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

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 ...

Lesser Known Chicago Restaurants for Foodies

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 ...

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

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, ...

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

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 ...

One Dad Discovered What Makes Travel With Kids Easy

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

7 Essential Stops on a Family Summer Texas Road Trip

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 ...

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

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 ...

What to Expect if You Visit Universal Orlando This Summer

What to Expect if You Visit Universal Orlando This Summer

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 ...

The Trick That Saved Our Family Trip Through Austria

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 ...

Why Universal Orlando is Better for Families than Disney World

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 ...

7 Ways Not to Lose Your Mind Traveling With Kids

7 Ways Not to Lose Your Mind Traveling With Kids

          If you’ve been keeping up with our crazy shenanigans that are our version of family travel, then you know how wild and unruly (and sweet and thoughtful) my two boys are. If not, take my word for it. Our ...

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

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 ...