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About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage (JodyRobbins.com). When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

Disneyland vs Knott’s Berry Farm: Which Is Best for Your Family?

Disneyland vs Knott’s Berry Farm? With so much to do in Southern California, travelers need to choose wisely when planning their vacation days. Here’s a look at the differences between the two theme parks so you can choose the best one for your brood. Find Disneyland Resort deals including ticket discounts and discounted hotel packages!  Save up […]

Why Ski Lake Louise with Kids in Banff National Park

What’s the worst part of any ski vacation? All those hours spent researching where to go! Some seek that cool mountain vibe. For other’s it’s all about amenities or vertical feet. At Canada’s Lake Louise Ski Resort you don’t have to choose. Here, you’ll find a true winter wonderland with an international ski hill. And it’s all […]

Edmonton Girlfriend Getaway Tips for a Hip Trip in Alberta, Canada

Looking for the perfect trifecta of shopping, spa and splurge-worthy restaurants for your next girlfriend getaway? You’ll find all this and more in Edmonton ~ Canada’s most Northern provincial capital. I went to University in Edmonton, but since I graduated oh-so-many years ago, I haven’t made it back much. There’s a bit of rivalry between […]

Canmore with Kids ~ Activities for All Seasons Near Banff National Park

Most people know Banff National Park, but few have heard of its sweet little sister, Canmore. Located five minutes outside Canada’s most famous National Park, Canmore is a gem of a mountain town that’s well suited for families. With affordable accommodation options and kid-pleasing activities it’s a go-to for many Calgarians (like me!). Tourists go to Banff; […]

Fun Things to Do in Ottawa in Fall with Kids

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is arguably one of the country’s most family-friendly. Here you’ll find historic attractions, the impressive Rideau Canal and, of course, our Parliament where the Prime Minister and elected officials get down to business. Ottawa will be the epicenter of Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations in 2017, but this city is worthy of a […]

Not to Miss Experiences in Saskatchewan with Kids

Hard to pronounce, yet easy to love, Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s most intriguing Prairie Provinces. Considered the breadbasket of Canada, there’s plenty of farmland here, but few folks realize that half of the province is covered by forest. There are plenty of fresh water lakes and rivers for taking a dip, too. Families find Saskatchewan […]

Calgary Stampede with Kids ~ So Much More than a Rodeo!

With a top-notch zoo, science center and historical village, Calgary in Alberta, Canada is flush with family attractions. The big draw, however, is the Calgary Stampede. Billing itself as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, the Stampede is so much more than a rodeo. For 10 days each July, the entire city gets behind this western extravaganza. […]

Make Your Travel Dreams Come True with Retirement Planning

There often seems to be this big debate when it comes to traveling versus saving for your retirement.  I don’t think the two have to be polar opposites. It’s entirely possible to live a well crafted life that includes plenty of travel now and during the years after you stop working. Here’s how I intend to make […]

Northern Lights and Beyond in Canada’s Yukon with Kids

There aren’t many places more remote or wild in this world than Canada’s Yukon Territory. Situated east of Alaska, this is a frontier country full of glaciers, abundant wildlife, amazing outdoor adventures and an opportunity to see the magnificent northern lights. Families with a love of the great outdoors and keen to kick back in […]

Quebec City Winter Fun for Families

Founded over four centuries ago, Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most romantic spots on the planet. But it’s also super family friendly. Bien sûr, this French Canadian city appeals to all ages. From outdoor adventures and cultural activities to a life-sized snowman mascot, you’re sure to have a […]

Competitours – An Amazing Race for Regular People

Have you ever fantasized about competing on The Amazing Race reality show? I sure have! I even sent in an audition tape when the popular TV program came to my Canadian homeland. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut. Thankfully there is an alternative for those of us who want the adventure but who can’t be part of the show. I […]

Spotting Beluga Whales & Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba

It’s funny how we North Americans will travel across an ocean to see exotic animals. Yet right within our own continent lies a land flush with mammals only found in but a few zoos. If your brood is into arctic creatures, then Churchill, Manitoba is your mecca. This is the world’s polar bear capital and […]

Scrubba Review: Brilliant Hack for Washing Clothes While Traveling

Traveling with kids is messy. Sand from the beach, dirt from camping, spilled ice cream from the amusement park…you name it…it needs to be washed. Laundry is an inevitable part of any vacation. Luckily, I recently discovered the Scrubba Wash Bag, a totally rad invention that allows you to wash your clothes anywhere – even in the woods! […]