15 ways to fill the dog days of summer: late summer getaways and tips

By this part of summer, some families have already begun the school year, and the rest of us are in the last leg of vacation. If you're like us, the planned summer trips are behind you, yet empty days still stretch ahead. How to fill these dog days … [Read more...]

How to get kids to sleep while traveling (no matter what age)

I'll be honest: we've had some insanely sleep deprived family vacations. We followed every parenting book in the...well, book, but when our kids were babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, they struggled to sleep anywhere, no matter what we did. This … [Read more...]

Gate to gate tips for unaccompanied minors flying solo

Last August, the whole family was enjoying a Laguna Beach vacation. The only thing missing: my son Calvin, age 11, who was attending a soccer team event in Portland, OR. We wanted him to join us when his obligation was over, so we booked him a … [Read more...]

Tips for traveling with pets

Plenty of families will be hitting the road with Fido this summer. We get it: our dogs are part of our family, too! If you're planning to bring your dog (or even cat) on your family vacation, we have tips for traveling with pets! Tips for … [Read more...]

Best budget vacations with kids

We enjoy all types of travel, from those bucket-list moments to the cheapest of camping trips. The good news: kids love it all! Traveling with children can be stressful enough without having to worry about the budget, but with a little planning it … [Read more...]

Travel tip: Earn money for travel recs with TRVL

I love the shift in travel to include so many peer-to-peer travel planning services. For instance, we use Airbnb and Uber regularly when we travel, both to save on our travel budget and to meet locals in the places to visit. New to this share-economy … [Read more...]

Travel tip: Benefits of booking an airport transfer service

After booking your air travel tickets and your hotel, sometimes, it's easy to forget you need to link these two destinations together. I've been guilty of not giving much thought to how my family and I will get from the airport to our hotel, an … [Read more...]

Cruise tips: Our mega guide to family cruise vacations

Wondering how to pick the right cruise? A cruise is a great way to enjoy multiple destinations while only unpacking once. Cruisers combine the convenience of an all-inclusive resort with the adventure of ports of call and international experiences. … [Read more...]

How to get your kids to sleep in hotel rooms

Vacation time means travel time. And travel time can mean less sleep...for everyone in the family. When we're lucky, we've booked a vacation home, suite, or apartment where everyone can spread out, but there are plenty of times when we all find … [Read more...]

What to bring on a hot weather vacation

Summer is the season when more people take time out of their busy schedule to slow down and relax. If you'll be heading to a hot weather destination this summer, here's what you should make sure to pack, whether you'll be on a cruise, on a beach, or … [Read more...]