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Best San Diego Zoo with Kids Tips & Itinerary

As a fifth-year San Diego Zoo member and a mama of two young children, I have spent a lot of time at this world-renowned zoo. Here is a list of 11 of the best exhibits, restaurants, and rides the zoo has to offer.

10 Reasons to Rent Baby and Toddler Travel Gear for Your Family Vacation

Here are ten reasons to consider renting gear when traveling with your baby or toddler…

How to Save Money on Flights with Next Vacay’s Travel Hacking Service

My family’s multi-state car trip last week was miserable. “A fun road trip!” we thought. That is, until our toddler son started to scream wildly as he launched anything he could get his hands on at me, the driver. This continued for most of the 11-hour journey. Flying would have saved us many long, stressful […]

The Travel Mama’s Bucket List – Updated!

This bucket list is made up of unaccomplished dreams, awaiting fulfillment.

Tips for Traveling with Children with Life Threatening Food Allergies

Travel is awesome. Food allergies are not. Vacations should be about relaxation, exploration and connection. With one in 13 children under the age of 18 facing life threatening food allergies, however, close to 15 million parents worry about how to handle a severe allergic reaction while away from home. I don’t let my children’s allergies keep our family from seeing […]

11 Brilliant Tips to Save Money on Family Vacation this Summer

This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Howard Johnson Hotels. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are mine. Summer is vacation time! The kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the summer sun beckons you to get away […]

Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

Any journey can be do-able, and even enjoyable, with the right stuff (and the right attitude)! Here’s a list of the best travel toys and diversions based on the advice of Tracyn Thayer of Kids Travel Happy, as well as my own experience and that of other Travel Mamas.

Your First Camping Trip ~ What to Buy and What to Borrow

Camping can seem overwhelming for first timers. You probably don’t even know where to start and what gear you will need. Not to worry! You need not invest hundreds of dollars in equipment. Here’s what to buy and what to borrow for your first camping trip. Buy a sleeping bag You’ll probably want to buy your own sleeping bag. […]

12 Tips for SeaWorld San Diego with Kids

As a California resident, former SeaWorld annual pass holder, and parent of two – I have been to SeaWorld San Diego more times than I can count. I’ve gathered up a list of 10 tips to make the most of visiting this watery amusement/education park when visiting with kids.

5 Ways TrustedHousesitters Helps Pet Lovers Live Their Travel Dreams

My wife and I have reached a point in our lives where we aren’t happy with status quo in suburbia. We have dreams of traveling the world, but those two weeks off from work each year don’t allow for much slow travel. We long to go somewhere and linger for two weeks or more to absorb, […]

8 Unplugged Road Trip Activities for Kids

How do you survive a multi-week, 3,000-mile road trip that covers two countries and six states? Lots and lots of planning. A bit of luck helps, too. Every year, I take my kids on an extended road trip from Denver, Colorado to my hometown of Calgary in Canada. My husband joins us for part of the […]

17 Scariest Rides at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure ~ Ranked for Families

Disneyland is best known for sweet characters and rides that please kids and kids-at-heart. But there is a more intense side to Disneyland that even the most adventurous thrill seekers can appreciate. The fear factor isn’t just about speed, either. Plundering pirates, pretend poisonous snakes and ghostly ghouls can make rides seem scary to kids. Buckle […]

5 Incredible Things to Do in Narita, Japan ~ Gateway to the Land of the Rising Sun

If you visit Japan, you’ll likely arrive by plane in Narita. Most visitors scoot off immediately to pursue adventures in Tokyo and beyond. But Narita is worthy of a visit as well, even if only during a long layover or for a day or two before your flight home. Narita is just a 10-minute train ride from […]