Every family has their favorite travel gadgets, but when you’re planning for a trip, the last thing you want to bring along is more gear. In our family we try to limit electronics on vacation because one, they add more bulk to our luggage, and two, they increase the likelihood of something getting lost. We like these travel gadgets because they are lightweight and easy to bring along when we hit the road.
Best Sights to See in Stockholm with Kids Stockholm is known for its architecture, trendy cafés and boutiques, and idyllic scenery. I did not know what to expect of this gem of northern Europe, but I was pleasantly surprised by the mixture of medieval architecture, modern transportation and amenities, and its natural beauty. Parks are plentiful, there are kid friendly attractions throughout the city, transportation is easily accessible and the locals are friendly and helpful. Our time to explore the city was limited, but after a small taste, we are determined to return to this Scandinavian beauty sooner than later. Attractions The Royal Palace At first sight, the Royal Palace does not look like anything more than a large, stately building in the middle of… [Read More]
Dealing with motion sickness when traveling isn’t easy. Motion sickness can affect many young children because their brain and inner ear can sense motion, but their eyes and joints won’t. This imbalance results in nausea, dizziness, sweating, and sometimes, vomiting. We have two children that suffer from queasy stomachs and sometimes they start to feel ill when we least expect it. How do we prevent it? Well there isn’t a magic formula, but we have many suggestions that have worked for us over the years and hopefully they will work for you as well.
10 Favorite Spring Break Destinations for Families When you aren’t planning on traveling for spring break, you have plenty of time to sit in your warm living room, look outside at the snow and dream of all the places you would love to visit this time of year. Growing up I lived in Phoenix, so our family often planned beach escapes in the summer (spring was too nice in Arizona to leave). During our early married years, we lived in San Diego (near the beach), so we dreamed of exotic spring destinations such as Europe. After we moved to Chicago, we could only dream about escaping the cold weather all winter long. My husband would love to go on a ski vacation, but every spring… [Read More]
We all know it is important to take steps to prepare your home for vacation and make sure everything will be covered while you are away. In the days leading up to departure I often find myself overwhelmed by the number of tasks that need to be completed. Not only are there animals to tend to, phone calls to make, and bills to pay, there are clothes to be washed and packed as well. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your family is ready for their next adventure, so once you reach your destination you can sit back, relax, and know that everything is safe back home.
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Some days you just need a little good news in your life. Yesterday was one of those days. Thankfully, Joanna at Motherhood and Merlot brought a little sunshine to my life by sending a Twitter message saying she had nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. Then, today when I was looking for information about the details behind this award, I realized my friend Heather at Life of a Traveling Navy Wife nominated me two weeks ago and I totally missed it! Talk about feeling doubly blessed. I am honored to be nominated by both women. They have both been supportive and inspirational throughout my first year of blogging and I feel like… [Read More]
5 Tips to Stay Healthy When You Travel When you travel one of the most important things you can try to do for your mind and body is to stay healthy. Most of the time this is easier said than done. On our last trip, one child ended up sick while we were on vacation, my husband and another child were sick the week after we returned, and I came down with the same virus the following week. We were all pretty miserable. There are germs everywhere in our daily lives, but when we travel, it seems we are more susceptible to picking up unwanted viruses. Maybe it’s the fact that we are confined in an airplane with all sorts of airborne… [Read More]
It is such an exciting time for me to be celebrating one year of Kids Are A Trip with a giveaway! Can it be possible that a year has already passed since I began this wonderful and crazy journey to share our adventures, travel tips and tricks, and life stories with all of you? When I began, my hope was to help families realize that travel is possible for everyone if they put their mind to it. Our youngest child has a peanut/tree nut allergy and in the beginning we worried our traveling days were numbered. It took awhile, but we educated ourselves and learned that travel is still possible. Hopefully this past year you have found some travel inspiration and encouragement through Kids Are… [Read More]
Why Our Next Vacation Will Be an All-Inclusive Resort Last month we decided to take a surprise family vacation to celebrate my husband’s new job, and we considered many different destinations. Each one was tropical, each was luxurious, and every single one was an all-inclusive resort, except in the end, we decided to go to Puerto Rico where there are not many all-inclusive options. While we did have a wonderful vacation, my husband and I decided that our next vacation will absolutely be to an all-inclusive resort. The reason: EVERYTHING is included. From the meals to the drinks, to the kids clubs and adult activities, there is something for everyone and I’m not constantly opening my wallet to hand out payment and tips for each… [Read More]
It is not everyday one has the opportunity to have an interview with the Business Traveler of the Year, but today is my lucky day. Heather Wilson is one of those unique people who travels all over the world as part of her career. As a corporate event marketing manager, she actually travels more than her US Navy husband, and was recently named Business Traveler Magazine NA’s Business Traveler of the Year. She is a three time cancer survivor who has many remarkable and inspiring stories to share, so if you haven’t stopped by her blog, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife, be sure to head over there after you read our travel related Q & A session.