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 […]

6 things to see and do in Barcelona with kids

We recently got to spend about 48 hours in Barcelona with the kids. A little less than 2 days was enough to experience a little bit of Barcelona and know that we want to go back. These are our recommendations on things to see and do with kids in Barcelona. If you are looking for a place to stay on your trip to Barcelona, we recommend the fabulous Cathedral Bas Apartments. Barri Gotic and walking around the old quarter. It is easy to get lost in the old small streets. It is filled with people and there is tons to […]

Cathedral Bas Apartments Barcelona Review

View from the roof of Cathedral Bas Apartments We stayed at Cathedral Bas Apartments which was an Apart-hotel. It was right in the center of the gothic quarter of Barcelona or Barri Gotic. The apartment was pretty perfect for a couple of days in Barcelona. It was easy walking distance to a ton of places. One of the kids’ favorite things is just across the street from the apartment; there was a small park next to an outdoor restaurant. Every day, sometimes more than once, we took a break for the kids to play in the park. I spent a […]

Packing for a European Cruise in Winter

All the luggage from our European Cruise I always want to be one of those people who is packed up and ready days before we need to leave for any trip. I make lists and mentally plan what clothes we need. But we never are ready until a few hours before we need to leave our house, at best. This time, we were traveling to Europe and packing for a European cruise in winter, and I didn’t want to be bogged down by extra luggage for a few reasons. When we got to Barcelona, I knew we were taking public […]

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 […]

What did our Family Europe Spring Break Cost?

I used the numbers from to give me an idea of what we should / could budget for our Family Europe Spring Break trip. There are 2 numbers on that site, a budget and a 3 Star budget. For this trip, I split the difference since we would be in hotels without kitchens much of the time. On our longer trip we will have apartments and do more cooking in. Brussels $80 for backpacker $124 for 3 star. I averaged this to $102/ per day / per person $408 budget per day Amsterdam $88 on backpacker $135 on 3 […]

Europe Spring Break Thoughts

Covered Gallery in Brussels As a family we really liked Brussels and Bruges. Both places were really walkable and felt very safe all the time. I have heard people say that Brussels isn’t worth your time, but it was great with kids and a very fun city to explore on foot. I will say that we had a hard time finding playgrounds for the kids to play on in the city center.   Overall it was a mellow city and any place that has French fries and waffles everywhere was a big hit with the kids.  All the chocolate shops didn’t […]

Europe Spring Break – Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris Getting to Paris Today we woke up early and headed back to the train station to catch our train to Paris. Once again, we got four seats facing each other with a table in between. We had a few snacks to eat this time since it was a longer train ride than the others we had taken, about 3 hours total. Getting around Paris Once we got to Paris, we purchased our 5 day metro tickets and headed to the hotel. The 4th day on our metro cards, we went to use the cards to find […]