Utah National Parks road trip: Southwest travel from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon

We’ve been looking forward to this road trip for a LONG TIME. Like, I can’t even tell you how long. We are finally exploring more of the Southwest with the kids: Las Vegas and the Utah National Parks.  Being from the Pacific Northwest, we’re used to cold, wet climates with lush rainforests and snow capped […]

Seattle with out of town guests: 14+ ways to explore the Emerald City

Having lived in Seattle for the majority of our lives we know the city like the back of our hands. It’s been fun to discover new things and see things from a different perspective now that we have kids. Also, as more and more friends from around the world come to visit us, we’ve had […]

Rome with kids: planning a family friendly Roman holiday

Planning Rome with kids feels like a daunting task. We haven’t taken the kids to Italy yet, but our friends Frank and BJ have taken their son and have written their recommendations for how to plan a trip and the top sights to see with kids in Rome. They share what experiences in Rome are […]

Low Impact Tourism: how to minimize your impact when traveling

Keeping sustainability in mind with travel has become paramount to ensuring our kids are able to experience the world as we have, or better. Considering climate change, cultural pillaging, and plastic pollutants there are many ways travelers, particularly families, can make small changes for a maximum impact. Low impact tourism needs to become the way […]

Georgia Waterfalls: road trip of the Georgia waterfall trail

Before we started our North Georgia road trip this last time, we were picturing a lot of farm country and Civil War sites, as that’s what we’d experienced around Atlanta and to the south. Sure, there are farms, but the natural wonders of northern Georgia are its true draw. So many waterfalls in North Georgia! […]

North Georgia day trips: interesting small towns and southern cooking

Being from the west coast, we don’t have a ton of cute, really old towns with beautiful storefronts and town squares. Doing a North Georgia road trip will take care of that for you, as it’s chalked full of cute towns, many dating to the early 1800s.  We’ve found that a lot of our friends […]

Best hotel for fitness: IHG’s EVEN Hotels for frequent travelers

Staying fit while traveling has always been important to us. We make sure that wherever we go we stay active and when available, we take advantage of hotel fitness centers or go running. We’ve found a hotel brand that is the best hotel for fitness, particularly for the frequent traveler: Even Hotels, an IHG brand. […]

Our first day of school: transitioning out of homeschooling to public school

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been pretty quiet on here lately and I’m going to bear it all right now and tell you why.   After many months of discussion, research and soul searching, we made the decision to end our time homeschooling Oliver, our oldest. We decided this for several reasons, but primarily because […]

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Atlanta’s dinosaur museum

We visit Atlanta quite a bit since we have family in Georgia, and we’re always looking for new things to do with the kids. On this last trip, we finally got to visit a dinosaur museum: Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History. It was the perfect addition to a family trip to Atlanta. After six […]

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. […]

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 […]