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Why Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel?

Sooner or later everyone ends up at a Disney Resort, with or without kids in tow.  It’s the happiest place on earth!  I’ve been going to Disneyland in California since I was 7 years old, and was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida the first month they opened their gates.  We’ve taken our kids numerous times to both resorts, and now take the grandkids too.  We’ve seen many changes, specially the last few years, both resorts have gotten so much bigger much more expensive. W...

Choosing the Right Stateroom for Your Family Cruise

We are definitely a cruising family, we’ve been cruising with our kids since they were teens; it’s only natural when grandkids came along they cruised with us too. I remember our very first cruise was a 7 day Alaska Cruise on the Star Princess. At the time I had no clue how cruise fares worked and deciphering stateroom categories was confusing.  Choosing the right stateroom was nearly impossible.   How can the same type of stateroom have so many different prices? At the time I told my ...

America’s Most Interesting Roadside Attractions

Summer's almost here and that means Road Trip! Wherever you're headed this year don't forget to include a stop at some of America's Roadside Attractions.  Some are really pretty cool! When my kids were young we spent countless hours on the road on one of my husband's annual coast to coast road trips.  I don't remember how many times we packed the kids up as soon as school let out, flew to the East Coast, rented a mini-van, and spent the month of June driving America's highways and byways ...

Best Theme Parks in the US

I love Theme Parks!  When my kids were young we'd pack up a van and do a yearly family road trip from coast to coast.  It took us a month but it was a great way to see our beautiful country.  Along our route we made sure to stop at a theme park or two, it made the trip more fun for the kids. My husband would refuse to ride the roller coasters, insisting someone had to watch our stuff and take our pictures.  I ended up on all the roller coasters with the kids.  I have to admit I rode them ...

Cruising with Kids: What to Expect

We love to cruise.  We’ve cruised most of the popular cruise lines catering to North America and have cruised around the world multiple times.  We especially love cruising with kids, our kids and grandkids that is! Cruise cards, port side, aft, tenders, and traditional seating are now part of our vocabulary.  We’ve learned how to navigate the check-in process and quickly settle in to make the most of our vacation.  This is very important when you're cruising with kids, you need to ...

Cruising with Kids: Money Saving Tips

  Our family loves to cruise.  We especially love cruising with kids! We love waking up to a new place almost every day. It’s a great way to see the world with minimal stress; unpack once, no need to worry about where to sleep and eat, and no need to worry about getting to a destination. We find that cruising is a great way to spend our vacation dollars. Once cruise and air fares are paid there’s not much more to spend on. Cruise fares include stateroom, most on board meals and ...

Packing for Your Trip

 Your plans are made,  you’ve got airline tickets,  rental car, and hotel; you know what you want to see and do at your destination. It’s time to pack! Packing is not so easy when kids are involved.  When I travel alone or with my husband packing’s a breeze; throw things in a suitcase.  When you're traveling with kids it takes a bit more thought and planning. Packing depends on several factors: trip length, weather at your destination, and hotel’s facilities. If  you'll be ...

Air Travel With Kids

Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go.  All that’s left is getting to the airport on time and then the family vacation finally begins.  Or does it?  In my experience the vacation doesn’t really begin until we get to our destination.  I often find myself asking “Am I’m having fun yet?” as I navigate the airport with luggage and kids in tow. Air travel is supposed to be simple and hassle free, with online check-in and security pre-screening we’re supposed to zip ...

Family Cruising: What’s Included and What’s Not

Family cruising has become popular and affordable. It can be a great value for your vacation dollars.  Cruise fares will take a big bite out of your vacation budget, air fare too if embarking far from home.  But that’s really all you have to spend.  You can budget around the “extras” by cherry picking activities and luxuries that are important to you and your family. Our first cruise aboard the Star Princess was very costly.  We had no idea what to expect and purchased all sorts of ...

Spring Break Family Destination Ideas

It's that time of year again, Spring Break!  Many of us are waiting for Spring Break to take a short vacation but are afraid to dive into the craziness going on in some beach resorts.   The term Spring Break  brings to mind wild and crazy college kids taking over the beaches from coast to coast, I'm sure you've seen them on TV!  Don't worry, you don't have to get trampled by the mass of kids partying all day and all night, there are many family friendly destinations you can go to this ...