January 13, 2017

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Top Tips on How to Travel More

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I often get asked how I am able to travel so much with my son. Do you homeschool? Are you loaded? Is your travel free? All valid questions. Traveling with a family is difficult once children are in school and have limited time off, but it is not impossible. Travel is also much more expensive than […]

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January 10, 2017

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Death Valley with Kids | One Day Itinerary

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What do you think of when you hear Death Valley? Hottest Place on Earth. Yep. Desolate and barren. Yep. Even though Death Valley is synonymous with these images, I think that like most people, I didn’t really have a clear image in my head of what it would look like. I’m not quite sure what […]

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January 5, 2017

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Oceano Sand Dunes at Pismo Beach, CA

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Everyone seems to know that California has an abundance of national parks, but what some don’t realize is that there are also a ton of really great state parks that are well worth visiting. One such park that has come to my attention recently is Oceano Sand Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area near Pismo Beach […]

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January 3, 2017

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2017 Travel Dreams

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Happy New Year!! I hope your 2017 is off to an active and exciting start. For the 3rd year in a row I am laying out my travel dreams in writing. I haven’t quite gotten prepared enough to actually purchase any tickets this year, but I am putting my lofty aspirations out there so the universe […]

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December 29, 2016

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Year in Review | 2016 Summary

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This year for many has been a tumultuous year. With the election and feelings of uncertainty moving throughout the world, 2016 has just felt hard for many of our friends and family. Even though we have had a fantastic year of travel, I have to also admit that it’s been a hard year for us. […]

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December 8, 2016

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Traveling Families

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Travelers can be tough to buy for – they either don’t want anything because they are on the go or what they do want is too expensive or unattainable (flights, cameras, more vacation time!). Personally I love travel experiences, but every traveling expert also needs an arsenal of products to make their journeys smoother. Even […]

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November 19, 2016

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Los Angeles Holiday Activities & Events Guide

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The holiday season is upon us which means an overload of things to do in Los Angeles. Even though we don’t get the snowy cold weather, this city knows how to celebrate for the holidays! Parades, neighborhood Christmas light extravaganzas, Santa photo ops and of course classically southern California winter fun – sand sledding! If […]

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November 14, 2016

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Exploring Saguaro National Park in One Day

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One of our main reasons for our recent visit to Tucson was to explore Saguaro National Park. And to get a other junior ranger badge of course! Reading the name saguaro, you might not know exactly what it is (or even how to say it!), but once you see the iconic cactus often associated with Arizona […]

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November 3, 2016

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Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site with Kids

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If you follow us regularly, you know we are national park obsessed. But it’s not just nature parks that we love to go to, we also enjoy visiting many of the monuments and historic sites that are part of the national park system. Through these other parks, we have been able to learn more about […]

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October 24, 2016

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Guide to Legoland California

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Even though we live only 90 minutes away from Legoland in Carlsbad, it has taken us years to finally get there. My son isn’t a lego fanatic, so we weren’t pushed to make the trip. I regret now that it took us so long to get there. Being annual passport holders at Disney just up […]

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October 18, 2016

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Finding Fall in Bishop, California

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Growing up in Texas and spending most of my adult life in places that do not experience fall, I had had enough and wanted to find some cooler air and pretty colors! My nature loving sidekick was game as he has been searching for fallen leaves representing all the colors of fall. So off we went. […]

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October 10, 2016

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Dishoom: The Best Indian Food in London

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Ever since we left India 4 years ago I have been on the hunt for great Indian food everywhere we go. After living in India for almost a decade, you can imagine our standards are quite high. We need a good variety of dishes common to India (aka paneer), good spice levels and authentic tastes. It […]

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October 3, 2016

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Our Los Angeles Halloween Must Do’s

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Every year the number of traditions that my son institutes seems to grow exponentially. It’s tough to keep up with all the things he wants to do each year to signify and celebrate the coming Halloween holiday. For him it’s not just the one day of trick or treating, rather it’s the build up that is […]

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September 29, 2016

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On Safari at MalaMala Game Reserve

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In February, we headed off to one of the few continents I had yet to visit, Africa. I am an ardent animal lover who has passed that love on to my 5 yr old son, thus a safari excursion was the perfect birthday present for me and the entire family. If you read our planning […]

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September 22, 2016

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England’s Outdoor Secret – Adventure Play Forests

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It’s all over my Facebook feed these days about how children do not get enough outdoor time. One article even said “The average American child spends four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors and up to seven hours a day staring at a screen.” That seems totally crazy to me. But then I look […]

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August 29, 2016

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Copenhagen Card – Should You Purchase It?

On my first trip to Europe as a backpacker I was given a sound piece of advice that I’m honestly still not always great at following: Don’t fret over the cost of attractions. Recognize that you may never visit again and the cost of seeing something that is a little over your budget is much […]

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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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