Archive for the ‘Traveling With Kids’ Category
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
This project is sponsored by Bing.
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 kicking off 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 them 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.
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Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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…)
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Last summer my family and I spent three glorious weeks visiting my hometown province of Nova Scotia, Canada. We spent time enjoying the white sandy beaches, visiting quaint little fishing villages, hiking along the rocky Atlantic Coast and eating some of the best and freshest seafood around. I wrote all about our time on the province’s South Shore here and today I’d like to write a bit about our time spent on the famous Cape Breton Island.
Cape Breton Island is located northeast of the mainland and is connected by a stone causeway. It boasts a rich and varied history which includes aboriginal, French Acadian, English and Scottish Gaelic roots. On the island you’ll meet some of the most open, generous and kind people in the world and have the opportunity to enjoy coastal views that are so stunning that you’ve probably already seen them featured in more than one car commercial. (more…)
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
A few months ago some friends were over for dinner and we were casually discussing their recent trip to New York City when they enthusiastically mentioned how much they especially loved their Big Apple Greeter Tour. I was enthralled as they described their 4 hour tour through NYC—especially Central Park—with a local volunteer that catered their tour to the fact that they were traveling with two small kids. And then they told me that it was free of charge. Yes, absolutely free of charge! (more…)
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Next week, you may notice things being fairly quiet around here. Why? Because, I’ll be in Istanbul. It feels surreal to say that. I’ve known about it for some time but haven’t really allowed myself to get too excited about it, although every now and then a rush of giddiness breaks through. I’ve never been good at being cool.
It’s a working trip. I’m actually going as Dave’s production assistant. For the past week, he’s been in Mumbai filming. Then he flies to Istanbul, where I’ll meet him to help him film the second leg of the project. How romantic does that sound?! Obviously, I’m living someone else’s life right now. Surely, this is not mine.
Anyway, if you’ve been, any must sees I should put on my list? I’ll try to instagram while I’m there! It’s one of the few times I’ll actually have something interesting to instagram. ;)
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
The other day I was thinking about the fact that my twin daughters are about to turn 12 years old. I then started doing some mental math on how many years of school they have left which lead me to figure out how many more Christmas and summer vacations we have together as a family before they leave for university. Warning: I would not advise any of you do this. The shock of finding out how few years we have left as a family all living under one roof, started me thinking about how to make the coming years the best that I can. And since we’re a family who loves to travel, I began considering ways to make our trips even more exciting and memorable.
All this is a convoluted way of explaining how I got the idea for this month’s travel column focusing on some of the world’s coolest and most interesting accommodations. Accommodations such as these could add adventure and excitement to any trip. I know my kids would be ecstatic to stay in any one of these places (even if they might be a tad less comfortable for us parents). But hey, it’s worth it for the sake of family memories and I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love to do something a little out of the norm. Staying in any of these places certainly would give them impressive stories to share with their friends when they get home. (more…)
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
This past Christmas was one of the first times we decided to stay in Italy and spend the holidays in our own home. Although we really missed our families in Belgium and Canada, we ended up having a lovely two weeks lazing around in our pyjamas, geocaching in the local surroundings and visiting the iconic city of Venice for a few days.
When we decided to visit Venice we had quite a few different reactions from our Italian friends. Some said Christmas in Venice is triste (sad). Others said it would be frigido (frigid). Then some remarked Christmas in Venice is favoloso (wonderful). In the end, it was one of those three things. Luckily for us, it was absolutely favoloso. And here was a pleasant surprise for us, the days between Christmas and New Year are considered low season, so although there were indeed tons of people, it was considerably less than usual. (more…)
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
First, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful, healthy and happy 2014. Hopefully it will also be a year filled with wonderful travel experiences for you and your families. I am already busy planning our trips for 2014 and excited to share lots of my new travel-related experiences, stories and tips throughout the year.
Today I wanted to kick off the Traveling With Kids column by writing all about our new favourite family hobby, geocaching. We may be latecomers to hop on the geocaching bandwagon but we are seriously hooked and have become their biggest promoter. The fact that it’s something we can do both at home and while traveling is icing on the cake.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with geocaching, it is a recreational outdoor activity that involves hunting for and finding hidden objects with the help of GPS coordinates and/or smart phones. The official geocaching site refers to it as a “real-world treasure hunt with over 2 million active geocaches and 6 million geocachers worldwide.”
Caches (the treasure sought) are usually to be found in airtight containers such as old film roll canisters or even Tupperware. Inside the containers, which are categorized in three different sizes, there is always a miniature log book/paper for you to log yourself into as well as to see who else has been there. The caches can be hidden in stone walls, tucked under branches or rocks, inside trees, strategically placed on ledges or in any little spot that is safe from the weather or people mistaking it for litter. There are some that are quick and easy to find and others that you’ll spend ages searching for and not find (and that will keep you up at night thinking WHERE COULD IT BE?!). To get started you simply have to register a free account with the official geocaching website and download the free mobile App . These will give you access to the whereabouts (locations) of almost all of the hidden cashes in your area as well as around the world (this is where geocaching can tie into your family travel).
Today I wanted to share our top reasons to become a Geocaching Family: (more…)