Camping with babies and toddlers: gear up!

The first time my family and I took our eldest son out camping, it was a three-day backpacking trek into Oregon's Columbia Gorge near Multnomah Falls, and he was 13-months old. Were we crazy? Well, yes, but we had a great time introducing baby Nate … [Read more...]

Winter camping: extend your outdoor travel season

'Tis the season for everyone at the Around the Campfire community to be talking about winter camping. What's quickly become apparent, however, is that everyone's interpretation of 'winter' and 'camping' is different. As an avid camper and backpacker, … [Read more...]

How to snag last minute holiday vacation deals

The holiday preparation is done and soon the kids will be out of school, but you don't have a winter vacation planned? There may still be time to find, plan, and execute the perfect holiday getaway for your family if you act quickly! Follow the tips … [Read more...]

Full-time family travel: live chat with Britt Reints

Tonight at Around the Campfire, we're hosting a live chat with Britt Reints of In Pursuit of Happiness, in which she will discuss her family's monumental decision to sell their possessions, alter their daily lifestyle, and set off to explore the U.S. … [Read more...]

Small ship cruising: you CAN expedition travel with kids

The following is Part 2 in a two-part series on small ship cruising with AdventureSmith Expeditions' founder Todd Smith. Last week, I asked AdventureSmith Expeditions founder Todd Smith to explain the philosophy of small ship cruising, reinforcing … [Read more...]

Small ship cruising: a travel philosophy that holds water

The following is the first in a two-part interview with AdventureSmith Explorations founder and president Todd Smith. In the past decade, cruising has morphed from a dowdy vacation your grandparents took to one of the most popular family … [Read more...]

Exploring Portland Oregon with a baby

As a newcomer to the Portland area, I’ve been doing plenty of exploring. After relocating from Las Vegas with my husband and two-month-old son, it was a challenge to find fun things for all of us to do. While there are many fantastic activities and … [Read more...]

Aulani, a Disney’s Resort and Spa: what’s included in the Aulani value

There's no doubt about it: Aulani, Disney's new Hawaiian resort on the leeward side of Oahu, is jaw-droppingly fabulous. Throughout my stay, I experienced first class service, amenities, and activities across the board. For the average traveling … [Read more...]

One Tank Wonders: where to travel after school starts

Our family vacations extensively during the summer months, but by autumn, school and sport schedules once again reign. Do we stop traveling? Never! But our adventures do take place closer to home. In fact, some of our favorite trips have taken place … [Read more...]

Smart city touring with Smart Destinations’ Summer Fun and Go Select

This summer, our family really got around. We flew to New York City and toured cities and vacation hot spots along the Eastern Seaboard, then returned home to the west coast in time to visit Southern California theme parks and beaches. In between, we … [Read more...]