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Best Things to Do At Universal Orlando for Adults

  My fam­i­ly thinks I’m a lit­tle nuts. “You’re get­ting a kid-free day and you’re going to kid cen­tral?” is usu­al­ly their stunned response when I tell them we’re going to see the attrac­tions at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Orlan­do. But it’s because they don’t know what I…

Best Museums in Nashville For Kids

  Want to know where in Nashville you can cre­ate music, make stop-motion movies, or learn how to weave? The city’s fam­i­ly-friend­ly muse­ums offer all these options and are one of the best things to do in Nashville for kids. With art, sci­ence, music, and outdoor…

Best Secluded Beaches on the East Coast

  There’s noth­ing like a beach vaca­tion. Warm sand, cool waves, ocean sounds, it’s exact­ly what we all need after a year of crazy. But if you’d still like to avoid crowds (and real­ly, who does­n’t?) There are a few beach­es that are close enough to activ­i­ties for a…

7 Best US Road Trip Attractions & Why You Should Stop

  On our fam­i­ly vaca­tions, we’ve found a key to mak­ing fam­i­ly road trips more fun. Trav­el­ing with kids on a road trip means stop­ping for food, snacks, and bath­room breaks fre­quent­ly. Instead of stress­ing about get­ting to your des­ti­na­tion, make your road trip…

Universal Studios Uncovers the Secret Life of Pets: Ride Review

  Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! is the ride Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Hol­ly­wood was miss­ing. It’s no secret that Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Hol­ly­wood has a seri­ous real estate chal­lenge. Between being built into a hill­side in L.A.‘s Cahuen­ga Pass to shar­ing space with one…

Fun With Kids Camping At El Capitan State Beach

  El Cap­i­tan State Beach isn’t just anoth­er pret­ty beach. It’s also an inex­pen­sive coastal vaca­tion where a fam­i­ly can enjoy the sound of crash­ing waves as they drift off to sleep inside their tent or recre­ation­al vehi­cle, RV. There, nature can untan­gle the busy…

7 Tips for Traveling with Kids When You’re Scared of Flying

  I have a con­fes­sion and it’s a strange one for a trav­el writer to admit. I am ter­ri­fied of fly­ing on air­planes. As a par­ent, I don’t want to pass my avio­pho­bia on to my kids, and I cer­tain­ly don’t want to stay at home for the rest of my life. While road trips…

The Top Kid-Friendly Places to Eat in Nashville 

  Sure, there’s the music, but don’t over­look an essen­tial part of the Nashville expe­ri­ence — the food! For fam­i­lies trav­el­ing with kids, find­ing fam­i­ly-friend­ly, fun places to eat in Nashville can some­times be a chal­lenge, but we’ve dis­cov­ered there are tons of…

Best Things To Do In Kennywood for Families!

  “I’m writ­ing about Ken­ny­wood” I told my hus­band, “what do you think I should title the arti­cle?” “You should­n’t write about it” he said, “tell your edi­tor you can’t write about it. The lines are pret­ty short right now, I don’t want more peo­ple going there.” My…

Can’t Miss Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids

  His­toric, bustling, full of life, the city of Atlanta has a fla­vor all its own. Known to adults for its hip music scene and pow­er­house film indus­try, there are also pint-sized ver­sions of both plus plen­ty of things to do in Atlanta with kids. Try these…

Glen Ivy Hot Springs: A Perfect L.A. Girl’s Day Trip

  Moms deserve a vaca­tion. Pret­ty much always but espe­cial­ly in Los Ange­les with its cease­less hus­tle and bus­tle.    NO TIME TO READ NOW? PIN OR BOOKMARK FOR LATER!       Glen Ivy Hot Springs is the ide­al Los Ange­les day trip or…

Borrego Springs Brings Off the Beaten Path Family Fun

  Upon re-con­firm­ing the actu­al address of our des­ti­na­tion, which turns out was not Palm Springs, our fam­i­ly learned we were 100 miles far­ther than where we expect­ed to be at that point.  We were, in fact, far…

Best Family Fun in The Outer Banks

  “There’s a lot of pirates in that area like his­tor­i­cal­ly” was my hus­band’s reac­tion to my announce­ment that we were tak­ing a trip to the Out­er Banks. “We should vis­it a pirate ship while we are there.”    While we did­n’t find any pirates in North…

5 Perfect Places for Last Minute Family Spring Break Trips

  2021 is the year of last-minute trav­el! I’ve had lots of my clients at my trav­el agency tell me they weren’t going to trav­el for spring break this year, then changed their mind at the last minute. And who can blame them after the blowout of 2020? But Spring…

Why Chattanooga, TN, Is the Best City to Visit with Kids

  When we need a week­end of fun or want to escape busy Nashville and play tourist in anoth­er city, there’s one place that always comes to mind: Chat­tanooga. Chat­tanooga embod­ies the quirk­i­ness of Austin with the peace­ful atmos­phere of a small town. It’s an “It…

Most Fun at Conrad Punta de Mita in Mexico with Kids

  “They locked up my fruit,” Knox held the clear, acrylic con­tain­er close to his pout, try­ing to fig­ure out how to spring the pieces of can­taloupe from under the locked latch. He pulled at the clamp try­ing to release the lid but grunt­ed in frus­tra­tion. “Here,…

Fun Things To Do for Parents, Kids and Dogs in CA Wine Country

  While we’re not lush­es, my hus­band and I are big wine enthu­si­asts.  What’s not to love? Every glass is craft­ed into com­plex fla­vors using a com­bi­na­tion of sci­ence and art.  We love vis­it­ing Cal­i­for­nia Wine Coun­try, not just because of the wine, but also because…

A Weekend at Ohio’s Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

  When you think of “Ohio” and “win­ter,” you think “relax­ing by the pool,” right? Nice, warm, sun­ny days? No? Well I did­n’t either until last year.        My dad runs an extreme­ly busy out­door-cen­tered busi­ness, so one of the best times of the year…

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis with Kids

  On one mem­o­rable fam­i­ly vaca­tion, our kids loved a cer­tain des­ti­na­tion so much that they asked if we could move there. Was it Dis­ney­land? Eng­land? The beach? Nope. It was St. Louis, Mis­souri (They were joking…I think.). There are so many fun things to do in…

Paradise Road: A Family Mountain Escape

  There is no recep­tion in Par­adise or on most of Par­adise road rather. Because of that, Par­adise Road is a great place for a tech-free Los Ange­les fam­i­ly week­end get­away or day trip. Or, ditch the kids and take a roman­tic retreat away from the city. Either way,…

Best Places to Eat in Ohio With Kids

  Ohio, in the food­ie world, is best known for its Choco­late Peanut But­ter can­dies called Buck­eyes. These are named after the state nut — which is poi­so­nous, by the way. We do, how­ev­er, have a lot more food to offer!  If you’re vis­it­ing Ohio, even if you’re just…

Amsterdam With Kids? 7 Fun Things You Must Do

    Ams­ter­dam has a bit of a rep­u­ta­tion. When many peo­ple in the U.S. think Ams­ter­dam, they think Red Light Dis­trict, illic­it sub­stances, and X‑rated shops.  Not exact­ly what you’d look for in a fam­i­ly-friend­ly vaca­tion des­ti­na­tion.  My hus­band and I had…

A Guide to Family Friendly Columbus

  Colum­bus, Ohio is home to so much more than Jack Han­na’s Award-Win­ning Zoo and Ohio State Foot­ball. Fun things to do in Colum­bus, OH include food, fes­ti­vals and even a boozy riv­er!    Colum­bus lies in the cen­ter of Ohio. Colum­bus is sur­round­ed by suburbs,…

The Top 7 Space Destinations for Families

  Most kids act like space cadets at some point, but some have caught the space craze. After all, kids love sto­ries about space. Over the last few months, my boys have eager­ly watched cov­er­age of rock­et launch­es and space­ship tests. For kids, astro­nauts heading…

7 Can’t Miss Tips For Your Family African Safari

For our hon­ey­moon, years back, we had decid­ed to knock Safari in the Serengeti off our buck­et lists.  It was a whirl­wind two weeks, a day in Kil­i­man­jaro, four days in the Serengeti, a week in Zanz­ibar, the best places to see ani­mals (lions!) on an African Safari.…

5 Best Things To Do On A Family Vacation To The Smoky Mountains

Between Ten­nessee and North Car­oli­na, lies a vaca­tion par­adise tucked between fog­gy moun­tains and old-growth forests. From hon­ey­moon retreats to kid-friend­ly cab­in rentals, gen­er­a­tions of our fam­i­ly have enjoyed the gor­geous scenery and count­less things to do with…

Best Things to Do In Pittsburgh With Kids

It’s not just steel that steals the show in Pitts­burgh. Large sand­wich­es, roller coast­ers, river­boats, and muse­ums share the spot­light in the city that built Amer­i­ca! Pitts­burgh is full of fun activ­i­ties for kids and teens, even those that are only kids at heart. Some…

8 Best NYC Activities With Kids

There were few places on Earth my par­ents loved to vis­it, with their kids, more than New York City.  From a young age, my sib­lings and I became well-acquaint­ed with the vibrant city, and for me, it formed a life­long love with the Big Apple.  In the ear­ly years of our…

5 Best Things To Do With Kids For New Years Eve 2020 in L.A.

Nope, it’s not hap­pen­ing. The crowd­ed liv­ing room full of friends, hug­ging and kiss­ing each oth­er over goopy, sug­ar-filled desserts and salty, crunchy snacks. Drinks that may or may not leave you feel­ing a bit queasy the next morn­ing. Well, the drink­ing part may still…

6 Tips to Plan a Safer Holiday Family Reunion

Plan­ning a fam­i­ly reunion this year isn’t easy, as we all strug­gle to find safe ways to see loved ones. Our fam­i­ly has had to get cre­ative with host­ing out­door grand­par­ent vis­its. There’s even talk of a back porch Christ­mas tree.  When mak­ing plans to get together,…

Holiday Family Shopping in Ohio’s Amish Country

A shop­ping trip to Amish coun­try is the per­fect hol­i­day and long week­end get­away! The pace of life is slow­er in Amish coun­try. It offers a chance to final­ly enjoy the scenery and the time to do it. There aren’t many high­ways, so you have no choice but to take the back…

7 Best Holiday Activities in Chicago for Families

The hol­i­days are always my favorite time of year.  The mun­dane becomes the mag­i­cal.  And nowhere is that trans­for­ma­tion more evi­dent than in the city of Chica­go.  The steel and con­crete land­scape sud­den­ly becomes awash in green­ery, twin­kling lights, and rib­bons and…

The Best Things To Do At Dollywood

I love a good amuse­ment park. I con­sid­er myself some­thing of a guru. But, until recent­ly, I had nev­er been to Dol­ly­wood theme park. So, when my hus­band found him­self with vaca­tion time to blow, we packed up our car and head­ed for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. …

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Family Travelers

For many, the hol­i­days are the most won­der­ful time of the year.  For those of us who strug­gle with find­ing the per­fect gifts, it can also be the most stress­ful, full of fran­tic cat­a­log flip­ping, man­ic Ama­zon scrolling, and hec­tic trips to Tar­get (which we all know are…

The Best Things to See in 48 Hours in Salzburg

If you’re plan­ning a trip to Aus­tria — Salzburg like­ly falls low on your list of places to vis­it. You’ll like­ly put it well below bustling Vien­na, charm­ing Inns­bruck, and Ins­ta-wor­thy Hall­statt.  In fact, if you’re not a rav­ing Sound of Music fan, like me, there’s a…

Four Spots on the Gulf Coast for A Low-Key Family Vacation

My fam­i­ly has a spe­cial way we recharge. When the gray clouds of the win­ter months get us down, we pack up the kids and flee south for a low-key, fam­i­ly beach vaca­tion on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Grow­ing up, I loved the trips my par­ents planned to Pana­ma City Beach each…

How to Have a Family Vacation in London Without Going Nuts

Since I’m an intro­vert who does­n’t like crowds, I have a love/hate rela­tion­ship with Lon­don. Full of fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ry, diverse cul­tures, and world-class muse­ums, Lon­don requires care­ful nav­i­ga­tion.   I mean, real­ly, how do they fit so many peo­ple on…

6 Tips to Survive your First Hotel Stay with a Baby

There are babies that can sleep any­where, and my kid was not one of them. If you’re the kind of per­son who finds your baby nap­ping on the floor, I’m jeal­ous. My child needs per­fect con­di­tions to sleep. I can’t tell you how much mon­ey I have spent in TJ’s two short…

5 Tips to Traveling with Grandparents Without Losing Your Mind

It can be real­ly fun to bring your child’s grand­par­ents along on a fam­i­ly vaca­tion, but I don’t have to tell you that it can be fraz­zling too. With all the extra peo­ple run­ning around, it’s no won­der the mom in Home Alone for­got one of her kids and flew halfway to…

5 SpOOky Things to Do with Kids for Halloween Around Los Angeles

The alarm has sound­ed. A shriek has wrapped its ten­drils around our hearts. A pan­dem­ic has descend­ed upon the Earth and this Hal­loween in Los Ange­les the most fright­en­ing thing isn’t the mon­sters, the ghouls or the tricks. It’s the idea of not recov­er­ing from this new…

Dover: A Day Trip from London

We had one extra day in Eng­land. I had always want­ed to see more of the Unit­ed King­dom than just the Lon­don area. And can I tell you a secret? I’d always want­ed to see an old cas­tle. When I say cas­tle, I don’t mean the sophis­ti­cat­ed splen­dor of Wind­sor or the crowded…

How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

  With free attrac­tions and some of the world’s top muse­ums, vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton, D.C. with kids is one of the best vaca­tions for a fam­i­ly. But some­how, on our last trip, despite all the ben­e­fits of this kid-friend­ly vaca­tion spot, our fam­i­ly found ourselves…

The Seven Things You Must Do On Your Family Trip To Zurich

As a kid, my dad trav­eled a lot for work, catch­ing flights to far flung des­ti­na­tions like Japan, Ger­many, and Italy.  I thought it sound­ed so glam­orous.  I remem­ber ask­ing him once what his favorite city in the world was.  Zurich, he said.  And he promised he’d take…

Salem, MA: The Spookiest Family-Friendly Destination for Fall

When you think per­fect small town for a spooky fall trip, you might think Sleepy Hol­low or Ami­tyville, but we think Salem, Mass­a­chu­setts.  Home of the infa­mous Salem Witch Tri­als that plagued the tiny town in the late 1600s, today it’s quite pos­si­bly the most bizarre…

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

  When I heard the news, a wave of relief so great washed over me, I felt the unex­pect­ed strain of tears, bits of mois­ture man­ag­ing to squeeze through. Until that moment, I had­n’t real­ized our fam­i­ly camp­ing trip to San­ta Cruz Red­woods RV Resort had had such an…

Romance and RV’s? Exploring Southern Ohio Together from the MOCO RV Park

My hus­band and I were sup­posed to go on a cruise to cel­e­brate our 5th anniver­sary, but obvi­ous­ly that was can­celled. We want­ed to get away, and get a break from our tod­dler, but we were stumped. Where to go? My hus­band pitched me an uncon­ven­tion­al idea. Let’s stay in…

A Local’s Guide to Family Friendly Cleveland

I know my home­town does­n’t have the best rep­u­ta­tion. After all, we some­times get called the “Mis­take on the Lake.” The idea of Cleve­land being a cen­ter of tourism was such a joke, a local come­di­an made a fake tourism video when Cleve­land host­ed the MLB all-star game.…

How to Save Your Family Vacation When Everything Goes Wrong

When I first heard rumors about the French tran­sit strikes, I did­n’t think much about them. After all, our vaca­tion was weeks away. Sure­ly I could keep those reser­va­tions for our dream trip to Paris.

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Weekend with a Toddler

Labor Day week­end is that amaz­ing time of the year when you can com­fort­ably enjoy out­door activ­i­ties but total­ly dec­o­rate for Fall! And I am so here for both! As I resist­ed the urge to start bak­ing the first of many batch­es of pump­kin cook­ies, I cre­at­ed a list of…

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Kid-Friendly Nashville

As a native to Nashville, Ten­nessee, I love to tell every­one about my home city. There’s just some­thing spe­cial about the Nashville way. We smile and say hel­lo to strangers. We help each oth­er recov­er after floods or tor­na­does. And we nev­er, ever pester our resident…

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life — Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

It’s the divid­ing line between youth and age. It was about 63 degrees at the beach where we camped at a near­by Pis­mo Beach RV park. A sharp wind made me wish I could retract my head into my body like a tur­tle. At the same time, my boys, 10 and 12, jumped through…

The Best Romantic Staycation Ideas

Did COVID 19 can­cel your roman­tic get­away? Believe me, I under­stand. We had to can­cel a trip to cel­e­brate our 5th wed­ding anniver­sary. But, just because you’re stuck in town does­n’t mean you can’t still have some cou­ple’s fun! We already had grand­ma lined up to…

RVs for Families 101: Tips to Prepare You for Your First RV Trip!

We bought a trav­el trail­er and went camp­ing this sum­mer like every­one else. And, like most peo­ple who had­n’t gone camp­ing reg­u­lar­ly pre-COVID, we were forced to become experts as we were fly­ing out the door. We col­lect­ed as much infor­ma­tion as we could to hopefully…

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

Don’t leave home with­out them, here’s what should always be in your car­ry on!

A Cowboy Weekend: Family Fun at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

  Just because you live in a mod­ern city does­n’t mean you can’t be a cow­boy. At least for a lit­tle while, any­way. About 100 miles from the sky­scrap­ers of Down­town Los Ange­les are men and women who wran­gle hors­es and ride them, spurs clank­ing, through Refugio…

Our 9 Favorite Family Friendly Things To Do in Charleston

Ahh­hh Charleston.  The land of sweet tea, true south­ern charm, and humid­i­ty so thick it took my hair weeks to recov­er from our fam­i­ly trip.  No joke.  Walk­ing around in Charleston feels almost akin to walk­ing through a pool.  The humid­i­ty is that dense. …

A Local’s Guide To The Best Family Activities In Florence

Between the Medicis and a lot of Car­avag­gio, for many, Flo­rence does­n’t exact­ly scream ‘fam­i­ly fun’.  While it may not sound like Flo­rence has a lot to offer kids, it actu­al­ly does have many won­der­ful activ­i­ties for adven­tur­ous fam­i­lies. Don’t get me wrong, it does…

The Only Things You Need to Pack in a Theme Park Bag

In my fam­i­ly, sum­mer is theme park sea­son. I’ve been rid­ing roller coast­ers since I was 42″ tall. Final­ly tall enough to take on the Jack Rab­bit at Ken­ny­wood in Pitts­burgh PA. Those fam­i­ly trips had a huge impact on my life. Even now, to me a fam­i­ly vaca­tion is…

Lesser Known Chicago Restaurants for Foodies

  Be hon­est — when you think of food in Chica­go, you think deep-dish piz­za, Chica­go style hot dogs and maybe some Gar­ret­t’s pop­corn — if you real­ly know your stuff.  But I’m here to tell you that the Windy City food scene is so much bet­ter than that.   Don’t get…

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

A tiny island twen­ty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nan­tuck­et, Mass­a­chu­setts is an old school throw­back to a sim­pler way of life.  There are no chain restau­rants.  No Star­bucks.  No stop­lights.  The speed lim­it nev­er breaks 45 miles per hour, and most streets keep…

The Reluctant Hiker: When Your Kids Won’t Cooperate (Video)

Being stuck at home does­n’t mean you can’t leave your house. As long as you can find a way to social­ly dis­tance, you can appre­ci­ate the gifts G‑d, moth­er nature or the uni­verse has freely just plopped right into your back­yard. Our back­yard is the San­ta Monica…

A Local’s Guide to Lake Erie Beaches

I know, I know. When you first hear the word “Ohio,”  you imme­di­ate­ly think the word “beach­es,” right? No? Well, you should and I’ll tell you why. In my home­town of Cleve­land, there are at least 5 beach­es with­in an hour’s dri­ve of my house. And if you’ve nev­er visited…

5 Can’t Miss Tips for Traveling With Your Kids During COVID

I’m not sure when exact­ly that my fam­i­ly reached their per­son­al break­ing point in quar­an­tine.  It was like­ly around the time Chica­go was get­ting doused in apoc­a­lyp­tic rain.  So, not only were we not allowed to go any­where, but we also could­n’t step out­side without…

One Dad Discovered What Makes Travel With Kids Easy

For the last four years my wife and I, along with our chil­dren, have made our home on the Asian side of sprawl­ing Istan­bul, Turkey. There are plen­ty of ben­e­fits to liv­ing in what is, for all intents and pur­pos­es, the cen­ter of the world, and one of them is being so…

The Best Things To Do With Kids in Bermuda

  They’re not afraid of col­or. Their build­ings resem­ble an assort­ment of East­er eggs, wait­ing to be plucked from dark green hills. If you’re vis­it­ing the vibrant main island of Bermu­da with your kids, there are many fun ways to explore the pas­tel possibilities.…

7 Essential Stops on a Family Summer Texas Road Trip

As a young cou­ple, my hus­band and I would pow­er through long dri­ves to see fam­i­ly in Texas. Dur­ing our road trips, we made a game out of stop­ping as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, push­ing our­selves to the lim­its of our gas tank. And then some­thing earth-shat­ter­ing hap­pened. We…

A Local’s Guide To The 11 Best Family Friendly Things to Do in Chicago

After months of steel­ing our­selves against sub-zero tem­per­a­tures, bat­tling unfor­giv­ing winds and the chills they bring, trudg­ing through snow­drifts that come up to our butts, we use sum­mer in Chica­go to its full advan­tage.  Because, let’s be hon­est — we’ve earned…

Surfing Indonesia — The Best Family Surf Trip

  “I think you’re a lit­tle bit of a witch,” Lua­na said with a slight crin­kle of her green-grey eyes, her hair pulled back in a pony­tail to com­bat the Mentawai Island’s humid­i­ty. We all sat around long tables eat­ing din­ner. She said this shy­ly, a little…

What to Expect if You Visit Universal Orlando During COVID

The world is start­ing to open back up. As a trav­el agent, that’s a relief. As a mom, I need to know how that’s hap­pen­ing and the best ways to trav­el safe­ly. And here’s what my kids love: Cen­tral Flori­da’s theme parks are prepar­ing to wel­come vis­i­tors! Our favorite…

The Trick That Saved Our Family Trip Through Austria

  There’s only one time I’ve come close to cut­ting a trip short, call­ing it a fail­ure, and buy­ing the first avail­able tick­et home. I was in Vien­na. Yes, beau­ti­ful, enchant­i­ng Vien­na, on a fam­i­ly trip with our kids. Don’t get me wrong, my wife and I were loving…

Why Universal Orlando is Better for Families than Disney World

I’m a trav­el agent, and a not insignif­i­cant por­tion of my busi­ness comes from Dis­ney. I spe­cial­ized in Dis­ney. I keep up with all the Dis­ney blogs. I know an embar­rass­ing amount about Dis­ney parks and every­thing they have to offer. So, it feels almost sac­ri­le­gious to…

7 Ways Not to Lose Your Mind Traveling With Kids

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJWWNw1ufOI&t=32s   If you’ve been keep­ing up with our crazy shenani­gans that are our ver­sion of fam­i­ly trav­el, then you know…

5 Fun Staycation Ideas to Get Your Kids Excited About Being Home

You know the scene in Cast­away where an increas­ing­ly insane and unkempt Tom Han­ks marks off the days he’s been strand­ed at sea, watch­ing the num­ber slow­ly tick up?    Today, we can odd­ly relate. After a full two months in quar­an­tine, our fam­i­ly is start­ing to feel a…

7 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip With Kids

We’ve all been on those fam­i­ly road trips. You know the ones. They start off pleas­ant enough. The win­dows are down, a nice breeze cir­cu­lat­ing. The Black Keys are churn­ing those good vibes and (mirac­u­lous­ly) no one is com­plain­ing about the music. Your hubs seems to…

Girl’s Weekend In Temecula Wine Country

  To be that won­der­ful moth­er and wife that every­one has come to expect, mom­my some­times needs a time out too. The whin­ing, the dish­es, the piles —  it can get to be too much. Mom­my needs to ditch the kids and the hub­by and spend a week­end away with her…

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

  It’s a side-effect of par­ent­ing. Once your kids get close to 10 years old, you are sud­den­ly the least cool per­son they know. No mat­ter what you were before becom­ing their moth­er or father, you are now the voice of Char­lie Brown’s teacher any­time you try to talk…

9 Tips to Plan Your Family Trip After Quarantine Now!

I’ve lost count of how many weeks we’ve been social dis­tanc­ing. Though I’m thank­ful to be healthy and safe, it’s tough. With the weath­er fluc­tu­a­tions, and stay­ing home as much as pos­si­ble, it’s easy to start feel­ing claus­tro­pho­bic.   I’m now at home all day, every day…

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids

  It was only because we used snow­board­ing as the hook.      But it was the promise of a fam­i­ly trip…

Travel In Time: Tips to Help the Elderly Cope with Coronavirus

Aline Mor­ris, 80, used to be a world trav­el­er, start­ing to seri­ous­ly trav­el when she was 60 but she stopped trav­el­ing by her­self a cou­ple of years ago.  She has fond mem­o­ries of see­ing the world whether on tours, cruis­es or bus­es.      “I love the river…

Yosemite With Kids: Nature & Pamper at Tenaya Lodge

  The wind leads the leaves in a Rum­ba as their hips sway through a dar­ing gust. The clouds form shapes any con­tor­tion­ist would admire, with a back­drop of blue so deep, your heart can get lost in its gaze.     It’s nature our fam­i­ly seeks when we want…

(Family) Travel In the Time of Corona

When news of a new virus in Chi­na first began mak­ing minor head­lines, I was bliss­ful­ly enjoy­ing my time in Kenya, help­ing to build a school dor­mi­to­ry for girls and enjoy­ing the peo­ple and wildlife that call Maa­sai Mara home. Today, schools are closed. Gath­er­ings of…

What You Need to Do in Pismo Beach For Family Fun!

  We’d seen pic­tures of all-ter­rain vehi­cles blast­ing through sand dunes in Pis­mo Beach, like Mad Max search­ing for an adven­ture in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic future. It does­n’t seem too far of a stretch based on what’s hap­pen­ing in the world today but last Spring Break,…

Fun Things to Do with a Toddler While You’re Stuck at Home

I’ve heard so many peo­ple say, “I’ve nev­er expe­ri­enced any­thing like this.” That’s one thing we can all agree on. Lines at gro­cery stores as if it’s Thanks­giv­ing, toi­let paper in high demand, emp­ty shelves where baby wipes used to be, can­celed events, peo­ple wearing…

How to Survive a Quarantine with Four Kids (and a Grandma!)

As every­one now knows we are offi­cial­ly deal­ing with a pan­dem­ic of epic pro­por­tions. I have four kids, one is med­ical­ly com­plex, and my eighty-sev­en year old grand­moth­er lives with us. I, like oth­ers, am lim­it­ing our risks. Nor­mal­ly, I am the mom that has zoo and…

Exploring Celtic Gardens in Galway

  Most Irish school chil­dren learn about Brig­it, an ear­ly Chris­t­ian saint who was almost as impor­tant as Saint Patrick – she even has her own hol­i­day on Feb­ru­ary 1st (with­out the green beer). But Brig­it is also a sig­nif­i­cant part of Irish mythol­o­gy because before…

How To Stay Healthy Traveling With Kids

  Even before the Nov­el Coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) reared its ugly head to dis­rupt all our love­ly trav­el plans, trav­el­ing was a dirty busi­ness. Yes, you know there are those of us who don’t wash their hands after going to the bath­room, kids who slob­ber all over their…

5 Best Places to See Wildlife in Florida

  When my hus­band told me at the begin­ning of Novem­ber that he had vaca­tion days to use or lose come Jan­u­ary, that’s all I need­ed to start plan­ning a fun cou­ples trip.  Since we live in New Eng­land, Flori­da seemed like the best place to trav­el to in Decem­ber. Not…

Disney For Adults: How to Re-Light That Spark

  When­ev­er my fiancé and I start to feel like we’re out of sync or we haven’t had a real con­ver­sa­tion in a while, we set a cof­fee date. And by “cof­fee date”, I mean that we make cof­fee in our kitchen or run to the clos­est dri­ve-thru and then bring it back to sip…

How to Survive a Vacation in Europe with a Baby

After years of trav­el­ing to Europe with my mom, and becom­ing a bit of an addict, I made the con­scious deci­sion to con­tin­ue my adven­tures once my daugh­ter was born.  It would be amaz­ing. I would show naysay­ers that your whole life does­n’t have to stop just because you…

Cancun for Families: Two Ways

  You don’t have to choose. Can­cun is big enough for both of them. You can vis­it one and the oth­er won’t get jeal­ous. The oth­er will know that soon you won’t be able to resist and you’ll vis­it her too. Plus, you’ll bring your fam­i­ly because there’s so much to do…

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: An Luxury All-Inclusive for Families

  No, he was­n’t a real genie but the way our per­son­al concierge tried to antic­i­pate our needs as he wel­comed us into the Grand Velas Riv­iera Maya Resort in Playa del Car­men, made us feel like he was. The five dia­mond, all-inclu­sive resort, tucked into the powder…

Escape to Kauai With Family

Only, upon arrival at our Airbnb, our fam­i­ly dis­cov­ered there was no key left inside the mail­box as promised by the land­lord. Learn how our crazy solu­tions cre­at­ed the adven­tures that bind us.

Best Food in the North Carolina Mountains

The pic­turesque towns of High­lands & Cashiers, N.C. are at the top of our week­end get­away list! Check out this guide for the best food in the North Car­oli­na mountains.

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The time has come, Star Wars: Rise of the Resis­tance is final­ly open at Dis­ney­land. See what the expe­ri­ence was like, what to expect, and whether our expec­ta­tions were met in this no spoil­ers guide.

7 Tips for Summer Fun in Mammoth with Crazy Kids

  Although I want­ed him to be brave, part of me pic­tured his hands los­ing grip on the rope sus­pend­ed to the branch above his head and his lit­tle body land­ing with a dull thud onto the sharp rocks. We took our kids to Mam­moth Lake in the sum­mer because we knew…

How To Survive Flying with Baby Your First Time

  When I found out I was preg­nant with my daugh­ter, every­one was quick to tell me that my trav­el­ing days were over. Deter­mined to prove them wrong and con­tin­ue to explore the world, I made the deci­sion to take her with me. Was it chal­leng­ing? Ummm, yes. Imag­ine chang­ing the dia­per of a ram­bunc­tious baby […] 

Best Family Fun at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

  While brows­ing through the end­less stream of trav­el pho­tos float­ing through the inter­net one Octo­ber, some­thing amaz­ing made me pause. Enor­mous snow sculp­tures, stun­ning in detail, made me want to know where I could find them. Intrigue turned to joy when I…

New Years Eve Fun with Kids in Los Angeles: 2020 Style!

So maybe you’re not hang­ing out at swanky restau­rants in sequin dress­es knock­ing down cham­pagne bot­tles until 4 in the morn­ing now that you’re trav­el­ing with kids but you can still have a great time! If your New Year’s Eve plans include Los Ange­les — lucky you!  L.A.…

LAX-it: The Terror Confronted of the New Lyft & Uber Pick-Up Zone

The ter­ror of the changes get­ting rides with Lyft and Uber at Los Ange­les Inter­na­tion­al Air­port, or LAX, is upon us. Read how you will survive.

Behind the Scenes at Disney: An Invitation to Explore

Do you love the mag­ic of @Disney and have always want­ed to peek behind their cur­tain? Well, now you can. Read on.….

Solo Girl’s Trip to New York City: Seeking Balance

  I recent­ly took a week­end girl’s trip to New York City. (And no, that is not a mis­placed apos­tro­phe, because there was only one girl on this trip — me.) That’s right, I did a New York solo girl’s trip. I did vis­it and spend time with friends, but much of the…

SATW Convention in El Paso: VIDEO Reverbs Storytelling — From Russia With Love

This is the sto­ry of my fam­i­ly’s jour­ney through Rus­sia, the Sovi­et regime and escape into the New World. In 2019, I became a mem­ber of the hon­or­able writ­ing orga­ni­za­tion, Soci­ety of Amer­i­can Trav­el Writ­ers or SATW. These are a group of accom­plished and talented…

Fun Things To Do In Irvine With Kids

  Until recent­ly, Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia has only exist­ed as a blip on our fam­i­ly road-trip map — locat­ed between the free­way dri­ve from Los Ange­les to San Diego. We’d see high-rise build­ings, malls, and hotels whiz by. Noth­ing to draw us in. Noth­ing to moti­vate us…

Attraction Review: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Uni­ver­sal Orlan­do’s per­fect­ly named new coast­er is def­i­nite­ly both mag­i­cal and an adven­ture. When the Wiz­ard­ing World of Har­ry Pot­ter first opened in 2010 at Uni­ver­sal’s Islands of Adven­ture Park, a vis­it to Uni­ver­sal Orlan­do Resort imme­di­ate­ly moved to the top of…

What to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

  I con­sid­er myself to be a mid-lev­el Star Wars fan. I’ve seen all the movies, but I’m not famil­iar with the oth­er medi­ums in the Star Wars fran­chise. Still, since I saw the first movie as a kid, I’ve loved the adven­ture, tri­umph, humor, and even the per­il of the…

Adventures by Disney: A Behind The Scenes Disneyland Tour

    I love Dis­ney­land, so when my son and I were invit­ed to expe­ri­ence the 4‑day Adven­tures by Dis­ney: Dis­ney­land Resort and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Escape, sev­er­al behind-the-scenes Dis­ney­land tours plus a Dis­ney­land fam­i­ly vaca­tion pack­age, I was beyond…

Wine Tasting — Discovering Uncharted Vineyards

There’s noth­ing that can bring you deep­er into the pages of a roman­tic fairy tale than gaz­ing across an expan­sive field, jagged roots twist­ing along grape vines, the sun dan­gling over the hori­zon, as you savor and swirl a red, white or rose hue cast­ing its shade…

Hop On — Hop Off Bus Tours: An Affordable Way to Travel with Kids

I’ve spent a good deal of time on the top of a dou­ble-deck­er bus – and not just in Lon­don where that sort of thing is expect­ed. In quite a few dif­fer­ent cities, dou­ble-deck­er bus tours have allowed my fam­i­ly to see the sights, get around town, take advan­tage of…

A Magical Family Adventure in India

  Although some may think of India as a crowd­ed and noisy des­ti­na­tion, it does­n’t have to be. Many trav­el­ers don’t real­ize that India has many qui­et regions that offer oppor­tu­ni­ties to expe­ri­ence Indi­an cul­ture at a slow­er, more laid-back pace. Two of the…

Winter in Lake Arrowhead with Kids

  For some rea­son, our San­ta Mon­i­ca beach fam­i­ly always went look­ing for snow and win­ter fun in Big Bear Lake, nev­er Lake Arrow­head.         In the sum­mers, it was always back to Big Bear, to try our luck at fish­ing, which nev­er seemed to…

The ABC’s of Food Tours with Teens

When­ev­er my sons and I trav­el to a new city, we always take a food tour (at this point, we’ve tak­en at least ten). It ini­tial­ly start­ed because we want­ed to try a famous food from a spe­cif­ic area, like beignets in New Orleans, BBQ in Austin, or a cheeses­teak in…

Cave Kayaking with Kids In Channel Islands

  It’s not some­thing I thought could hap­pen so close to the urban sprawl of Los Ange­les.     https://youtu.be/X‑NbH9OtyvI     Yet, here we were, look­ing through a rain­bow of ocean mist as dol­phins below escort­ed our fer­ry to our cave kayaking…

Cutting the Line: A How To Guide For Your Fav Theme Park

  We’ve all told our kids a thou­sand times not to cut the line because it’s rude and self­ish. But what if there was a way to cut a line that was nei­ther rude nor self­ish? Intrigu­ing, right? One of the biggest – and most con­sis­tent – com­plaints from theme park…

The Most Fun You Can Have With Your Girlfriends in Nashville

Not a fan of coun­try music? Don’t wor­ry — there’s plen­ty for you to do with your girl­friends on a Nashville get­away week­end. And who knows? You just might be con­vert­ed by the end of the trip. I recent­ly spent sev­en days in Nashville — half busi­ness and half girls’…

A Volunteer Vacation Every Family Member Will Love

Guest blog post by Jen­nifer Spatz, CEO & Founder of Glob­al Fam­i­ly Trav­els The most mem­o­rable fam­i­ly trips are ones that offer expe­ri­ences beyond just relax­ing or spend­ing time togeth­er. A vaca­tion that com­bines a buck­et-list adven­ture with vol­un­teer­ing can be that…

Walking the Streets of NYC: 2 Tours with Kids & Teens

New York City is a walk­ing city. Now, the idea of a “walk­ing city” may seem strange to any­one from L.A. because we have a rep­u­ta­tion of nev­er walk­ing any­where. Ever. But one of the coolest things about New York is that there are so many amaz­ing things to see on every…

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping

  Over Thanks­giv­ing, we took a turkey break and went in search of bees. Rather, we had heard about a bee tour we could take at the West­in Mis­sion Hills Golf Resort & Spa (which, by the way, looks to be a very fam­i­ly-friend­ly resort, we dis­cov­ered, when we had…

Cruising San Francisco Bay with Teens on a Kayak Tour

  San Fran­cis­co’s nick­name is The City by the Bay, so when I trav­eled to San Fran­cis­co last Decem­ber with my two teenaged sons, we decid­ed it would be fun to see the city from the bay. So, we decid­ed to take a kayak tour! …

7 Tips for Traveling with Girlfriends

  I am an unusu­al trav­el­er. I go where my soul tells me and to places that I want to explore.  The oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cov­er a new city, area or nature with­in our world fills me up to the brim of my exis­tence. l do my best to plan ahead, but I trav­el with­out any…

Visiting 3 Presidential Houses with Kids

  Vis­it­ing the home of our cur­rent pres­i­dent in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is not as sim­ple as show­ing up and knock­ing on the door. The advanced plan­ning nec­es­sary (which includes con­tact­ing a mem­ber of Con­gress in advance and pass­ing a secu­ri­ty screen­ing), does­n’t even…

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa : Seeing the Real Hawaii in Oahu

  I was pret­ty cer­tain, at that spe­cial age when every­thing is mor­ti­fy­ing, that attend­ing a luau in Hawaii is a type of embar­rass­ment specif­i­cal­ly reserved for tourists. I was 14 and I knew it all.     This appraisal of trav­el in Hawaii stayed with me…

A Spooky Adventure in Baltimore: Walking the Poe Trail with Teens

Many peo­ple con­sid­er Edgar Allan Poe to be the cre­ator of the mod­ern hor­ror, mys­tery, and sci­ence fic­tion short sto­ry.   Because of that, most stu­dents read at least one Poe sto­ry in mid­dle or high school, and even reluc­tant read­ers admit he’s pret­ty cool.  What’s not…

4 Spots in Philadelphia To Make History Cool With Teens

  Thanks to Lin Manuel Miran­da and his Broad­way smash hit “Hamil­ton,” U.S. His­to­ry has nev­er been cool­er, so now is the per­fect time to hip-hop on the band­wag­on and take teens (and pre-teens) to Philadel­phia to see “the room[s] where it happened.” …

Grab a Bigger Piece of this World With Your Kids — Global CommUnity

Would­n’t it be great if Pan­cho Vil­la could step out of a his­to­ry book and shake your hand on your first trip to Mex­i­co? What if he told you tales of his rev­o­lu­tion­ary escapades? (Or his stint in Hol­ly­wood while they filmed them?) Or sang folk songs with his squad of…

A Fun Family Summer Staycation — Hyatt Regency Westlake

We’ve nev­er done a stay­ca­tion. I’ve nev­er seen the point. Our house is fine. We have a pool. We have a grill in the back­yard. We have a great view of some pret­ty hills (ok, they’re often brown but they’re bet­ter than con­crete). We’re a 15 minute dri­ve from Zuma beach.…

Free Yoga in the Santa Monica Mountains

  There’s a mir­a­cle around every cor­ner on the trails in the San­ta Mon­i­ca Moun­tains north­west of Los Ange­les. In June, a hik­er might have come across a group of col­or­ful­ly dressed yogis of all ages and sizes stretch­ing and pos­ing under the giant oaks at Peter…

Video: Dishing it out in Padang, Indonesia

  When we went to the Mentawais Island chain in Indone­sia for Howard’s birth­day, we got to spend some time dis­cov­er­ing Padang the day before and after our fer­ry ride to Hid­den Bay Resort. Here is our date night, accom­pa­nied by our guide, Budi, on our last night…

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Stagecoach Music Festival Girl’s Getaway Weekend

The Stage­coach Music Fes­ti­val is com­ing April 2/24–4/26 and it will be the per­fect girl’s get­away. Sure, you could take your hus­band or your kids, but why would you want to do that on a girl’s week­end? The last five years I’ve attend­ed Stage­coach with my best friend…

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

  This is more than just a trav­el sto­ry. It’s a love sto­ry that takes place on the road. Its lat­est chap­ter took place dur­ing a fam­i­ly trip to La Jol­la Shores, Cal­i­for­nia. It’s a tale of two fam­i­lies who used to live in the same town and spent a lot of time…

Finding Your Alternate Universe at Shakti Fest

  I recent­ly had the chance of sit­ting down with pro­lif­ic yoga mas­ter, Shi­va Rea, for a fire­side chat. OK, maybe she was dri­ving on the free­way and talk­ing to me through her cell phone and I was sit­ting in my office, endur­ing the hot sum­mer heat but it felt like…

Love of Flying

When I was in col­lege, I read an assigned book in my wom­en’s psy­chol­o­gy class,  writ­ten by Eri­ca Jong, called Fear of Fly­ing. She used fly­ing as a metaphor for the lim­i­ta­tions we put on our­selves. I’m not say­ing I don’t do that any­more but I do it a lot less than I…

7 Tips For A Fun, Romantic Trip to Lake Nacimiento

If you’ve been mar­ried for longer than a minute or are even dat­ing some­one for more than 6 months, you know. Rela­tion­ships take effort. You have to real­ly work at “Hap­pi­ly Ever After”

Flying Over Trees — Ziplining in Wrightwood, California

It was news to us. We did­n’t know our son Kaleb was scared of heights until we rode the Fer­ris wheel at Cal­i­for­nia Adven­ture. When our pod start­ed climb­ing and sway­ing, he threw him­self on the floor and hid his head between his father’s knees. No amount of reassuring…

Shakti Fest: An Untypical Girl’s Weekend

  I thought I was tough. I was sporty and strong in the unre­mark­able gym sort of way. When I took my first yoga class, it was a lev­el 2/3 on a VHS tape. A measly lev­el 1 begin­ner class did­n’t sit well with my self-image but I want­ed to learn the pos­es before I…

A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween at the Great Wolf Lodge

It start­ed on our fam­i­ly trip in the lob­by of the Great Wolf Lodge in Gar­den Grove, Orange Coun­ty. A big, black spi­der clung to the ceil­ing, its sharp fangs hov­er­ing over the lit­tle guest’s heads, an eerie spi­der­web cov­ered the entire front win­dow. This sight alone…

2 Moms, 4 Boys and an RV: 7 Tips on Enjoying Family Camping

What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Four boys jostling in a small space, no hus­bands to pawn them off on for a few sec­onds of peace? Well. This. This could go wrong. And it did. Over and over again. But that’s not the whole sto­ry. The idea was born after my hus­band told me…

Out Of This World: A UFO Convention

Many won­der if there’s life beyond our plan­et, alien beings who may vis­it our world or who have shaped our his­to­ry in some way through past vis­i­ta­tions. Oth­ers just scoff at the idea of aliens, say­ing if they haven’t seen it, it must not exist. A con­ven­tion of UFO…

Glamping with Kids at Ventura Ranch KOA

  Before chil­dren, camp­ing was an adven­ture. We got dirty. We drank dur­ing the day. We slept on the dirt with only a thin lay­er of stuffed poly­ester pro­tect­ing our bod­ies from the rocks. We cooked on grills pow­ered by fires we painstak­ing­ly built from twigs and…

Giving Mothers the Gift of Peace: Shakti Fest Yoga

  As a young moth­er, Dror­it Rudin said, she was always wor­ried about spe­cif­ic things that might hap­pen to her kids, things that were most­ly beyond her con­trol. Rudin had three kids with­in three years of each oth­er. She tried to take care of her­self in between…

Splashing Around at the Great Wolf Lodge

  When the Great Wolf Lodge in Gar­den Grove, CA first opened, I did­n’t see how an indoor water­park could sur­vive, or even be of inter­est, in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Who would want to go? Leave the sun­shine for a bunch of indoor water­slides? I had heard there were 19…

The Los Angeles Zoo — A Walk On the Wild Side

  I’m not real­ly a zoo per­son. I want to get excit­ed about the ani­mals and the obscure, rare ana­con­das crawl­ing around the oth­er creepy bugs ~ but I know if I actu­al­ly encoun­tered those things in the wild, I’d prob­a­bly step on them. Or throw some­thing at them…

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L.A. Fam­i­ly Trav­el has lots of great inter­na­tion­al, nation­al, week­end and day trip ideas from Los Ange­les. How­ev­er, our itin­er­aries can be used for fam­i­lies every­where. We are your one stop shop to plan and book your per­fect fam­i­ly trip.

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