Covacations – Tips for Planning a Vacation with Another Family

Tips for planning a vacation with another family

Looking to change up your usual family vacation? A vacation with another family could be just the solution for many reasons. Covacations mean multiplying the fun; kids are thrilled to have playmates and adults can socialize with other adults. Also, you may be able to take advantage of large group travel discounts. Traveling couples can even trade-off babysitting duties […]

Exploring the Mediterranean with Kids

Parthenon Acropolis Athens Greece

Sunny skies, beautiful beaches, historical sites, delicious food eaten at outdoor cafés, art and culture—what’s not to love about the Mediterranean? And there’s no need to worry about feeling out-of-place on your family vacation because people in this Southern European region seem to genuinely love and welcome children. From Turkey and Greece to Italy and […]

Give Kids the Gift of Travel at Christmas and All Year

One of our Europe maps

As expats in Europe, trying to live by the mantra of “collect moments not things” isn’t always easy. You can imagine all of the fun and unique keepsakes that we stumble upon during our various European excursions. The biggest challenge is keeping our three young children on board with this mentality. For every birthday and […]

Best Florida Family Vacation Destinations

Universal Studios The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

When it comes to choosing a family-friendly vacation destination, sunny Florida is a high-ranking choice for both parents and kids. Theme parks are an obvious draw but the state is much more diverse than that, boasting lovely sand beaches, cultural and historical attractions, professional sporting events and ample opportunity to commune with nature. Here are seven […]

Free London Museums for Kids

Free London museums for kids

A vibrant city with an extensive list of attractions and activities that appeal to children and adults of all ages, London can also be very expensive to visit. Fortunately, you can save money on your London family vacation by taking advantage of several world-class museums that offer free admission to the public as well as […]

Netherlands Summer Family Vacation Fun Spots

Netherlands Summer Family Vacation Fun Spots

The Netherlands offers an astounding array of activities for kids and their parents to experience on a summer family vacation. While most visitors to Holland stick to its capital city of Amsterdam, there’s ever so much more to explore in this family focused country. As American expats living in the Netherlands, this summer my family […]

Why to Visit Traverse City, Michigan with Kids

Why to visit Traverse City, Michigan with kids

At the bottom of northern Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay sits Traverse City, a homey town of friendly charms that draws a million tourists per year. When the summer sun is shining, families occupy the multitudes of beaches on Lake Michigan’s swimmable water. The breezy weather scarcely resembles lower Michigan’s sticky, debilitating humidity. And when winter […]

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 […]

There’s More for Families at Embassy Suites Chicago

There's more for families at Embassy Suites Chicago

Two features dictate the hotel I choose for a city family vacation—location and space. I prefer hotels in the heart of the city because I love the freedom of being able to walk almost everywhere. It’s also virtually impossible for my family of four to stay in the average hotel room without squabbling and tripping […]

The Travel Mamas’ Guide & Residence Inn Giveaway Winner

Win a signed copy of my book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide"

To make your travels easier, more fun and more affordable we offered up The Travel Mamas’ Guide Book Launch & Residence Inn Giveaway. With 992 total entries in the contest, it’s obvious many of you would like to learn the tips offered in this new travel with children book and to take advantage of a […]