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15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids Plus Hotels & Restaurants for Families

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived in San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants […]

Fun Things to Do In and Near San Juan Capistrano with Kids

With a sweet downtown sliced by train tracks, San Juan Capistrano is a fun destination for kids who will delight in witnessing the crossing guard’s flashing lights and dinging bells all day long. This laid-back Southern California town is easily reached by car or train from San Diego, Los Angeles and beyond, making it a […]

Best San Diego Gaslamp Restaurants According to a Local Foodie

As a travel writer, former San Diego resident, and self-proclaimed foodie, I am often asked for restaurant recommendations in America’s Finest City. There are delicious restaurants throughout San Diego County, but if you want to stick to downtown, San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter serves up a bounty of delicious eats. Here are my picks for the eight […]

Best San Miguel de Allende Restaurants for Families + Other Local Food Tips

So much of the soul of a place can be revealed through local flavors and food traditions. My family’s love of Mexican cuisine is part of the reason we chose San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as the location of our month-long expat experience and why we long to move to this city. I must admit […]

San Miguel de Allende with Kids ~ A Different Kind of Mexican Vacation

When you think of a Mexican vacation, you probably envision sandy beaches, turquoise blue ocean waves, and all-inclusive resorts. San Miguel de Allende has none of these things. It’s not a major city full of museums and attractions like Mexico City, either. So, why visit San Miguel de Allende with kids? A vacation here is […]

New Orleans on a Budget with Kids

When most people think of New Orleans, they picture beads tossed to a rowdy crowd drinking Hurricanes. Jennifer Close of Two Kids and a Map pictures her kids covered in powdered sugar from their beignets and the smiles on their faces as they dance to the calliope. Find out why Jennifer thinks New Orleans is the perfect destination for a fun, affordable getaway with kids in this Travel Mamas guest blog post.

10 Ways to Find Romance in New Orleans

It’s easy to find romance in New Orleans. The jazz sets the tone…mellifluous and ever present. Toast your honey with one of the city’s famous or not-so-famous cocktails. Then dig into bowls of sensuous cuisine like shrimp n’ grits or crawfish etouffe. The music is the muse of New Orleans, begging couples to swing onto the dance […]

Vail in Summer ~ 14 Things to Do Off-Season at America’s Biggest Ski Resort

Vail in summer overflows with fantastic off-season activities. While serious ski and boarding bunnies can’t swoosh through snow down the mountains, there’s still plenty of activities get your heart-pumping. Plus, Vail’s Colorado mountain beauty is undeniable year-round. If you’re looking for a gorgeous setting, delicious food and lots of outdoor fun, you need to check out these 14 fantastic […]

30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. This mall’s 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over the years. […]

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 […]

Milwaukee Guys Weekend – A Destination for Manly Men

Guy getaways tend to follow the same broken record of trips – a bachelor party in Vegas, a golf trip somewhere, or a weekend of debauchery in Mexico. Put on repeat. Over and over again. Men, I’m here to tell you that there are better options than unsuccessfully trying to relive your youth in an […]

Delicious Restaurants for Families in Park City, Utah

You go to Park City, Utah for the powder, the skiing, the snowboarding, and the snow tubing. But then there’s the après-ski! Before and after working those muscles on the slopes, you deserve not just a good meal, but a great meal. You’ll love these five delicious restaurants for families in Park City, Utah. (Click on the video above […]

5 Reasons to Visit McDonald’s Around the World with Kids

McDonald’s can be a lifesaver when traveling to foreign countries with children. The familiar food, toys, and environment at this global fast food chain never cease to reassure my travel wary offspring. Here are five reasons to visit McDonald’s around the world with kids. 1. Get picky eaters to eat. My kids can only be cajoled into eating bites […]