Disney World: Important Tips for Your First Family Trip

So Disney World?  Are you thinking about planning your first family trip? Well, you must be excited and honestly you should be. However, if you want to make the most of your trip, you have to keep in mind how gigantic Disney World really is, so it’s only natural for you to feel overwhelmed once you step inside the theme park and your children start running around wild. Planning is the key to any smooth trip. Here are some important tips that will make your first time trip memorable and exciting:

Plan, Plan, Plan

Since it’s your first time at Disney World, you are bound to be overwhelmed and spend a few minutes just wondering about what you should do first. There are just so many things happening all at once, parades, events, and places to eat, etc. So, it’s best you do proper research and plan your trip in advance. Get all the info regarding the parade times, rides that your children are most likely to enjoy, and park schedule.

  • Know which rides are important to your kids in advance and send someone there first to get FastPasses so you do not have to wait.
  • Check the park’s website to know when they open and get there at least 20 minutes before so you have a shot at riding on the most popular rides without having to wait long.
  • Make sure you plan breaks in the middle

Pack a Backpack

Your backpack can be your lifesaver. Pack snacks, ponchos, a handy first aid kit, water bottles, extra diapers, and more. It’s also advisable you pack sunscreen.

Stay on Site

Stay on site at a resort. It will allow you to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. There is no point in upgrading your resort since you will only be using it for sleeping. Also, the transportation is a lifesaver. Staying on site means you will not have to waste time driving in every single day.

Ask Your Resort for Event Pins

Your resort will have pins for just about everything, may it be for first visits, anniversaries, birthdays, etc, and they are completely free. All you have to do is ask. If it’s your first time, you will get a first timer pin that is sure to get you tons of treats and freebies.

With all these great tips we hope you go prepared and ready on your first family adventure and with all the fantastic pictures you’ve taken be sure to save your memories with Arkiver!

First Camping Trip? Here Are Some Tips To Help!

So, it’s your first camping trip? That is great! Going on an outdoor camping trip is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities today, giving you the opportunity to FINALLY leave your phone, computer, and tablet to enjoy Mother Nature at its finest. However, since it’s your first time, you may find it somewhat difficult to decide what to take with you. To help you out, here are a few tips/ideas to make the camping experience easier and more fun:

Logan Metcalfe
Logan is the founder and CEO of Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wondeful wife and two children who inspired him to create Arkiver to preserve their family photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with his family back in New Zealand.
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The Most Reasonable Times to Vacation at the Most Expensive Destinations

In today’s hectic life, good timing is, without a doubt, the most important element for success. The same goes for vacation. To take advantage of the best rates, you need to be familiar with the peak and reasonable times. The latest example comes from a price analysis report by TripAdvisor, which found that travelers can leverage amazing discounts in top destinations, simply by traveling at the right time and date.

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A Night in Banff National Park with Brendan

If you like exploring new places to capture amazing snaps of the wildlife and Mother Nature, Brendan Van Son’s extraordinary photography night in Banff National Park will appeal to you. If you know/follow Brendan, it’s not difficult to figure out he’s a crazy guy with some serious photography skills. He had planned a week to shoot the entire Banff National Park (a total of seven locations), but did so in just ONE EVENING (with the exception of two locations in Yoho National Park). That’s what we call determination and purpose. So, which locations did Brendan shoot during his trip? Well, read on to find out:

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Have a 4th Grader? FREE Admission To U.S. National Parks

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Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, fourth graders in the US and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters. Pretty awesome right? Part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, this program is made possible by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation.

Logan Metcalfe
Logan is the founder and CEO of Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wondeful wife and two children who inspired him to create Arkiver to preserve their family photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with his family back in New Zealand.
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Scotrail Offers New Deal to Travelers Over 50


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Scotrail’s Club 50 members can start the new year with a trip anywhere in Scotland, thanks to the launch of a new £16 flat fare return ticket. This means if you are trying to get around Scotland and see some of the more beautiful remote locations this is the perfect opportunity for you. Take advantage of the deal while you can because it won’t last forever! The reduced rate ticket, which is only to be bought by travelers over the age of 50 online, in stations, and by phone, allows members of the over-50s club to travel, off-peak, to any part of Scotland they so desire.

Logan Metcalfe
Logan is the founder and CEO of Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wondeful wife and two children who inspired him to create Arkiver to preserve their family photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with his family back in New Zealand.
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Multi-Generational Tradition Strung Together by a Single Sweater

Sometimes it’s the story behind the old family hand-me-down that makes that item special to us; such is the case with the Gose family. When Brady Gose, a 7-year-old from Brownsburg, Indiana, got his picture taken for the first-grade, he was carrying on a 61-year-old family tradition. Wearing the same grey sweater that his father, grandfather and great-uncle all wore for their first-grade picture, Brady is now the fifth person in his family to don the sentimental sweater. Brady’s dad, Chuck says that Brady knows how special this sweater is to his family, and hopes that one day Brady will pass it down to his kids. Do you have any unique family traditions like this?

Logan Metcalfe
Logan is the founder and CEO of Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wondeful wife and two children who inspired him to create Arkiver to preserve their family photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with his family back in New Zealand.
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