10 Best Chicago with Kids Activities

10 Best Chicago with Kids Activities

Looking for a fabulous city for a family vacation? Affordable, easy to navigate, and packed with attractions for all ages—take the kids to Chicago! I fell hard for Chicago on my first visit almost 20 years ago, and have returned again and again over the years. I have passed this love of the Windy City […]

Wantizen – The Vacation Rental Home Matchmaker with a Twist

Wantizen - The Vacation Rental Home Matchmaker with a Twist

There was a time when choosing vacation accommodations for my family was easy. We fit into the standard two-bed, one-bathroom hotel room without any difficulty so it was just a matter of choosing a hotel that appealed to us in a neighborhood we liked. Those days, however, are long behind us. Nowadays, we like to […]

Staying at Hostels with Kids in Germany

Hostels with Kids in Germany

When we told friends that our family was planning to stay in hostels throughout our five-day trip in Germany, it became clear that most people still associate hostels with youthful backpacking adventures, not family vacations. Hostelling isn’t just for college kids, though, as our family of five discovered firsthand while staying at two of Hostelling International‘s hostels […]

How to Save Money When Traveling with Babies, Toddlers and Young Children

In our family, the almighty budget usually determines where, how and when we vacation. I know that in time it’s going to get more and more expensive to travel with our three children (2-year-old twin boys and their 3-year-old big brother). Don’t wait until the kids are older, take advantage of these five ways to save money when traveling with […]

How to Save Money on Your San Diego Family Vacation

We all know a family vacation can be pricey, especially when visiting a popular destination like San Diego. Airfare and hotels often eat up much of your budget before you even add in entertainment and eating out. I am happy to report that you can find dozens of free and discounted things to do with your kids […]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas at a Discount

I felt like a little kid discovering colored eggs and a basket filled with toys on Easter morning as I stood on my balcony and spotted giraffes sauntering past. And…over there…it’s a gazelle! Oh, what’s that…a wildebeest? And a zebra! I couldn’t stop texting photos of my animal finds plus pictures of the pimped out pool and my swanky […]

Little Tips for Saving Big When Traveling with Kids

Kids are expensive. There are groceries to buy, bodies to clothe, birthday parties to host, and college funds to save for. It’s enough to make you wonder if there is any room left in your budget for a family vacation. But traveling together helps parents and children truly connect and create lifelong memories. Besides, what’s the point of […]

Family Travel World Tour of the Web

For this World Tour of the Web, I asked some of my fellow family travel bloggers to share a link to their all-time favorite post. There’s something here for everyone: inspiration, practical travel tips, cutural observations, beautiful photos, and comic relief. Enjoy!

Family Cruise Budget Tips

Family cruises are a wonderful way to travel within a budget. While there are luxury cruise lines with eye-popping price tags, many affordable cruises are available to families looking for good vacation value. Plus, much of your costs are included and paid for upfront such as accommodations, childcare (depending on the cruise line and children’s ages), and on-board meals […]

Dream Trips on a Budget

We all have that vacation destination we daydream about. It might be a tropical island, where the water is crystal clear and the beaches are empty. Or, it might be luxurious resort with relaxing spa treatments and over-the-top customer service. Whatever type of vacation you are longing for, it CAN happen on a budget!