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...]

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...]

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...]

Don’t leave home without it: favorite tech travel aids for the road

It's holiday road trip season! Next week, the Pit Stops crew will be loading up the minivan (yes, we've got one...we're a genuine road-tripping family) and driving to beautiful South Lake Tahoe, where we'll spend six days reviewing everything from a … [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...]

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...]

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...]