5 Ways Kids Change Travel

5 Ways Kids Change Travel

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When I was really baby-hungry, people used to ask me, “Don’t you want to travel more before you have kids?” As if I was throwing in the travel towel to suddenly live a stationary lifestyle. My answer was always an affirmative, “No.” I wanted my kids to see to the world too and become my travel buddies. Besides, if I did all my traveling before kids, I’d have to repeat all my pre-baby trips anyway. I wouldn’t say I am an emotional person, but I…

Why You Stay at Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego

Why You Stay at Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego

Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, the Best Western Hacienda Hotel is our favorite place to drop our bags. The location is fantastic. You are walking distance from all the restaurants, shops and historical sites. This makes staying here extremely convenient, especially if you plan on partaking in all the opportunities to enjoy wonderful tequilas and tasty yard beers.  Even though we travel with kids, we make our rounds to our favorite watering-holes. If you would like to know where to drink in Old Town, check out…

Ultimate Guide to Disneyland with Kids

Ultimate Guide to Disneyland with Kids

The original Disneyland Park, located in Anaheim, California first opened June 17, 1955. Almost 70 years later Disney is as popular as ever attracting 17 million visitors a year. My Great Aunt Betty took my mom when she was a little girl the first week the park opened. I grew up going to Disneyland and now my family continues to be among the crowd, visiting multiple times a month. We have practically made Disneyland with kids a routine, so we got this on lock and it’s time to share my…

Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Built during the Great Depression, Queen Mary departed on her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1936. This grand ocean liner set the bar in terms of luxury, hosting celebrity guests such as Clark Gable as well as British royalty. The Queen Mary’s days a luxury liner were short lived, because in 1939 she transformed into the Grey Ghost as a troopship at the start of WWII. After her service in the war she returned to serving passengers for 20 years, before docking for the final time in 1967 in Long Beach,…

Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

Welcome to St Pete Beach where the sand is as white as snow and as soft as powder, where the clear waters of the gulf are as radiantly turquoise as they are invitingly warm and where the sunsets are just too breathtaking to be real. Known as the sunset capital of Florida, St Pete Beach has been rated #1 top beach destination by TripAdvisor.com as well as earned a rating of #5 by Travel’s Choice Awards. Parent Magazine even rated St. Pete Beach as #3 of America’s Top 10 Best…

Traveling in Place and Embracing Local Travel

Traveling in Place and Embracing Local Travel

It is no wonder I have a nomadic spirit. Growing up, there was always a new adventure around the corner; somewhere to go, something to see. My family didn’t necessarily travel to far and exotic places (mostly due to my mama’s extreme fear of flying), but we had plenty of fun road trips and weekend getaways. Even on the rare occasion that we weren’t traveling, we were surrounded by the excitement of travel. My parents taught me the skill of Traveling in Place! Airports When I was a child, long…

Best Gadgets for Traveling with Kids

Best Gadgets for Traveling with Kids

Let’s be honest, traveling with kids is not the easiest thing in the world, the linguistics alone is a challenge. With the proper props on hand it is easy to keep everything running smoothly…well as smoothly as possible. I’m a big fan of making things run smoothly and the more I enjoy family travel the more I will be willing to take on more trips with my family. What to know what helps keep me sane? Here are some of my picks for the best gadgets for traveling with kids….

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Community is a small world for a big concept. What is a community? What does community mean to you? What roles do people play in a community? These are tough questions, but today I witnessed almost 100 kindergartners have some pretty great answers. Kids are sponges and it is so important that we allow them the limitless opportunity to explore and learn. This is one of the reasons I love family travel so much. They are exposed to different cultures, food and landscapes; learning to adapt to changes and accept…

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…

Vacation Friends

Vacation Friends

Going somewhere you have never gone. Doing something you have never done. Meeting someone you have never met. Travel provides the opportunity to learn about the world, ourselves and others. When we open ourselves to new experiences we enrich our lives, we evolve and we grow. One of the great aspects of traveling is the ability to meet people from all over the globe. A fun way to make the most of your trips is to be social and make vacations friends. Whether you are traveling with friends, family or…