Eight tips for air travel with kids.

Air Travel with Children

We are in Spain this week! And while normally we are a road tripping family, clearly we could not drive across the Atlantic, so we took to the air. The key to flying with children is to prepare. Here are eight things that every parent should consider when on a flight with kids: 1. Make a Bathroom Run – When you …

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Download a FREE printable family packing list.

Packing List

We are leaving for a trip to Spain and Portugal soon, so that means I am trying to get a handle on what each member of my family needs me to bring for them. [Note: When we go to visit grandparents across the state, the kids can pack themselves. When we go across the ocean, I’m in charge.] I’ve been …

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Things to consider when planning family travel.

Plans and Itineraries

One of my biggest challenges when it comes to travel is striking a balance between planning what we are going to do and allowing time to be spontaneous. I have written before about the importance of seizing the opportunities that present themselves, but it is still important to have an overarching plan to help guide you through your travels. Before …

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Seizing opportunities while traveling with your family is a guaranteed way to make fantastic memories.

Seizing Opportunities

One of our favorite parts about traveling is being flexible and spontaneous enough to seize the opportunities that present themselves. These come in different forms: Location-Specific Opportunities – When we are on a road trip, we scour the map for stops to make along the way. We always try to put a little buffer time into our travels to allow …

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Tips for planning a family reunion.

3 Tips for Planning a Family Reunion

Family reunions are great ways to gather extended family into one place for reconnecting through time spent together, shared experiences, and overall fun. They connect family members across generations and eliminate the distance between families that might be stretched out across long miles. And while family reunions are amazing memory-makers, they can be daunting to plan and implement. Here are …

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How to make family travel more exciting by building anticipation.

Building Anticipation

This fall our family is taking a trip to Spain and Portugal. We have been thinking about this trip for three years, we put it on the calendar over a year ago, we have been planning it for the past six months, and finally we are in the days leading up to our departure. One of the things that we …

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4 Tips for Keeping Fit on the Road - Ideas to make staying healthy an option while you travel.

4 Tips for Keeping Fit on the Road

A family trip is a fantastic time to build relationships, experience new adventures, and learn as a family. But, it can also be a time when a healthy diet and exercise are waylaid by fast food stops and hours on the road. Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the midst of your travels. 1.  Plan for …

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Tips for taking kids on international trips.

4 Tips for Going International

We are big fans of exploring our own backyard, but there is a great big world out there that we also want our children to see. That’s why we think it’s important to teach our kids about the world with international travel. We started small – we drove to visit friends in Canada and made a big deal about crossing …

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The ins and outs of the National Parks Passport program.

National Park Passports

One of the fun features that the National Park System offers is the Passport Program. Passports are sold by the National Park System and can be used every time you visit one of our country’s parks. You can buy them either at a park or online. We bought one for each of our children because they cost less than $10 …

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Tips for traveling on a budget with a large family.

Travel on a Budget

When my friend Ashley told me about the trip her family of 6 took last fall, I was excited for her. When she told me that the majority of their stay was free, I was floored…and asked her to write about it. Ashely and her husband Kyle have four kids. She is smart, funny, and a wealth of information. I …

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