5 Pet Friendly Places to Stay in Clearwater Beach, Florida

While we don’t have pets, we know a number of you do.  Our friend Angela was kind enough to give us these tips on the best places to stay with pets in Clearwater Beach. Angela is married, a devoted mother of 2 children and proud pet owner of both a cat and a dog.  She loves family vacations and is obsessed with keeping a clean and tidy house as well as spending hours researching the latest and best household products to make her life easier.  See more of Angela’s tips here.    Are you planning a family vacation to Clearwater Beach […]

Family Vacation Memories for kids

We love to travel as a family. But the kids don’t always remember everything about a vacation.  Here are a couple ways to have fun and help the kids make memories on your next family holiday. Photography Capturing your memories in photographs is such a wonderful way to record your family vacation.  But don’t leave all the photograph taking to the adults.  Let the kids use the camera and capture their memories too.  While we get quite a lot of awful photos, some of them turn out to be real gems.  And the beauty of digital cameras is that the […]

Things we don’t miss from home

It is easy to get caught up in the sometimes horror of travel.  Airport delays, lost bags, stolen wallets, and more can impact your outlook.  When we get negative about our travels, it is good to remember all the stuff from home that we are not missing. Commute When we were at home, Nicole had a 30-minute commute each way. On a good week, that was 5 hours in the car minimum, before running errands. Now, we drive a few minutes here and there to the grocery store. Or maybe we do a big trip and drive an hour. But […]

6 Months on the Road

It’s been 6 months since we hit the road and said goodbye to our friends and family.  6 months since I walked out the door and left my job and my work family. 6 months and 10 countries under our belts.  6 months on the road, what have we learned? There have been countless experiences that we have missed.  Kids having the last day of school, summer camp, first day of school, and more.  But we have had countless new experiences in so many countries and it has been wonderful. The things that had me worried before we left, like […]

A Round the World Ticket was the Wrong Choice for our Family

Recently, I spent some time chatting online with another family who was looking to do some long-term travel of their own. They were debating the merits of buying a Round the World Ticket vs just buying the flights (or using award tickets) as they went. I added my two cents to this debate and explained what we did and why. What is a round the world ticket? It is a ticket that costs a fixed amount for a certain number of flights that go around the world. Each airline partner group does this a bit differently. Some limit your number […]

Cost of Living in London for a Family

We did better on our London budget than I had thought. I had budgeted $85 / person / day as London is a famously expensive place.   Our planned budget for the month was $9860, but we can in at $ 7269.93, over $2500 under budget for the month! What we ended up spending was $62.67 per day. What Did We Do? For this price we: • Had Tube Passes and/or Oyster cards • Saw most of the major sites in and around London • Took day trips outside of London • Saw 2 musicals • Saw a movie at […]

Scavenger Hunt at the British Museum

A few years ago we took the kids to Paris.  I wanted to show them the Louvre, but had low expectations for them actually enjoying the museum.  I had heard of Scavenger hunts through art museums and found one for the Louvre.  We booked it and it was a huge success!  Not only did the kids enjoy the hunt, we had to go back to the museum later that night to do parts again and finish what we hadn’t gotten around to!  Since then the owner has expanded and opened hunts in Britain at the British Museum.  We contacted ThatMuse […]

Visiting the Cliff of Moher with Kids

Cliffs of Moher with Kids Cliffs of Moher with Kids I was initially very excited about visiting the Cliffs of Moher with kids.  However, we had gone into Doolin to have a bite to eat at a pub and I saw the Visitors center for the area.  We stopped in the visitor’s center and I spoke to woman manning the desk.  I was asking about things to do in the area with kids and she suggested a few things, but then added not to go to the Cliffs of Moher with kids.  She was quite emphatic about it as well.  As […]

Travel Budget Update

Our travel budget for the first 52 days on the road covering The East coast of the US, Ireland, and England. We did better on travel budget than I had hoped for!  Better in that we were under budget almost $1500 for this period. If you break it down, at less than $50 / person / day for US and Europe travel, it isn’t so bad. The total travel budget for this period was $11,740.  I know, seriously ouch. But if you break it down it is just over $56 per person per day.  This number is much more reasonable […]

Favorite Travel Gear for Families

Our family brought a ton of stuff on this trip. We filled our luggage with perhaps too many things. Some of the stuff we brought is working out far better than we could have expected and has become some of our favorite travel gear for families. This is the list of our favorite travel gear for families. Electronics: USB Charger – This has been a life-saver for us to set up a charging station and it fits 4 USBs and 1 USB-C chargers. Once you are on a different type of plug, this helps minimize the number of power adapters […]