Newest Pit Stops

Planning a trip to Door County with kids

The moment I heard Door County, Wisconsin described as ‘the Cape Cod of the Midwest’, this family-friendly destination made perfect sense to me. Despite the fact that Lake Michigan served as the … Read More

A rustic cabin stay at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

A state park stay can be a great way to safely travel with the family during COVID-19. For up-to-date information on park closures and updates in Oregon, check here. Located approximately 25 miles … Read More

Exploring the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone: navigating Upper and Lower Falls

During a time when many vacations are not possible, outdoor activities in road trip-accessible locations offer the ability to safely social distance. Hotels.com asked me to share my favorite … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

A rustic cabin stay at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

A state park stay can be a great way to safely travel with the family during COVID-19. For up-to-date information on park closures and updates in Oregon, check here. Located approximately 25 miles … Read More

Best Mountain Towns: Jackson Hole Wyoming

Ready for a Western vacation in a breathtaking setting? Jackson, Wyoming is one of the best vacation towns for families, in any season. We love to visit in summer, where we can base ourselves in … Read More

Road Trip Travel Hack: Stay nights at KOA Kampgrounds!

We love to review destination hotels and resorts, but let's face it: roadside motels booked solely for the purpose of an overnight pit stop en route on a road trip are usually nothing to write home … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Family camping at new heights: Gear for elevated camping

Have you ever wanted to camp off the ground? Elevated camping is becoming more and more popular, because camping in tents and hammocks designed to be strung in trees allows families to camp on un-even … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: All-time favorite healthy travel snacks

Today's Travel Gear We Use segment isn't exactly gear, but does help us as we travel: we're rounding up our favorite healthy travel snacks. There are many, many products out there that claim to be … Read More

Travel tip: Fighting germs on vacation

I don't like to think too much about it, but there are a lot of icky germs out there, friends. Sure, there are a lot of benign ones, too, and I don't obsess over it, but none of us want to get sick … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Pit Stops for Kids’ Pre-Road Trip Checklist

As my family and I gear up (literally speaking!) for our upcoming 22-day road trip throughout the western states, piles of equipment, duffel bags, coolers, and the like are starting to dot the landscape of our family room. As I always wonder before an extended trip, I’ve been asking myself: is this all really going…read more»

Quick and easy guide to kids’ road trip snacks

There’s a lot that goes into making a road trip happen. Your level of organization probably lands somewhere in between winging it and micromanaging every detail, and with kids, you always have to leave room for the unexpected. If there’s one thing you should get right, though, it’s snacks for the road. Guide to road…read more»

Six holiday card ideas for traveling families

Travel may look a bit different these days, but savvy travelers are apt to adapt to any of life’s inevitable curveballs. Hit the road with a mask, always practice social distancing, and give us your best “say cheese!”  Here are six unique photoshoot locations for your holiday cards that are sure to inspire a little…read more»

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Disney Vacations

Tips for celebrating the holidays at Disneyland Resort

The holiday season truly is magical at the Disneyland Resort, bustling with special events, entertainment, and decorations. It’s also bustling with holiday crowds, which can certainly impact your experience. Here’s how to enjoy all the holiday magic while navigating the masses. Tip 1: Know when to go The holiday season at Disneyland and California Adventure…read more»

Disney’s Grand Floridian review: what guests can expect for the deluxe resort price

Before our stay for the purpose of a Disney’s Grand Floridian review, I admit to harboring high expectations. I imagine this is typical; after all, the Grand Floridian is Walt Disney World’s flagship resort. The moment we stepped off the Disney Magical Express bus into the generously appointed porte-cochère and were greeted by no fewer than three cast members,…read more»

When to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets at Disney theme parks (and when not to)

When buying Disney theme park tickets, families have the ability to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets. What does this mean? Instead of gaining admittance to one park per day, you have access to all four (plus water parks, if desired). Do you ‘need’ Park Hoppers? Most families believe the answer is yes, but in fact,…read more»

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International Destinations

Eight destinations in Europe for an unforgettable family holiday

Now may not be the right time to travel, but it IS the right time to plan your next family vacay. Do you want to discover the most ravishing places in Europe? Deemed the best continent for vacationing by plenty of travel enthusiasts from around the world, Europe is indeed a magical wonderland for holiday-makers…read more»

The top UK cities worth visiting in 2020 and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic might have thrown a spanner in the works when it comes to going on holiday this summer (and even into the fall), but that doesn’t mean that we can’t start using that extra time we have on our hands preparing for our next big adventure once things have hopefully normalized.  Is the…read more»

Four days in the Canadian Rockies: Jasper and Banff National Park road trip

It’s very hard to plan a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Why? No matter how ambitious your itinerary, there’s always one more place to visit just a few kilometers down the road. But if you do have to scale your trip to under one week, here’s how to spend four days in and around Lake…read more»

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