The number of new apps I’ve added to my phone this past year is overwhelming. I’m constantly deleting and adding, because I am always finding apps that not only help plan my travels, but are an improvement on the ones I had before. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty on my phone from last year’s favorite list, but here are my favorites for this year. Try them and I think you’ll agree they are some of the best travel apps for 2017.
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.
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? How can you 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.
The south of France is known for its spectacular scenery and it is difficult to know where to begin, but we’ve put together ten beautiful places to visit in Provence. With its rolling fields of lavender, pebbled roads lined with towering plane trees, and picturesque villages, it amazes me it isn’t completely overrun with tourists. Your senses will be on overload from the diversity of scenery, from the azure blue of the Mediterranean to the rust colored hills of Roussillon. It’s easy to understand why artisans have made the pilgrimage to Provence through the centuries to seek inspiration from this landscape. There are many villages, sights, and attractions to see, but here’s a short list of some of the best.
A road trip is a right of passage for many American families. It is a time for families to spend hours on end enjoying one another’s company, playing games, seeing new sights, and creating memories. My husband loves road trips. We usually end up making at least one road trip each year and have learned many things along the way. The longest car ride was from Chicago to San Antonio, and we have made several trips to Nashville and New York by car. Each time I swear I will never, ever, travel that far in a car with three children again. However, we continue to take road trips, so I guess the best thing to do is to find some awesome road trip activities for… [Read More]
Fall is finally here, which means cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Unfortunately, fall can be a difficult season for packing because the weather varies from coast to coast and north to south, so how can you be sure you’re covered? I like to travel with no more than 4 pairs at a time (with one of those being the pair on my feet), so I have a steady stream of shoes I can choose from each season. Here are the 7 pairs of travel shoes you need to have this fall to make packing a breeze.
When school begins, travel gets put on the back burner, but that doesn’t mean learning about destinations around the world ends. In the past, our family has made time for learning about different countries throughout the year. Each child would choose a country to research and we would head off to the library to find books and possibly movies to learn more. We would also search online for recipes and music and plan one meal representing the cuisine of that country. Our children really enjoyed this, but as our lives got busier, we stopped making time for this. When I saw the Try The World subscription box, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to rekindle this tradition.
7 Family Fun Fall Activities in Chicago Fall is a favorite time of year for many families in the Chicago area. The leaves begin to change to beautiful hues, there’s a chill in the air, and there are many reasons to go out and enjoy the weather. We’ve put together some of our favorite activities to get you out of the house and enjoying some hot cider and apple doughnuts in no time. 1. Visit a corn maze About an hour and a half north of downtown and just south of the Wisconsin border is Richardson Adventure Farm, home of the world’s largest corn maze. The place is more than a maze, there is a petting zoo, giant slides, bounce pillows, ORB… [Read More]
Sometimes we discover a product we didn’t know we needed until it falls into our lap. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the one you use all the time and wonder how you were able to function before it came into your life? A couple of months ago I discovered MyPhonePocket, an adhesive pocket that attaches to the back of your cell phone to hold your credit cards, cash, earbuds, whatever you need at that moment. After taking it on several trips, I’ve decided it’s the essential tool for anyone who loves travel. I use it at the gym, when I am running errands and don’t want to bring a purse, and when I travel. MyPhonePocket is the one travel item… [Read More]
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and I’m starting to let myself believe summer is right around the corner. To celebrate, we’ve compiled 15 must read books for summer vacation that will make you laugh and cry, dream and hope, and escape reality as needed. Choose one of these books, find the nearest chaise lounge, grab your sunglasses, and get lost in a great book. Isn’t it time you do something for yourself?