August 25, 2016

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Uthando: A New Way of Visiting the Townships of Cape Town

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There is much controversy in the so called “poverty tours” – do they provide a learning experience or is it just a way to gawk at those less fortunate? Having lived in Mumbai working in many poor and slum communities I am particularly aware of this type of tourism and it’s many sides. In some ways, it is educational […]

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August 15, 2016

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Medieval Times or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

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Visitors flock to Southern California for vacation looking to fill their days and nights with as much fun as they can afford! If you are visiting Buena Park or nearby Anaheim you probably have on your itinerary to attend an interactive family dinner. The decision is which one to attend – Medieval Times or the Pirate’s Dinner […]

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August 11, 2016

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Exploring the McKenzie River in Central Oregon

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Oregon is renowned for outdoor recreation and the McKenzie River in central Oregon is a great place to experience so much the state has to offer. From hiking on old lava flows to relaxing in ancient hot springs, the McKenzie River is loaded with family friendly fun. All of the local activities, accommodation and even the highway […]

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August 8, 2016

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Top 3 Boutique Hotels in Kerala

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One of my favorite things about traveling in Asia are the amazing luxurious hotels at reasonable rates. During our years in India, the country in general was often behind the game when it came to boutique hotels, which meant most of the time we were trained to look for the international chain 5 star hotels if […]

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August 4, 2016

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48 Hours in Copenhagen with Kids

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As much as I hate to zip through a city, sometimes it’s a necessity. On our recent jaunt around Europe visiting friends and family, we had the opportunity for a quick visit to Copenhagen en route to a friends house in Sweden that we couldn’t pass up. We didn’t have a ton of time, but […]

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August 1, 2016

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Summer in Big Bear with Kids

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Often only thought of as Southern California’s place to play in the snow, Big Bear also has a wide array of activities luring visitors throughout the year. As the heat of the summer sets in, Big Bear is the perfect escape. Nestled high in the mountains on the banks of a lake, Big Bear offers cooler temperatures […]

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July 28, 2016

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8 Great Things to Do in London with Kids

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It goes without saying what an amazing, world class city London is. Having visited many times prior to having a child,  I was excited to see it anew through my son’s eyes.  There is no shortage of things to do in London with or without children. Rather, the challenge is to narrow down what you can […]

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July 25, 2016

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

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One of the best places in Southern California for star gazing is in and around Joshua Tree. We have been out several times specifically to do this, but only recently learned about the Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms. On our last visit to the northern part of Joshua Tree we noticed the observatory’s white […]

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July 21, 2016

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29 Palms: A Joshua Tree Hidden Gem

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We have been to Joshua tree too many times to count, but we continue to find new areas to explore. On my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to stay in Twentynine Palms near the Oasis of Mara entrance. In all my times to the park, I have only visited this area twice. Now […]

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July 18, 2016

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Central and Southern Oregon Road Trip Itinerary

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For our third annual multi-family summer vacation, we decided on a road trip through Oregon. We had initially hoped to start in Portland and work our way around the state, but quickly realized how much there is to do in the US’s 9th largest state. Instead, we opted for a loop, focusing on the central and southern […]

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June 20, 2016

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Exploring Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

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Ever since I first visited Ireland in 2004 I have wanted to get to the north to see the Giant’s Causeway. Even though my husband was born and bred in Dublin he had never made the 3 hour journey to the north due to growing up during ‘The Troubles’. A visit to the north wasn’t super high […]

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June 13, 2016

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Witnessing a Lion Kill on Safari

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There are many reasons people go on safari in Africa; but, it’s safe to say, the main reason is to see animals in their natural habitat, untamed and free to be wild. Not every person comes to see the same thing, either. Some come for the close-up photo opportunities, some for the less well known mammals […]

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June 9, 2016

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Rickshaw Run FAQs

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If you have found yourself here, chances are you are considering or have already signed up for the Rickshaw Run that happens several times a year in India. If you have an adventurous spirit and a little bit of the crazy gene, a desire to see India in a way most people don’t and are […]

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June 6, 2016

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Guide to the Cook Islands with Kids

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If you are dreaming of a family friendly South Pacific island getaway, the Cook Islands is the perfect choice. With lush tropical hillsides, miles of unspoiled beaches, and calm turquoise waters, the Cook Islands are unquestionably ideal for honeymooners, but also terrific for families with the abundance of activities, culture and natural beauty. From hotels with kid’s clubs, kid menus and […]

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June 2, 2016

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Tips to Survive the Rickshaw Run

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You’ve done it, you have taken the plunge and signed up for the Rickshaw Run. Congratulations! It will be the best adventure of your life, I promise.  But it won’t always be easy! The Rickshaw Run is adventure travel on steroids. It is intense, unconventional and most of all, occurs in a country known to be chaotic, infuriating […]

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May 30, 2016

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Get off the Beaten Path with Joshua Tree Excursions 

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I have been to Joshua Tree many times, and while there is still a ton to explore on my own, I was excited to get off the beaten path with Joshua Tree Excursions during my last visit. Joshua Tree Excursions is a locally owned company providing privately guided off-trail experiences with the thought that life is about the journey […]

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May 26, 2016

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Touch a Truck Thousand Oaks

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Touch-a-truck events are becoming the spring and summer thing to do. Some are fundraisers for public schools or charity organizations and some are just free community events. The Touch-a-Truck day in Thousand Oaks is our favorite of all the ones on offer throughout Southern California. (more…)

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May 18, 2016

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Buena Park: A Kid’s Dream Destination

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There isn’t always time or money to take elaborate vacations out of town, but that’s where staycations come in handy.  We are so lucky to live in Southern California where there is an abundance to do locally no matter the season. For my son’s spring break, we decided to do a staycation exploring our local […]

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May 9, 2016

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Fire Service Recognition Day Open House

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There are several important events in the year according to my 5.5 yr old. Christmas and Easter are two, but right up there with national holidays are the open house days for the sanitation department and the fire stations! The second Saturday of May is designated as Fire Service Recognition Day in Los Angeles (and […]

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May 5, 2016

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LA Sanitation Department Open House 2016

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It’s almost that time of year again! The day little boys (and girls) look forward to all year long – trash truck open house! My son equates spring and summer with several things and the opening day to summer in his mind is the LA Sanitation Department’s open house.  Sadly for him, we have had absolutely […]

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