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Best Food in the North Carolina Mountains

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

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

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 ...

How To Survive Flying with Baby Your First Time

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 […]

Best Family Fun at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

Fun Things To Do In Irvine With Kids

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 ...

Attraction Review: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

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

What to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

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,

Adventures by Disney: A Behind The Scenes Disneyland Tour

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

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

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, ...

A Magical Family Adventure in India

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 ...

Winter in Lake Arrowhead with Kids

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 ...

The ABC's of Food Tours with Teens

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 ...

Cave Kayaking with Kids In Channel Islands

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 ...

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

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 – ...

A Volunteer Vacation Every Family Member Will Love

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 ...

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

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 ...

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping

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, ...

Cruising San Francisco Bay with Teens on a Kayak Tour

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 ...

Visiting 3 Presidential Houses with Kids

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 ...

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

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

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

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 ...

4 Spots in Philadelphia To Make History Cool With Teens

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 ...

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

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 ...

A Fun Family Summer Staycation –  Hyatt Regency Westlake

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

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

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

Finding Your Alternate Universe at Shakti Fest

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 ...

7 Tips For A Fun, Romantic Trip to Lake Nacimiento

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

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. ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

Glamping with Kids at Ventura Ranch KOA

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 ...

Giving Mothers the Gift of Peace: Shakti Fest Yoga

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

Splashing Around at the Great Wolf Lodge

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?

The Los Angeles Zoo – A Walk On the Wild Side

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 ...