Five questions to ask yourself before buying travel insurance

When should you consider buying travel insurance? This is a question I am asked regularly, and frankly, it's one I've been mulling over when booking my own travel adventures as well. I've bought travel insurance for two family trips in recent years: … [Read more...]

How to pack carry-on only for your family

Have you lost luggage lately? Not much fun, is it? How about those baggage fees? Not a fan. But can an entire family really pack carry-on only? Yes! We've done it for years, for everything from a weekend trip to two weeks away. Following the tips … [Read more...]

Budget airline tips: how to get a deal and a smooth flight

With a family of five, we often fly on a budget airline. While we certainly enjoy the comforts and perks enjoyed on higher-priced air carriers, on many trips, the savings on these low cost flights outweigh the lack of perks. However, it's important … [Read more...]

Flying for the fun of it: Take a trip with San Juan Airlines

Yes, you read that right: flying can be fun! In an era when it's 99% hassle (even for kids!), I had a great time remembering what I love about flying when I spent a morning with San Juan Airlines. Check out my flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor, … [Read more...]

Fall wardrobe essentials for carry-on friendly travel

If you've ever tried to fit everything you need for a week away in a carry-on  bag (or even a weekend's worth), you know it's essential that every clothing item have a purpose...or two or three. When we travel, we pack carry-on only, and to be … [Read more...]

Teens flying unaccompanied: what to do when things go wrong

On Pit Stops for Kids, we've written tips for parents whose kids are flying solo. But what about teens? Most airlines allow kids aged 5-14 to fly as unaccompanied minors (with kids 5-7 restricted only to direct flights), which leaves kids 15 and up … [Read more...]

Teaching kids airplane etiquette: how to create good fliers

We've all been there, either as parents or innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire: a disastrous flight during which kids are causing more than their share of trouble. Sometimes it's unavoidable: a tired baby a parent is trying to console, a sick … [Read more...]

Safe holiday travel tips and Master Lock Safe Space review

An average of 34% of Americans spend 1-3 nights away from home during the holidays. Will you and your family be away?  Master Lock, maker of luggage locks and the innovative Safe Space, offers five tips for safe holiday travel: 1. Keep that … [Read more...]

Family friendly skies: five airlines that still go the extra mile

This past March, my sister flew to visit us for a spring break vacation. Since her husband couldn't leave work, she traveled alone from one coast of the U.S. to the other with her two-year-old and infant. A daunting task? Of course. One guaranteed to … [Read more...]

Travel Tip: Keeping kids entertained on long-haul flights

This guest post written by freelance writer Ross Fraser. Traveling with children on a flight particularly if it’s a long-haul flight, can be somewhat tiresome especially if the child or children you are taking are quite young. While easily … [Read more...]