The Complete Family Guide to Zion National Park

Yes, you can totally get a good sense of Zion National Park in just one day, but believe me when I say that you’ll leave wanting more. Between the unique, red and yellow and white canyon walls to the waterfalls that appear out of nowhere, it’s remarkable. This is our complete family guide to Zion […]

Hiking with kids at Zion National Park: best trails and sights for kids

Zion National Park is known for its epic hikes and canyoning routes, but it’s also full of fun hiking trails that are great with kids too! By now you’ve seen that we really love Zion; we found that the scenery paired with the activities make for a perfect family vacation destination. And that’s what we’re talking […]

Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in the off season

Bryce Canyon National Park is exceptional when it comes to unique geology and sights. It’s a place for hiking and appreciating nature’s fascinating processes and diversity. It also gets tons of snow in the winter and spring, so visiting Bryce Canyon in the off season is tricky but totally doable and beautiful. We paired it […]

I wrote a book!: the Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids – available May 21

You know how there are those projects that you always want to do but you keep putting off? One of them for me was writing a book. I never really wanted to write a novel or scholarly work, but I’ve always wanted to make a book for kids. And I did it! The Ultimate Travel Journal […]

Southern Oregon Road Trip: waterfalls, caves and the coast

We love our road trips, you know that, and living in the Pacific Northwest, we’re at the gateway to some of the best road trips in the United States. Oregon is our neighbor and we visit it a lot, but it’s rare that we really explore the south part of the state. This is our […]

Where to stay at Zion National Park (and dining ideas too!)

Depending on your travel style, you may approach visiting a National Park, like Zion National Park, differently than other families. We range from camping to to hotels nearby to National Park Lodges. And our dining matches this: picnicking, easy lunches, local cuisine and fine dining. This is our guide to family friendly options for dining […]

Visiting Zion National Park: #FindYourPark stress-free

One of the most popular National Parks in the United States is Zion National Park. Even though Yellowstone and Glacier hold our hearts, we may have just left another piece of them at Zion. Planning for and visiting Zion National Park with kids is really wonderful. There are boundless options for hiking and relaxing, and […]

Best things to do in Rochester, NY: unique museums and relaxing fun

I had genuinely no idea what to expect when I heard that I was going to be taking a trip to Rochester, New York for a few days. I knew that it’s one of the largest cities in New York State and that was it. After spending three days visiting Rochester and the surrounding towns, […]

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 […]