Thursday, May 8, 2014

City Travel with Kids {uberXL Boston Launch} #spon

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Life with kids? Unpredictable sums it up pretty well. I can't imagine throwing in the challenge of raising kids in the city! How do you do it? I'm having a hard enough time in the suburbs. The city is too much stress for me, but we do love visiting Boston with our kids. It is a short half hour drive for us. However, we try to avoid public transportation when possible - just too many variables that make a trip more stressful.

So when I found out that UBER is launching UBERXL in Boston today, I thought "this is genius!" This is perfect for families living in the city! Beginning today, UBER users in Boston can request an UBERXL car type, which consists of vehicles with seating for up to six people. Whether you've got four kids, two kids and their friends, or simply a large group that needs to be transported, UBERXL is an ideal convenience at an affordable price. If you have little ones, you may use your own car seat, or if you're traveling you can have a baby gear rental service deliver a suitable car seat to your hotel.

How does it work? It's simple! UBER is an iPhone/Android/Blackberry app that allows you to request a ride at the tap of a button and summons a professional driver to your side within minutes. Track your driver's arrival on a map and receive a notification when they arrive. There is no need to worry about handling cash - your fare is automatically bills to your credit card on file and there's no need to tip. 

UBERXL option within the app

This is especially perfect for families that are just visiting Boston this summer. If you don't live in Boston, getting around can be a great challenge, it's not as simply laid out as other cities and there are so many things the locals know that will catch you unaware! Ask me how I know. If you're coming to visit our city, take a minute to download the app and use code EcoBabyz for $30 off your first ride or just sign up using this link

Here are a few more tips for city travel with kids, whether you're traveling in Boston or elsewhere in the nation. Some may be common sense and some I've learned through personal experience:
  • Water & Snacks: They'll beg for food and drink in the most inconvenient places and inopportune times, be prepared! Pack clean snacks and preferably ones without high sugar content, post sugar rush kids are tough to deal with. Don't forget the baby wipes for messy hands!
  • Baby carrier: You could get by with a lightweight stroller with an easy fold, but your life will be much easier if you just take a soft structured baby carrier for your little one.
  • Layers: Especially if you're in Boston where the weather changes with lightning speeds, dress your kids in outfits that can quickly and easily adapt to hot, cold, and in-between.
  • Itinerary: Traveling with a family it's sooo important to do your research and planning ahead of time when you're home. There is nothing worse than the headache of figuring out what to do next and how to get there (unless you've got UBER of course) when the kids are whining, tired, and hungry. Spontaneous can be good, but not necessarily with children. Make sure you know the hours of places you plan to visit. (nothing like showing up to a super fun museum to find out it's closed! Yes, that happened.)

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