How to plan a multi-day backpacking trip with kids

Yes, kids can backpack! And yes, it's a bit more work than traditional tent or RV camping with kids, but twice as rewarding. We've backpacked annually with our kids since Nate (now age 13) was 13 months old, and while older kids make for the best … [Read more...]

How to spend a day in Golden Gate Park with kids

Families looking for things to do in San Francisco will want to devote at least one day to exploring and enjoying Golden Gate Park. In fair weather or foul (San Francisco gets a few of those, you know), Golden Gate Park offers indoor and outdoor fun … [Read more...]

California Adventure’s Cars Land in pictures: tips for dining, entertainment, and rides

Radiator Springs has come to life at Disneyland Resort's California Adventure! The official opening of Cars Land isn't until tomorrow, June 15th, but Disney fans and Pixar enthusiasts are already abuzz with excitement. (Ka-Chow!) We're here with the … [Read more...]

Open letter to the airline industry

Dear Airline Industry, I know you're hurting. I know money is tight these days (trust me), and I know new ways of 'packaging' airfare is required in this economy. I also know that I'd like to ride out the turbulence of these tough times with you. … [Read more...]

How to plan a trip using the Preferred Family website

The following post was written in my capacity as a blogger for PreferredFamily. Preferred Hotels launches a host of new features on their Preferred Family website today, all of which help families plan a vacation. Never heard of Preferred? I bet … [Read more...]

Planning a summer vacation using online vacation deals

Summer travel is upon us! If you're planning a summer vacation, but are still trying to scrape together the funds, use your pre-trip planning period to find great travel deals online. Read on to learn how to save online on airfare, hotel rooms, and … [Read more...]

What’s included (and what you’ll pay extra for) onboard a Disney Cruise

Before our first Disney Cruise Line experience on the Disney Fantasy, I asked all you wise readers for your best cruising tips. As promised, the best ones are now featured in a cruising tips video at, but now that we're back, I want to … [Read more...]

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Disney family travel: is a Disney cruise right for your family?

Though we're fans of Disney family travel, as Pit Stops for Kids readers know, we were cruising newbies before we departed for our three-night cruise on the brand new Disney Fantasy. As active family travelers, we worried a cruise would limit our … [Read more...]

How to prepare for a Disney cruise

At Pit Stops for Kids, we cover all modes of family travel. However, there's one major category of family travel we've neglected (until now): family cruising. On March 26th, the Pit Stops kids and I will be embarking upon the brand new ship in the … [Read more...]

What you need to know about health insurance while traveling

Spring break family travel is just around the corner, but unfortunately, cold and flu season is not yet over! If you're planning a family vacation, will your health insurance cover you on the road? Should you add holiday health insurance to your … [Read more...]