Riding Amtrak: how and when to enjoy an affordable rail trip with kids

I love rail travel: I find a train journey to be restful, peaceful, and productive for a work-from-the-road type like myself. My kids enjoy it as well: they appreciate the mobility afforded (compared to air travel), the extra leg room, and the fun … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve in photos: Celebrations around the world

Whether you're celebrating New Year's Eve at home, at a hotel or resort, or in a winter vacation home or relative's home, we wish you a wonderful night! Because none of us can be everywhere at once, we're bringing you photos of New Year's Eve … [Read more...]

10 easy ways to decorate your hotel room for the holidays

The Pit Stops for Kids crew will be spending the holidays in a Tahoe vacation home this year, so I'm making plans now to make our stay as festive as we'd enjoy at home. If you, too, will be spending your winter holidays away from home, we have 10 … [Read more...]

How to prep your house for holiday travel

You're going away for vacation...yay! But what about your home, sitting empty? We've all heard horror stories: the pipes froze and burst...the mail piled up, enticing theft...we really didn't leave our home secure. Here's how to prep your house for … [Read more...]

Stocking ideas for families who travel

Need help filling those Christmas stockings this year? We're back with this year's 10 stocking ideas for families who travel! Whether you have small children who need entertainment on long road trips or teens who love the outdoors, the following … [Read more...]

Day in the Ozarks with kids: Dogwood Canyon

A day in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a great way to get an introduction to the beauty of the Ozarks with kids. Privately owned and operated as a non-profit by Johnny Morris, the owner and founder of Bass Pro Shops, my first impression of Dogwood … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: 30 Road Trip Products

I know, your car is already packed to the gills for your family road trip. But trust us, you need these 30 road trip products and ideas to make your travel day run smoothly. We travel every month of the year, and test new road trip products every … [Read more...]

Vacation menu planning with travel-friendly foods

Our Travel Gear We Use series has covered our top travel gear picks for road trips and favorite road trip snack foods, but what about vacation menu planning with groceries for meals on the go? We love staying in vacation rental homes when we … [Read more...]

How to find the lowest airfare for any trip (and every trip)

I hate the process of securing low airfare. It's frustrating, stressful, and sometimes feels futile. So many elements are out of the traveler's control: oil prices, airline policies, and other reasons for day-to-day fluctuations in the market. But … [Read more...]

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Travel Gear We Use: best carry on luggage for kids

Welcome back to our Travel Gear We Use series. Today, we're recommending best carry on luggage for kids. When packing for a family trip, we are big fans of using carry-on luggage (here's an article on flying carry-on only). Why? Flying carry-on only … [Read more...]