Monday, Apr. 18, 2011

Don't Forget the Locals

Moms and dads who live in vacation destinations are loaded with the kind of wisdom and knowledge you'll never find in a brochure or guidebook. When you stumble upon a local parent — perhaps at a supermarket, church or Laundromat — interrogate them for information. Ask what restaurants they eat at with their kids, what time is best to collect seashells at a normally crowded beach, how to find discounts for museums and attractions, where the best playgrounds are and so on. Also, ask if they're interested in taking their kids to meet you at any of these places for a playdate — a good opportunity for a break from nonstop parent-child bonding.