*Mamas Spot's Travel Week* Camping With KOA: Not What You Would Expect!


We realized at the end of August that we wanted to end the summer on a bang! We decided to head to Yellowstone and we stayed with KOA.

We went in September which was great to miss all the crowds that would normally be there mid summer, but it also meant we missed some of the events that the KOA has before Labor Day. I would highly recommend getting there around late August, so you don't miss out on their pancake breakfast every morning and their BBQ dinner every night! You can't beat being fed 2 meals a day! They also have a Coffee Cabin so you can get your morning fix!

My husband thought KOA was just a well managed campground, so he was surprised to see that they are so much more!

We found ourselves building a fire most nights, and our clothes would reek of smoke. Here is where KOA swoops in and saves the day. I would take all our clothes and wash them with the washer and dryers they have on-site! No more smelling like campfire smoke or going through a ton of clothes. You can pack much lighter when you camp with KOA because you can wash all you clothes just like you would if you were at home.

Kiddos make a mess on their clothes? No problem just toss them in the wash! We had a couple of "s'mores drippings" all over shirts that would have ruined clothes if I hadn't been able to wash them right away. Just for that alone I will always choose KOA! If you are not a mom with kiddos, and aren't obsessed with needing to wash clothes, don't worry KOA West Yellowstone has so much more to offer!

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**Mamas Spot's Travel Week** Honeymoon - 7 Top Tips to Enjoy Your First Vacation for Less!

October 2013


Whether you have traveled together before or not, your honeymoon is your first trip together as a married couple.

Since you don’t want to enter married life super in debt, it’s a good idea to plan a honeymoon budget before you set off.

An inexpensive honeymoon doesn’t have to be a less-than-ideal trip. You can go on the vacation of your dreams without spending a fortune.

Register for Your Honeymoon

Once considered in poor taste, honeymoon registries have become more popular over the past few years. They are a great tool for couples who might be older and already set when it comes to housewares such as bedding, towels, and kitchen gear.

Having guests contribute to your honeymoon dreams can be a bit more rewarding for them than simply giving you cash.

Depending on the registry you work with, guests can either give you cash for your trip or purchase a component of your honeymoon, such as a number of airline miles or a night in a hotel. Honeyfund is one registry to check out and is free to use.

Work with a Travel Agent

People joke that no one uses travel agents anymore, thanks to the rise of online travel sites. But the truth is, working with a travel agent is a great way to get your vacation budget under control. Agents do charge fees, but they also have access to deals you can’t get anywhere else.

Plus, since agents make travel their business, they often have invaluable tips when it comes to planning an inexpensive honeymoon. You won’t find personal, useful advice like that online.

Travel Off Season

If you are traveling immediately after your wedding, try to go somewhere that’s currently in the “off-season.” Off-season travel often costs a lot less, plus you don’t have to deal with a crowd of people when you see the sites.

While people often think “off-season” means poor weather, that’s not necessarily true. For example, some places, such as the Caribbean, have lovely weather almost all year.

Research locations well in advance of your trip so that you know the ins and outs of the weather at your  preferred destinations.

Save Here, Splurge There

When planning your honeymoon budget, it helps to know what you can save on and what you absolutely must have. For example, if you need to sleep in the most comfortable of settings, you might consider splurging on a hotel, but saving on your transportation costs.

If you are working with an agent, give him or her your list of “must haves” so that the agent knows what to focus on.

Put Your Credit Cards to Work

If you have a credit card that awards airline miles, your honeymoon can be the perfect time to cash those miles in. You can also make use of other rewards that your card offers, such as gift cards or cash back.

When you are planning your vacation budget, check with your credit card company to find out about any fees they charge. Some cards charge a service fee for international transactions.

If your honeymoon has you leaving the country, you might want to find a better way to pay for things than your card or look for a card that doesn’t charge international fees.

Look at Deals

A lot of companies, such as Groupon, Travelzoo, and LivingSocial, put daily travel deals at your fingertips.

If you find a deal that works for you, either book it or show it to the agent you’re working with. Your travel agent might be able to match that deal or find you a better one.

Tell Everyone It’s Your Honeymoon

When you go out to eat on your birthday, a restaurant might give you a free dessert if you let them know it’s your special day. The same is true if you let the hotel know you and your partner are on your honeymoon.

You might not get a free dessert, but some places are willing to throw in a free bottle of champagne or even a free room upgrade for honeymooners. You don’t know what might happen, so it never hurts to mention it.

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**Mamas Spot's Travel Week** New Travel Tips And Articles Everyday! Plus Check Out Where I Have Been!

October 2013


If you are a regular Mamas Spot reader you have probably found that I have been missing a lot this last summer. Our family decided we wanted to take not one not two, but four vacations this last summer!

Needless to say that kept us pretty busy and I didn't have as much time to blog, so that's why we have decided to do a whole travel week to show you all our adventures that we have had plus also share some insider tips and tricks you can use for your next vacation! Also I will have some other blogger friends of mine sharing some of their best tips for travel! How awesome is that?! So be sure to stick around this week and also be sure to use the pin-it button on the top of the post to pin every article that you might need for the future!

Here are just a few things you can look forward to:

:: The Cheapest Warm Vacations When You Just Can’t Wait for Summer

:: 5 Travel Scams No One Warned You About

:: Secret Travel Hacks the Airline Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

:: Hotel vs Vacation Home - what you need to know about both

:: 10 Tips For Vacationing With a Baby

:: How to Get the Cheapest Deals on Car Rentals

:: Disney on a Budget

:: Plus an in depth look at our trips to Florida, Texas and Yellowstone!!

You won't want to miss it!! Be sure to share with any friends that love to travel!!


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