Surviving Summer Vacation from Julia Dimon

The summer is almost over, but there is plenty of time to plan that last-minute vacation. It starts with choosing a relaxing location, a great place to stay and simplifying your travel. We have the perfect family travel expert to provide you with the inspiration to take one-last trip. The renowned TRAVEL JUNKIE, Julia Dimon has visited more than 80 countries during her career as one of the top travel experts in the nation. The TV host for National Geographic’s Word Travels has hiked with mountain gorillas in Uganda, gone to radioactive Chernobyl and eaten live scorpions, bugs and slugs across the globe. Now, discover why Julia is sharing with everyone her number one tip: Don’t regret squeezing in one last cherished memory before the summer is over…


There’s still plenty of summer to plan a relaxing vacation, and that can be tricky when you’re traveling with the kids, parents, and other family and friends. I’ve found that one of the best ways to combat the anxiety that tags along with summer vacation planning is by choosing a vacation rental home. Just in time for National Vacation Rental month, Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers professionally managed homes that have plenty of room for the whole family. You can learn more about vacation rentals from the beaches in the Outer Banks, Northwest Florida and Gulf Shores to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Vacation homes can make your stay more relaxing because you don’t have to go to bed when the kids do, since everyone can have a separate bedroom. With a full kitchen, you don’t have to eat out for every meal which helps save money for other vacation fun. You’ll feel less crowded with all the extra space like a living room, game room and more. For more information, visit


I’m a big fan of award-winning loyalty programs like Wyndham Rewards. Smart travelers have a great credit card that helps them earn rewards towards their next vacation. Look for cards that offer simplicity with valuable rewards like the Wyndham Rewards Visa Card. You can earn rewards on everyday purchases and redeem them at more than 25,000 resorts, hotels, vacation rentals, and other Wyndham properties around the world. Cardmembers earn up to 13 points per dollar on their qualified stays, so points add up quickly. Plus, with the card, you get membership perks like preferred rooms, late check out and even free Wi-Fi. So that means families can take great vacations year after year.


Always make a checklist of important items to pack, and of course sunscreen is at the top of that list. My go-to is Honu, a new sunscreen with a patented spray wand that lets anyone, including kids, get sunscreen coverage in hard to reach spots like their back, neck and shoulders. Like many sunscreens, Honu is SPF 50 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. What’s really cool is that it’s powered by air and offers a Reef Safe formula, so it’s better for people AND the environment! You can find Honu at Walmart stores. For more information, visit