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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 […]

Tasting Peljesac Wine in Croatia, from the Plavac Mali grape to Dingac wine

Explore the old city and climb the walls of Dubrovnik… check.  Take the aerial tram up to the lookout above the city… check. Dine at one of the many delicious restaurants… check. Looking for day trips from Dubrovnik to get a better feel for the surrounding area? Consider exploring the Peljesac Peninsula to taste Dalmatian […]

Under the Tuscan Sun: Fine Wine Tasting Tours and Lunch at Avignonesi

All it takes is five minutes driving through the Tuscan countryside before you realize that this place is much more stunning than the pictures you see online. Rolling hills and small towns dot the region. The sun radiates down on beautiful lush green landscape as far as the eye can see.  Much has already been […]

Learning how to make crêpes (and friends) in Paris

Sometimes when you travel, all of the puzzle pieces just come together beyond your expectations. You manage to combine the right location, the right activity, and the right style of travel… perhaps without even trying. We were fortunate to have one such experience on our family trip to Paris: we learned how to make crêpes […]

Paris with kids: 5 tips for an amazing family trip to Paris

Usually when families think of kid-friendly vacations, theme parks and all-inclusive resorts are the first options that come to mind. Those trips with kids have their place, but if your heart sings at the thought of exploring Europe with kids, I have one piece of advice to offer: DO IT.   We’ve gone on many […]

Family-friendly British Columbia: Things to do in Vancouver with kids and day trips from Vancouver

We love Vancouver! Now that that’s out of the way. Vancouver (and the rest of British Columbia) has so much to offer families – a mix of city life, quiet leafy streets for strolling, restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, and more outdoor activities than you could ever tackle on one trip. We love […]

How to sail Croatia in style

We always love exploring coastal regions by boat, and the beautiful blue waters of the Adriatic Sea off of Croatia provide an ideal adventure for our family trip! While there are many options for sailing and kayaking in Croatia, we hooked up with Opcija Tours, based in Split, for our private charter.

Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe: What to Pack for Croatia in June

I feel like I always spend a lot of time considering what to pack for a trip. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes I realize I’ve forgotten a key piece or woefully underestimated my need for a certain type of clothing. For our trip to Croatia, I did a little of both! Fortunately I still […]

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