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Keeping My Family Safe When We Travel With Folr

Disclosure: this is a compensated campaign in collaboration with FOLR and Latina Bloggers Connect.

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Here I am watching the sunrise all by myself in St Augustine while my husband and kids are asleep in the hotel.

As you may know if you follow my blog our family likes to travel a lot. Sometimes we travel together, sometimes my husband or I travel by ourselves. Additionally when we travel with the kids we both get some adult time to check out things that the kids might not be thrilled with. I go out for walks early in the morning while my husband and the kids are still asleep and my husband goes out at night or takes an afternoon run. That means that we often are far away from each other and having a way to know where your loved one is when we are traveling really gives you peace of mind.

I am super excited about the Folr app that we just installed in our phones. The app is super easy to download and even easier to use.  I like that it has a lot of privacy settings that you can tailor to your own needs, for example you have to authorize a persona to follow you and you can decide what days of the week and what times that persona can see your location so it gives you the peace of mind that you need but with all of the privacy you feel comfortable with!

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I have to tell you that since we have started using Folr about a week ago I feel a lot better because when my husband goes for a run at night I always worry that something might happen to him and now I can see where he is, the same thing happens when I take my morning walks in the parks around my house, my husband is able to see that I am at the park and not worry about me being alone as much.

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Safety Tips for Family Travel

Research your destination: Before traveling read up on your destination, make sure to avoid unsafe places and try to learn what you can about the place you are visiting. 

Have an emergency plan and go over it:  Wether you are spending the day at Disney or traveling overseas it’s important to talk with your children about an emergency plan. Make sure to discuss with them what they need to do if they get lost and who they can turn to for help.  Make sure everyone has everyone else’s contact information as well as emergency contact in case anything happens.

Use technology to keep you safe:  There are many great apps out there than can help travelers, do your research and use technology to your advantage.  If your kids have cell phones make sure that you download Folr so that you can know where they are and find them if you get separated.

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About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    Great tool! It gives peace of mind!
    Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá recently posted…Miércoles Mudo ~ Mi TigritoMy Profile

  2. Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Esta app es maravillosa! Que linda lugar donde esta tu esposo!!
    Diana Rodriguez – Entre Compras y El Hogar recently posted…Como llevar las Cejas al NaturalMy Profile

  3. Adriana Db (Hogar-Mujer)

    Me gusta mucho esta app, no solo es muy util sino que nos brinda tranquilidad y seguridad.
    Adriana Db (Hogar-Mujer) recently posted…Cupcakes de Halloween en conos de heladosMy Profile

  4. Sandra del Rocio Perez

    Excelente herramienta para estar conectados con nuestros seres queridos, cuando se requiere saber su ubicación. Sin duda un gran ventaja el tener la tecnología en la palma de nuestras manos.

  5. Cristina

    Esta aplicación es una maravilla. Ya podemos sentirnos tranquilas cuando los seres queridos estén fuera de casa!
    Cristina recently posted…Toy Emporium: juguetes para crear y construirMy Profile

  6. Teresa Garza

    Es una aplicación excelente.. Para mi ha sido de gran utilidad.
    Teresa Garza recently posted…Celebrando la Herencia Hispana del Mañana #CreaFuturo #CreaTuLista #VZWBuzzMy Profile

  7. coolchillmom

    this is great peace of mind!
    why is it that we moms over worry so much? Well no matter now we have this to get some comfort
    coolchillmom recently posted…Get Ready for Unbeatable Speed Fun with The First Ever Hot Wheels Animated Movie: Team Hot Wheels; The Origin of AwesomeMy Profile

  8. Adriana Martin

    se ve buenisima esa app gracias por compartir
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  9. Alejandra Ramirez

    I’m using that app too and I love it!

  10. Romina Tibytt

    Muy buena herramienta ¡la voy a tener en cuenta!
    Romina Tibytt recently posted…Pasos claves para la prevención y detección temprana de Cáncer de SenoMy Profile

  11. Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka)

    Peace of mind yet Private Time- that’s a twofer BB can really appreciate! Thanks for the intro Preciosa. BB2U

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