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Traveling with Kids | Amsterdam

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

amsterdam

When people ask me my favourite city to visit with kids in Europe they are often quite surprised to hear it’s Amsterdam. I guess images of those ever famous “coffee shops” and the Red Light District immediately come to mind for many. But besides the space cakes and Peep Shows Amsterdam is a veritable paradise for families and kids of every age.

Last year I took my twin daughters on a surprise trip to Amsterdam as a special gift for graduating from primary school to middle school. We spent three gorgeous days wandering along the canals, visiting museums, eating our favourite Dutch street food and soaking in the laid back vibe that the famous city has to offer. They immediately fell in love with the city just as I did many years ago.

Here are a few top sites, bites and things to do while visiting Amsterdam with your kids: (more…)

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Our California RV Trip | Solvang + Santa Barbara

Monday, September 15th, 2014

solvang

This summer, our family rented an RV and set off on a tour of California to see Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara and LA. We were looking for an adventure we’d never forget, and we got it. This is part three of our trip… (more…)

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Our California RV Trip | Route 1 and Hearst Castle

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Pacific Coast Highway + Hearst Castle

This summer, our family rented an RV and set off on a tour of California to see Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara and LA. We were looking for an adventure we’d never forget, and we got it. This is part three of our trip… (more…)

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Our California RV Trip | Monterey

Friday, August 29th, 2014

monterey california

Last month, our family rented an RV and set off on a tour of California to see Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara and LA. We were looking for an adventure we’d never forget, and we got it. This is part two of our trip… (more…)

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Our California RV Trip | Sequoia National Park

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

sequoia national park

I’ve wanted to share photos from our big California trip for a while now. But every time I thought about what to write, I got completely overwhelmed. It was jaw-droppingly beautiful. It was amazing. It was a trip of a lifetime. How could I sum that up in one blog post? So I’m not even going to try. I’m going to break our trip up because, a. there’s a lot to say and b. there are a LOT of photos. Please forgive me. I hope you don’t mind too much.

First, the back story… (more…)

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Traveling With Kids | Couch Surfing

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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couch-surf
verb informal
gerund or present participle couchsurfing

1. stay temporarily in a series of other people’s homes, typically making use of improvised sleeping arrangements.

Last summer, while visiting Canada, I ran into an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in ages. While catching up on each other’s lives, we shared our mutual love of traveling—it doesn’t take me very long to broach that subject.

That’s when my friend enthusiastically told me about his all-time favorite travel accommodation: Couch Surfing. He told me all about his couch-surfing experiences in NYC and Western Canada and how he has made some life-long friends with the “surfers” he hosted in his own home.

Couch-surfing is a free social website that started in 2004 that allows people to “travel like a local, stay in someone’s home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy.” The network boasts over six million members in 100,000 cities worldwide. (more…)

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Endless Summer Projects | Vacation Mobile

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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This project is sponsored by Bing.

vaction mobile - part of the Endless Summer Project Series

This week kicks off the final theme in our Endless Summer Projects Series: Travel. MJ, Alexandra, Amy, Melissa, and I are each bringing you a project that celebrates summer travel and the open road. And I have the pleasure of starting this party…

Our recent California road trip was one I never want the kids to forget. It included the most incredible scenery that we may not see again for awhile. We visited Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. We saw whales swimming off the coast of Big Sur, dolphins and seals at the beach, a black bear running from a campsite, and trees thousands of years old.

So together, the kids and I created a vacation mobiles. The kids drew pictures of the things they remembered most about vacation and I helped them turn their drawings into something they can hang in their rooms. Now, each kid has a reminder of their amazing and wild California adventure.

ps. California, you are a truly awesome state.

You’ll Need: (more…)

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Traveling with Kids | Musement

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

This post is brought to you by Musement. Musement offers tailor made experience for you and your family that lets you skip the waiting lines. Find reasons to travel at www.musement.com.

a review of musement - a service that allows you to skip lines and offers individualized guided tours

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of trying out a new free iOS travel app called Musement with my family. I have to admit that I’m usually pretty dubious about these apps that claim to make traveling easier, more enjoyable and less stressful. I’ve tried a few in the past and it just didn’t work for me. The apps were fussy, difficult to navigate and generally just made the whole experience feel like even more work than not using it.

So when I used Musement I was pleasantly surprised that it did indeed make our experience much more enjoyable, hassle-free and fun. Musement is an online platform to book museums, shows, art events, tours and special activities. Travelers can book weeks in advance or even on the same day (depending on availability of course). They offer hundreds of hand picked, curated attractions that any traveling family would love such as tickets to Disneyland Paris, Kennedy Space Centre passes in Florida, a 48 hour loop bus tour in New York City or a Two-park ticket to Legoland and Seaworld in San Diego. (more…)

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