Surviving the Holiday Travel Hustle



It’s that time of year again! Time to get in your planes, trains and automobiles to visit friends and family. But the holiday hustle doesn’t have to break the bank, or your sanity. With a little expert advice and some planning ahead, all your travels can be smooth sailing. Recently, Kim Orlando, founder of, teamed with YourUpdateTV to provide some helpful tips for navigating the stressful travel holiday season.

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Wherever you are going, overspending and over packing are big vacation spoilers. A little more planning can fix that.

T-Mobile ONE is a great plan for traveling. It offers unlimited data and texting and flat rate calling in more than 140 countries. No searching for Wi-Fi, international SIM cards or even worse, having one of your kids forget to turn off their data and coming home to a huge bill. In fact, there’s never any sticker shock because their bills are straightforward. Sales taxes and regulatory fees are included, and there’s no annual contract. Plus, Netflix is included on family plans, which is great for when you inevitably get stuck at the airport! Another great travel perk is that you get complimentary Wi-Fi and texting with Gogo In-Flight Internet on domestic flights – which is great to keep the kids entertained and keep family updated on our arrival time.

Greenlight is the Smart Debit Card for Kids. It teaches them financial literacy in an increasingly cashless society. Your child gets their own personalized debit card to use but parents can control and monitor their use through the Greenlight app. It works with all banks, money can be added from anywhere, you can set budgets for specific stores, approve spur of the moment purchases, and even automate weekly allowances. The funds are FDIC insured unlike most prepaid debit cards, and the family plan is for up to 5 kids. Go to to get all the details.

If you know you’re staying with family, plan on doing laundry or send it out! If you have to check bags, have one shared big family bag to limit checked bag fees. Send gifts ahead of time or pack small gifts like the new Finishing Touch Flawless. It’s a device that sweeps away unwanted facial hair PAIN FREE. It looks like a lipstick and TSA-approved so perfect for travel. There’s no redness or irritation so makeup goes on smooth. The small size and 18-karat gold plated rotating head also make for a luxurious and easy to transport gift or stocking stuffer when you’re traveling with gifts too.

About Kim Orlando:
Kim Orlando is the founder of,, and and a sought-after social media and marketing consultant and authority on family travel. Kim is a regular spokeswoman on satellite media tours, appeared on Good Morning America and The Today Show, hosted numerous conferences has been quoted in media from Good Housekeeping to the WSJ. TravelingMom has the largest family travel influencer network in the world, is syndicated in Family Fun magazine and newspapers. TravelingMom has created campaigns for brands such as Walt Disney World, Chevy, Ford, Park City Mountain Resort, Capital One, MasterCard, Orlando, Aruba, Marriott and Great Wolf Lodge. TravelingMom, the trusted source for moms who travel with and without their kids, was named to Parents 50 Best of the Web, a Top 4 Family Travel Sites by Sherman’s Travel and Top 25 Budget Family Websites by FlipKey.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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