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Back-to-School products that double for travel

I'm always a bit sad when it's time to buy back-to-school gear, because it means the long summer travel season is over. However, autumn day trips and weekend getaways are always in our future, so I find I'm still thinking 'travel' when it comes to fall purchases and the kids' school supplies. This year, I've found the best new back-to-school products that pull double-duty during family … [Read more...]

Where to find authentic cajun food in SW Louisiana

In much of Southwest Louisiana, alligators outnumber people, residents still live off the land to an impressive degree, and local cuisine is well-loved and much applauded. In fact, the Lake Charles, Louisiana area features a type of southern cuisine not experienced anywhere else. From cracklins to boudin to crawfish boils, SW Louisiana's authentic cajun food is truly an attraction in its own … [Read more...]

Unique Oregon golf resort: Silvies Valley Ranch

Located on the Eastern Oregon frontier, Silvies Valley Ranch offers a vacation experience unique to anything I've done before. Guests enter the 220 square miles of this working cattle and goat ranch and make their way to the Retreat, Links and Spa...a tucked-away resort in the pines with unparalleled ranch views. Your first stop is at the Gate House, where you're met by friendly resort staff, … [Read more...]

Where to go for spring break: affordable spring break ideas for families

If you live in a cold climate like me, you're probably ready for some fun in the sun. Or maybe you get plenty of blue sky, and want to experience snow one last time before summer. Either way, we have budget spring break ideas for you. Read on to learn where to go for spring break in the U.S....without breaking the bank. Then, check out our often-overlooked spring break ideas, compiled with … [Read more...]

Summer sandals for kids: shoes for summer travel

It's that time of year...time to go through the closets, size kids' feet, and buy shoes for spring and summer travel! We're parents too, and we know it can be frustrating to buy summer sandals for kids only to have them discarded: maybe they're too hot or too pinchy or too...something. Luckily, we review travel shoes all the time, taking the guess-work out of the process for you. When it comes to … [Read more...]

Golf vacations with kids: tips for a great resort golf experience

Our kids like to golf, but they're hardly miniature pros. They're kids, and they want to have fun on the links. We want them to have fun, too, but also appreciate that other guests may want to enjoy the course without distractions or delays. It's easy to get stressed when on golf vacations with kids, which is why we've compiled the following tips for a great golf resort experience: 1. Pick … [Read more...]

Tips for planning a family reunion

Planning a family reunion can take as much effort and attention to detail as planning a small wedding. Bringing far-flung family members together in a way that’s both convenient and fun for everyone is possible, however, if you know when to start, where to look for lodging, and what to plan to ensure success. Use the following family reunion planning hacks to become the hero of your next family … [Read more...]

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Where to ski in Utah: Brian Head Resort with kids

Deciding where to ski in Utah is a little like deciding which tropical island to buy...you really can't go wrong, wherever you choose.  That said, there are distinct differences between Utah resorts, and perhaps an even bigger difference between Salt Lake City and Provo area resort and Southern Utah resorts. For the first time, I explored the skiing options in Southern Utah, where I loved the … [Read more...]

My oh my: Which insulated water bottle to buy?!

At each season's Outdoor Retailer show (where new products from outdoor and travel brands are showcased and introduced), one or two top travel trends always emerge. This summer, one of those trends was insulated water bottles. It started with HydroFlask, and now, it seems every water bottle company has their own version of a double-walled, vacuum-sealed, stainless steel water bottle. Which to buy … [Read more...]