If you work from home, time is money. Every moment wasted is another dollar you haven’t earned. With the minutes in the day at such a premium, there’s no leeway for inefficient planning or time-consuming research – not even for vacation planning.

As a work-at-home mom, I’ve learned this the hard way. Trying to orchestrate even the simplest of family outings can cost valuable hours, let alone a week away or a trip abroad. Organization is paramount, with checklists featuring heavily in the planning process, but a lot of your time will be absorbed by the decision-making process: What do you want to do? Where do you want to see? Do you want to savour international cuisine, or do you want an incredible night-life? Where, basically, do you want to go?

That’s where sites like Tripbase.com come in handy. For work-at-home moms, the site is an invaluable and powerful tool. Once you’ve entered a departure airport and adjusted the simple sliders to suit your preferences, their computers will trawl though a database of nearly every destination in the world, leaving you with five or ten suitable places for you to choose from. Not only that, but it’ll show you all the information you need to know at a glance – the weather, what there is to see, the approximate cost of flights and hotels, a précis of the destination itself and a plethora of photographs and maps. It’ll also link you to the best deals for that destination, and will show you reviews of all the attractions.

Tripbase also has a search function for those who would prefer to drive. This will also calculate the approximate cost of gas and the length of time it’ll take you to drive there, while displaying all the relevant tourist information as well.

For work-at-home moms this sort of tool provides unrivalled efficiency. Your time is money, and you have more important things to do than trawl through Wikipedia or search for affordable flights. To make things even easier, we’ve listed the three most commonly neglected holiday essentials:

Documents – passports, visas, boarding passes, hotel reservations, and anything you might need to rent a car abroad. These are some of the most commonly forgotten items and can prove to be show-stoppers.

Kids’ stuff – pacifiers, toys, travel sweets and books all help make travel more interesting for kids. Flight is an unnatural sensation and some children don’t take to it so well – try to placate them as best you can.

Meds and lotions – sun protection is vital, so make sure you have plenty of it. You might not be able to get meds abroad, so check what you can travel with and stock up. This is especially relevant if you have seasonal pollen allergies.

One more piece of advice, especially for moms traveling with two or more infants – don’t take a big stroller. They don’t fit through a lot of doors, and are too wide for many pavements in foreign countries. Instead, take one single stroller and invest in a baby-carrying rucksack.

Guest post by Claire Tucker.

Image source:  cheapvacations.net

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