Newest Pit Stops

What to do with kids at Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is a well-known Midwest destination for summer fun and recreation. With 84 square miles of water, 1100 miles of shoreline, and a host of on-land attractions, the Lake has … Read More

Big Surf waterpark in Lake of the Ozarks

Big Surf waterpark, in Linn Creek, Missouri, is an exceptionally well-maintained waterpark at the Lake of the Ozarks, offering thrill levels appropriate for all ages and comfort zones. Park … Read More

Exploring Bridal Cave Missouri with kids

Missouri is well known for its caves, and the Lake of the Ozarks, an hour south of the state capital, boasts several that are open to the public. Of these, the most well-known is Bridal Cave, which … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

End of summer getaway: Alhonna Resort on Lake of the Ozarks

Tucked into the side of a shady peninsula in a quiet corner of the Lake of the Ozarks is a homey, friendly resort that combines comfort and convenience with a low-key, no-fuss atmosphere. Alhonna … Read More

Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha review: A family-friendly place to hang your hat

Time to rack up those IHG points! If your family is enjoying the multitude of things to do in Omaha, consider hanging your hat at the Holiday Inn-Downtown Omaha. This hotel, a few blocks away from the … Read More

Oregon lake resorts off the beaten path

Last month, our teenager hiked the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. As we followed along on his journey through Oregon, assisting with food drops and other needs, we discovered a new side of … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Back-to-School products that double for travel

I'm always a bit sad when it's time to buy back-to-school gear, because it means the long summer travel season is over. However, autumn day trips and weekend getaways are always in our future, so I … Read More

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + review and giveaway

What's the one item you always have with you when you travel, no matter your destination? I bet it's your phone. It certainly is for me. My phone has replaced my need for a map, a TV in hotel rooms, a … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: family tents for camping

This week in our Travel Gear We Use series, we're talking about best family tents for camping. There are a mind-boggling array of family camping tents on the market, in a very wide price range. What's … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Camping recipe ideas and tips for fall

We enjoyed one of our last summer weekends on the Oregon Coast at Eel Creek Campground. It was cool and foggy, which meant fall camping conditions for us! We came to this part of the Oregon dunes to go sand boarding with a big group of tweens and teens, so we needed to really think…read more»

Back-to-School products that double for travel

I’m always a bit sad when it’s time to buy back-to-school gear, because it means the long summer travel season is over. However, autumn day trips and weekend getaways are always in our future, so I find I’m still thinking ‘travel’ when it comes to fall purchases and the kids’ school supplies. This year, I’ve…read more»

Travel Tip: Family-friendly vacations and the experiences they bring

When we were on the road trips of our youth, we felt like we were going insane. We felt trapped in the car with parents and siblings. Smart phones weren’t a thing back then so you were stuck playing road games, listening to music you couldn’t choose, fighting with your sister, or hoping your Gameboy…read more»

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Disney Vacations

Disney World monorail resort restaurants: where to go and when

We love the Disney World monorail: it’s iconic, fun, fast, and easy. Strollers slide on and off with ease, lines are always at a minimum, and for kids, it’s a ride in itself. We try to take the monorail as often as possible during a Disney trip, in order to keep stress at a minimum.…read more»

Why you should get the Disney Dining Plan

Most self-respecting Disney budget blogs will tell you the Disney Dining Plan is not a savings. If you plan to stay in a condo with a kitchen and cook meals in-house, pack peanut butter sandwiches for the parks, and eat at quick-service restaurants only, they’re right. But while the plan may not give you a…read more»

How to plan your Disney Vacation with FastPass+

We have written extensively about enjoying Disney parks using FastPass. Is all this advice out the window now that Disney has introduced FastPass+ and Disney Magic Bands? The short answer: maybe. The game certainly has changed. How to plan your Disney vacation using FastPass+ and why it will make touring Disney parks easier than ever for those…read more»

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International Destinations

Make your family vacation rock with a trip to Beijing

China is now the second-largest economy in the world next to USA with its capital being Beijing. Although it is known to be the center of political affairs, Beijing is also a tourist spot, particularly for families. Nowadays, many tourists flock to Beijing for vacation. Many people want to travel to China to see what…read more»

Harry Potter road trip: UK filming sites worth visiting

There’s are many filming locations for the Harry Potter movie franchise scattered over the UK and Scotland, but frankly, not all of them are visit-worthy. For instance, the campsite Harry and Hermione find themselves in during the last book and movie is really more of a sewage treatment center with some grass outside. Other sites, however,…read more»

Dominican Republic with kids: Power snorkeling at Sosua Beach

During our Fathom cruise in the Dominican Republic, we knew we wanted to both visit a local beach and take a snorkeling trip. We were able to do both during a power snorkeling trip with Wild Play Adventures. Usually, we opt to skip official cruise excursions in favor of booking privately. You get a more personalized…read more»

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