Making Family Travel Memories Giveaway – Hyatt, Hertz & More Prizes

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Summer reminds me of car trips, boats and beaches. Each summer growing up we’d always look forward to the summer trip. Whether it was a trip to the beach or a flight up to the Cape, it was not only was it a vacation, it was a chance to make lasting memories with family members.

My two favorite summer travel memories included renting a car and driving around the Northeast from Manhattan to Cape Code to Martha’s Vineyard and taking an Amtrak sleeper car to explore the Nation’s Capital.

Boston, Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard

We flew up to Boston and picked up our rental car to explore Boston before heading over to the Cape to meet up with family. We took a day trip on the ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard and rode bikes all over the island. We even saw where that famous scene from Jaws was filmed. How cool is that for a kid? We dug for clams and I lost my sandals in knee deep mud. My brother and I learned how to sail, cook clams, and had a great summer with the family.

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Amtrak To DC

The trip up to DC was memorable because it was my first train ride in a sleeper car. We had a bunk room and I remember watching “train tv” thinking it was the coolest thing.

Now it is your turn to share your favorite summer family travel memory in the comments section. Not only are you sharing your knowledge with others, but you are entering to win the following prizes:

How To Enter Making Summer Travel Memory Giveaway

  • Leave a comment on this post with your favorite summer travel memory or upcoming memorable trip by 11:59PM Eastern on Saturday June 8, 2013
  • Must be 18+, limit one entry per person per day, void where prohibited
  • We’ll select one lucky winner at random
  • Remember to go and enter to win similar prizes on Pizza in Motion and Mommy Points!

Enter For Chance To Win Following Prizes

  • Complimentary one-night stay at Hyatt House: Valid at any Hyatt House location through 12/31/2014. Subject to availability and must be made in advance using the code on the certificate. Limit one certificate per stay. Other details available on the certificate.
  • Hertz: 1,200 Hertz points (enough for an anytime rental, and free weekend days start at just 500 points)
  • American Airlines Admirals Club Pass: Valid for one day for one person. Expires 12/31/13. Must be 18 years or older and hold a same-day ticket for travel on American Airlines.

Hertz Helping Travelers With New Guide And Apps

Looking for the closest, safest beach?

Hertz has partnered with Waterkeeper Alliance to offer the first-ever “Waterkeeper Swim Guide,” accessible to customers via the in-car Hertz NeverLost GPS unit. The “Waterkeeper Swim Guide” is a new data source that will tell users where beaches are located, which are safe for swimming, and what’s unique about each beach.

Looking to apps to help you explore?

Hertz is also expanding its NeverLost My Explore™ mobile app to include five new city guides for the following locations: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Napa. The app allows users to maximize their travel experience in or out of the car with customized voice narratives and text descriptions for must-see sites, tours, shopping, neighborhoods, favorites and restaurants.

  • Additional notable features of the NeverLost My Explore app include augmented reality to turn a camera phone into a live map at the touch of a screen to show surrounding attractions, map view to let users find their way by car, foot, or public transportation, live weather updates for help pre-planning activities, social media integration so users can share travel adventures using Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, and free download codes to integrate seamlessly with any NeverLost® GPS device.
  • NOTE: The first My Explore™ app is available for download for free; additional city guides are available for $0.99 each.

Hyatt house Expands And Adds Personalized Perks

The Hyatt house is expanding across the country and is adding new perks such as the Very Important Resident (VIR), Morning Spread and Hyatt Has It.

Very Important Resident

Guests staying 30 nights or more on a single stay at a Hyatt House hotel will earn the Very Important Resident (VIR) status which will allow the guest to enjoy the great new benefits.

Morning Spread

The morning spread is a new complimentary breakfast spread offering build-your-own Omelet Bar, oatmeal, yogurts, fresh fruit and other breakfast goodies. Of course it is complimentary.

Hyatt Has It

We’ve all been there. I’ve forgotten to bring items on a trip more times than I can count over the years. Guests will now be able to borrow from House Hosts items from curling irons to cell phone chargers to blenders!

Bottom Line

We always enjoyed the summer as kids because we were fortunate enough to be able to make some great memories with family. We plan to continue that with Baby Weekly Flyer thanks in large part to points and miles.

Hope your summer is filled with many opportunities to make lasting memories. What’s your favorite summer family travel memory? How do you plan to make memories this summer?

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Comments

  1. Loved the summer trips to the great lakes – hiking and swimming with the family.

  2. My favorite summer memory was getting on a different train from Venice to get back to Milan and watching a German couple completely disregard everyone else in the cabin and really “got it on”. It was a very interesting trip from us missing our first train, to thinking we were stranded in Venice for the night with no money, to then finding a solution but sitting next to this interesting German couple. 🙂

  3. When I was a kid, we vacationed every 5 years, driving from San Diego to Ohio. Each trip took a different route. Does anyone else Route 66 and the oddities at every rest stop, including a 2-headed calf and a real dinosaur egg. We stays at several unusual motels: One had “teepees” (made of concrete and plaster) and another had a complete playland for kids.

  4. One of the most memorable summer trips was a family trip driving from Calgary through the Rockies (Banff/Jasper) all the way to Vancouver

  5. My favorite summer trip was a car ride with my family through the New England states. In a small town called Florida in MA in the middle of the summer was a snow shower.

  6. We just came back from our first flight trip with our 6 mo old. The best memory is taking her into the warm Caribbean water, and seeing her wide toothless grin. Thanks for the contest!

  7. One of my fave family travel memories was flying to Hong Kong at age 8 in 1976, stopping off in Anchorage in the middle of the night for refueling.

  8. An upcoming trip to Bali, Indonesia, will definitely be memorable. Nothing but pure relaxation and stunning views.

  9. Upcoming 4th of July trip to DCA for my sons birthday. It will be our first Boy’s trip.

  10. My absolute favorite summer travel memory is traveling to spend time with my grandmother in Montauk. I was just a boy then, and the beaches, the good times spent, meals by the water, it was all magic. It’s bittersweet to be there without her now, but the memories are only sweet.

  11. Pulling a 35′ Fifth Wheel camper we bought at an auction for a song from Michigan to FLorida to camp at Disney World for a week. Had not one but TWO tire blowouts on the way down. LOL What an adventure. None of us will EVER forget THAT trip.

  12. Playing cards with my cousin’s on a long flight to southeast Asia, in coach. Coach seats seem so spacious when you’re only six years old!

  13. The summer my family spent a week in a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountain national park area!

  14. My favorite travel memory is our annual August trips to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. We spent two weeks there every year!

  15. I love our family trips to the ocean…. so many wonderful memories there! Everything is so carefree when you’re a kid.. 🙂

  16. Snorkelling in Maui and getting a sunburn right below my shorts on my back because my shorts was too high when I applied sunblock.

  17. Heading to Roatan this summer for my first week-long trip to a SCUBA diving resort!

  18. One of my best trips part 5:
    I went to Viet Nam after having traveled all over the world and been to places like Burma, Djibouti, Togo, and Timor Leste. I thought I had been off the beaten path. But I found in Viet Nam the children were just mezmorized by my light skin and hair. They treated me like I was another species. It was quite interesting. My friend and I ended up hiring a local who spoke no English to take us down the Mekong river. We slept in hammocks on the boat for 3 nights and when we were hungry the captain would yell out to see who had extra food available and wanted to make a small amount of money. So the boat would pull up to someone’s shack on the river and we would pay them 50 cents each for the food they prepared. This was 9 years ago so it’s not like it was decades ago. The whole experience was quite interesting.

  19. Going on my first trip to Europe with my Dad and getting upgraded to business class on Sabena Airlines. In case you don’t know Sabena…they went bankrupt in 2001. Most of their assets became Brussels Airlines in 2002.

  20. My favorite memory was driving to cali to visit family every summer rocking out to Bon Jovi with my mom the whole way

  21. Rome, Florence, Siena, and Venice…We missed the last train from Siena to Florence but managed to share a taxi with another lost traveler.

  22. Our trips to the great lakes were great for this midwestern kid. Great summer adventures.

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