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 […]

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 […]

A friendly reminder about hiking safety and family travel tips

We always are traveling with friends or family, internationally and locally.  Not everything we do is a group activity, but a lot of things are.  Hiking as a group is always fun and usually is uneventful, but every now and then something happens and that’s when you have to think about hiking safety. Hiking in […]

Stanley products: #Stanleyness & useful dad-gear for dadding

Probably the best thing about being a blogger is getting to tell stories about what we do every day instead of just keeping it to ourselves. We love talking to people!  Having a blog to share our ideas, tips, and just fun times is great. One of the things that we get to share about […]

Why you must stop at Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park

Everybody seems to have an opinion about overrated sights and places to visit.  Roadside attractions are totally cliched to stop at, but why not stop?  Viewpoints on highways that have pull-outs are usually there because the view is incredible.  Why wouldn’t you want to stop at a vista like that’s “like woah”?  Tunnel View in […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kayaking in the Pacific Northwest: just dipping the toe into it

Originally written for TrippinTwins travel blog. The Seattle area is best seen from the water:  sailing, on a ferry, or on a kayak.  Just short drives from the city are countless islands and bays to explore.  Across the Puget Sound are the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas, which are dotted with lakes and waterways, ready to be […]

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 […]