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The Truth Behind the Delta Basic Economy Fare

December 7, 2017

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If you follow my blog, you will know that I am a fan of budget airlines, like Spirit and WOW Air, as their rock bottom fares allow people to travel who might not have been able to previously. I think this is a wonderful thing. So you can imagine my surprise to find that on […]

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Stocking Stuffers for Travelers (Under $20)

November 30, 2017

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My favorite part of Christmas morning is pouring out the contents of my stocking. I also love stuffing everyone else’s stockings. It is a special art (and joy) to find little trinkets to fill up our massive stockings with things that are useful, fun and not too expensive. As a kid my stocking was filled with […]

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Traveling Families

November 28, 2017

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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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Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Kids

November 27, 2017

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The holiday’s are quickly approaching, which inevitably means the family will start asking for your kid’s wish lists. If you have an nature loving kiddo to buy for, this is your go-to guide! My son is an outdoor fanatic and loves everything that relates to the outdoors from gear, to toys and even art supplies that […]

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SkyPark at Santa’s Village : An Outdoor Wonderland

November 21, 2017

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We set out on a foggy overcast day for the mountain town of Skyforest, just outside of Lake Arrowhead and about 30 miles from Big Bear Lake, in search of winter fun at Santa’s Village. As we weaved through light traffic on the 210 freeway, the entire mountain range of the San Bernardino National Forest […]

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Los Angeles Holiday Activities & Events Guide

November 20, 2017

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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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Glamping in Idyllwild with Kids

November 20, 2017

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As much as we love to venture off to distant lands, we also love exploring here at home in Southern California. One place I had yet to visit was the small mountain town Idyllwild, popular with hippies and hikers alike. Idyllwild is nestled in the San Jacinto mountains about 2 hours from Los Angeles. Tall […]

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Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas with Hotwire – ACT NOW!

November 17, 2017

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I’m all about the deals this week. I got my Southwest Companion pass yesterday and just now I read about a new initiative set forth by Hotwire to make 5 star hotels in Las Vegas accessible and affordable for the many. What‽ The ‘Million Dollar Sale’ launched by Hotwire this week reduces the price of Las Vegas […]

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7 Things to Know Before You Go to Alaska

November 6, 2017

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A visit to Alaska is a dream trip for many people. Even though we have all been exposed to Alaska from various TV shows, books and stories, there really is so much more to know about America’s last frontier that you don’t often see on TV.  After our recent visit, I put together a list of […]

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Is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland Worth It?

November 2, 2017

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If you read my post on flying to Europe with WOW Air, you know that we took that flight to check out the popular budget airline, but also for the ability to have a quick stopover in Iceland en route to Ireland.  Knowing we had very little time, I had only one thing on my […]

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Stay Connected with TravelWiFi in Ireland

October 27, 2017

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In all the years we have been visiting Ireland, we have struggled with our telecommunication options. When we lived in India and would visit the homeland, we were able to switch over to a local SIM card easily. However, it meant that we no longer received our texts from home, which was sort of a […]

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Exploring County Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way

October 23, 2017

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After 14 years of visiting Ireland, I was slowly losing my passion for exploring the island, however I am happy to say I have found a corner of the country that has revived my love for all things Irish. County Mayo on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast of Ireland, with the Atlantic […]

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Flying to Europe with WOW Air

October 13, 2017

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I’m a sucker for cheap flights. Even though everyone I know hates one of the most well known budget airlines here in the states, Spirit Airlines, I’m actually OK with them – as long as I know what I am getting into. So you can imagine that I was quite intrigued by the constant advertisements […]

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What to do in Los Angeles for Halloween

October 3, 2017

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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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Exploring Long Beach with Kids

September 27, 2017

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Most southern Californian residents know Long Beach either for it’s spectacular aquarium or as the home of the famous Queen Mary. Situated on the coast, only 30 minutes from LAX or Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach is an easy day trip destination for most SoCal families. However, as we recently found out, this cute harbor town […]

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Our Alaskan Summer Adventure

September 18, 2017

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For the 4th year in a row, we have been so lucky to spend a week of our summer with friends who live in Texas. My son, being an only child looks forward to this week with his two buddies as much as I look forward to having adult time while the kids are occupied.  Not […]

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A Guide to Ventura County: A Family Getaway Destination

September 8, 2017

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Living in Los Angeles means pretty great weather most of the year.. except for a few months during the summer where temperatures regularly soar into the high 90s and 100s. It is during these times that we look to get away even if it’s not very far. One of the best places we have found […]

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Guide to Channel Islands National Park (with Kids)

September 5, 2017

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California is home to 28 national parks and sites scattered throughout the state. From the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite, to the desolate in Death Valley and the big trees in the North at the Redwoods, there is no shortage of vast beauty in California’s parks. One of the last few remaining parks that we […]

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Review: mifold Travel Carseat

June 17, 2017

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If you know us in real life or have followed us for a while you probably know that my husband doesn’t drive. Yep. That’s right. We live in Los Angeles and my husband doesn’t drive! As you can imagine this is no easy feat. With public transportation that runs few and far between, it means that […]

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Top Family Activities in Arenal and La Fortuna

June 5, 2017

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With an abundance of outdoor activities, not to mention amazing access and views to one of the most perfectly formed volcanos in the country, it’s no surprise that Arenal and La Fortuna is at the top of most Costa Rica itineraries. Well known as an outdoor adventurers playground, there is a ton to do for […]

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