Gate to gate tips for unaccompanied minors flying solo

Last August, the whole family was enjoying a Laguna Beach vacation. The only thing missing: my son Calvin, age 11, who was attending a soccer team event in Portland, OR. We wanted him to join us when his obligation was over, so we booked him a … [Read more...]

What to expect on an O.A.R.S. river rafting trip

Earlier this month, we enjoyed our fourth multi-night rafting trip with O.A.R.S. If you do something four times, it's because you love it, and there are very few vacations we've loved as much as O.A.R.S. trips. This unique family vacation combines … [Read more...]

Traveling across the USA with kids 

Are you a parent with one or more children? Do you dream of the possibilities of closing up your home and hitting the road for a couple of weeks or so? However, does the idea of traveling long distances feel slightly daunting because you have … [Read more...]

Five pet-friendly road trip ideas

If you’re planning a road trip with the kids, you won’t want to leave your furry family members behind! It just wouldn’t be a vacation without them. Yet just like travelling with the little ones, a bit of advance planning can make a world of … [Read more...]

How to save money on a cruise

Cruise vacations remain some of the most budget-friendly family vacation options available. While I admit to being quite picky about cruises, experience has taught me that cruises make for excellent multi-generational trips, allowing diverse family … [Read more...]

Iceland camper van road trip tips

Iceland has become a popular family vacation destination for many reasons: it is every bit as breathtakingly beautiful as it looks in photographs, there’s essentially no language barrier, it’s extremely family-friendly, and the outdoor recreation and … [Read more...]

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Tips for traveling with pets

Plenty of families will be hitting the road with Fido this summer. We get it: our dogs are part of our family, too! If you're planning to bring your dog (or even cat) on your family vacation, we have tips for traveling with pets! Tips for … [Read more...]

Best budget vacations with kids

We enjoy all types of travel, from those bucket-list moments to the cheapest of camping trips. The good news: kids love it all! Traveling with children can be stressful enough without having to worry about the budget, but with a little planning it … [Read more...]

Three northwest backpacking routes for families

Parents with young children: you absolutely can backpack with kids! Our family has found success by choosing backpacking routes that are short on distance but big on rewards, whether that be in the form of a fun lake or river to swim in, dramatic … [Read more...]

Travel tip: Earn money for travel recs with TRVL

I love the shift in travel to include so many peer-to-peer travel planning services. For instance, we use Airbnb and Uber regularly when we travel, both to save on our travel budget and to meet locals in the places to visit. New to this share-economy … [Read more...]