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Travel Savvy Mom

  • Fear of Flying: Understanding Turbulence
    Although statistics can't totally reduce an emotional response, here are some facts I recently learned about turbulence that give me comfort when the going gets bumpy and the seatbelt sign is on.The post Fear of Flying: Understanding Turbulence appe…
    - 24 Jun 16, 8:01am -
  • The Best Audio Books for Kids
    Need audiobooks for kids? We've listened to them all (well, a lot anyway). Here's an age-by-age guide to fun stories that will make the miles fly by on road trips or long flights.The post The Best Audio Books for Kids appeared first on Travel Savv…
    - 1 May 16, 10:21am -
  • Is the New York Pass a good deal?
    My kids and I hit Manhattan this summer with a fistful of complimentary 10-day New York Passes to find out if they were a good deal for visitors.The post Is the New York Pass a good deal? appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
    - 1 Aug 15, 12:22am -
  • Best baby and toddler travel gear
    Travel crib? Travel stroller? Travel high chair? Here's what you're really going to need when traveling with a baby or a toddler. And before you pull out your credit card, try to borrow.The post Best baby and toddler travel gear appeared first o…
    - 1 Jun 15, 10:52pm -
  • Packing light when traveling with kids
    Like many of you, I never checked bags before I had kids. I traveled all over the globe without ever spending a moment at the dreaded airport baggage carousel. The post Packing light when traveling with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
    - 7 May 15, 7:24am -
  • 5 reasons my family can’t get an early start on vacation
    Travel guidebooks have long extolled the virtues of getting an early start. Want to beat the heat and the crowds? Get out of bed and get going.The post 5 reasons my family can’t get an early start on vacation appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
    - 5 May 15, 7:38am -
  • Visiting the Rhine Valley with kids
    Sure, I could have visited this region with a like-minded adult, enjoying the scenery, the quiet, and the many nice Riesling wines, but what would be the challenge in that?The post Visiting the Rhine Valley with kids appeared first on Travel Savvy M…
    - 20 Apr 15, 10:16pm -
  • Risk, travel, parenting, and more
    I don’t think any of my adventures with Chet were too risky. Some were intense. Some were uncomfortable. But never have I felt unsafe.The post Risk, travel, parenting, and more appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
    - 1 Mar 15, 1:10pm -
  • Snorkeling!
    My kid has always loved the water. Even as a wee one, he'd throw himself headfirst into any body of water, mud puddles to oceans, without a second thought.The post Snorkeling! appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
    - 21 Oct 14, 4:06pm -
  • Avoiding bat guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge
    Ever wanted to kayak under one of the world's largest urban bat colonies? Here's your chance.The post Avoiding bat guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge appeared first on Travel Savvy Mom.
    - 14 Oct 14, 4:03pm -

Road Trips for Families

  • Top 10 Tips to Make a Hiking Trip Fun for Your Kids
    You love hiking, and it is only natural to want your kids to love it too. Hiking is a great way to connect with nature, rely on the land, and build a family bond. So, how can you make sure your kids will love it? These 10 tips will help to ensure y…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 5:28am -
  • The Northern Oregon Coast in 38 Miles
    The 38-mile drive between Newport and Neskowin should take about an hour, assuming you didn’t make any stops. In reality, you could easily spend a full day exploring the countless points of interest between these two key destinations in on the nort…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 12:55am -
  • Benefits of Driving Over Flying for Family Vacations
    Vacations are some of the most memorable events of a lifetime for families. It may take months of careful planning, saving, discussing and deciding to get the trip itinerary just right and ensure those memories are the good kind. Even after the desti…
    - 12 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 7:41pm -
  • Innovative New Camping Gear: GOGO Lantern
    With the solar eclipse fast approaching, we’re finalizing plans to head out to the Oregon Coast and camp at a state park contained within the path of totality. On our packing list is a new and innovative new product called the GOGO Lantern, the wor…
    - 15 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 5:20am -
  • The Central Oregon Coast in 50 Miles
    The 50-mile stretch of Highway 101 between Florence and Newport can be broken into two somewhat distinct segments: (1) Florence to Yachats and the numerous points of interest on the coast and within the Suislaw National Forest and (2) and Yachats to…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Jul 17, 11:38pm -
  • The Oregon Coast: Exploring Tillamook
    The Tillamook County line runs south of Neskowin and north of Manzanita; a 1.5 hour span along Highway 101. The town of Tillamook is perhaps the most well known destination within the region; made famous by the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the many…
    - 24 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 1:35pm -
  • Roadside Attractions in Europe
    The joys of the open road, a day full of adventures and the freedom to explore at will: the holiday highlights that can’t be beaten. However, the joy can be somewhat depleted if you have children or young people in the vehicle who don’t share you…
    - 24 days ago, 23 Jul 17, 12:50pm -
  • The Heart of the Central Oregon Coast
    Florence, Oregon is built around the last bend of the Suislaw River and just before the South Jetty pokes out into the Pacific Ocean. Numerous rivers, lakes and tributaries draw paddlers, anglers, and surfers to this mid-sized city on the southern ed…
    - 25 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 3:59pm -
  • How to Save Petrol on Your European Family Road Trip
    Especially in Europe, fuel certainly doesn’t come cheap, and road trips can actually turn out to be quite expensive. To save on petrol costs, load up the car with games, music, snacks, and blankets and follow these simple tips to save fuel consu…
    - 28 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 1:34pm -
  • 5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Prague
    One of the great places to visit that offers plenty of family friendly (and not to mention budget friendly) attractions is Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. This unconventional city is bound to wow your family and keep them busy while having a g…
    - 31 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 4:56am -

Family travel (from MSNBC)

  • Kids menus getting healthier for traveling kids
    The National Restaurant Association notes that healthful kids' meals are a top 2013 restaurant trend.
    - 19 Feb 13, 3:39pm -
  • 10 travel tips for getting an upgrade
    There are simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting an upgrade on your next flight, hotel stay or even when you rent a car.
    - 25 Jan 13, 5:13pm -
  • Vacation rentals popular for family ski trips, but choose wisely
    Ski season is here and many families are beginning to hit the slopes. Where to stay is always a big question and vacation rentals have become a popular option. Unfortunately, it can be too easy to pick the wrong one, making for a miserable ski trip.
    - 7 Dec 12, 3:01pm -
  • Light up your holidays with these incredible displays
    Stringing holiday lights is so old school. There are countless holiday light displays around the country that won’t require  a ladder, an extension cord or a  trip - or three - to the hardware store.
    - 30 Nov 12, 6:22pm -
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  • Unplug and enjoy gadget-free travel with kids
    It's not hard to find a dozen articles or blog posts highlighting the must-have gadgets to have on hand when traveling with kids this holiday season. But why not try something new this year, like a gadget-free family trip?
    - 12 Nov 12, 4:08pm -
  • Calif. design firm reimagines family travel
    With airline cutbacks, complicated security processes and the added stress that comes when traveling with the kids through airports, traveling families might be left wondering what’s in it for them. A Southern Californian design firm may have a sol…
    - 7 Nov 12, 3:23pm -
  • Transformers take fight to Orlando in 2013
    Orlando, prepare for battle. With the intergalactic war between the Autobots and Decepticons raging at Universal Studios Hollywood since last May, it seems it was only a matter of time before the conflict spread to central Florida.
    - 1 Nov 12, 11:58pm -
  • Tips for traveling with grandchildren
    More and more seniors are finding that trips with their grandchildren are great bonding experiences filled with wonderful memories -- if planned carefully.
    - 24 Oct 12, 2:08pm -
  • Disney announces weekly park surprises for 2013
    Social media will be a big component of a new program announced by Disney Wednesday in which the company's parks in California and Florida will feature weekly surprise themes and events.
    - 17 Oct 12, 5:54pm -

The Silent "I"

  • Mother's Day Post on Mom's Rising
    My mom has always been my lucky charm. One of my favorite websites, MomsRising, is hosting a blog carnival for Mother's Day. The topic is "What My Mother Taught Me." First Lady Michelle Obama, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and other illuminaries...
    - 9 May 14, 3:40pm -

Teen Travel Talk

  • Yosemite, California
    Yosemite is expected to constantly have breathtaking waterfalls and mirror-reflecting lakes. However, if you happen to visit towards the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, you may find yourself to be in a dry lake. Everything is dry. Don’t…
    - 18 Oct 15, 1:31am -
  • Tips for Papal Pilgrims in Philadelphia
    The World Meeting of Families will commence tomorrow in Philadelphia, and things in Philadelphia are about to get really wild. Why is that exactly? Well, on the 26th and 27th, Pope Francis will be in town. This much-loved Pope has been an outspoken c…
    - 22 Sep 15, 4:21am -
  • Inspiration from Pinterest: Travel Gifts
    Pinterest: the website where I can spend hours and hours on, other than Tumblr. This month I figured I would feature a few of my favorite pins that have to do with my traveling obsession. Basically, it has to do when you aren’t traveling but still…
    - 26 Aug 15, 1:49am -
  • Texas Knows How to Do Parks
    A few weeks back I made a trip to the Dallas-Forth Worth area and I fell in love. The food, the shopping, the food, the food, the food. Yes, I ate a lot. I made some time in my trip to visit a really cool park, reminiscent of New York City’s 1.45 m…
    - 21 Aug 15, 11:32pm -
  • Touring Colleges 101
    It’s getting near that time where you have to apply for colleges, do you know what school you want to go to? Have you ever visited the campus? Do you know what you want to major in? All of these major questions are surging but something that can he…
    - 15 Aug 15, 2:50am -
  • New York on a High School Budget
    New York: The city that never sleeps. There is always something going on. Parties, events, shows, plays, concerts, etc. As a tourist, it’s impossible to do everything in one trip. Much less do it on a student budget. Everything is so expensive! Her…
    - 28 Jul 15, 5:03am -
  • 5 Best Coffee Shops in [Southeast] Portland to Get Work Done In
    You’re on vacation in Portland, visiting friends, buying vintage clothing, drinking kombucha on tap, doing acrobatic yoga at Laurelhurst Park, watching somebody walk their pet pig, and you realize: You’ve got a paper to write. Or, you’ve got a…
    - 22 Jul 15, 9:57pm -
  • Shakespeare in the Park
    One reason I love Portland: Original Practice Shakespeare (OPS). A few weeks back I went to the top of Mt. Tabor, a dormant volcanic vent in my neighborhood, with snacks and a blanket on hand, and watched the OPS crew perform “A Midsummer Night’s…
    - 18 Jul 15, 5:23pm -
  • Summer At Gas Works Park in Seattle
    Last fall, I wrote about Gas Works Park, an innovative park that was brilliantly built out of the remnants of a gas plant. This park was deemed by the Seattle Times as ”easily the strangest park in Seattle, and may rank among the strangest in the…
    - 16 Jun 15, 11:35pm -
  • How to Save Money for a Trip
    You want to go on a trip maybe to Hawaii, New York, Tokyo, or Paris. How are you going to get all of that money? Your family can’t really afford to go on a trip, what do you do? You find ways to save! Here are my top five tips on how to save: 1. [.…
    - 11 Jun 15, 1:39am -

Travels with Baby

  • Pack This! The Portable Washing Machine
    “Scrubba” looks like a happy bright green dry bag you might take out on the kayak—and you can actually use it for that, too. But inside, it has hundreds of…The post Pack This! The Portable Washing Machine appeared first on Travels With Baby…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Jul 17, 4:57pm -
  • Family Road Trip Safety Packing List (with Printable)
    It’s all too easy to assume our smartphones will help us out of any difficulty we may encounter on a family road trip, but not only can those smart-when-they-work gadgets…The post Family Road Trip Safety Packing List (with Printable) appeared fi…
    - 35 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 2:37pm -
  • Planning Tips for Travel with a Toddler 2 to 3 Years
    <–  See last month’s installment, Planning Tips for Travel with a Baby –  18 Months to 24 Months The Ages & Stages series continued… Planning Tips for Travel with a…The post Planning Tips for Travel with a Toddler 2 to 3 Years appeared f…
    - 46 days ago, 1 Jul 17, 6:08pm -
  • Five Things You Should Know Before Flying with an Airplane Bassinet (AKA Skycot)
    Pssst! Have your kids passed the baby and toddler phase? Head over to our sister site for great ideas on traveling with school-age kids: Family Travel 411. If you’re planning…The post Five Things You Should Know Before Flying with an Airplane Ba…
    - 65 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 8:26pm -
  • Pack This! The KneeGuard for Long Car Trips with Little Ones
    When was the last time you had to ride in a car with your legs dangling freely for hours on end? It’s probably been a while since you could relate…The post Pack This! The KneeGuard for Long Car Trips with Little Ones appeared first on Travels Wi…
    - 81 days ago, 27 May 17, 11:03pm -
  • Planning Tips for Travel with a Baby 18 Months to 24 Months
    <–  See last month’s installment, Planning Tips for Travel with a Baby –  12 Months to 18 Months The Ages & Stages series continued… Planning Tips for Travel with a…The post Planning Tips for Travel with a Baby 18 Months to 24 Months app…
    - 95 days ago, 13 May 17, 7:49pm -
  • What They SHOULD Have Been Discussing on the Delta Flight YouTube Video Where the Family Gets Kicked Off…
    Watching the 8-minute YouTube video of Delta Airlines personnel explaining to the Schear family why they must remove their 18-month-old son from his “paid seat” is nothing short of infuriating.…The post What They SHOULD Have Been Discussing on…
    - 4 May 17, 10:51pm -
  • Five Things You Should Know Before Flying with a Car Seat
    Flying with a car seat? The very words strike fear in the hearts of many parents, but not to worry. Just consider these five points for families flying with babies…The post Five Things You Should Know Before Flying with a Car Seat appeared first o…
    - 24 Apr 17, 8:01pm -

Have Family Will Travel

TravelKiddy Tips

  • Airplane Games for Kids
    Flying with kids – the mere words can set even the most experienced parents running for the door.  Check out our favorite airplane games for kids and make your next trip a little easier! 12 in 1 Magnetic Travel Games ($8.49):  From classic strate…
    - 13 Nov 13, 5:41pm -
  • Fall Weekends at the Soccer Fields
    Like most parents, I love to watch my kids playing sports.  I enjoy watching the competition and appreciate my kids learning the value of good sportsmanship when winning or losing.   However, I desperately miss spending fall weekends doing anythin…
    - 26 Oct 13, 4:42pm -
  • Getting Lost
    Have you ever felt lost and adrift?  I have been feeling that way lately with TravelKiddy.  I been stuck in a rut analyzing the myriad of ways people might search for my site (travel with kids versus travel for kids versus traveling with kids – t…
    - 26 Oct 13, 3:12am -
  • Good Reminder!
    Originally posted on TravelKiddy.comThe post Good Reminder! appeared first on TravelKiddy Tips.
    - 16 Oct 13, 5:36pm -
  • Be a Travel Magician
    The most dreaded part of most family vacations is the journey – how are you going to entertain the kids and make it to the final destination with the least amount of whining, bickering and complaining?  Mastering slight of hand and distractions ar…
    - 16 Oct 13, 5:34pm -
  • Solo Time While Traveling
    While we always try to let everyone pick one or two must see or do things while traveling, we haven’t split up to spend time exploring on our own.  What are your thoughts?  Do you stick together or spend some time apart? Originally posted on Trav…
    - 27 Sep 13, 4:26pm -
  • Our Favorite Airplane Games for Kids
    Flying with kids – the mere words can set even the most experienced parents running for the door.  Check out our favorite airplane games for kids and make your next trip a little easier! 1. 12 in 1 Magnetic Travel Games ($8.49):  From classic str…
    - 13 Aug 13, 5:38pm -
  • A Unique Use for Tourist Maps
    The post A Unique Use for Tourist Maps appeared first on TravelKiddy Tips.
    - 6 Aug 13, 10:18pm -
  • We’re Back!
    It’s been a crazy summer for the TravelKiddy family – from tennis tournaments to vacations to good old-fashioned summer fun at home, we had a blast and aren’t quite ready for it to end. but… August is here and it’s time to get back into rou…
    - 1 Aug 13, 8:34pm -
  • How to Travel Internationally with Kids.
    Special thanks to Angie Picardo from NerdWallet for this guest post!   If you’ve ever had to fly with young children, then you know how challenging it can be. Keeping track of your flights, your bags, plus your children and their bags—it’s eno…
    - 15 Jul 13, 4:24pm -

Traveling With Kids

  • A walk in the woods
    It's BC-Day long weekend here in British Columbia, and even though the skies are still hazy (because of the smoke from the tragic fires in the interior), the weather has been beautiful.On Sunday, I headed out for a hike in the woods of North Vancouve…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 11:36pm -
  • Hello again!
    On the beach in Gotland.Hi there! It's been a long time since I posted here at Traveling With Kids. I've been busy doing many other writerly things (if you're interested, you can catch up with that side of my writing on my wordpress website: Maria Ha…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 4:11pm -
  • Stingrays, otters, and belugas - visiting Vancouver Aquarium
     It's spring break right now for my kids: two weeks off school, and as usual we've been roaming around locally to entertain ourselves. My kids love the Vancouver Aquarium, so last week, that's where we ended up.There's a brand new exhibit at the aqu…
    - 21 Mar 16, 5:17am -
  • Protecting yourself & your kids from mosquitoes
    There has been a lot of talk in the media and elsewhere about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The virus is currently known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific, and it is carried by one specific kind of mosquito. Here are some k…
    - 28 Feb 16, 11:57pm -
  • Sun-screen & coral reefs - protecting kids & the environment
    Last year, a scientific study released last year showed that oxybenzone, a common ingredient in sunscreen, can damage coral reefs. To quote a report on the study:The researchers found that oxybenzone, a common UV-filtering compound, is in high conce…
    - 21 Jan 16, 6:12am -
  • Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings... all the best to you.
    I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. Here's to more wonderful travel and adventures and experiences with friends and family in the future!
    - 23 Dec 15, 10:44pm -
  • Three bookish gift-ideas for traveling (and non-traveling) kids
    Books always make lovely gifts, no matter what the occasion, and they also make great travel companions. Whether you bring along one or more paperbacks or hardcovers for a long trip, or whether you load up your e-reader or tablet with some bookish en…
    - 3 Dec 15, 7:22am -
  • Flying with kids - a collection of travel tips for the holidays
    The holiday season is upon us, and anyone who has traveled by plane - with or without kids - during this busy season knows it can be a challenge. Long lineups, weather related delays, and security concerns can all end up turning your holidays into a…
    - 29 Nov 15, 6:14am -
  • Gorgeous kittens in Rismyrliden, Sweden
    Going through my travel photos from our visit this past summer in Sweden, I came across these kitten pictures from Rismyrliden, Sweden. It's an old-time farm in the woods of northern Sweden, where visitors can see how people used to live in this part…
    - 5 Nov 15, 8:20pm -
  • 7 tips for flying with kids & electronics
    When I first started traveling (sometime in the pterodactyl-era), I didn't even own a cell-phone: no one I knew did. These days, things are very different: when I step on a plane these days, I usually bring not only my cell-phone, but my Kindle and p…
    - 22 Oct 15, 6:39am -

The Q Family Adventures Travel Blog

  • Summer Story: The Last Day of School
      The Last Day of School There’s always that time when everyone is crazy, wild , and out of control. That time is the end of the school year. This is also the time people are most prone to end-of-school-itis. Some symptoms are dress-code breaking,…
    - 24 May 14, 4:11pm -
  • Seattle with Kids: Quacky Wacky Ride on the Ducks Tour
    One of the fun thing to do while visiting Seattle with kids was riding on this fun, quirky and entertaining Ride the Ducks of Seattle tour. Yes, it looks cheesy and touristy but it is also a fun and great way to enjoy a leisure day around Seattle. Wh…
    - 12 May 14, 5:19pm -
  • Seattle With Kids: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
    When we visited Seattle with kids a few summer ago, we couldn’t plan our trip without adding a day trip to Mount Rainier nation park to our itinerary. As a national park passport holder, we always looks for national park wherever we go to add to ou…
    - 2 May 14, 12:00pm -
  • Indy with Kids: Guide to Indy 500 with Kids for First-Timer
    So you have heard about Indy 500 even though you are not a race fan but have you ever thought about attending the world’s single-day spectator sporting event? You might think that you are not a race fan for why bother. We have the same thought. Bu…
    - 30 Apr 14, 5:13pm -
  • Postcard from the Road: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
    After two month trips to Thailand last year, this year we decided to stay closer to home (for various reason including financially). So our summer road trip 2013 was born. Summer Road Trip 2013 Our road trip will take us from Georgia to Indianapolis,…
    - 29 May 13, 2:40am -
  • Tell Your Travel Stories with Disney Story App
      During Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2013, I learned about recently released new iPhone app from Disney called ‘Story’. And I can’t wait to share with everyone about this cool app that will be perfect for summer vacation or any occasi…
    - 17 May 13, 8:22pm -
  • Disney with Kids: Visiting the New Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom
      If you haven’t noticed already, you will pretty soon realize that we love to visit Disney with kids. It’s such a magical place to visit and every time we always discover something new. What I love most about Disney company is how the company n…
    - 11 May 13, 6:30am -
  • DC Itinerary Planning: 5 Days in Washington DC with Young Kids
    One of the aspect of vacation planning for our family is hours I spent reading, researching and agonizing over our itinerary planning. Just because we have a list of things to do in the destination doesn’t mean we can just sit back and relax. It’…
    - 20 Mar 13, 7:02pm -
  • Fun Things to Do in DC for School-age Kids
    Finding family friendly things to do in DC with kids is easy. But choosing what your family can fit into your schedule and limited vacation time is extremely hard. We have been to Washington DC with kids a few years ago and we knew that we want to go…
    - 19 Mar 13, 2:55pm -
  • Tenerife Getaways: The Benefits of Package Holidays
    The trend of the staycation is well and truly done and dusted. Everyone is reaching for the holiday brochure and looking online at holidays oversees, wondering what is the most cost efficient way to make their short haul dreams affordable. Cheap holi…
    - 4 Mar 13, 2:05pm -