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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

  • freshOff the Beaten Path in Acadia, Maine: Isle Au Haut
    Every summer millions of tourists flock to Maine in search of rocky coastlines, sea breezes, and fresh lobster. Many of these visitors venture to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, a go-to destination for campers, hikers, and nature-lovers…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:06am -
  • Tips for a Frugal and Enjoyable Road Trip
    When you want to travel, a road trip has more perks compared to flying. When you take the plane, you have to pay a ticket for every individual on the trip. On the other hand, a road trip will cost the same irrespective of the number of people in the…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 10:20am -
  • Outside Events for the Family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Late spring, all summer long, and early fall are quite busy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and for good reason. Families can spend a day or a weekend learning, playing, and enjoying all while walking around one of New England’s most historic places.…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 11:25pm -
  • Top Four Ways To Experience NYC With Kids This September
    Fall is arguably the best season to visit NYC, with cooler weather, New Yorkers and visitors alike explore the numerous events and outdoor attractions the Big Apple has to offer. If you are contemplating a trip, consider these top four itinerary idea…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Sep 18, 10:55am -
  • Under $20 Travel Gear – Last Beach Weekend Edition
    School’s about to start where this website is based, in the Pacific Northwest. For many other people across the country, school already has started. While that always signals fall, the weather is still warm and sunny in many areas. You could get mo…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 10:04am -
  • Summer Beauty in the Adirondack Mountains
    Tupper Lake, New York, was not on my destination list when I packed up and left Southwest Florida last April, however, it was an amazing adventure. I love to travel and I am always looking for places off the beaten path. Tupper Lake offered just that…
    - 19 days ago, 31 Aug 18, 10:24am -
  • Road Tripping With a Medical Condition? Here’s How to Prepare
    For many reasons, we think that road trips are the best types of holidays. However, when you are also juggling traveling with a long-term medical condition, a road trip is a great option as it allows you the freedom to roam but with the ability to ke…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Aug 18, 12:27am -
  • Tenino, Washington: History Lessons and a Beautiful Quarry Swimming Pool
    Tenino, Washington is oddly famous for two things. First, the United States Army has used a geographical map of Tenino as a standard in map reading/training since the mid-1970s (due to the variety of different symbols used on the map). Second, when t…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Aug 18, 8:51pm -
  • Summer is the Best Time for an Oregon Coast Trip
    Most times of the year, the Oregon Coast is windy, rainy and cold. But in summertime you can get lucky with mild winds and sunny days. Some days it’s even nice enough to wear a t-shirt! On days when it’s still a little more windy, most people are…
    - 37 days ago, 13 Aug 18, 12:52am -
  • Visit Historic Annapolis, Maryland
    Nestled in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, Annapolis is defined by the water surrounding it, and the history it shaped. Grab an ice cream cone and join the parade of boats and people strutting through Ego Alley, the…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Aug 18, 7:30pm -

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

  • Ramah Rockies: The Place for Jewish Teens to Find Themselves
    By Shuli Ramah In the Rockies, Ramah Colorado, Ramah Outdoor Adventure, in hebrew, אתגר ברמה, they all mean the same thing to me. Home. I was 16, when I went to the camp for the first time, spending four short, fast-moving, adventurous, and e…
    - 22 May 17, 6:16pm -
  • Guatemala dental mission
    Kayla Recently I went to Guatemala with my dad and younger sister. We didn’t just go for a vacation although I had did have a lot of fun. We went to volunteer giving free dentistry to children in an orphanage in a small town outside of Guatemala Ci…
    - 20 Apr 17, 12:01pm -
  • Diving Into Seaworld
    You’ve heard of Disneyland, right?  Disneyland is a place where magic and dreams come true, but Seaworld lets you learn about a whole new world under the sea!  Seaworld makes learning fun and has some pretty cool rides too.  This was my first ti…
    - 10 Apr 17, 2:11am -
  • Poetry Month at Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden
    Lan Su Chinese Garden, a walled garden in Portland’s Chinatown, is running a Poetry Month. Classical Chinese gardens bring together aesthetic beauty of all forms, creating an embodied, full-experience for those strolling through the garden. The cal…
    - 3 Apr 17, 12:34pm -
  • The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow
    And we know this much: The Festival kicks off with the opening of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on April 1. This 17th century-style Japanese house (designed by the renowned Junzo Yoshimura) and garden (including three types of Japanese garden sty…
    - 31 Mar 17, 11:17am -
  • Sakura Sunday is coming!
    I noticed a few Cherry Blossoms; blooming, pink, alive. I was and am thankful. It’s officially Spring. And not only that – Sakura Sunday is coming. I feel it all around. Sakura Sunday is the climax of Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossom Festival. (Or…
    - 31 Mar 17, 4:14am -
  • Where is the Best Ramen in Philly?
    Ramen is an essential part of my diet, especially in the winter. I’m not talking Cup Noodles or any kind of instant ramen. I’m talking about broth with deep flavor, bamboo shoots, a boiled egg, the works. Good ramen. Real ramen. For me, this is c…
    - 26 Dec 16, 6:27pm -
  • Taizé, France’s Pilgrimage for All
    A few years ago, with several friends I count as fellow spiritual sojourners, we made our way from the US to France. This was my first pilgrimage, and it was to Taizé in eastern France. In this village there is a profound and beautiful spiritual co…
    - 16 Dec 16, 6:24pm -
  • Ice Skating at City Hall
    Winter has commenced in Philadelphia, with proof at City Hall. Ice-skating is back. (And will remain till February 26, 2017.) The Rothman Institute Ice Rink has re-opened its door for the winter season and, as is the case each year, sits right in f…
    - 2 Dec 16, 10:30pm -
  • Duomo di Milano: A Cathedral of Awe
    Recently, when visiting Milan, I had the opportunity to visit Duomo di Milano, or the Milan Cathedral. The largest church in Italy, and the fifth largest church in the world, and yet there is detail upon detail on this huge structure(s). Perhaps no…
    - 22 Nov 16, 6:19pm -

Travels with Baby

  • Eleven Years of Travels with Baby Tips & Resources!
    On this day in 2007, I published my first Travels with Baby Tips post. 😀 I’d already launched the TravelswithBaby.com site a few years before that, and the blog (then…The post Eleven Years of Travels with Baby Tips & Resources! appeared first…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Aug 18, 8:56pm -
  • Need to Know: Flying Gulf Air with a Baby, Toddler, or Young Child
    Are you considering flying Gulf Air with a baby or toddler–or any kids under 12? Lucky you! Most of the airlines featured in this Need-to-Know Airlines series so far are…The post Need to Know: Flying Gulf Air with a Baby, Toddler, or Young Child…
    - 34 days ago, 15 Aug 18, 9:10pm -
  • Grit and Glory: Rodeo Night at The Alisal Guest Ranch (in Photos)
    Rodeo Night at the Alisal is a summer tradition that dates back decades–to the  1940s in fact. Once a week, guests of the Solvang, California, guest ranch who opt in…The post Grit and Glory: Rodeo Night at The Alisal Guest Ranch (in Photos) app…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Aug 18, 12:08am -
  • Branson’s Baby-Friendly Dinner Show is Not Just for Babies
    On a recent trip to Branson, exploring all the great activities I could pack in for families indoors and out, I couldn’t help but notice something unusual on my visit…The post Branson’s Baby-Friendly Dinner Show is Not Just for Babies appeared…
    - 67 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 5:01pm -
  • The real reason babies and toddlers need ID for domestic flights
    Babies can travel cheaper than suitcases — at least for now. Sure, all babies need passports to fly over the U.S. border and back, but if you think you can…The post The real reason babies and toddlers need ID for domestic flights appeared first…
    - 12 May 18, 1:52am -
  • Fifteen Tips for Flying Solo with a Baby (Book Excerpt)
    Flying solo with a baby or young child presents its own set of logistical considerations. For example, how do you get your carry-on bags, stroller, and possibly a car seat—oh,…The post Fifteen Tips for Flying Solo with a Baby (Book Excerpt) appe…
    - 6 May 18, 1:16am -
  • Pack This! The Babymoov Babyni
    Just in time for spring and summer travels with baby, the “Babyni” portable baby play gym or baby-size play yard is ready to help ease your family’s adventures. It folds…The post Pack This! The Babymoov Babyni appeared first on Travels With…
    - 13 Apr 18, 6:43pm -
  • Need to Know: Flying Southwest Airlines with a baby or toddler
    Though its open seating policy has caused many a family to  question the “family friendliness” of Southwest (you know, after all of the earlybird check ins and A-list flyers with…The post Need to Know: Flying Southwest Airlines with a baby or…
    - 28 Mar 18, 11:05pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -