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Your New Friend at Disney Parks, Genie+

Your New Friend at Disney Parks, Genie+

  Ali Baba had his forty thieves, Scheherazade had a thousand tales, and the Disney Parks had Fastpass and Maxpass - but not anymore! I have made my living as a travel advisor specializing in Disney products. And the one thing I have ...

Managing Food Allergies While on Vacation

Managing Food Allergies While on Vacation

  Food. It's the part of travel that helps us bridge linguistic gaps and makes us realize one thing. No matter what language we speak, the ability to bond over a good meal is universal. Unfortunately, in our modern world, the prevalence ...

Helping Kids Through Vacation Anxiety

Helping Kids Through Vacation Anxiety

  Travel is one of the best gifts we can give our kids. It's a great way to invite them to see the world and learn new things. But sometimes, vacation anxiety takes over, making family trips more difficult to navigate.  So how can we ...

Best Road Trip Ideas With A Toddler and 2 Dogs

Best Road Trip Ideas With A Toddler and 2 Dogs

  There's nothing like a crazy road trip to add fun memories and epic experiences to family vacations. Like the time I decided to invite my sister, her best friend, and their dogs to join our family on a 10-hour road trip to the beach, ...

Travel Hacks for Tired Moms

Travel Hacks for Tired Moms

  Traveling with kids is exhilarating, rewarding, and exhausting for parents. I treasure our travel experiences, but with packing, schedules, and an on-the-go style, our family vacations are not exactly relaxing. Over time, however, I've

Traveling While Pregnant, A Survival Guide

Traveling While Pregnant, A Survival Guide

  I'm a travel agent, so just deciding I wasn't going to travel for 9 months, once I learned I was pregnant, in addition to taking maternity leave after the baby was born, just wasn't going to work. I took 3 road trips while pregnant, ...

First Time Traveling Abroad? What I Wish I'd Known!

First Time Traveling Abroad? What I Wish I'd Known!

  My parents, in a moment of insanity, I guess, let me travel abroad to Australia at the age of 14. I went with a student group, through People to People International, a charitable organization building bridges between cultures. My ...

Essential Baby Travel Hacks You Can Use Anywhere

Essential Baby Travel Hacks You Can Use Anywhere

  Babies. We love them. They're cute. But successfully traveling with babies requires a special skill set they don't hand out at the hospital. Whether you're flying or driving, visiting family or a new city, here are the baby travel tips

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

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 ...

The Top Kid-Friendly Places to Eat in Nashville 

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 ...

6 Tips to Plan a Safer Family Reunion

6 Tips to Plan a Safer 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.  When making plans to get together, it's important ...

Perfect Holiday Gifts for Family Travelers

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

How to Have a Family Vacation in London Without Going Nuts

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.     But despite my ...

6 Tips to Survive your First Hotel Stay with a Baby

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 ...

5 Tips to Traveling with Grandparents Without Losing Your Mind

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

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

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 ...

How to Save Your Family Vacation When Everything Goes Wrong

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 ...

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Weekend with a Toddler

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

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

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, ...

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

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 ...

The Best Romantic Staycation Ideas

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 ...

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

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 ...

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

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!

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 ...

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 ...

How Multi-Generational Travel Makes Family Trips Easy!

How Multi-Generational Travel Makes Family Trips 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 ...

What to Expect if You Visit Universal Orlando During COVID

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

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

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 to Survive Traveling With Babies and Kids

7 Ways to Survive Traveling With Babies and 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 how wild and unruly ...

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 ...

7 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip With Kids

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.

9 Tips to Plan Your Family Trip After Quarantine Now!

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 ...

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

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 ...

(Family) Travel In the Time of Corona

(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 ...

How To Stay Healthy Traveling With Kids

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 ...

How to Survive a Vacation in Europe with a Baby

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

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 […]

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.

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 – ...

7 Tips for Traveling with Girlfriends

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 ...

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Stagecoach Music Festival

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Stagecoach Music Festival

  The Stagecoach Music Festival is coming April 29th-May 1st in 2022 to Indio, CA 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 ...