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Holland America MS Nieuw Amsterdam Review (with kids!)

We very much enjoyed out recent Caribbean cruise on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam (we have always enjoyed our Holland America cruise experiences.)  As the review below will explain, we had a lovely, relaxed, laid back cruise experience with great days at the beach and in San Juan! Some background: On this cruise, we were a […]

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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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the Best BLoomington MN Hotels for families

The Best Bloomington MN Hotels for Families

Here are my personal recommendations for which Bloomington MN hotels are best for families. Every town has hotels that are great, and hotels which might look great, but that locals in the “know” know to stay away from. I have lived and/or worked in Bloomington MN for my whole life, so I know a few things about […]

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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

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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