How to Choose the Right Backpack for Family Travel

I can't travel without a trusty backpack, so while on our most recent road trip, I paid close attention to the types of bags and packs other families carried in and out of restaurants, museums, picnic areas, and on hikes and tours. As you'd guess, I … [Read more...]

Planning the Family Vacation

Having recently returned from our 22 Day A Pit Stop a Day road trip, I will admit I'm already thinking about our next vacation...where we'll go, when, and how we'll get there. Trip planning can be daunting, but breaking it up into stages and 'sharing … [Read more...]

Pit Stops for Kids’ Pre-Road Trip Checklist

As my family and I gear up (literally speaking!) for our upcoming 22-day road trip throughout the western states, piles of equipment, duffel bags, coolers, and the like are starting to dot the landscape of our family room. As I always wonder before … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day Keeps the “Are We There Yets” Away

Or at least, that's my hope as my family and I embark upon a 22-day road trip, touring four national parks, six family-friendly resorts, eight states, and a partridge in a pear tree. Well, maybe not that last one (which means it's sure to show up on … [Read more...]

Reader Q and A: Pit Stops along I-95

We frequently receive emails from readers asking about places to stop for family fun along certain routes or interstates. Often, these questions lead to great lists of pit stops which mesh with many travel destinations, and if the answer could … [Read more...]

When Pit Stops are Far and Few Between

When we first planned our recent spring break trip to Death Valley, CA (more on that to come!), I knew pit stops en route would be in short supply. I'd noted the lack of places to stop and play on Google Maps, and I thought I'd planned accordingly. … [Read more...]

Madrid-Barajas International Airport

The cost of airfare for five has kept our family vacations grounded for a couple years now. While our budget restrictions have led to finding many great pit stops while on the road (crammed into a Prius, no less!), I do dream of the (relative) ease … [Read more...]

Travel tip: road trip preparation with kids

We're all about getting out of the car on long road trips and stretching little legs and exploring what the local community has to offer, but what about all those quality hours spent in the car? My family and I are leaving tomorrow for a two week … [Read more...]

The Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound

20500 Old Highway 99 SW Grand Mound, WA This past week, my family and I spent two nights and two days at The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. We arrived at the resort at approximately 9 pm on a Sunday night. The lobby was still filled with … [Read more...]