Category: travel planning

My Top 7 Travel Essentials

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!

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Tips on Traveling with Other Families

We recently returned from our yearly joint family summer trip. Three children. Five adults. Three Generations. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about our trip this year. Last year we stayed in the gorgeous Yosemite Valley for 4 days. Short and sweet. It was

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Photo Guide: 3 Week Japan Itinerary

From high-rise-filled cities to small mountain villages, with thousands of temples and gardens in between, visitors often find it difficult to decide where to go in Japan.  After a magnificent 3 weeks traveling this island nation by Japan rail, following

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How to Fly with Spirit Airlines

I have survived my first Spirit flight! And you know what, it wasn’t so bad. Flying Spirit is not for everyone, but for the budget conscious it is fantastic option. Without the low fares available on Spirit Airlines, it would not have

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Year in Review | 2014 Summary

Writing our family’s year in review letter to send with our holiday cards (which I still have not sent!), everything I had to say centered around what we did and saw this year during our explorations of LA and the world around us. So, in that

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What are kid friendly destinations?

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

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Packing Tips for Travel with Toddlers

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

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