When planning a trip to Rome, many people often look for day trips from the city, or other areas to explore. While it is possible to explore Pompeii and even Sorrento in a day, we would recommend spending at least a night in the area when traveling with kids. Sorrento has spectacular vistas, abundant lemon trees, and a charming town square. Pompeii is perfect for kids to run and explore, weaving in and out of the ruins as children would have before it was destroyed. Capri is charming and elegant, a worthwhile boat ride from Sorrento. So instead of rushing through a journey south, make plans to stay awhile and enjoy the area of Sorrento, Capri, and Pompeii with kids.
Have you ever considered a family vacation that goes above and beyond staying at a regular hotel? How about a multi generational trip for the holidays or one with several families where you want to all stay in one house? It can be difficult to find a property that is large enough, has the amenities you want and need, and is conveniently located to the places you want to visit. Families headed to Orlando will be thrilled to learn about The Encore Club residences, spacious enough to accommodate everyone and providing the relaxation you need after long days exploring the area. Top Villas, a luxury villa rental brand, has just launched luxury family accommodations at The Encore Club in Orlando and… [Read More]
When our family moved to the Chicago area ten years ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the wealth of kid-friendly activities the city has to offer. Chicago almost feels like a city built with children’s entertainment in mind. From the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Museum of Science and Industry, the city offers destinations for children of all ages, which makes it a perfect destination for a family getaway.
Traveling with food allergies can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Traveling when your child has allergies can be a scary proposition. Each restaurant you enter is a potential threat to your child. When you grab a snack, it is no longer an easy choice, you must carefully scan each label to make sure the product does not contain something that could cause your child to have a reaction. For those of us who have children with allergies, this is the world we live in. We can choose to be proactive, or we can stay home and never leave again. In the beginning, I wanted to choose the latter. It is a scary world out there for children with allergies,… [Read More]
These packing tips for families will help on your next trip because planning for any trip is stressful, but adding kids takes it to another level. With the addition of each child comes more clothes, toys in every shape and size, and the need for new packing strategies. As a parent you need to have a game plan in place. There are things you will need to do before you go, things you will have to pack in your suitcase, and things you will need on the plane. Here are our tips for managing the mounds of clothes, eliminating the extras, and saving space in your suitcase.
Visiting Rome with kids can seem overwhelming, but it is a wonderful city to enjoy with children, who will love the ruins, the people, and the gelato! The city is beautiful any time of year, but the crowds will vary depending on weather and school holidays. Our best advice is to have a plan and make reservations for the more popular tourist sites, but leave time for wandering the squares and enjoying la dolce vita.
Throughout our travels our children have been exposed to many cultures different than our own, learning along the way to see people as individuals rather than judging them based on religion or the color of their skin. The recent collision of travel and terrorism has created many questions for us as a family. While we want to stay firm in our decisions to travel, we are finding unforeseen concerns along the way we need to address. Every November our family makes it a point to reflect and count our blessings. We keep a board in the kitchen where everyone writes one thing they are thankful for every day of the month. This year, due to the chaos of planning a Thanksgiving… [Read More]
Social media is more accessible than ever, and our phones are always within easy reach, but it’s not always easy to make your travel photos amazing. I find myself constantly snapping pictures on my phone, editing, filtering, sending, sharing, you name it, it’s so easy these days. When we’re on vacation, I make a point of taking my camera with me (much to my husband’s chagrin since he carries it most of the time), because it provides me with many other features I just can’t get from a phone. Everyone wants to capture their vacation memories on film, but how do we make those actual experiences translate to the images that are produced? Here are some tips for creating some amazing… [Read More]
Many years ago, before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. With the birth of my first child, my career came to an abrupt halt. When I sent my youngest off to Kindergarten, I realized I missed teaching and went back to work as a substitute teacher. That’s what I do when I am not traveling. I love my job because I interact with children in our community on a regular basis (including my children’s friends), get to know the teachers in our school district, have hands-on experience with the curriculum, and never have to bring work home with me (which is truly the best part). I am constantly searching for tools that make learning fun. As technology advances, our… [Read More]
We have always questioned, when is the “right” time to take our children to the nation’s capitol? When will they take away the most from the experience? Will they be able to enjoy all of the museums and understand the history or will it just be a wasted effort? We did wait until the kids were older, but found we didn’t need to since there is so much for kids to enjoy in D.C. regardless of their age. One of the most attractive things about this city is that many sights are free, so if you kid throws a major tantrum or complains of boredom, you won’t feel guilty leaving and returning later (or saving it for another time). Washington, D.C…. [Read More]