Disney done right: how to survive (and thrive!) in summer crowds

The first advice I offer any family asking how to get the most from their Disney theme park experience is to visit in the off-season. Of course, such a plan isn’t always realistic. If your only option is to visit Walt Disney World or the Disneyland … [Read more...]

Disney done right: a stay at the Disneyland Hotel

Until last week, my family and I had never stayed on-site at the Disneyland Resort, despite numerous trips to the theme parks. After last week’s stay, I may never visit Disney any other way. Our night at the newly improved Disneyland Hotel granted … [Read more...]

Road-trip troubleshooting: when things go wrong on the road

I'll admit it: I've run out of gas on the road during a family vacation. (I've also had a U-Haul trailer break down on me in the middle of the night in the middle of Washington State, but that's another story.) It wasn't much fun, and I'll tell you … [Read more...]

Family travel alternative: have you tried a hostel?

Hostels can be the perfect choice for economic and family-focused travel. The following is a guest post by a leading authority on family-friendly hostels, HostelBookers. Hostels are great for children. They’re free to run around more than if they … [Read more...]

NYC with kids: making sense of subways, taxis, and trains

During our four days in New York City this past June, we relied exclusively on subway trains, taxi cabs, and our own feet to get us where we needed to go. Despite being accustomed to using public transportation in other cities, I will admit we found … [Read more...]

Why I travel with kids

With fair regularity, I get asked why I travel so much with my kids. Isn’t it exhausting? Will they even remember it? How do you make the time to get away? I could give the stock answers, and I sometimes do: I travel with my kids because I want them … [Read more...]

Summer road trip resources: road-side safety from Allstate

The sun's out in most of the continental U.S., school's out for the summer, and the 4th of July is nearly upon us. This means it's road trip season for many traveling families! Here's how not to go insane, stay safe, and possibly (ok, probably!) even … [Read more...]

Disney Done Right: Star Wars Weekends at Disney Studios

Summer's here, and family travel is at its best! What better way to celebrate the end of another school year than with a weekend at Walt Disney World? If you have a Star Wars fan, there's no better time: Fridays-Sundays through June 12th, Star Wars … [Read more...]

Family friendly skies: five airlines that still go the extra mile

This past March, my sister flew to visit us for a spring break vacation. Since her husband couldn't leave work, she traveled alone from one coast of the U.S. to the other with her two-year-old and infant. A daunting task? Of course. One guaranteed to … [Read more...]

Family-friendly city touring with Go Select

    Will you and your family be touring a city in the coming months as part of a family summer vacation? We will! The Pit Stops for Kids crew will be spending time in both New York City and Boston this June, and since we plan to visit … [Read more...]