Newest Pit Stops

25 travel blogger-approved summer road trip itineraries

Ready to hit the road this summer with your crew? The open road awaits! If you're not sure where to go, or simply want a vetted and approved itinerary to follow, read on! I asked travel bloggers … Read More

Exploring Garden of the Gods, Illinois

One of the prime attractions in the Shawnee National Forest, which covers 280,000 acres in Southern Illinois, is Garden of the Gods, a collection of fantastic rock formations that towers above a vast … Read More

Ultimate family vacation in Pittsburgh for the younger set

If you have toddlers and preschoolers who love Daniel Tiger and visiting kid-friendly attractions like children's museums, consider an easy-to-plan summer getaway to Pittsburgh. How to plan a … Read More

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Newest Resorts and Hotels

Five great coastal campgrounds for families

Summer's not the only season for camping. Families wanting to prolong the season need to head to coastal, temperate zones (bonus if they can find yurts or cabins at the campground). Family camping is … Read More

Whaleshead Beach Resort

  Summer isn't the only time to visit the Oregon Coast. In fact, our favorite time of year for a coastal getaway is late fall, when the beaches are empty, the rental prices drop, and the … 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, … Read More

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Product Reviews and Giveaways

Summer 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: Spyder battery case review

I'm very picky about my phone case. My iPhone might just have more 'outfits' than me during a week! I need a case for everyday use, that's protective but still slim and offers easy access (for me, … Read More

Puddle Jumper review and giveaway

A 'Puddle Jumper' no longer refers only to a happy kid in the rain. It's also a brand of US Coast Guard approved life jackets with an almost cult-like following among parents. Because we're all about … Read More

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Travel Tips and Planning

25 travel blogger-approved summer road trip itineraries

Ready to hit the road this summer with your crew? The open road awaits! 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. Western US:   The western states…read more»

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

It’s finally here! The west coast of the US now has its own Wizarding World at Universal Studios. While many aspects of the park will be familiar to fans of the Florida version, there are a few things to know before you go to Hogwarts in Hollywood this summer. Wizarding World planning tips: Tips from…read more»

Coleman camping gear and #FindYourPark

It’s camping season in most of the US and Canada, and I’m excited to spend time in the outdoors for the next few months. Most of us are now familiar with our National Park system’s #FindYourPark initiative, which is helping more families than ever discover outdoor recreation in state and national parks. Most families are…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

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»

The Philippines: a great place to travel with children

The Philippines doesn’t top a lot of lists when it comes to kid-friendly international travel. But this might be by virtue of the Philippines size more than its offerings. The Philippine Islands don’t comprise a tremendous amount of geographical space, but what this nation lacks in size it more than makes up for in culture…read more»

Eight top adventurous destinations to explore with your kids

The following guest post is brought to you by G Adventures. Pick up any children’s story-book and you’ll quickly discover a love for adventure. From timeless classics like Huckleberry Finn, Treasure Island and Paddington Bear to the more recent Harry Potter and 39 Clue series, kids love to throw themselves into the wild, mystical, and…read more»

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