Our first 29 nights on the road

Where did we stay, how much did it cost and did we break the bank? After our first 29 nights on the road, we found moving every couple days to be tiring. Moving is a lot of work and so is packing up all your stuff! I’ll be happy when we can ditch the car seats for the kids and don’t have to carry them any longer. Just a few more months until we can do that.  I think we are all looking forward to our month in London where we get to stay put for a while. Here is […]

What is FLVS (Florida Virtual School) and how does it work?

FLVS is short for Florida Virtual School, which is really a fancy name for online school.  FLVS is free to those who live in Florida.  You can use it as a supplement to regular public school, in case you child wishes to take class over the summer or take a class that isn’t offered at their school.  Or you can use it as a full-time replacement for public school.  Or you can use it in Flex mode.  With both of my boys, we have chosen flex mode.  However, in elementary school and middle school flex works very differently.  I’ll go […]

Airbnb Search: How to Find the Best Airbnb to Stay at with your Family

What makes a great Airbnb with kids? The unqualified answer is it depends. I know that isn’t terribly decisive, but it is true. It really depends on what you are looking for and your goals. However, I’ll tell you about what makes a great Airbnb for me and my kids. I’ll also give you the checklist so you know how to use Airbnb search for your next or first rental. Airbnb: Rent Your Own Place As a family, I want our own space, so I always look for the option to rent the Entire place. My kids can be noisy at […]

Trip Prep To Do List – June 2016

May is always super busy for us.  We have 4 family birthdays, mother’s day, and all the end of school year events, dances, parties, graduation ceremonies, etc.  Plus we squeezed in 2 quick trips to Disney and my husband went to Melbourne to help his parents move.  We got rid of the furniture from our guest room this month and donated it to a family friend.  We also cleaned the kids playroom and got rid of an alarming amount of toys. We had appointments for Drivers license renewals and for immunizations (see upcoming post on immunizations). House Fix up house […]

Trip Prep To Do List – May 2016

April we mostly stayed home.  We got some things done around the house.  Pretty uneventful month, except for the fact that we booked our flights to leave the US!  Beyond excited about this, but it means we need to get cracking on the rest of our list.  To be honest, I’m a little intimidated about the idea of packing up our home. House Fix up house for rent Rent house – put on the market between Oct 2016 – Jan 2017 Rent storage unit Move all items into storage Get landlord home insurance Cancel phone, internet, electric, water – when […]

Ohana: Best Disney Restaurant for Fireworks Viewing

‘Ohana Restaurant Sign One of our favorite places to eat when we go to Disney World is ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Hotel on the second floor of the main lobby.  It is a family favorite for a couple of reasons; the ambiance and food are great, it is a ton of fun, and the great views of the fireworks.  It is a very popular restaurant to go to and reservations can be hard to get so be sure to plan in advance or keep trying close to your visit date. It is a casual restaurant, so no need to get […]

Trip Prep To Do List – April 2016

March was a rough month.  All of us had the flu.  Patrick developed pneumonia after his flu infection as well.  We have all been coughing and hacking for the entire month.  Seriously people, get a flu shot!  This impeded progress on our to do list as we were just trying to get through each day.  May will see us having to make big progress. We visited Savannah, South Carolina, and North Carolina as part of our Spring break.  Lots of the activities that we wanted to do while on vacation were put on hold with Patrick getting pneumonia.  But we […]

Recommended Travel Books

I love to read. I really love to read. I read pretty fast and devour books by the dozens on a regular basis. On a normal one-week beach vacation, I need at least 5 books preferably 10 to just make it through the vacation. This is why my kindle is a necessity. Bag weight alone without it would dwarf me. One of my favorite pastimes is reading travel books that feed my wanderlust. Some of them give me inspiration for our trip, some of them just give me inspiration about a different way of life, some tempt me to cook […]

Trip Prep To Do List – March 2016

Things are starting to roll and we are getting ready for our Round the World trip!  In addition to checking things off our list, we met the fabulous Bender Family in Orlando and Keith & Nicole got away for adults only ski vacation.  It was really nice to talk with other people who are traveling full time face to face.  If you are traveling and are visiting Florida, we would love to meet up! Every purchase we make now is highly scrutinized.  Are we going to take that with us?  Are we going to store it? Can we do without […]

Learning to Drive a Manual Transmission Car

One of my goals for us before we leave for our trip is learning to drive a manual transmission car.  We want to do this for one big reason: In Europe, manual transmission car rentals are the norm.  And because they are the norm, they are vastly cheaper than an automatic transmission.   An automatic transmission vehicle can be 2-5 times more expensive than a manual transmission one.  For example, a quick search on Kayak for a car rental in Ireland for 2 weeks in March shows a manual transmission car as cheap as $2 / day.  The cheapest automatic transmission […]