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Publications & Guest Posts
Going to a restaurant with kids can send a chill up some parents’ back. The stress of kids getting bored and antsy, while you spend money on a meal that is hard to enjoy will make some parents opt for dinner at home. But when you are traveling, the experience of new restaurants is at least half the fun. Read more.
Along California’s coast are oodles of awesome beach towns, but Laguna Beach is a special little piece of paradise. Some think that it is an isolated bubble of rich people and artists, but there is nothing snobby about Laguna Beach, which is great news for those of us traveling with kids. Read more.
So much of what people know of Orange County, California is based on what they have seen on television. We aren’t all Real Housewives and Disneyland isn’t the only place to visit (although, I am a pass holder and regularly visit Disney California Adventure). Beyond the crazy reality shows and world famous tourist attractions, Orange County has so much more to offer families on holiday. As a local, I’m going to show you the real OC. Read more.
If you have never been to Southern California, you may not realize that it has a very diverse landscape. Everything from a gorgeous coastline to vast deserts to towering mountain ranges can be found within a couple hours drive from one another, allowing one to surf and snowboard in a single day. Yes, our beaches get the most attention, attracting many tourists seeking fun in the sun, but where do locals get away to play? Read more.
Parents can find their way around new destinations, read reviews, purchases tickets, communicate with loved ones at home, and even work with the push of a button. Kids are now easily entertained as well as educated anywhere, anytime. Long flights, road trips, extended dining experiences, no problem. It is remarkable that children as young as toddlers can work electronic devices like a pro, but it also poses new dilemmas for parents. Read more.
It is not a secret that I love to travel with my family. Embracing new experiences and making memories that will bond us forever. From exploring castles in Scotland, to venturing deep into the mines of Tombstone, to blasting through the Everglades on an airboat, we love the diversity of sights, sounds and flavours that travel has to offer. Read more.
We all know how important it is for families to share meal times together. But in our hectic lifestyles and with juggling schedules it can be tricky to accomplish.That is why my family loves camping. It offers ample opportunity to unplug, play outside and reconnect with each other and with nature. And one of our family’s favourite camping activities is cooking. Kids are eager to help prepare their food, and get to learn more about what they are eating. This truly is a precious bonding opportunity for our family. Read more.
The desert can be a brutal place, but when you drop your bags at these hotels the desert becomes a luxurious escape. I have compiled my favorite go-to desert oasis hotels for you to add to your bucket list! Read more.
“The people make Glasgow.” While that is the city’s motto, and while that may be true today; historically, it was the tobacco trade that made Glasgow an economic powerhouse and led to the creation of the ridiculously wealthy and notorious Glasgow Tobacco Lords. Read More.
The love of cigars is more than just a hobby. For many, it is a lifestyle; a lifestyle with a rich history in culture and exploration. The first cigars can be traced back to the ancient Mayans, but it wasn’t until Christopher Columbus and his crew discovered tobacco in the Americas that cigars gained widespread popularity. The world fell in love with this rolled, sweet smelling tobacco; a timeless love that is worth traveling for. Read More.
The chic lifestyle, the sexy advertisements, and the sleek bottles on bar shelves would make almost anyone want to be a part of the premium alcohol business. Like most jobs, it isn’t always as glamorous as it appears. There is a lot that goes into making a product a success, even if that product is premium tequila. Read More.
The roaring twenties was a time of money, glamour and wild parties. It makes it almost hard to believe that the twenties were also the era of Prohibition in the United States. An amendment that was meant to reduce social problems by prohibiting the manufacture and distribution of alcohol actually had the reverse effect. During this time that corruption flourished and alcohol was easily accessible thanks to little underground operations known as speakeasies. Read More.
Whether it’s savoring that salty Martini or smacking your lips to the tart-sweetness of a pretty pink Cosmopolitan, one thing is for sure: vodka is enjoyed in a variety of cocktails. It is commonplace in U.S bars to drink mixed drinks, but if you were to order a White Russian in front of Russians you may be met with disapproving stares. To native vodka drinkers, mixing vodka with anything but good company is seen as a purely western practice and a major faux pas. Read More.
Sipping on a glass of Irish whiskey is like sipping on liquid history, for Irish whiskey is said to be the “original” whiskey; though I’m sure the Scottish would argue this point, we get the fact that it’s old. Produced by Irish monks, the whiskey was initially clear in color and used for medicinal purposes. There was believed to be very little that whiskey could not cure, giving it the name Uisce beatha, which translated from the Gaelic language means “water of life.” Read More.
We’ve all heard about the universal language of love, so what about the universal love of cocktails? All over the world there is an appreciation for spirits and delicious ways to mix them together. Most spirits and cocktails can be traced back to a specific region of the globe, and on a smaller scale this regional preference for a great drink is exemplified in the United States, as one travels from coast to coast. Read More.
As Southern California resident, it is safe to say that we are frequent visitors to sunny San Diego. Whether it is a quick day trip to Old Town or a weekend long RV trip to Mission Bay, we always have a great time. However, San Diego is rather large and for first time visitors it can be somewhat overwhelming. Read more.
5 Tips for Beach Rving
I love the heat and while many of you out there are desperately trying to survive the blistering cold of winter, I thought I’d send some warm beachy thoughts from Cali your way.Our family has become quite the RVers since purchasing a family RV two years ago. We try to take a trip at least once a month. Although we enjoy everything from the sea to the mountains, our favorite sites tend to be at the beach. Read more.
As I watch iridescent orbs float through the sunset sky I think, “Wow.” In the age of iPads, iPhones, and numerous other electronic devices, something as simple as blowing bubbles can still stir up so much excitement. Although we live in a world of over-stimulation, kids really do love the simple things in life and I think deep down, so do adults. Read more.
For potential travelers, airfare is one of the most expensive portions of the trip, especially if you have a big family to haul around.Most people can find ways to cut corners in order to afford a trip by dining at less costly restaurants or staying at budget-friendly hotels, but airfare is what it is. Suck it up and pay up if you want to go, right? Read more.
A question that many moms ask themselves daily is, “what the heck am I going to feed my kids?”When you take the kids on the road then the question gets harder to answer. What if the trip is abroad, where the culture and food are more exotic and unfamiliar? Where ever you are, you end up finding that there isn’t Mac ’n Cheese and chicken nuggets on the menu. That’s a scary thought for some parents, especially if their children are picky eaters. However, there is a simple solution that requires no travel. Read more.
For many families RVing is an affordable and convenient way to travel, but how do you know if it is right for your family? If you had asked me three years ago, I would have been doubtful. I was raised as a resort girl. My parents were not into RVing or camping or any style of travel that appeared to be more work than pleasure. Although the thought of hitting the open road in an RV did intrigue me, it was just outside my family’s travel comfort zone of no stress, no mess holidays. Read more.
Las Vegas! Just the word alone invokes images of showgirls, casinos, sexy pool parties, over-the-top cocktails and hot nightclubs. Sin City is the ultimate adult playground. So, it is no surprise that I’m often met with odd looks when people discover I actually enjoy taking my kids to Las Vegas. Can you really have fun in Vegas if you bring the kids? Read more.
After many years behind bars, I’ve learned a thing or two. Relax; I’m talking about doing time as a bartender. In addition to making drinks, I also write about them. I’ve combined my passion for spirits and travel as a regular contributor to Cigar & Spirits Magazine and of course my blog. I’ve found that drinks are a great way to learn about history and culture. They not only enhance your travel experience, but can help you create a travel experience at home. Read more.
Swinging saloon doors, gunfights, law dogs, outlaws, miners, and cowboys – these are iconic images of the Wild West, popularized by decades of media and culture. The stories we tell about the rough-and-tumble American frontier are chock-full of masculine imagery and male characters. No doubt that the new frontier was rough, but what about the women that lived, loved, and worked there? Read more.
A quick Google search will yield little results, and chances are you haven’t heard of this little town despite it being the setting of the movie Galahad, starring Elvis Presley. Where am I talking about you ask? I’m talking about Idyllwild, of course! For those unfamiliar, the San Jacinto Mountains are located in Riverside County about 90 minutes east of Orange County. Unlike other Southern California mountain towns such as Big Bear that are geared towards the sporty types, Idyllwild indulges the art lovers and foodies. Read more.
Features & Interviews
Meet our girl Amanda. She’s a lot like us: she travels as much as she can, whether it’s a long weekend or a simple day trip, and her favorite way to explore is by eating and drinking her way around. What makes her infinitely more impressive than us, however, is that she does it with two kids. Read more.
In honor Thanksgiving, Amanda from HotMamatravel.com shared a travel experience that she thankful for this year. This photo was taken at the Rest & Be Thankful in the Scottish Highlands this past June. This trip was special, because it was filled with a bunch of firsts for her and her family. Read more.
If you are planning an overseas holiday one of the best ways to research what to do with kids is to check out a local family travel blogger, like Amanda from Hot Mama Travel. This US-based family travel blog is packed with destination guides, money-saving tips and inspirational stories. Amanda writes about her travels with her husband and two children, aged six and four. Here we have a chat about some of her favourite holidays – and tips for taking the stress out of travelling with young children. Read more.
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