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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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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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Tips to Survive the Rickshaw Run

June 2, 2016

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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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My Top 7 Travel Essentials

October 6, 2015

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As I began packing for my next trip I realized that I have a few essentials that go with me regardless of my destination. Many of these items, in some form, have been coming with me for the last 15 years! If they are this essential to me, perhaps you will also find them useful in your travels. […]

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Family Fun at Xcaret in the Riviera Maya

June 9, 2015

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One of our most memorable days during our visit to the Riviera Maya region of Mexico was our last minute trip to Xcaret (ish-car-et). Skeptical, but lured in by the advertisements, we weren’t sure how we felt about spending our last day at a cheesy Disneyeque theme park, but we were game to check it out. (more…)

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with Kids

April 28, 2015

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One of the main reasons we chose the Big Island over the other Hawaiian Islands was to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. My son had seen a brochure about the park at a friend’s house last summer and has wanted to go ever since. Turns out, this was the highlight for all of us. There is so much to […]

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Baby’s First Flight: Carry-on Essentials

April 13, 2015

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Your first flight with a baby is daunting and exciting. Preparing and packing carry-on essentials is one of the most important aspects for your baby’s first flight. This travel or flight bag will hold all of your child’s necessary items for the flights and/or travel along the way. I find that it’s best to keep this bag […]

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Rickshaw Run: The Beginning

January 29, 2015

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On a day to day basis it was the longest most frustrating 14 days of our lives, looking back it was the most amazing and adventurous 14 days. I should be scared, but I am not. I am full of excitement and anticipation sitting in the long line of rickshaws waiting to launch from Pondicherry. […]

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Insider’s Guide: The Best Things to Do in Mumbai

January 27, 2015

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The Insider’s Guide to Mumbai series is loaded with information to help you visit and explore this expansive and vibrant city like a local. After living as an expat for so many years, I found that to really get to know a city quickly you need to stay outside of the tourist zones and hang out and eat where the […]

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Insider’s Guide: How to Ride Mumbai Local Train

January 25, 2015

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The Insider’s Guide to Mumbai series is loaded with information to help you visit and explore this expansive and vibrant city like a local. After living as an expat for so many years, I found that to really get to know a city quickly you need to stay outside of the tourist zones and hang out and eat where the […]

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Insider’s Guide: Where to Stay in Mumbai

January 13, 2015

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The Insider’s Guide to Mumbai series is loaded with information to help you visit and explore this expansive and vibrant city like a local. After living as an expat for so many years, I found that to really get to know a city quickly you need to stay outside of the tourist zones and hang out and eat where the […]

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What are kid friendly destinations?

December 24, 2014

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One of my fellow family travel bloggers posted a question on their Facebook page a while back asking where people thought of when they thought of kid friendly destinations. My initial response was Costa Rica, mostly because we were in the midst of planning a trip there. But then I realized that every place is kid friendly […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Yosemite with Kids

August 13, 2014

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A family trip to Yosemite National Park is the quintessential American summer holiday. Camping (or glamping as it is for us!), getting dirty, splashing through rivers, and spending time with friends and family – what else can you ask for in a vacation? Here is our ultimate guide to exploring Yosemite Valley with kids to […]

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Packing Tips for Travel with Toddlers

July 21, 2014

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After more than 20 international and domestic trips with my toddler, I have almost perfected our list of what to take with us, no matter where we are going, San Francisco, Ireland or India. Much of our travel to this point has been to developing countries, therefore many of my recommendations are based on that.  However, […]

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Travel Activities for Kids Without Using Electronics

July 3, 2014

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We are not an electronic free family, but for much of our travel, our son has not been very interested in watching movies or playing on the iPad. This has meant coming up with lots of ideas on how to keep him entertained on our long trans-atlantic flights or our 7 hour car journey between […]

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Packing List for a Toddler’s Travel Bag

June 21, 2014

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When we travel I always follow the same packing list for my son’s travel bag. It contains all of the things that he will need during the flight (car, bus or train journey). I refresh the bag with supplies as needed for each of the major legs of our trip. By packing the same things every […]

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