s CEO certainly thought about how the app can maximize its reach. With PeN’s SPOT feature, any establishment’s vital information within the user’s radius will be made accessible to its users. Plus, users can also check who among their friends are near to the same vicinity making it easier to invite them over the closest hangout place.

SPOT is made far less complicated for a reason. With one single click, any travel destination or business establishment can be seen instantly by PeN’s millions of users. Unlike other social platforms, PeN has a centralized community making it easier to reach out and promote any merchandise!

PeN made it easier for you to visit new places or attract new customers. PeN still has a long way to go, be with us and join us with our growth. Go check out the app and find out how it can help you find the best places near you!


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It is estimated that two out of five travelers are exploring the realms of the Earth solo. To some, it may seem like a scary venture into unknown lands. To those of us who are adventurers at heart, it’s an exciting new quest in the chapters of our lives.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just getting your feet wet for the first time, choosing to travel solo can be a thrilling and wonderfully unusual experience. The freedom, self-growth, and enlightenment that comes with traveling alone is like unlike anything else out there.

If you are looking for your next, or first, solo venture, then pack your bags and head off to one of these top five destinations.

The Heart of India (Spiritual Reflection)

The mystique of India is surrounded by an immense spiritual nature. From the Agra all the way to Varanasi, home of the sacred Ganges River, the culture here is deeply in tune with something that can only be described as divine.

Regardless of what you may believe, immersing yourself in this culture is richly warding. This is for the adventurer who seeks soul searching and reflection.

Japan (Immersive Culture)

With culture rooted deep in rituals, honor, and respect, Japan is a stark contrast from life in the Unites States. Aside from the best sushi in the world, solo travelers can experience the unique mix of ancient and modern facets this country has to offer.

Whether you choose to meditate in one of the Buddhist temples or take a bullet train to the heart of Tokyo, Japan is sure to sweep you off your feet into what seems like whole other world.

The Scottish Highlands (An Easy Transition)

For the adventurer seeking solitude and a mountainous journey, head into the Scottish Highlands. During the day this location offers plentiful hiking via wildlife, and even snow on the tops of the mountains, all of which are perfect for quiet reflection.

You could also take the Speyside Way, a 60mile long trail running along river sand the whole way to the north coast. Throw in whiskey distilleries, outstanding local cuisine, and plenty or B&Bs, and this place becomes an easy starting point for those looking take their first solo venture.

South Africa (Expert Level Adventure)


Adventurers looking for an extra dose of adrenaline will find their fix in South Africa. Cape Town is the perfect locale to set up camp, placing travelers in-between heart racing action like diving with great white and mako sharks or a steep climb to the top of Table Mountain.

Relaxing after such an exhilarating day is made simple by shantytowns and winery tours on horseback. Cap it all off with the chance to see exotic animals exclusive to this continent, and you have nothing short of one spectacular adventure ahead of you.

Thailand (The Starting Point)

Solo travelers looking to hit the backpacking circuit should start their adventure in Thailand with a one-way flight. The area offers a low cost for single rooms as well as their decadent dishes, which anyone would find hard to not gorge themselves on.

Internet cafes allow you to let everyone know you’ve arrived safe and are ready to embark on the next leg of your journey. Small villages rich in a diverse culture and shops that sell unique wares help to ready the mind for a long adventure to come.

Did I mention the food? Thailand is known for some of the most flavorful and downright delicious dishes in the world. What better for an adventurer to prepare for a long trek than by feasting and enjoying the welcoming company of an incredibly friendly culture?

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A good read about traveling in class

We would like to share this interesting blog post we just read earlier. This just gave us edification of how important good customer service in any business are. Here in PeN, though we haven’t launched the app yet, is really focus and open ears to what end users are looking for. We hope this blog post that we will share will give you good thoughts as well.

“In the past two weeks I flew in out of 14 countries, 16 flights in total considering return flights to Sweden… During this two weeks, I observed very different levels of service amongst the various airlines.

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