Traveling with children through the airport

Traveling with Children: The Airport with Toddlers

I have been asked for advice about our experiences in traveling with children.  The question has to do with the specific logistical challenges involved with traveling with children through the airport (I am going to write a separate post with tips for keeping kiddos happy on the airplane soon).  Here is a round up of our hard won advice […]

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Taking Kids on a Cruise

Why We Are Taking Kids on Cruise

A co worker asked me today, “So, who is watching your kids when you go on your cruise?”  I replied that we were taking kids on cruise, and her immediate repsonse was, “Why?  That isn’t going to be much of a vacation!” I was very confused about her response. I thought about it for a […]

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Baby Cruising: Tips for Cruising with a Baby and a Toddler

We learned a lot about baby cruising on our recent Holland America cruise to the Caribbean!  Here are our most important lessons: Avoid the buffet:  This seems completely counter intuitive, I know.  It seems like the buffet would be an ideal place to dine with little ones, expesically compared to a long, sit down breakfast […]

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Minneapolis Airport MSP

MSP Airport Tips and Secrets for those passing through for TBEX

I am happy to welcome those of you coming to MSP for TBEX to my home turf!  MSP is my home airport, and I am happy to share some tips for you for the time that you spend here in passing through (these tips are for those flying into Terminal 1…if you are flying on […]

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Off the Beaten Path Orlando: A Cheap Day Trip

Orlando can be an expensive destination!  Theme park tickets, meals, hotels can all eat into your budget and make you feel like your pockets must have holes in them the the money is just falling out! If you are looking for a cheap, low key afternoon of escape from theme park induced madness (or looking […]

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Our Iceland Road Trip Tour Wishlist: Getting on and off the beaten path

Iceland has been on our travel bucket list for a long time. The other worldly looking landscapes and iconic photos of the indescribably beautiful waterfalls and other scenery that I see other travel buddies taking have stirred our pot of wanderlust more than once. Iceland is beautiful, but Iceland has always been one of those […]

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Travel Inspiration: Seeing Your Home Country with a Whole New Perspective

Sorry, I am about to go off on a rant here.  Bear with me while I roll out some travel inspiration and/or something to think about while you are here chez moi. Sometimes I think that it just isn’t fair.  I have traveled all over the world and seen some great systems in place in other countries for taking […]

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Things to do in Nice France on a Budget

Things to do in Nice France on a Budget

France can be expensive, but Nice can be a budget travel oasis in an otherwise expensive country for thirsty, cash strapped travelers.  There are a lot of great things to do in Nice France even if your budget is a little slim! Here are some budget travel tidbits that I picked up while traveling in Nice […]

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Things to do in Nice France: Easy Daytrips

Nice is nice, don’t get me wrong.  There are plenty of things to do in Nice to keep you busy for a while.  If getting out of the city is your thing, though, or you would like a change of scenery, Nice is ideally situated for taking day trips. Easy connections by train (even more […]

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When Off the Beaten Path Restaurant Plans Go Wrong

I am very proud of my “hole in the wall” radar, that finely honed sense that sets alarm bells blaring in my head when we run across one of those great, off the beaten path sorts of places. You know which ones I am talking about – those places that have been there forever and are […]

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Budget Travel Tips: Why you HAVE to rent an apartment or house for your next escape!

I am going to share with you one of our favorite budget travel tips that will change the way that you travel. I have always thought about renting an apartment during our travels, but we have generally ended up staying in hotels because of cost and convenience. This time was different.  Because of the baby, […]

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The Realities of Traveling with Baby

Different.  Not better or worse, but traveling with baby is definitely different. We trudged from the airport weighted down with all of our bags, the baby in his pouch on my chest because the stroller was being used to portage our caravan of accouterments, extra suitcases of baby food and other supplies and a car […]

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The Best Restaurants in Santorini and Crete: A Foodie’s Tour

Greece is popular place for sun worshiping beach lovers, but it has a double identity..thanks to the mild climate and fertile soil, this sun drenched country has amazing local produce which also make it an off the beaten path, culinary adventure waiting to be experienced. Let’s start our mouth watering, culinary tour of the best restaurants […]

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Travel in Focus: Things to do in Dublin

Travel in Focus is a monthly feature highlighting the best travel tips and suggestions for a particular place from around the web.  Check out the internet’s best travel writing about Dublin to help you plan your trip!  This month’s theme will help you find the best things to do in Dublin Ireland! Things to do […]

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Carcassonne Castle at night from the main gate

Five Travel Destinations that I Would Love to Return To!

These five travel destinations hold a special place in my heart!  What are your favorite places to travel? Carcasonne, France:  This medieval, Carcasonne’s impressive 3 kilometers of defensive walls and its castle have stood solidly protecting the medieval city since the 3rd century.  A visit to this fairy tale kingdom will make you feel like […]

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Flowers In Nice France

Do You Want your Travel Experience From an Eye Dropper or a Bucket?

We used to do busy trips.  You know exactly the kind that I am talking about.  When there is just so much that you HAVE to see, and so little time to see it in that you cram your schedule full from morning until night so that you don’t feel like anything was left out. […]

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Lavender, Cote du Rhone, France

Nice is nice! Escaping on a French Holiday!

France is whispering in my ear.  “Come, Mon Cherie, visit me please?  It has been too long since you enjoyed my fine wines, luscious foods and excellent pastries“. Really, I am spoiled.  It has been too long.  It has been two years since our last international adventure.  Pregnancy, then baby took its toll on my […]

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Markets of the World: Columbia Road Flower Market in London

When I visited East London last November, one of the recommendations that popped up time after time were the London markets located in the East End. I went to several of them over the weekend (some are exclusively either on Saturdays or Sundays), and far and away, the prettiest market in London that I visited […]

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Markets of the World: Mercado Hidalgo, Tijuana Mexico

A sunny Tuesday morning my husband and I decided to cross the border to Tijuana, Baja California. Our car was left at one of the parking lots in San Diego and a short bus ride took us to the center of town. The walk between the Centro and the Zona Rio is less than a […]

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A Guide to the Best Things to do in Australia – What You Need to Know Before Travelling

If Australia is on your bucket list then you are definitely not alone. Every year over 6 million people visit Australia to take in its natural wonders and explore its undeniable beauty. Before we discuss the best things to do in Australia, it is important to address some of the questions which create silly Australian […]

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