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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Travel Safety and being mindful of your belongings ** UPDATED

So, this is a mini blog post to bring awareness to travel safety for everybody. Today we had an interesting situation unfold at our house… not while we were traveling.  Please take a moment to share this with anybody that travels via plane, train or boat, as safety for everybody is the utmost importance.  ***Updated at […]

Easy Florida Weekend Getaway Ideas on the Gulf

Florida is full of fun and relaxation. If you’ve not explored beyond the big cities like Orlando, Jacksonville or Miami, you might not know how diverse and chill it is.  Speaking of Miami (said Mee-ahh-mee), it’s a completely different world when you head to the Gulf Coast from Miami and some of our favorite Florida […]

Sailing Croatia: how to plan unforgettable Med Sailing Holidays

So, who followed along on our incredible sailing adventure through the Dalmatian Isles of Croatia? What?! You missed it?! Well we’ve got lots to share about the whole experience from ports of call to booking your travel. Med Sailing Holidays was an awesome host for us and we’re happy to recommend them for sailing Croatia. […]

San Diego family vacation: budget savvy travel with IHG Rewards Club and Chase

Getting to travel for a living has its perks for sure, but we also are really careful and deliberate about how we do it. We joined forces with IHG and Chase to plan and have a great San Diego family vacation while using and earning IHG Rewards Club points along the way. Curious how we make […]

Sun Protection for traveling: from travel planning to sun block guidelines

Summer is here! Huzzah!  We’ve shared before about ways the we keep the kids safe while we’re traveling, including sun protection. You know that we think it’s important to ensure everybody has good information about keeping themselves and their families healthy, but with that know that we’re not advocating any one product, brand of sunblock, or […]

Keeping kids healthy while traveling (and at home too!)

We share a lot about staying healthy while traveling and keeping the kids’s learning wherever we are, and that’s because we know how important it is and because we love to give out free advice. 😉 Well here’s another helping of advice that’s extremely useful, both for parents and for those who might have to […]

Spring Cleaning Anytime and 5 More Tips for Stress-free Travel Prep

When I was a kid I thought that Spring Cleaning was just something they did in cartoons or that my grama talked about. We didn’t do that in our house, or at least that I realized. Now, as a dad I totally get it and we totally do it, particularly to keep ourselves organized with […]

Outdoor Activities with Young Kids along the Scenic Route

We love when we get to share our favorite spots to visit, tips we’ve learned and ideas for exciting times along the Scenic Route.  We’ve created a really fun video to inspire new and wild times with young kids as you travel beyond the city… but you have to visit the the Scenic Route with […]

Safe Storage of Travel Products: kid safety on the road

When we are traveling with the kids we typically have all kinds of products with us, from toothpaste to bug spray. Safe storage of our travel products is important, and not just because we don’t want to have all of our toiletries covered in sunblock due to the pressure change when flying, but because we […]

Paddleboard Orlando: nature adventures just beyond the city!

So, you know how we’re all about kayaking and do it all the time? Well, after many attempts I’ve had an incredible time Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and it’s going to be my new favorite activity. After spending a whole day with Ned, the owner of Paddleboard Orlando, I can say with great certainty that […]

Self Care and Traveling for Health: being your best you for your family

Being on the go so much, it’s really easy to get distracted and stop paying attention to how you should be taking care of yourself.  Last month, we shared about how to stay healthy while traveling, particularly during cold and flu season. What about the rest of the year though, when you’re just busy in […]

Universal Blog Squad: Harry Potter and scouting for future fun

Hooray! We get to be a part of the Universal Orlando Resort Blog Squad! This is going to be a crazy and fun experience. What does this mean? It means that throughout the year we’ll be taking several trips to Universal Orlando for fun events, new experiences and just generally great family time. This particular […]

Staying healthy while traveling: cold and flu season tips for kids and adults

As parents who travel with kids constantly, we’re in all kinds of places throughout the year, including airports and train stations during cold and flu season. It’s rare that our household gets sick and I think that in large part it’s due to our daily habits and making the kids wash their hands constantly. There’s […]

Planning NYC with kids: from building an itinerary to booking with rewards

New York City with kids is both a dream and stressful idea. I mean, it’s New York. It’s the Big Apple and the ultimate American experience. We learned a lot about doing NYC with kids and can say that it is worth the effort and can be unforgettable in the best ways. Through our partnership […]

Experiencing the best of Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

In addition to geysers, the exciting thing about going to Yellowstone National Park is the wildlife.  There are the standard deer and chipmunks that you’d expect to see, but there is so much more.   The bison were a real hit with our family… but then so were the bears just outside of our car […]

Finding the best places to eat on Oahu: poke to pork and everything in between

Watching people travel and eat on television has become such a staple in America. We tune in and find “the best unknown burger counter in Philly” and the “most decadent ice cream sandwich in Portland” or the “best places to eat on Oahu,” but what do you actually want to experience when it comes to […]

Camping rules for kids: 10 rules to keep kids (and parents) safe in the woods

When the family goes camping, nobody exhibits more enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation than the kids! Children not only see this as an adventure, but they like the idea of spending time with parents who aren’t texting, working and otherwise distracted.  Our friend, Paul Turner of TakeOutdoors.com has some great insight to share about camping safety […]

Dads in Disneyland: tips for planning an awesome Disney Vacation

There is no one destination on Earth that we’ve been to as many times as Disneyland. It’s actually shocking to start calculating how many hours we have spent in both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Our Disneyland tips come from hundreds of hours of fun both with and without kids. that’s right, sometimes we’re in […]

A family Disneyland vacation & the unforgettable Cars 3 Premiere

This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark We’ve just returned from our first family trip to Disneyland with all four of us and it was incredible.  We were so fortunate to get to experience not just Disneyland and California Adventure, but then also the Cars 3 Premiere and an unforgettable Cars Land experience with the kids. […]

Go-to products for traveling with kids: sunblock to sunglasses, what’s in the bag…

This post about summer travel packing and family friendly kid products is sponsored by Johnson’s Baby, one of our staple brands at home and on the road. Summer is totally underway.  We’ve already had trips to Disneyland, Wisconsin, Florida and more.  That means that we’ve honed down our travel packing, daily prep on the road, […]

Dads in Disneyland: family guide to fun inside the Happiest Place on Earth

Disneyland with kids is amazing. It might sound silly but when we first found out that we were going to be dads one of the very first thoughts that went through my head was “ hooray! Someday we could to take our kid to Disneyland!” If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland or already have […]

Take better photos when traveling with these 5 simple tips

The most common thing we hear about our blog besides that it’s great that we travel with kids is that we have beautiful photos. Our photos are just like anybody else’s photos I guess, but after years of travel and working as professional photographers there are a few skills that have become second nature to […]

Escape Campervan: the coolest and easiest family camping. Ever.

Our new favorite way to explore the USA: in an Escape Campervan. Recently we completed an incredible family road trip up Florida’s Gulf Coast. We visited four different National Park sites and saw more wildlife than we expected, and did it all from the comfort of our campervan. We were a little hesitant to go […]

Free things to do in Los Angeles to make an awesome trip

If you’ve ever gone traveling with us then you know we like to have fun, we like to go to bed early, and we love when we find awesome free things to do. We know lots of the cool fun free things to do at home because we do so much local travel but free […]