Hot RVing at the Newport Dunes Resort

Hot RVing at the Newport Dunes Resort

Growing up in Southern California, I am a total beach-lover and the same goes for my kids! We never turn down the opportunity to be by the sea. Sandy toes and surf hair is a regular look for our family. Newport Beach draws thousands of visitors from all over, why not take advantage of living in a tourist destination, right? Hidden within the Back Bay Nature Preserve is the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. It is the perfect spot for families to enjoy the beach safely, because there are…

Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

Some of us were simply born to travel and birthdays make for the perfect excuse to pack up and leave town. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge birthday party person. The cost to reward ratio is unbalanced. I would rather take the money I’d spend on a party and have a memorable weekend instead. For most of us adults, we gave up parties years ago and birthday getaways are a great way to celebrate. But did you know they are fun for kids too? Yes, kids…

Why You Should Ride ScotRail With Kids

Why You Should Ride ScotRail With Kids

I love train travel. There is something so relaxing about sitting back and watching the world go by (and knowing that I am safely on the ground). I always opt for train travel when provided the opportunity, especially while visiting a place with gorgeous a countryside. While visiting Scotland, it was a given that we would take the train somewhere, anywhere; hence, our adventure on ScotRail. Servicing Scotland’s seven cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling as well as many scenic rail journeys, ScotRail can literally take…

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous castles, is positioned strategically to rise above Scotland’s capital city. For decades this castle was home to royalty and has been at the center of wars, sieges and controversy. Actually, it seems like the Scottish and English have always been fighting over this castle. However, it is now the world that is fighting to get in! Today, Edinburgh Castle is a major tourist attraction.  Although this castle and city attract a ton of people, we had a relatively smooth day. I did my…

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

While sitting on a sandy beach, sipping rum punch and gazing out at the Caribbean sea; it is hard to believe that you are actually on a mountain top. Yes, a mountain top. Interestingly, the three masses of land that make up the Cayman Islands are actually the peaks of a large underwater mountain range with the largest being Grand Cayman. Once nicknamed Las Tortugas, by Christopher Columbus, the islands were crawling with sea turtles. Now a popular cruise ship port, Grand Cayman is also crawling with visitors. In fact,…

Guide to Rving at Vail Lake Resort with Kids

Guide to Rving at Vail Lake Resort with Kids

Vail Lake, a little oasis tucked behind the wineries of Temecula, California. This was the site of our debut RV trip back in August 2012. It is now a part of our regular rotation. We enjoy the open space, beautiful views, fun village, annual events, proximity to town, and the low rates. It’s no wonder why we love taking out the RV for the weekend to relax at Vail Lake Resort with Kids. Keep cost in check: In general Vail Lake is a very reasonable with rates ranging from $45-$100,…

Ultimate Guide to Disney California Adventure with Kids

Ultimate Guide to Disney California Adventure with Kids

Opening in February of 2001, Disney California Adventure stole the show (a least in my opinion). The theme park recently went through a complete remodel this year, whimsically representing California and highlighting the state’s diversity. Visitors can wander through Hollywood, stroll along the boardwalk or hike through the wilderness before taking a break to sip wine in Napa or listen to the Mariachi Divas over a margarita. It is all here to enjoy. I love the vibe at Disney California Adventure with kids and it is definitely our favorite park…

How to Spend a Day in Cozumel With Kids

How to Spend a Day in Cozumel With Kids

Off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the Caribbean Island of Cozumel; one of our ports of call on while sailing the Disney Fantasy. Although this wasn’t my first time visiting Mexico, I had only visited Baja California and the Mexican Riviera before this trip and I was so excited to see the cultural and historical sites of the Yucatan. I love history and the ancient Mayan have always fascinated me. So, when I had the opportunity to travel to this area of Mexico, a trek to the…

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…

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Stirling Castle doesn’t get as much attention as Edinburgh Castle, but after visiting both, I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit to Stirling Castle more. First off all, it is one of the largest castles in Scotland with a very colorful history, but without the touristy crowds of Edinburgh Castle. In fact, Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at Stirling Castle in 1542. It is also the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace took back Stirling Castle from King Edward in a…