Newest Pit Stops

Women and wine: Mother’s Day wineries to visit in Oregon

The best Mother's Day I ever spent wasn't during an expensive vacation or at a fancy spa or restaurant. It was at a winery a few miles from our home. We packed up the whole family, and drove along the … Read More

Three days in Florence with kids

I’ve heard it said that Florence is not an ideal destination for kids, but I couldn’t disagree more. Our three days in Florence were among our best in Europe. Even with only a basic education in … Read More

How to plan college visits for your teen

As a family who's always loved learning on the go, we're excited to be diving into a new version of educational travel: college touring for our teens. At first, figuring when, when, and how to plan … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico with kids

There's a reason I keep writing about vacationing in Puerto Rico with kids: this destination is affordable and convenient to reach from many points in the US and Canada. Within just a few hours, … Read More

South Lake Tahoe lodging for families: Aston Lakeland Village

I might as well admit it: I'm a North Lake Tahoe girl. I grew up near North Tahoe, and because of this, I simply know the area better. While I do love skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood on the … Read More

Tips for AirBnb Italy: Where to stay in Florence and Rome

Originally thought of as only a step up from couch surfing, Airbnb has caught on with family travelers in the US. But what about using Airbnb while traveling abroad? We used Airbnb exclusively … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Travel Gear We Use: Spring travel wear from Aventura Clothing

As you may have seen if you follow our Pit Stops for Kids social channels, I am again an ambassador for Aventura Clothing this year. What does this mean? It means I help Aventura promote their … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: Camping Comfort Items

We used to be hardcore minimalist campers...until we starting reviewing camping gear. Then we realized there's a whole slew of fun, convenient camping items we now can't live without. Turns out, we … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: Best cameras for small hands

A good camera or HD video device is essential gear for most families traveling today. We agree, and take it one step further: it's wonderful to put the camera in the hands of a child. Kids become more … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Five things to check on your car before a road trip

Summer road tripping season is almost here! A road trip is one of our favorite ways to see the world with kids, and it’s also one of the most affordable. However, we’re all so used to driving in our cars that I think we sometimes neglect a few safety measures before taking our cars long…read more»

How to plan college visits for your teen

As a family who’s always loved learning on the go, we’re excited to be diving into a new version of educational travel: college touring for our teens. At first, figuring when, when, and how to plan college visits can feel daunting, but in fact, we’ve found the process to be fun, helpful, and even a…read more»

When old maids go fish: Top kid-friendly card games for travel

Kids are always looking for a good time.  It’s easy for them to grow tired of an activity and quickly search for another interesting pastime.  Card games have been entertaining kids for ages and some of them have stood the test of time (and boredom).  Here is a number of top kid-friendly card games. Go…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

Three days in Florence with kids

I’ve heard it said that Florence is not an ideal destination for kids, but I couldn’t disagree more. Our three days in Florence were among our best in Europe. Even with only a basic education in Renaissance art, which Florence is known for, we found plenty to do in this charming and picturesque Tuscan city.…read more»

Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico with kids

There’s a reason I keep writing about vacationing in Puerto Rico with kids: this destination is affordable and convenient to reach from many points in the US and Canada. Within just a few hours, families can be on tropical beaches and exploring a different culture, without even needing a passport (for US citizens). If you’re…read more»

Exploring Pompeii with kids

The ancient city of Pompeii, under the looming shadow of (what remains of) Mount Vesuvius, was not precisely as we imagined it. The layout, exhibits, and interpretive materials were not clearly marked, and it took some persistence to find what we were looking for (and even then, we missed things). It’s also most certainly a…read more»

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