Newest Pit Stops

Summer in Big Bear with kids

The town of Big Bear Lake may be Southern California’s favorite snow destination in winter, but this small community has a lot going on in summer, too. An easy drive from San Bernardino, CA, Big Bear … Read More

How to spend three days in SW Louisiana

Southwest Louisiana has something for everyone: families will find rich culinary traditions, incredible wildlife, history, and adventure. Plus, there's plenty in the way of relaxation and play. … Read More

Driving the Creole Nature Trail in SW Louisiana

One of only a handful of All American Roads, the Creole Nature Trail runs in a loop of 180 miles, with numerous wildlife refuges, gulf beaches, and marshes along the way. Driving the Creole Nature … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

Des Moines area hotel review: Hotel Pattee

If you’re looking for charm and character off the beaten path, while still staying close enough to access the fun of a metro area, try the historic Hotel Pattee, in Perry, Iowa. This lovely old … Read More

Where to stay near Joshua Tree National Park

The first time we visited Joshua Tree National Park, we stayed in Indian Cove campground and spent almost all our time within the park boundaries. We never regret spending time in parks; however, … Read More

Experiencing Oregon ranching at Aspen Ridge Resort

Located in south-central Oregon in the heart of ranching country, Aspen Ridge Resort is one of those tucked-away gems begging to be discovered by families. With cabin-style lodging, a relaxed … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Best essential oils for travel

Like everyone else (it seems), I've recently started using essential oils in my home and for my family. While I don't deem them lifesaving (gasp!), I do believe essential oils add to our family's … Read More

Best food containers and bento boxes for the road

One of the best ways to save money and stay healthier on road trips is to pack your own food. Almost every road trip we take, we pack lunches and drinks, whether we'll be on the road a few hours or a … Read More

Travel Gear We Use: Ecoths shirts for teen travel

We've been singing the praises of men's clothing line Ecōths for several years now. Part of my favorite clothing company, Aventura, Ecōths is all about comfortable, practical men's wear that's … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

Best essential oils for travel

Like everyone else (it seems), I’ve recently started using essential oils in my home and for my family. While I don’t deem them lifesaving (gasp!), I do believe essential oils add to our family’s well-being and overall health. Why not take this show on the road? We have a round up of the best essential…read more»

Tips for buying airfare using a third-party booking site

Many travel experts agree that in the second half of 2016, we’ll experience the lowest airfare rates we’ve seen in years, thanks to crude oil prices around $49 a barrel paired with the competitive summer travel season. If you’ll be among the many families deciding to buy airfare, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of…read more»

Travel Gear We Use: Five products we always have on road trips

The family road trip really is where the rubber meets the road. When it comes to best products for road trips, we prefer useful items to flashy ones, the tried-and-true over the new fangled. There are many, many items to bring on your next road trip, but these five things seem to always be in…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

Beach holidays with kids in Armenia

Armenia is the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as state religion that’s why it is believed that the ancient Christian culture was born exactly on the territories of modern Armenia. Mainly, the tourists who choose Armenia Travel want to make pilgrimage to important religious sites, get acquainted with rich history and culture…read more»

Best restaurants in Rome for non-foodies (plus eating in Italy tips):

Eating in Italy? You’re in for a treat! After eating our way through the country, I am here for you with tips for dining in Italy with kids, plus our picks for the best restaurants in Rome. Note: for Florence dining recommendations, read our Three Days in Florence with Kids article. Best restaurants in Rome…read more»

Normandy in a day: What to see with 12 hours by car

If you can carve out a free day during a visit to Paris, it’s well-worth your time to explore Normandy. While this region of France deserves a week or more of your attention, families can hit some highlights with just a day. We’ve written about taking kids on a D-Day site tour from Paris with…read more»

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