Newest Pit Stops

Black Hills mountain biking for families

The Black Hills of South Dakota never fail to surprise...and impress. This western region of South Dakota is known as the home of Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and of course, for its Wild West … Read More

Main Salmon River rafting trip with O.A.R.S.

The best—and nearly only—way to experience the 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of Central Idaho is by whitewater raft down the Main Salmon River. The route along the Wild … Read More

Olympic National Park with kids

Tucked away on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park offers the best of not one, not two, but three worlds: temperate rain forest, ocean beaches, and mountain peaks await … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

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

Exploring Tucson with kids

Looking for a winter getaway? Thinking ahead to Spring Break? Tucson delighted us with genuine nature and wilderness, a lively, historic downtown, which has been newly revitalized, and resorts with … Read More

Best Ski Towns: Lake Tahoe region

Planning a family vacation to the snow in Lake Tahoe? There are multiple hamlets dotting the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe that deserve recognition! And to the south, the towns of Kings Beach, … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

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

Travel Gear We Use: 30 Road Trip Products

I know, your car is already packed to the gills for your family road trip. But trust us, you need these 30 road trip products and ideas to make your travel day run smoothly. We travel every month of … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: The Seventy2 Survival System bug-out bag

You may not be a doomsday prepper or preparing for a zombie apocalypse (or maybe you are), but every family should have a car bug-out bag, ideally for each family member and certainly for … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

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 about. Plus, an average motel stay is now over $100 per night. In the last year or so, we’ve…read more»

25 travel blogger-approved road trip itineraries

Ready to hit the road this summer with your crew? The open road awaits, and nothing beats a good road trip. If you’re not sure where to go, or simply want a vetted and approved itinerary to follow, read on! I asked travel bloggers across the US and Canada for their top summer road trip itineraries.…read more»

Five ways to travel smarter this summer

Coronavirus is here for awhile, and as travelers, we need to learn how to travel reasonably and safely within its limitations until we get through the quarantines, border closures, festival cancellations, and travel restrictions. One thing we can all do right now? Plan and save! Here are some ways you can prepare for eventual travel…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

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»

Iceland camper van road trip tips

Iceland has become a popular family vacation destination for many reasons: it is every bit as breathtakingly beautiful as it looks in photographs, there’s essentially no language barrier, it’s extremely family-friendly, and the outdoor recreation and sightseeing is almost endless. What Iceland is not: cheap. Standard hotels can cost families as much as $400 per…read more»

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