Newest Pit Stops

Three west coast trip must-visit destinations for families

The west coast of the USA is one of the most stunning road trips in the world. It is a trip that offers so much: ferry rides in the Puget Sound, hikes through the redwood forests in Oregon, … Read More

Gift-free holiday: Why we opted for no presents at Christmas

When we decided the best time for our family's bucket list trip to Europe was Christmas break, we, as parents, realized how unrealistic it would be to buy Christmas presents on top of the cost of the … Read More

The Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood: What to know before you go

If you have kids who live and breathe all things Harry Potter, and you can't take them on a trip to the motherland, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios is the next best … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

Best Ski Towns: Luxury Vail ski vacation

It's impossible to have a 'best ski towns' series and not include Vail, Colorado. There's a reason Vail has been absent from our list thus far...it's already on everyone else's list. That said, Vail … Read More

Traveling the Canadian Rockies on VIA Rail

Overnight passenger train travel can be more expensive and slower than air travel today. So why should you go? And where? Train across Canada: after spending two nights traveling the Canadian Rockies … Read More

Unique Oregon golf resort: Silvies Valley Ranch

Located on the Eastern Oregon frontier, Silvies Valley Ranch offers a vacation experience unique to anything I've done before. Guests enter the 220 square miles of this working cattle and goat ranch … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Holiday gift guide for adventurous families

Every August, I get a sneak peek into the holiday gifting season. Outdoor Retailer is the largest trade show for outdoor and travel gear, and each summer, they have all their new and … Read More

Gear guide for your next beach trip

The holidays are coming up, and if you’re lucky, you have a trip planned somewhere warm and sunny. You don’t want to arrive at your much-needed break without the essentials., Take a look at some 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 road trips … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Ski Vacation Hack: How to tune and wax your own skis

Winter outdoors enthusiasts gearing up for ski and snowboard season know how expensive snow sports can be, and how important it is to take care of skiing equipment. But if you don’t have $40 to $50 to spend on every professional tuning and waxing session, you can easily do it yourself! This is one of…read more»

Best Ski Towns: Luxury Vail ski vacation

It’s impossible to have a ‘best ski towns’ series and not include Vail, Colorado. There’s a reason Vail has been absent from our list thus far…it’s already on everyone else’s list. That said, Vail deserves a place on ours as well, because with perhaps the exception of Deer Valley Utah, Vail and its neighbor and Vail Resorts…read more»

Best accessories for traveling with your dog

Dogs are widely known as some of the best companions to be with. They offer the best comfort while in the house, especially after a long day. The same also happens when one is taking a trip to a beach, a road trip, or by a flight across the overseas. Although the adventure is fun…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

Spain with kids: What not to miss in Seville

Seville is a region in Spain that has something for just about anybody. From the great Catholic and Moorish monuments and buildings to the iconic historic bullring, delicious tapas bars and enchanting old towns and neighborhoods plus giant wooden mushrooms, the Andalusian capital has plenty for any tourist to enjoy. If you’re considering visiting Seville,…read more»

Best places to take a river cruise in Russia

Home to a range of magnificent cities and unforgettable museums, it’s easy to see why Russia is increasingly becoming a popular vacation destination. Russia has a lot to offer in terms of Russia river cruise vacations. Even more – the incredible waterways system in Russia enables ocean-cruising ships to travel all the way from the…read more»

Where to Enjoy a New Year 2020 ski holiday in Europe

Are you looking forward to spending a wonderful New Year’s Eve in Europe? With New Year 2020 around the corner, most people are busy shortlisting ideal ski destinations for an exciting vacation with family and friends. However, the majority of the ski resorts in Europe are full during the festive season and hence, instead of…read more»

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