How to Plan Our Vacations

Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all. Whether it's taking a family day trip to the other side of town or packing everyone up for a journey across the world, planning a family vacation takes work. Check out our ideas to help prepare for your trip, get there safe and sound, and have an amazing time while you're at your destination.

Go Around the World in a Day at the Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo Right Here

The Calgary Zoo is the perfect destination close to home for those who want a family fun day exploring the animal kingdom! It’s truly a moment where you realize that you can walk around the world in one day. Zoo trips are a favorite among my family. There’s nothing quite like coming face-to-face with a playful monkey or watching the antics of an otter in the water! Go around the world in a day at the Calgary Zoo Did you know that the Calgary Zoo is Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo, with more than 1,000 animals? Take a look at some … [Read more...]

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What Can You See in a Single Day While Visiting Montreal?

Visiting Montreal for a Day: What to do

I get often this question: we are visiting Montreal for one day, where should we go? What are the must see. What are the must things to do? That's a tough question because there are LOTS of things to do in Montreal: with or without kids. You can stay 365 days and you can do 365 things  (or maybe 360). I made the following for people who have kids. Most of my acquaintances have kids so it was easier for me. But the list is valid for couples or singles traveling alone too! Visiting Montreal for a Day: What Should You See? So let's go, since … [Read more...]

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Fly Away to Paradise With the Best Airlines for Traveling with Children!

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Traveling with children isn’t always an easy task. Many parents begin to worry well before the plane leaves the ground. While all airlines accommodate children, it’s good to have an idea ahead of booking which airlines may make the difference between arriving at your destination in one piece and arriving with a smile on your face. Most parents who have flown with children know that other passengers are skeptical of children, and especially babies on board. Isn’t it every flyers fear to be seated next to the non-stop crying baby or the in front … [Read more...]

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10 Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

10 things to do in Yosemite National Park

Are you planning a family vacation in Yosemite National Park? The following ideas will get you covered. Yosemite National Park just might be the United States’ most famous park. In 1864 it was first protected and visitors today will find the natural beauty largely intact. But don’t think you’ll be able to see everything in a single visit. With over 1,200 square miles of land Yosemite National Park is huge. You can stay in Yosemite but you’ll need to make camping reservations well ahead of time as it’s a popular destination. Fun Things to Do … [Read more...]

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Lions, Alligators, and Bears Oh My! Planning a Family Vacation to the Everglades

Everglades family vacation ideas

If you're thinking about planning a family vacation to Florida, consider a visit to the Everglades! If Disney World is your first thought when someone says “Florida” you’re not alone. But, there’s much more to do in the sunshine state than visit amusement parks. Florida’s largest wildlife preserve is the Everglades National Park and for families that want an outdoor, educational adventure there are plenty of activities in which to take part. The area itself makes up 734 square miles at present however it originally was over 11,000 square … [Read more...]

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Camping in Sandbanks Provincial Park: Perfect Getaway For Reluctant Campers

Camping in Sandbanks

And they did it: my friends dragged me to camping in Sandbanks. I mean it : they dragged me! They booked 2 nights of camping in this provincial park. They provided my family with a tent and some sleeping bags. All I had to do is pack my clothes, some easy camping meals and drive to Sandbanks. I really was reluctant to go through the camping experience again. It's not that I don't like camping but it is not very comfortable and I hate bugs. But guess what: I LOVED the camping experience in Sandbanks Provincial park. I was with friends, the … [Read more...]

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Visit New Jersey for a Fun Family Travel Adventure #NJStrong

Visit New Jersey

This post brought to you by New Jersey’s Division of Travel & Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine. I've lived next door to New Jersey pretty much my whole life. I've literally stood in two states at once in New Jersey! Seriously, we have this cute foot bridge near us that crosses the Delaware. At one spot, you can have one foot in New Jersey and one in PA. As you can imagine, being such close neighbors means I've spent a lot of time checking out all that the state has to offer. The Jersey Shore was the first "real" beach I ever visited. … [Read more...]

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Planning Your Eco-Friendly Family Vacation to Mexico

Mexico Family Vacation

Eco-friendly, green, sustainable. These are all buzz words on the lips of everyone - including travelers and travel professionals. When you're planning a family vacation, you'll want to keep that in mind. There are some locations that are really going above and beyond to not only protect their natural resources but encourage visitors to take part and learn about conservation and take part in protection efforts. As the 7th most popular tourist destination in the world, Mexico has taken steps to become more eco-friendly and preserve its natural … [Read more...]

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Sanity-Saving Tech for Road Trips

Tech for Road Trips

It’s summer. You know what that means: road trips! They sound like a lot of fun until you start thinking about what that really means for you as a family. Long, boring, monotonous hours in the rain or on a featureless highway with endless choruses of, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” And all that awful fighting between siblings in the back seat, which threatens deadly distraction to the parent driving! There is hope in this age of technology! While I had those sorts of problems when I was traveling as a child in my parent’s car, we can … [Read more...]

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St. Thomas: Perfect for a Tropical Family Vacation

St. Thomas for a family vacation

Hearing the Caribbean call your family this year? The island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is a great destination for families to consider for a family vacation. Some cruises (affiliate link) make a port stop here but it’s also possible to fly in and spend more time exploring this destination. You won’t need a passport to make the trip if you’re a US citizen and its small size (around 32 square miles) means you can explore and get to know this location easily. Visiting St. Thomas For a Family Vacation Where to Stay There are many … [Read more...]

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