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

OK, it wasn’t that bad. I had been dreading it. I travel a lot for work and live 40 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, aka LAX. 40 miles can translate anywhere between 40 minutes to two hours to arrive at either destination. Life revolves around traffic in...

Behind the Scenes at Disney: An Invitation to Explore

We all expect a visit to a Disney theme park to be an escape from reality – and, let’s face it, that’s what we love about it – but as theme park lands and attractions get more interactive and immersive, it’s also become more challenging for parents to gauge whether...

Seeking Balance in New York City

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 New York solo. I did visit and spend time with friends, but much of the time I was alone, and...

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...

An Oasis Adventure in Irvine

Until recently, Irvine, California has only existed as a blip on our family road-trip map - 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 to stop. Recently...

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 Star...

Adventures by Disney SoCal Escape: How To Get Behind The Scenes at Disneyland

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, I was  beyond excited. But even I could never imagine the amount of pixie dust that was about to be sprinkled on us....

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: The Affordable Way to See a City with Kids and Teens

  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...

We’re the family that didn’t sell all their stuff or quit their jobs or homeschool just so we could travel the world. We’re an ordinary city family with a love for adventure and a desire to explore and understand the people of the world. But. We also have two boys whose favorite pastime is to try and kill each other. Our stories involve survival as well as appreciation.

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