Blogging Ethics: when I totally abandoned my ethics (and how I fixed it)

I completely compromised my ethics for blog work. It’s true. I admit it. Yes, I had some shining white-hat moments where I stood up for myself and what I believe, but in retrospect, I didn’t do that enough. Talking about blogging ethics has really been weighing on me as of late and I have to […]

Cabo with Kids: the complete Cabo San Lucas family trip guide

We’ve been to Cabo San Lucas with our kids load of times, like, we’ve spent the equivalent of three months in Cabo as a family. You could say it’s our favorite family destination in Mexico. Since we’ve done it so much, we’ve decided it’s time we share our best tips for visiting Cabo with kids. […]

February Blog Workshop announced: Feb 22-24, La Conner, Washington

  We’ve been working on finding a great location and locking down dates for our Build a Better Blog two day workshop and it’s settled!  Thank you to everybody that’s been asking about it and prompting us to set up our next round of learning and developing blog content. Our February blog workshop is ready to roll! […]

How to avoid/navigate a Timeshare Presentation in Mexico

When we first went to Mexico years ago, we landed and breezed through customs and out the door to head to our hotel in Cabo San Lucas. That night we heard about a free breakfast with an open bar and were totally excited. The next morning we spent 2+ hours in a timeshare presentation. So […]

Blogging year in review: new experiences and awareness of the world

I don’t like to go full-blog when I’m writing but today I’m all about an annual recap. I’ve been thinking about what would make for a “year in review” article that I’d want to read and I decided that I would want to know what happens in a year of blogging. So here’s the scoop […]

Seattle Hyatt Hotels: our favorite Seattle getaways and recommendations

When we spend a weekend away in Seattle, we want it to be relaxing, fun, and convenient. We also love to do it on a budget because let’s be honest, stay-cations are better when you’re not paying through the nose to be close to home. For this, we love using points for travel, especially for […]

Video of Sailing Croatia: our first vlog is live

Sailing from Split to Dubrovnik, stopping at seven ports of call along the coast of Croatia. Fortresses, national parks, biking, swimming, nude beaches, wine tasting and more.

Hot air ballooning in New Mexico: everything you need to know, from cost to events

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to travel. I’ll rock climb with the kids, go hiking with bears and moose, I’ll free dive with sea lions and sharks, I’ll even paddleboard with alligators… but I never thought I would go hot air ballooning in New Mexico. I did it. I actually bit the bullet, climbed […]

Using Points for Travel: best tips for weekend getaways or international vacations

You know how we’ve partnered with IHG Rewards and Wells Fargo Propel in the last year or so? Well, the reason we have is because we fully understand how to earn and leverage points across different platforms to enjoy more travel opportunities. We have the best ways to use points for travel for weekend getaways […]

Victoria with Kids: 18 activities to wow kids and adults alike

Hopefully you followed along as we were exploring Victoria BC with kids… or on our own… or during Christmas or Valentines Day. Yes, we go to Victoria often, but it’s because we love it so much! We were asked by the destination to share our top favorite activities and tips for visiting Victoria with kids […]

Why and How to Visit the Island of Mljet: biking, grappa and panoramic views

Unless you’ve been island hopping in the Dalmatian Isles, you might not have heard of Mljet or considered visiting this funky little Croatian island. There are lots of things to do on Mljet and if you have the opportunity to spend a few days here, it’s well worth it and you’ll be so glad you […]

So you want to start blogging: how I started a blog and found a job I love (it’s not easy!)

We lead the most fun lives: always on vacation and enjoying beaches with the kids or touring old forts or hiking in the desert. It’s all fun all the time. Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful that we get to be bloggers. OMG, the work that goes into it though. We never […]

Family Friendly Victoria BC travel journal

We’re back in Canada! Hooray! …or should I say “Hoor-eh!”  Living in the Puget Sound area of Washington, we’re really close to beautiful Vancouver Island and try to visit whenever we can, and yet this is our first trip to Victoria that we’ve brought the kids on. We’ve partnered up with Destination Greater Victoria to […]

Smith Rock with kids: how to enjoy hiking in the high desert

Smith Rock State Park is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Oregon. We love love love the Oregon Coast and frequently visit the Columbia Gorge Waterfall Area, but Smith Rock with kids is also really wonderful and one of our new favorite Oregon sites. It’s the high desert experience we were hoping […]

Doing Yoga With Kids: benefiting the health and happiness of your family

We’re turning over the mic today to a mom that we respect and is very in line with our way of thinking.  Rachel O’Conner is a mom, yoga instructor and writer, and she’s all about teaching her kids (and others) how to be physically active and mindful as they grow. We’ve shared before about the […]

Staying fit at Universal Orlando Resort: easy ways to make healthy choices

I always think about the sweets and decadent food choices when we start talking about out next vacation, and particularly when we know we’re heading back to Universal Orlando Resort. But then the second I start to feel like we’ll just be throwing our fitness goals away, I remember how easy staying fit at Universal […]

The best breweries in Bend: family friendly brewery tours and brew pubs

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but really helpful. Bend, Oregon is amazeballs. I don’t need to tell you that if you’re reading this already, but there you have it. One of the things that we loved, was the welcoming nature EVERYWHERE to us dads with our kids. We especially enjoyed all of […]

Trip to Venice: plan for enjoying Venice in peace

When you live in the United States and you think about taking a trip to Europe, your mind darts so quickly from place to place and you start to create an enormous to-do list of sights and experiences you MUST cross off. Venice, Italy is at the top for everybody, I swear, and rightly so. […]

Ecotours in Cabo San Lucas: whale sharks, sea lions and more

As you know we often have our friends in travel write up their top recommendations or how to experience something we’ve not done. Our amazing friend, Karen Bradfield at Adventures in Baja, has put together her top recommendations for responsible tours and wildlife experiences in the Los Cabos area and we’re so glad to be able […]

Bend Itinerary w/ hiking, breweries, and LOGE Camps: perfect Oregon

Bend, Oregon with kids is an ideal vacation plan. Seriously. We just returned from a week long fall trip to Bend and enjoyed the culture and outdoors of Bend so much that we’re chatting about doing a return trip to consider and research moving there. We were based out of LOGE Camps Entrada Lodge on […]

What to do in Vis: biking routes, beaches and more

We sailed into several beautiful port during our sailing trip through the Dalmatian Isles of Croatia, but none stole our hearts the way Vis did. Visiting Vis was exactly what we’d hoped for when planning our trip to Croatia. With two days of exploring we know just what to see and what to do in […]

Ecotours in Banff & Canmore, Alberta: Adventure Hub ecotour central

One of the most frequent questions we get about traveling as a family is how do we find activities that are good for all of us to enjoy together. A close second is how do you find a good ecotour company. Well, we lucked out with our recent trip to Banff, Alberta. We discovered AdventureHub […]

Easy Day trips from Miami to National Parks along the Scenic Route

We’ve got another piece for the Alamo Rent A Car Scenic Route hub live and it’s all about great, easy day trips from Miami and our favorite simple weekend getaways to the Gulf Coast!  From some of the coolest Florida wildlife to pockets of culture you’d never expect, you’ve got to check out our ideas […]

Planning a Trip to Westport: super chill Washington coast

If you grew up in the Seattle area you know that going to the ocean is a production. You have to plan it out, get up early, pack up everything you could possibly need, including rain coats, and then head for the coast, being prepared to leave the beach early due to wind and rain. […]

10 Most Instagramable spots in Disneyland and how to shoot them

Everywhere you go you see people setting up their shots for Instagram. To be honest, we do it too. It’s what’s become of traveling these days, but sometime we’re in a place where we’re more than happy to find those shots… like in Disneyland. We figured out our ten favorite ideas, no, the ten MOST […]

Best National Parks in Fall: 8 must see parks for Fall Colors (and a bonus)

October is one of the best months to travel since kids have gone back to school and people are prepping for the holidays. Also a bonus: fall colors are going to be showing up and changing before you know it. We’ve been thinking about all of our favorite places to visit in the fall and […]

Extra Days in Denver: from the Mile High City to the Rocky Mountains

We love Colorado and guess what, so does Alamo Rent A Car. You know how we get to play the role of Chief Travel Guide for Alamo and make all kinds of fun suggestions for people looking to explore the Scenic Route? Well, we got to put together our favorite ways to spend extra time […]

Travel Journal: Exploring Banff and Canmore

So this is super exciting. We get to take an adventure to Banff and Canmore in Alberta to experience everything the Canadian Rockies have to offer. Follow along as we go hiking and canoeing and rafting and rock climbing and caving and everything else. After this you’re going to want to plan a trip to […]

Best Activities in Dubrovnik: 1, 2 & 3 day itineraries for the Can’t-Miss sites

So, you know that we had the most amazing time sailing from Split to Dubrovnik with Med Sailing Holidays, well after we made our final port, we took some extra time to explore King’s Landing… I mean Dubrovnik. We had the run of weather in Dubrovnik, including the most booming thunder ever, but most of […]

Unique North Florida Finds along the Scenic Route

Our latest piece for the Alamo Rent a Car Scenic Route hub is live and it’s all about our favorite family destination:  the North Florida coast and inland!  We love to visit and explore Florida, not just because of its sunshine, but because of its beautiful nature, fascinating history, and cool cultural finds. From tip […]