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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.

Cruising the San Francisco Bay with Teens

a kayaking adventure  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. A Different View - Photo by Samantha Davis-Friedman “San...

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...

Crashing the President’s House with Kids

Traveling To History with Teenagers 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...

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

A Cultural Guide For Adventurous Families (VIDEO) 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. So smart This...

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

October is the Perfect Time to have A Spooky Adventure with Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore – @lafamilytravel @BaltimoreMD @Samdfriedman226 #familytravel #travel #Halloween

The Dime: Ten Times the Fun

The Dime is bursting on the scene as Ventura County’s private all- inclusive picnic and party! Experience 10, each, of our favorite Wineries, Breweries, Spirits and Food Trucks. Enjoy the afternoon and sunset on a secluded and breathtaking private estate in Hidden Valley. Indulge in unlimited samples of quality wines, beers, spirits and food. Everything is included in the price.

Making History Cool: Philadelphia 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.” Historic Independence...

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 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 Strauss...




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