Spring Break is Over and I Am Sad

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Planning Summer Vacation

Sigh, I guess I have to accept that Spring Break is really over given that it is the Tuesday after. I miss vacation. It’s not that our trip to Texas was anything elaborate; it’s just good to get away. So I am already planning our summer vacation. With a little help from my smartphone. That way I can plan anytime I need an escape.

68% of smartphone owners use their smartphone to assist them while traveling, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. 27% of smartphone owners have booked a hotel room directly from their smartphone and 16% have purchased airline tickets. And why not with with apps like Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak. They have all inclusive packages that make booking a snap. Results are from a nationally-representative online survey of 738 smartphone owners conducted by U.S. Cellular in partnership with Maritz Research from November 12-20, 2014.

But for this summer, we are taking it to the next level and embarking on Epic Road Trip, Part Deux. We had such fun last year on our trip to Mount Rushmore that we are doing it again this year. But we are doubling down with a two week trip this year to Philadephia.

Luckily we’ve got some of the trip stuff down after last year. The key to a happy backseat is devices like an iPad Air 2. The 10 hours of battery life combined with 128 gigs of memory and the US Cellular LTE network means the girls can listen to music, watch movies, and play games on those long haul days. Add in headphones and we have our own front seat oasis.

We also keep Trip Advisor, Around Me, and Yelp handy on the phones so we can stop along the way for local parks and non fast food restaurants. We also like to use Postagram to make instant post trip memories. Just take a photo with the app, and for a nominal fee your message will be delivered as a mailed postcard. We send them home to ourselves. It’s fun for the girls to relive the trip and we have an instant scrapbook.

Want to follow along with our trip and the planning? Check out my Pinterest board.

Follow Kate Canterbury’s board Epic Road Trip 2015 on Pinterest.


  1. I agree electronics have made traveling with kids so much easier. It sounds like you have an amazing trip in the planning for this summer. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  2. I agree … electronics are a necessity for a happy backseat, and parental sanity. Oh, I need to check out postgram. That sounds like it would be a blast for people to receive

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