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A Family Travel Tour: The Why & How of Group Travel

July 18, 2018

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What comes to mind when you think about taking a tour? A flag carrying leader moving you from massive buses to cheesy tourist attractions leaving you feeling like herded cattle? While this does still exist, these days there are a ton of amazing family travel tour options focusing on adventures for the whole family that […]

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Portable WiFi Hotspot: Internet on the Go

June 26, 2018

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As a traveler blogger, I’m constantly in need of WiFi when I travel. I have researched portable WiFi hotspots that are country specific, like when I went to Ireland I used an Ireland specific travel Wifi hotspot and when I was in India, I used Trabug, a mobile phone solution. While these were great solutions for those […]

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Guide to Planning a Trip to Ireland

April 24, 2018

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For the last 15 years I have been visiting family in Ireland almost on a yearly basis. Because of this, I often get emails asking for help in planning a trip to Ireland. “What should I do in Ireland” or “Where should we stay?”.  Also because of the fact that we visit for family, I […]

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Tips on Planning a European Family Vacation

April 16, 2018

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One of the most stressful parts of travel for many people is the process of actually planning the trip. This is particularly true if you are heading abroad with your family for the first time. You want everything to be just perfect. But, the logistics involved in planning a trip to Europe can be quite […]

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What to Pack for India (& What to Buy There)

March 27, 2018

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If you are like me, you probably tend to over pack for destinations that you don’t know personally. I find this especially true when visiting a developing country.  On my first visit to India I took WAY more than I needed. I listened to people who had only visited the country for short times and who also probably […]

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Delhi Airport Arrivals – All You Need to Know

February 5, 2018

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I’m returning to India, but for the first time I will be arriving in the middle of the night at an airport I’m not super familiar with.  In my search to find out information about Delhi airport arrivals, I found an absence of what I wanted to know. So I’ve been writing this post in […]

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Alaska Road Trip with Thrifty Car Rental

January 8, 2018

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When you tell most people you are going to Alaska they assume you are going on a cruise. For years I also thought that was the only way to see America’s last frontier. However, when I had the opportunity to chat with the PR for Anchorage, I learned that in fact a wonderful way to […]

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2018 Travel Dreams

January 4, 2018

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Happy New Year!! I hope your 2018 is off to an exciting start. For the 4th year in a row I am laying out my travel dreams in writing. At this point I have only 1 flight booked, but I have grand dreams for the year ahead! Last year I was able to do quite […]

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Guide to Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids (+ 1 Day Itinerary)

December 4, 2017

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Joshua Tree for me symbolized music, not a National Park.  But because of the music, the park has always held a certain allure. Once I discovered how close it was to LA, it moved to the top of my local travel list. But, even then, it took me almost a year of […]

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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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Classic Costa Rica Itinerary for Families

April 27, 2017

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Costa Rica is a large country, with an abundance of things to do from top to bottom and from both of it’s coasts. However, many visitors do not have all the time needed to explore this vast country, rather they have only 1 or 2 weeks maximum. For many, their trip must fit into a […]

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Arenal or Monteverde? Which is better?

April 24, 2017

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Arenal or Monteverde? Which is better?

Planning a trip to Costa Rica is a bit of a challenge considering how much there is to do, not in just one area, but in every region of the country. Many visitors opt for in-land adventure activities followed by time for relaxation on the beach. While considering where to go in-land, you will invariable come across […]

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Where to Stay in Tucson with Kids

February 13, 2017

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When planning a trip somewhere, one of the biggest roadblocks for me is figuring out where to stay. Every destination is filled with so many options – from budget options and home stays to fancy resorts. This can be one of the most overwhelming parts of travel planning, so I thought I would give you the rundown […]

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Travel Planning: Checklists for Travel

February 2, 2017

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Throughout this series, I have covered the basics of how to add more travel into your life, how to research for a trip and where and how to book the trip. For the final step of travel planning, depending on what type of trip you are taking, I have put together some timelines, checklists for […]

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Travel Planning: A Resource Guide

January 27, 2017

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Last week, we talked about researching where to go, but we didn’t delve into the nitty gritty of where to research flights, accommodation and things to do. This is an extension of research, but also begins to get into the logistics of travel planning. Logistics is another thing that I love about travel planning. Details, […]

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Travel Planning: Researching A Trip

January 20, 2017

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Last week I wrote about how you can add more travel into your life, but for many people, it’s the travel planning that is a huge barrier to actually getting out the door. Being a researcher at heart (and through training, I have a Masters in Research Psychology), this is one of my favorite parts […]

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Top Tips on How to Travel More

January 13, 2017

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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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2017 Travel Dreams

January 3, 2017

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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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Guide to Legoland California

October 24, 2016

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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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