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MontGras Winery: Becoming a family of wine makers in Chile

Prior to arriving in Chile we heard that Chileans are known to be friendly and welcoming. During our hosted visit to MontGras Winery in Chile’s Colchagua Valley our family was shown firsthand Chilean hospitality (and wine) at its finest. Gonzalo, our host, took us on a comprehensive tour of MontGras’ expansive property. As Californians and […]

The best FREE walking tour of Valparaiso street art, history and culture

Gritty. That was the most common word people used to “warn” us about Valparaiso and its reputation for petty crime, dirty streets and abundance of stray dogs (of which there really are a disturbing number). Those things may not be entirely wrong, but in just one day Valparaiso, Chile won our hearts with its vibrancy. […]

The best things to do in Boquete, Panama with kids

Situated in an expansive green cloud forest, with a temperate climate, Boquete is an outdoor lover’s paradise. It is easy to understand why so many American expats in Panama come here to vacation or retire. The air is clean, the people are warm, the food is fresh, and the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. It is […]

Exploring Panama City, Panama with kids

Are you visiting Panama? Your time in the country will almost certainly begin or end with a few days exploring its capital city, and there are lots of fun activities to check out. It was the first stop on our family gap year trip around the world, and we were very happy with all of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spain in winter: Why Spain should be your next winter holiday destination

While your friends make their plans to join the masses on sandy beaches or charming-but-packed Northern European Christmas markets, imagine yourself strolling through sunny Sevilla surrounded by locals enjoying the quiet holidays or taking in Guernica in Madrid after just a few minutes’ wait. Welcome to Spain in winter! Our family’s winter visit to Spain […]

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