Travel Planning and Things to See in Rome…with kids

We have so much travel planned in the next few months, but we’re also looking at our next potential trips too.  We may be hitting the UK in September.  We’ll definitely be in Mexico in October.  We’ve been talking about Italy. Last time we were in Italy we just wandered through the country, hiking as […]

Cell Phone Service in Paris… I wish we’d had it

We’ve become aficionados when it comes to traveling without technology and instant communication, which is funny because when we’re at home we’re connected so easily.  Being in the grand blogosphere we’re told about all kinds of programs and services as they’re made available to travelers; some are awesome and some we forget that we were […]

Our Non Complete Guide to Lighthouses in the USA

Why in the world are we making a non complete guide to lighthouses in the USA??  Simple:  there are so many lighthouses that one could not possibly hope to visit them all… but we are trying to, so as we add more and more to our roster, we’ll share them too.  Having a non complete […]

Family Travel Tips: mastering the hotel stay

Family travel in hotels is weird. When you’re home everything is where you need it to be and you know exactly what to expect when your kids walk through the door. When you’re checking into a hotel with kids it’s totally different. Family travel is just different from business or solo travel in general and […]

National Parks Swag: making family travel memorable

So, you know we love our National Parks. One of the most fun things we do when we go to a National Park, and this might sound kind of strange because it’s so small, is to get cancellation stamps in our National Parks Passports and learn a little extra here and there. Do you have […]

Seriously, just go travel: why you shouldn’t write off a destination

We travel a ton.  That’s our family schtick:  “2 dads raising their 2 sons and traveling the globe, giving the kids a broad world view. Traveling, parenting, and experiencing culture.”  We like to go to the common tourist destinations and some off-the-beaten-path ones.  It’s good to have a mix.  You never want to hit up […]

Planning family travel to Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean

You know how much we love getting the kids into nature. Locally we can escape to the beach or the mountains within minutes or a few hours, but getting to snorkeling destinations where the water is warm and beautiful and perfect, that takes longer. And if you’re going to make the trip it might as […]

Biking St Simons Island: riding through Georgia’s Golden Isles

By now you know that we’re in love with St Simons Island, Georgia.  It’s nautical, historical, beachy, covered in Spanish moss.  Perfect.  So, what’s the best way to see and get a good feel of the island?  Biking St Simons Island from end to end is just awesome.  Family travel can sometimes limit your activity […]

St Simons Island: an ideal family escape

The southeastern United States is a really fascinating area.  It’s got the colonial and Civil War history; it’s full of tidelands, swamps and interesting wildlife; and its own past is a varied collection of maritime lore and people.  As you stroll through the village area of St Simons Island, it’s got that quasi-Caribbean feel with […]

St Simons Island Lighthouse: nautical family fun

And our lighthouse obsession continues… On St Simons Island, the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, there stands a picturesque beacon just off the boardwalk.  It’s surrounded by palm trees, oaks and green grass.  It’s not too tall, but clearly breaks the skyline:  the St Simons Island Lighthouse.  You know we love to visit lighthouses for many […]

8 Reasons to Lose Your Shoes at the Hyatt Olive 8

Confession:  we went somewhere without the kids.  Yep.  And we didn’t feel bad about it.  Well, maybe a little bad.  But, we showed up at the Hyatt Olive 8 and they welcomed us swiftly.  We made it up to our room and quickly discovered that we’d made the right choice to spend the weekend chillin’ out […]

Echo Restaurant and the Best Thing We Ever Ate

Before we had kids we’d relax each night by watching HGTV or the Food Network and dream about renovating our kitchen or maybe dining out every night.  And then kids happened and we realized that we’d rather build with blocks and eat grilled cheese sandwiches.  But then we travel and are immediately reminded that there […]

The Casa Marina Penthouse: tips for dining with kids in an adult restaurant

When you’re traveling with your family and you don’t have your own kitchen, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be dining out… a lot.  That’s both fun and irritating.  We love restaurants, for sure, but we don’t love showing up someplace and then looking for a kids menu and it’s just a grilled cheese sandwich or […]

#TravelTips for Pisa and How to Be Speedy

Every city has its must-see sights.  Sometimes they are built up to be the most amazing thing you’ll ever see and sometimes they’re completely underrated.  One example of an amazing sight is Il Duomo, Sante Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.  It’s towering, it’s beautiful and is an amazing feat of architecture.  You know what’s […]

Halloween in Cabo San Lucas

More often than not we find ourselves in Cabo San Lucas on Halloween. In Seattle it’s rainy and cold and our tans are starting to wash off. The cure for this is to get into the sunshine quickly and build back up the tan and vitamin D. What better way to do this than to […]

A Cabin in the Woods:  why you should find one

Part of travel planning is finding suitable accommodations.  We’re pretty rough and tumble, so for us this could be a campsite or a cabin in the woods sooner than it’d be a 5 start hotel.  Not all of us are fortunate enough to know somebody with a cabin to borrow or have that second home […]

The Basics of Visiting the United States

As Americans, we’re always thinking about venturing out to other countries and planning a week long trip here and two weeks there.  When we look at going back to France, we know that it’s not ridiculous to plan a week or two to catch a few big sights and have time to relax.  When we […]

Health Benefits of Travel

When we travel, we’re always looking for things like quiet, clean air, a refreshing experience.  Sometimes people question us: “Ooh, why haven’t you taken the kids to New York City yet?  Wouldn’t Toronto be a fun family vacation?”  You know, we love to see new cities or go back to places that we’ve had a […]

Family Camping With Kids: 5 Dad Hacks

Dads have the stereotypical reputation of a few key things:  bad jokes, BBQing and convincing the family to rough it.  None of these are bad stereotypes, but also none are true for every dad.  I’ll be honest, these all are true for us…and doubly so as we’re a gay dad household.  Our sons are used to […]

Travel Bucket List: where should we go?

We are always planning another trip; always adding to our travel bucket list.  A week out, month, maybe a year or two.  We need to have a list of where we want to go and what our next jaunt is.  Typically, we plan a year out, but sometimes it’s more, and then sometimes we are […]

Picking a destination for solo or family travel

Every day we see more and more photos of interesting places.  We see mountains and lakes, beaches with crystal blue water, art collections and incredible architecture.  It’s so difficult to decide what to visit next.  How do you choose?  Check out our four criteria for picking a destination before we take the plunge and see if this […]

Glacier National Park: Many Glacier, many sights

We always make big plans.  BIG.  ALWAYS.  I mean, we plan out where we’ll hike, sights we’ll see, maybe where we’ll dine.  We will craft an itinerary and stick to it comfortably.  This keeps us low stress and with all of our resources in place.  If you recall from our post about the forest fires we […]

An Abridged Guide to Glacier National Park

We were fortunate to get to take the kids to Glacier National Park this summer.  Due to forest fires, most of the Park was closed, but we still had a great time in the Many Glacier and East Glacier areas.  So, due to the restrictions we faced, here’s our abridged guide to Glacier National Park. It’s amazing […]

Being prepared for all weather in Yellowstone National Park

You know how when you go to Vegas it’s blazing hot all day and you think you might die, and then you roll out at 4am and you’re frozen?  The same thing happens in Yellowstone.  The elevation mixed with the crazy weather patterns of the Rocky Mountains makes for a hit and miss battle with […]

The Best Picnic Spots in Yellowstone National Park

If you’ve got kids or share your life with another adult, you know that getting “hangry” is a very real and present danger.  If you don’t know what “hangry” is, it’s the morph from being hungry to being angry/irritable.  Three of the four in our family suffer from this.  Solution:  picnicking.  Knowing the best picnic […]

The Best Wildlife Viewing in Yellowstone

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 […]

The Geysers of Yellowstone: how to geyser

Almost anyone in the world can tell you that Yellowstone National Park in the USA is the place you go to see geysers.  Only the actual experience of being there will make you understand how amazing it is.  True:  there are millions of people in the Park throughout the summer, but that doesn’t mean that […]

Yellowstone National Park family travel guide

Once you’ve conquered the road trip that is driving to Wyoming from wherever you actually start, you’ll have more planning…and more driving to do. I’m lucky because I love to drive. I used to be a driver-guide for a cruise company in Alaska even; that’s how much I love it. Other people, not so much. […]

A New Approach to Venice: relax

Originally written for Tourists By Chance 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.  Living on the west coast of the […]

Family Travel Tips: 5 stress-free hacks to leave on vacation

I was talking to a friend the other day who said that she likes to travel but it’s the prep for just getting herself out the door that is stressful.  She said that she tries to pack and get her life in order but it all just doesn’t work out and then she goes and […]

Unlikely Souveniers: 5 great ways to bring back memories

No matter how you try, part of being a tourist is browsing through trinkets and postcards at some point during a trip.  You might not mean to do it, but you’ll undoubtedly look at a snow globe or t-shirt even if you have no intention of purchasing it.  When you travel with kids, a simple […]

What Experience Has Taught Me

I was challenged by a travel blogger that I really respect, Alba Luna, to do this post.  She did one very similar and, like with her other posts, it was well written and inspiring.  A bar has been set rather high for me to really dig into myself and do a good job sharing what […]

Camping: how long is too long?

We are heading out on our first camping trip as a family of four in just one month.  We’ve booked a cabin halfway to our destination to break up the drive, and we’ve booked our reservations in Yellowstone National Park (camping for four nights).  That’s it.  We have no other reservations anywhere.  Why not (I […]

Flying Solo: a one-parent road trip

I’m used to individual parenting. I mean, I’m home alone with the kids most of the time and I’m fine dealing with random tantrums and epic breakdowns with no logic behind them. When I’m on the road though and I’m staying in somebody else’s house, yeah no.  At home I’m the epitome of patience and […]

Planes, trains and automobiles… and boats

I hated flying for the longest time.  I hated waiting to board, being delayed, taxing for what seems like hours, taking off, turbulence, landing, bumpy landings, sitting on the tarmac waiting for a gate, trying to collect carry-on luggage, trying to collect checked luggage, navigating a new airport… I could actually go on for twenty […]

Our first family road trip… 4 things to prep you

You know how there are those things that you’ve loved your whole life and can’t imagine ever not liking?  Yeah, for me that was going on road trips:  with friends, with family, on my own – anything.  Some of my favorite childhood memories were camping with my family, far off in the Rockies or up […]

Disneyland with a toddler: 6 things to know

I’ve loved Disneyland my whole life and can remember my very first trip when I was 4.  I have worked there and spent countless hours in the park as both a cast member and guest.  I’ve assisted so many families with little kids and helped to make magical moments.  And then we took our own child there. […]

So many aquariums: 4 ways to decide if they’re worth your time (and our faves)

We’re big on aquariums in our house.  We have a local one that’s free and open only 4 days a week…and we go EVERY week.  Seattle has one that’s a boat ride away and we’ve been pass holders.  Tacoma has one that is paired with a zoo and that’s just a quick drive away.  And […]

Kid Products We Like

Before you jump in a lake, let somebody else test the water for frigid temperatures or piranhas.  Same goes for helpful ways to navigate the world of occupying a child.   The kid products we like have saved us in some tough pinches. Below you’ll find our recommendations for tactile toys, iPad apps, kids books […]

Camping List Extras

We have migrated our camping list extras into a post instead of a page.  We made this list because after you’ve camped with a child, you can walk away from the experience able to say “Next time, I will definitely bring…”…hence calling them camping list extras. Here is our list of take-aways / surprising things […]