Tired of being told that your travels are over now that you have kids?  US TOO!

We are a travel loving family of four.  You can find out more about us here.   We feel deeply that travel has so many benefits for kids.  It exposes our kids to new experiences and different cultures.  The incredible power of new experiences is that they make your child smarter.   Just like you, we have jobs and limited family trip time available, so we know how important it is to plan great family trips in the time that we have.


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No kids?  Don’t Worry! Most of the content on this page will be useful whether you are traveling with kids or not.

There is so much travel “fluff” on the internet…I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW exactly what I am talking about.  How many times can you read about “7 Things to do in X Destination” or “Best Bars in X City” and how much value does this type of information really give you when trying to plan the nuts and bolts of your family trip?

I work hard to share our travel experiences with you in a way that helps you cut out the fluff and get right to the information that  you really need to know.   I will tell you the real story; the good, the bad, the ugly so you can plan family trips awash in soul filling experiences and  memories that your family will treasure.    

Welcome along on our adventure!  Please explore the options below to get to the best of what the blog has to offer, sorted by interest.

Planning a Family Trip:

Traveling with Children: The Airport with Toddlers

Why we Are Taking Our Kids on a Cruise

The Realities of a Family Trip with a Baby

Baby Cruising: Tips for Cruising With a Baby and a Toddler

5 Lessons Learned from a Family Trip with a Baby 

7 Useful Things I learned from Traveling with Kids Alone

Best Travel Experiences:

Velo En Provence: Bicycling in the Cote du Rhone Region of Southern France

A Comprehensive Guide to Bastille Day in Carcassonne France

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo: A MUST DO When you Visit Edinburgh

Our Visit to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam

What to See in Northern Ireland:  Let Fairies Roll Your Car Uphill at Spelga Dam

Spending St Patrick’s Day In Ireland

The Last Space Shuttle Discovery Launch:  An Experience that I will Never Forget

The Japanese Tea Ceremony in Tokyo

My First Thai Massage in Thailand

Exposing Elephant Abuse in Thailand


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Planning Great Travel:

Do You Want Your Travel Experiences from a Dropper or a Bucket?

Planning for a Trip?  Make Your “Hit the Ground Running” Plan for a Smooth Arrival

13 Things to Do on Your First Day in a New City

The Importance of Including Local Farmers Markets in Your Travel Plans

Preparing for Takeoff:  How Frequent Travel has Changed out Travel Preparation Routine

The Importance of Leaving Room For Flexibility in Your Travel Plans

Planning a Short Trip:  How to Get the Most Out of Your Time

The Pros and Cons of Free Walking Tours


Travel Reflections:

Traveling and World Peace:  How Traveling the World has Changed My Perspective

6 Things That I Miss Most About Traveling

How Not to be a Jerk While Traveling Internationally

Driving in France: How I Overcame my Fear of Driving in a Foreign Land

Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things that are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Too Much Travel?  Jetlag and Other Consequences of Going Too Much

A Day of Flying Standby

Having Trouble Coming Home: The Dark Side of Travel Addiction

Boldly Go:  How Seeing the World has Lessened My Fears of Travel

Favorite Destinations:

Things to do in Nice France on a Budget

The Isle of Skye:  Awe Inspiring Scenery on Scotland’s West Coast

A Tour of the Edinburgh Royal Mile

One Perfect Day In Geirangerfjord Norway

One Day in Stockholm Sweden

Reflections from My Trip to Provence

Food Highlights:

THE BEST Key Lime Pie in Cocoa Beach, Florida

The Frito Pie: A True Santa Fe Food Experience

Foods to Travel Around the World For

The Best Fish and Chips in Scotland

Our First Tokyo Dining Experience: A Vending machine Restaurant in Tokyo

How I Overcame My Fear of Spicy Food in Thailand

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