Travel Tips

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Affordable dream trips for real families

We had a ton of people read our last post on how much our trip will cost. It seems to have hit a real nerve. I got a couple emails / comments about how much money it was and it would never be affordable for real families.  I wanted to show you that this is possible for a real families, with a little planning, imagination, and hard work. Remember, our budget was for 2.25 years, at about $67,000 a year. For this exercise, we are going to plan a couple different options that are shorter and more affordable.  For those […]

What SIM to use on a European Cruise

Three SIM My family recently went on a European Cruise. We were going to visit Spain, Italy, and France. We wanted to have data to use Google Maps to navigate and for our larger group of 7 to keep in touch if we went different ways. I went to all my favorite tech sites to see what SIM I should get for these countries. Most of the sites steered me towards using a different SIM for each country. But I didn’t really want to get 3 different SIMs. It seemed costly and needlessly complicated. I talked to a few friends […]

Family Review of Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios

Room at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios We have stayed at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios twice in the last year. Our visits were in April and November of 2015.  My boys were lucky enough to receive annual passes to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from their Grandparents for Christmas. So we went once with the grandparents and once without them.  Both visits we had a room with 2 queen beds and a spacious bathroom. Room at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios One of the best parts about staying at this hotel is […]