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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The best FREE Amazon Fire apps for toddlers and preschoolers

We absolutely love our Amazon Fire tablets for family travel. In fact, we’ve acquired a full “family set” over the years! Carrying our tablets lightens our load by cutting out some of the other entertainment (and edutainment) options we might otherwise bring, and you all know we prefer to pack light. For our family, our […]

Favorite Road Trips with Kids Around the World

Every family loves a good summer road trip! Since the season is upon us, we asked some of our favorite family travel bloggers to give tell us about their family’s go-to destinations. Hopefully their travels will inspire your family’s wanderlust this summer. Be sure to let us know in the comments where your family goes for […]

Thirteen Things That Surprised Me at Disneyland and California Adventure

Thanks to this year’s Disneyland SoCal resident ticket offer, we were able to take the kids to the magical theme parks in Anaheim at a huge discount from the regular price. We hadn’t gone since I was pregnant almost three years ago, so it was Shoshana’s first visit! We had a great time overall and there […]

SoCal: A Weekend in Palm Desert with Kids

How to spend a weekend in Palm Desert with kids Are you itching for a little break from the speed and sprawl of life in LA? The great news is that you can escape it all with just a few hours (ok, it depends on traffic) on the 10E heading toward the desert cities of […]

Ireland with Kids: Visiting the Cliffs of Moher

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher with Kids Want to see the rest of our Ireland with Kids trip report? If you’ve seen The Princess Bride or Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the dramatic views  of the Cliffs of Moher should be familiar. From their peak, the cliffs drop 700ft (and over 300 million years!) […]

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