Knott’s Berry Farm with Kids

Knott’s Berry Farm with Kids

Before Knott’ Berry Farm became the theme park it is today, it was once a literal berry farm owned by Walter and Cordelia Knott way back in 1920. Once a roadside stop selling berries, preserves, pies and fried chicken, they eventually added attractions such as the Ghost Town to entertain their visitors. Even though there have been some major changes in the last 84 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has still maintained many of the original fixtures, keeping the quaint country feel that people love. Knott’s holds a special place in…

Travel Is Not Free

Travel Is Not Free

Spoiler alert! Travel is not free. There are a ton of claims out there that you can travel the world for free or nearly free, but that isn’t realistic. Waegook Tom explains this myth in his post You Can Not Travel the World for Free. Luckily, you don’t have to rich to travel either. There are many tricks and hacks that frequent travels learn through experience that allow them to keep traveling at a fraction of the cost most people are paying. Travel may not be free, but doesn’t have…

Sea World San Diego

Sea World San Diego

Sea World San Diego has been the center of some recent controversy since the release of Blackfish, but I have done my own research and found that many of the claims of the film are fraudulent, manipulative and the “science” severely flawed. It is not the purpose of this post to convince you that Sea World is perfect, but rather to share my experiences and give tips to make the most of your visit. Everyone’s opinion is their own and everyone’s intentions are good. We all care about the well…

Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

Sense of adventure? Check. Temporary freedom from work? Check. Loads of expendable cash? EEK! Lack of funds can often derail travel plans or even make the idea of travel seem daunting. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right spot. Welcome to HotMama’s Money Saving Tips, where you don’t have to have a high-income to travel big. Here are my top 5 money saving tips. 1. Credit cards with travel rewards: This is your ticket to free stuff like airfare, rental cars, hotels, etc. Many hotel chains, airlines and restaurant chains have…

Piggybacking Trips

Piggybacking Trips

For most of us, money and time are the biggest constraints to continued travel. Okay, fear of flying is a big one too. That is why I like piggybacking trips. In other words, adding an extra jaunt to a planned trip. Piggybacking trips maximizes time, money and number of flights (eek). I was raised to never let the party end; to always have something to look forward to. A great way to capitalize on travel plans is to extend layovers and see a city that wasn’t a part of the…

Cast of Characters

Cast of Characters

Although there are many more players in the game, this our core travel group. My nephew Shayden thought it would be a good idea for you meet them and so do I. Not only do I enjoy sharing the people I love most with everyone, but I also think it helps bring into perspective the dynamics that are involved with our trip planning. We have a wide range of ages, interests and abilities to consider when taking a group vacation and it is important that everyone from Grandpa and Grandma…