There's an heirloom of sorts sitting in my garage. It's not a necklace or a quilt, but something less traditional: a 15-foot Coleman canoe.
There is so much to do in California, it's no wonder why so many people make it their summer vacation destination. The challenge lies in just trying to decide where to go in this great state!
I longed to be present, to truly engage my husband and children as we explored the coast together. I went into the week with a few expectations but mostly the hope that we'd feel the magic of our first ever vacation alone as a family of four. It's amazing what a little intention will do for your soul.
Summer is the perfect time to travel as a family, but it requires a lot of planning ahead. What I like to do is think of all the scenarios that may cause a complete meltdown and plan ways to avoid them. These are some of my tips for a peaceful and much more enjoyable family vacation.
Some of these theme parks may be closer to where you live, so you can drive there or pay less for a flight, and others are more affordable for families and less crowded, but just as effective in showing kids a fun and unforgettable time.
A week ago, my husband, my three boys, and I loaded all of our earthly belongings (well, it felt like it) into a rental RV and headed out for a 9-day cross-country road trip to see national parks and monuments. Almost every night we camped in a new spot, and every day we went sight-seeing. On the eighth and ninth days we drove home. As fast as we could.
With temps soaring, classes ending and a national holiday hovering on the horizon, a family road trip may be right up your alley. Check out the four categories that are key to happy times on the trail.
Eastern State Penitentiary was once considered the most notable and expensive prison during its heyday and a model for over 300 other prisons throughout Asia, Europe and South America. Today, this National Historic Landmark remains in ruins as a museum in the City of Brotherly Love.
Whether your child wants to pretend they are on a pirate adventure, do indoor camping, sleep in a tree house or find themselves surrounded by characters from their favorite films and TV shows, they're in for a treat.
Life is a product of our choices. One of the most important choices we make in life -- on a daily basis -- is what we spend our money on. I choose to spend a disproportionate amount of my money on travel for myself and my family.
Not only do many lakeside getaways provide the same awesome temperatures and activities as beach locales, but they're also often calmer and cheaper as well.
Some people save up for years to meet Mickey and friends at the resort's four enchanting theme parks, two water parks and Downtown Disney. But with so much to see and do at the 40-square-mile resort, it can also zap a family's energy and finances.
Summer is here! And with that comes summer vacation. Whether you're heading to Europe to take advantage of this year's great exchange rates or you're simply visiting nearby grandparents, your summer will most likely involve some sort of family travel.
A recent survey from HomeAway looks at how much "kidfluence" comes into play when families plan their vacations.
Between hiking, biking, rafting and picnicking, there's plenty to do for families. To get started, here are 10 must-do activities to make the most of a visit to one of our nation's most popular parks.
Don't even think about postponing your summer travel ideas because you've got a baby in tow. These picks for essential baby travel gear, from those who make a living toting their tots, will help lighten the load.