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Panama Day Trips: Monkey Island, Panama

Two seas, two species of mischievous Panama monkeys, two types of lazy sloths, two ferry transits across the Panama Canal, two excellent guides… and all in one day. Far and away, the highlight of our family visit to Panama City was the “ocean to ocean” tour with Panama Day Trips to visit Monkey Island, Panama. […]

19 essentials for your remote island tropical vacation packing list

We had a great time during our recent stay at Al Natural Resort on Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama, but it was our first time vacationing on a remote tropical island and we weren’t completely prepared for the reality on the ground. It’s sort of like Gilligan’s Island except with a few more bungalows. […]

All-inclusive Bocas del Toro hotel: Al Natural Resort

If your family is looking for a true getaway to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect to each other, Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro, Panama is the place to be. We were thrilled when Bocas del Toro all-inclusive Al Natural Resort, one of the leading luxury eco-resorts on the island, invited us to be […]

Kids activities in Scottsdale and Phoenix

The Phoenix area holds a special place in our hearts – I’ve visited at least a dozen times since my aunt and uncle moved there two decades ago, and in many ways it feels like a second home. We have collectively experienced the city through many lenses: as a teen visiting with family, on my […]

Our favorite resources to save money on travel

Now that we’re about to head out into the wide, wide world we’ve been getting a lot of questions about our trip. Where are we going, when are we going, how do we think the kids will do… and how much money do you need to travel the world (as a family of four, no […]

Save money on travel with GuesttoGuest home exchange

Do you like saving money on vacation? Me too! On average, lodging costs represent around a quarter of the cost of a trip, so saving on that expense can make a huge difference in your travel budget. We’ve tried a few different options for saving on vacation accommodations over the years, but our new favorite […]

How to road trip with a toddler and a kid

Our family has covered approximately 3,000 miles in the last three weeks as we’ve traversed the United States to kick off our family gap year. It’s been a great introduction to the world of family road trips! Here are our top tips from the trenches: 1. Don’t pack the car up to the roof. Learn […]

Where to stay in Flagstaff: Little America Flagstaff review

Frequent readers of this blog will know that our family generally chooses vacation rental apartments when we travel. We like the space and the feeling of homeyness. But when I was looking into places to stay in Flagstaff for our visit to the Grand Canyon on our big road trip, I kept coming back to […]

Celebrating our launch with a Hydaway bottle giveaway!

**Sorry, the giveaway is now closed** Now that we’re finally on the road, it’s time to celebrate! A few weeks ago we told you about different foldable water bottle options we checked out. The winner for our family was the Hydaway bottle. In fact, we liked them so much in our initial testing that we […]

How to travel with car seats (without losing your cool)

Whether or not to bring a child’s car seat for travel and how to fly with a car seat without going crazy are always burning questions for family travelers. We’ve been through these situations many times with our own children over the years, so in this post we’ll try to address the most common questions […]

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