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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

  • Trying to Plan a Trip to Bali? Consider These Helpful Tips!
    Are you currently dealing with a lot of work-related stress? Taking a break and going on vacation is a great way to minimize the stress in your life. Each year, the average American worker takes around  17 vacation days. Not only can a vacation help…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 4:08pm -
  • There’s Lots to Love About Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula
    Over a beautiful spring weekend in March, I and my 11-year-old son went to the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State. It also happened to be the weekend of the first annual Coastal Celtic Music Festival, held March 22 through 25, with tickets ava…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 4:01am -
  • The Road Trip of a Lifetime: Tips on Making Your Family Vacation a Success
    One of the main goals you should have as a parent is making memories with your children. As your children get older, entertaining them will become increasingly difficult. Taking your family on vacation can be beneficial on a number of different level…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 19, 10:57pm -
  • Keeping Your Mind Fresh And Learning While Traveling
    Traveling is one of the best things you can do in life. Even though you’re abroad and doing all kinds of different activities, you shouldn’t forget your overall goals in life. Don’t allow your passions to subside and or put them on hold as you…
    - 42 days ago, 14 Mar 19, 4:36pm -
  • Wye Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
    If you didn’t catch the first part in this two-part series on lesser-known gems on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, read the first part about Tilghman Island. Here, we explore Wye Island, an ideal spot for a day trip of wildlife viewing, hiking, or kaya…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Mar 19, 1:31pm -
  • 3 Insurances You Might Need on Your Next Road Trip (Besides Car Insurance)
    There may be no better way to explore the world than from the road! Road trips give you an up-close view of a destination, with plenty of opportunities to discover hidden gems along the way. However, you may need to be extra prepared for any trouble…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Mar 19, 2:00am -
  • Tilghman Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
    While best known for its sunlit beaches on the Atlantic coast, the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay offers many spots for recreation, seafood, wildlife viewing, and water activities. Tilghman Island and Wye Island are two of my favorite lesser kno…
    - 58 days ago, 26 Feb 19, 1:07pm -
  • LEGOLAND California Amusement Park
    Five years have passed since we frequented LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a trip my then seven-year-old has earmarked as the best day of his life—no small accolade for the son of a travel writer. As one might suspect, he was thrilled to hear we were vent…
    - 63 days ago, 21 Feb 19, 7:21am -
  • Family Fun in Charlotte, North Carolina
    Our family has traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, twice in the last year. It’s a short drive from home at two and a half hours, and there’s much to see on the way. We love stopping near the Gaffney Peachoid, a favorite South Carolina roadside…
    - 67 days ago, 17 Feb 19, 11:05am -
  • A Day at the San Diego Zoo
    If your family is planning a vacation to San Diego, California, the San Diego Zoo will likely pop up at the top of your search list—and for good reason. Commonly ranked among the most renowned zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo is well-known for…
    - 67 days ago, 17 Feb 19, 5:30am -

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

  • Need to Know: Flying Alaska Airlines with a Baby or Toddler
    Will you be flying Alaska Airlines with a baby or toddler? As part of my “Need to Know” airlines series for parents flying with infants and young children, here are…The post Need to Know: Flying Alaska Airlines with a Baby or Toddler appeared…
    - 35 days ago, 21 Mar 19, 5:33pm -
  • Ten Essential Tips for Planning a Great Vacation with Grandparents
    FAMILY TRAVEL TIPS: Planning the Vacation with Grandparents – Whether it’s a family reunion with many branches of your family tree or a just your household vacationing with one or…The post Ten Essential Tips for Planning a Great Vacation with…
    - 51 days ago, 5 Mar 19, 7:15pm -
  • Five Things You Might Not Think to Pack for Travel with Babies and Toddlers
    Travel with babies and toddlers gets easier with a few extra tools in the toolbox. Here are a few unexpected items I’ve come to appreciate that you might want to…The post Five Things You Might Not Think to Pack for Travel with Babies and Toddler…
    - 65 days ago, 19 Feb 19, 7:28pm -
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taipei, Taiwan
    I count myself so lucky to have celebrated two Chinese New Years in Taipei, Taiwan, where the celebrations go strong and last long! And I’ll never forget my bewilderment when…The post Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taipei, Taiwan appeared first…
    - 79 days ago, 5 Feb 19, 6:07pm -
  • How to Plan Your Best Vacation with Baby
    Travels with Baby Tips: How to Plan Your Best Vacation with Baby – Planning your first vacation with a baby–or second or third for that matter–can be daunting. After all,…The post How to Plan Your Best Vacation with Baby appeared first on Tr…
    - 84 days ago, 31 Jan 19, 10:13pm -
  • How to Avoid Ear Pain in Flight – Tips to Help Babies and Children
    Even strangers who have never flown with children will tell you it’s helpful to breastfeed or give a bottle to babies during takeoff and landing to help them avoid ear…The post How to Avoid Ear Pain in Flight – Tips to Help Babies and Children…
    - 30 Nov 18, 8:02pm -
  • Holiday travel with kids? Easy. Well, a little easier with these tips.
    After covering tips for holiday travel with kids for years on this site, I’m thrilled to share some helpful advice (including all-new sanity-saving tips) in today’s L.A. Times.  You can…The post Holiday travel with kids? Easy. Well, a little…
    - 18 Nov 18, 11:00pm -
  • Need to Know: Flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler
    Flying Ryanair with a baby, toddler or young child? Some of their rules and fees can be ‘headscratchers’ for families. Here’s a guide to the important information and details for…The post Need to Know: Flying Ryanair with a baby or toddler a…
    - 13 Nov 18, 8:25pm -

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 -