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Real Mom’s Travel; Egypt & Dubai

Real Mom’s Travel; Egypt & Dubai by Marcee Foster One of Lalani’s good friends’ Marcee Foster and her husband Lance ...

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Maui…Something for Everyone

Maui… Something for Everyone I (Lalani) am from Oahu, Hawaii.  I love all of the Hawaiian Islands; and Maui is ...

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My Singapore Trip, Top 5

Singapore Top 5…  We decided to visit Singapore purely by chance.  We had 400,000 miles on a Credit Card that ...

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New feelings in Singapore

I just want to share my feelings… Singapore… It is true that I love to tell stories.  If it was ...

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China with Kids…Top 5

China with Kids…Top 5 Our Real Mom for this month; Andrea Cundiff gave us her Top 5 Favorites from her ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; China with Kids

Real Mom’s Travel; China With Kids by Andrea Cundiff Lalani has know Andrea for years.  It has been so fun ...

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Travel to Spain…

Travel to Spain… We love Spain.  My husband lived in Northern Spain for two years while serving a mission for our ...

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Part 2: Waco, Texas

Part 2. Waco Texas Oh Waco… I know my travel schedule is a little out of the norm.  Between work ...

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Part 1, Mountain Shadows Resort

Girls Trips are a Need Yep, Girls Trips are still a Need. I have written about it before, I am ...

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Toronto Top 5 by Real Mom Erika Fellars

Here’s our Toronto  Top 5: CN Tower Tour – this is an 1815 ft-high concrete communications and observation tower in ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Toronto, Canada

Real Mom’s Travel; Toronto Canada Our Real Mom this month is Erika Fellers.  Erika is lives in San Diego with ...

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Orlando Top 5….

Orlando Top 5… Here are my Top 5 Favorite things from our Christmas Trip to Orlando, Florida. 1. The Safari ...

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Surprise!!! Disney World for Christmas….

Disney World for Christmas… This year for Christmas we decided that our kids had enough toys and we wanted to make memories ...

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Venice… Top 5

Venice…. Top 5 Its been such a fun week revisiting my trip to Venice and remembering how much I loved ...

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Get Lost in Venice, Literally!

Get Lost in Venice I  posted a picture last week of Venice, Italy, and asked, “who wants to go to ...

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Top 5 Favorite Trips of 2017

Top 5 Favorite Trips of 2017 There have been all sorts of Top 5 and Top 10 lists this week ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Chamonix Top 5

Top 5 Chamonix Here are Cat and her families’ Top 5 favorite things to do when they are on a ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Family Ski Holiday in France

Family Ski Holiday in France with Real Mom; Cat We met Cat, her husband John and their 4 cute kiddos ...

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Hanh’s Top 5 Hikes in Arizona

Hike Arizona Different opportunities in life bring you to different people.  I was so excited for all the people Lalani ...

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Danang, Vietnam

Vietnam. It’s my week to write about Vietnam, but I have been a little reluctant to do so.  I was ...

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Creamed Corn, A Thanksgiving Favorite!

Flemings, Copy Cat Creamed Corn 2 TBS. Butter 1/2 C. Onion Chopped 1 TBS. Flour 2 1/2 Cups 1/2 and ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Top 5 Fiji with Kids

Top 5 for Fiji with Kids; by Real Mom; Alley Walukiewicz 1. First Landing Resort The First Landing Resort in ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Fiji with Kids

Fiji with Kids, by Real Mom; Alison Walukiewicz We are exicited to introduce our Real Mom for November; Alison Walukiewicz.   Alley ...

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Portugal Itinerary

Portugal Itinerary As promised here is my itinerary for our weekend in Portugal.  I will be the first to tell ...

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A Weekend in Portugal

A Weekend in Portugal My 11 year old son Samuel is very serious about soccer.  He played in a camp over ...

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Top 5… Cambodia

My top 5… Cambodia was an easy top 5 for me this week.  I really had some distinct things that ...

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Cambodia… A Wonderful Surprise

Cambodia… A Wonderful Surprise The activities my daughter wanted to see led us to Asia for her Senior Trip.  In ...

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Top 5 Do’s and Don’ts …

Top 5 Travel Tips As with anything in life, looking back over my last trip there are things I would ...

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Thailand… Take 2

Thailand I say it quite often in our travel discussions, but in case you didn’t know, Thailand is my favorite. ...

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Hong Kong… Top 5

Hong Kong I have been in Hong Kong several times.  I love it.  I love it for many reasons, and ...

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The Beginning of a Trip… Asia

The Beginning of A Trip…  Asia Work brought travel into my life, and as my kids got older, and traveling ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Paris Top 5

Paris Top 5; by Real Mom…Megan Jones Our Real Mom; Megan Jones was in Paris for 30 days with her ...

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Real Mom’s Travel; Europe for the Summer with Kids

Europe for the Summer with Kids…by Real Mom; Megan Jones Megan and Lalani have been friends for 18 years.  They ...

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5 Reasons to Visit the Cinque Terre

5 Reasons to Visit the Cinque Terre The Cinque Terre is my favorite spot in Italy to date.  No one in ...

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See Rome in 2 Days….

See Rome in 2 Days… First let me offer the disclaimer that I don’t think that we saw everything that Rome ...

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Top 5 Reasons to Run a Ragnar Relay….

Top 5 Reason’s to Run a Ragnar Relay…. So, we have all read about Jen’s Ragnar experience.  Mine (Lalani) is ...

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Ragnar… The Race of my Life

Ragnar; The Race of My Life This is a Ragnar experience from Jen’s point of view.  What is something hard that you ...

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Top 5… Road Trip Essentials

Top 5… Road Trip Essentials Jen & I both love a good road trip.  We love how easy road trips are for ...

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Plan A Trip Down the California coast

Plan a Trip Down the California Coast We LOVE driving down the California Coast. My dad is from Northern California, ...

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NYC For Kid’s… A New Yorker’s List

NYC For Kid’s… from Real Mom & New Yorker; Nikki Kelly Nikki and Lalani have been friends since they were ...

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New York, We Love you!

New York We Love You! We chose to hi-light New York this week because of 9-11, and the great role ...

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Alaska Top 5… and Jen’s Itinerary

Alaska Top 5 Mike Seavey’s Iditarod Dog Sled Ride– Due to our inability to plan ahead because of my Son’s ...

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Alaska, Take me home…

Anchorage Alaska… My husband was born in Anchorage, Alaska and lived there until he was 11. We have talked for ...

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Yellowstone Top 5 Favorites

Yellowstone Top 5 Favorties Jen & Lalani both love Yellowstone National Park.  Here is a compilation of their favorites…. 1. Visit ...

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Yellowstone National Park… Jen’s Way

Yellowstone National Park in a Day Yellowstone National Park is a place I have heard from so many people is ...

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Big Sky Montana… Top 5 Favorites

Montana… Hi friends!!  One of the best things about Lalani and I sharing the blog content is that sometimes when ...

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Favorite Activities on Oahu

Favorite Activities On Oahu Here is a compilation o f some of our favorite activities on the island of Oahu…. 1. ...

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Lalani’s Top 5 Oahu Restaurants

Top 5 Oahu Restaurants Here are my favorite restaurants on the island of Oahu.  Some are local dives that have ...

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Oahu…Where to Stay

Oahu; Where to Stay I grew up on Oahu.  My mom is Hawaiian and from the North Shore of Oahu. ...

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The Magic of Disney…

Traveling with Teens… We have taken our kids literally all over the world, and no matter where we are,  about ...

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Lalani’s Alaska Top 5

Alaska Top 5 My family and I loved Alaska.  We had the best time.  Here are the Top 5 things ...

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Alaska Excursions for the Whole Family

Alaska Excursions for Everyone We traveled to Alaska with 28 people.  10 adults and 18 kids ranging in age from 3-16. ...

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Alaska Road Trip for the Whole Family

Alaska Road Trip  Every year at the end of the summer, we ask our kids where they would like to ...

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Thailand Top 5 Memories…

I cannot come up with a top 5 favorite things for Thailand because…  Thailand has a million things I love! ...

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Phuket… Love at first Sight.

Phuket , Thailand Just a little over an hour in a plane (Flying is not Scary, click here to see ...

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Thailand…

Oh Thailand… How I love you so!  Thailand was not somewhere I had planned to go.  My trip was the ...

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Orange County Girls Trip Top 5…

Orange County Girls Trip Top 5… Here are our 5 favorites from our Orange Country Girls Trip.  Our friend, Shawna did ...

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Girls Trips are a NEED…

Girls Trips… Every year about the time summer is ending, and school is starting, I begin to plan a girls ...

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Favorite Ports of Call in the Caribbean

Favorite Ports of call in the Caribbean Here are some of our favorite Parts of Call and activites in the ...

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Disney Cruise…Top 5

Disney Cruise Top 5 1. Remy There are two specialty adults only restaurants on both the Disney Fantasy and the ...

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Disney Cruises…Magic for the Whole Family

Cruising with the Family; Disney Style Disney Cruises… Magic for the Whole Family I should start by saying that we ...

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Traveling to Austria with Kids

Salzburg, Austria…the Land of Music Mozart Dinner Concert When I found out we were headed to Salzburg, I knew we ...

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Happy Independence Day!!!

Happy 4th Of July From Jen!!! I remember the first time I saw the Statue of Liberty.  I remember being ...

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Lets Eat… 4th of July!

We Love Fourth of July!! We love the  Fourth of July!!!  We love spending the day with my family and ...

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Favorite things to do in San Diego (Besides the Beach)

What we love in San Diego I have been going to San Diego since I was 8 years old.  As ...

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Love who you are… in La Jolla!

I heard a song today by John Mayer, and one particular line stood out to me. “Will I dim the ...

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Did You Know… Beaches

Did you know…. That there is a warning system in place at Beaches Worldwide!   The United States Lifesaving Association, ...

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What’s in My Beach Bag…

What’s in my Beach Bag? Jen Says… I have been a mom for over 19 years and in that time, ...

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Lalani’s Favorite Beaches for Summer

Lalani’s 5 Favorite Beaches… Asking me to pick my 5 favorite beaches is tricky.  I am from Hawaii.  Oahu to ...

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Jen’s Top 5 Beach Destinations

Jen’s Favorite Beach Destinations I feel like every time I think about the subject of summer plans, I want to ...

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Peru; Our Top 5 Favorite Hotels, Restaurants and Tours

My 5 Favorites from Peru… 1. Llama Path  Llama Path is the guide service that we used to guide us ...

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Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail There are a lot of different ways to get to Machu Picchu.  We chose to get ...

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Travel to Peru; What You Need to Know

Travel to Peru My husband turned 40 a few years ago.  When I asked him how he wanted to celebrate, ...

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Top 5 Favorite Things to do in New England

New England Top 5… It is really hard to pick 5 things from my trip to New England that I ...

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Find me Gluten Free…And Other Travel Apps

An App for Everything My kids have heard me say a million times, you can buy anything on Amazon…  they ...

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Travel Heals the Heart

Travel Heals the Heart Maine, and the New England area will always have a special place in my heart.  After ...

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Our Favorite Restaurants on Kauai

Our Favorite Kauai Restaurants Here are our 5 favorite restaurants on Kauai.  This is a mix of family friendly counter ...

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Top 5; Kauai Activities

My Favorite Kauai Activities  Kauai is known for its beautiful, natural environment. Mt. Waialeale, a dormant shield volcano in the ...

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Kauai…Where I Love to Be

Kauai I was raised in Hawaii. My mom is half Hawaiian. She was born and raised on the North Shore ...

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Jen’s Top 5 Summer Family Destinations

Favorite Summer Family Travel Destination; Jen I have enjoyed Lalani’s picks for summer family travel, as well as her posts ...

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Oregon Coast Road Trip; Top 5

Oregon Coast Road Trip; Top 5   1. Oregon Blueberry Picking; On the Oregon Coast, one of my kid’s favorite ...

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Road Trip the Oregon Coast

Summer Road Trip; the Oregon Coast… As I mentioned in my post on great summer destinations; here, the Oregon Coast ...

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Summer Destinations for the Whole Family…

It’s Almost Summer!! Ok, so my kids have just one week left of school (insert a panicked face). I love ...

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Cuba…Thats A Wrap

Traveling to Cuba… Cuba was a place that stretched my emotions. I felt excitement, fear, love, compassion, awe, sadness, wonder, ...

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Cuba Top 5; things you need to know…

Visiting Cuba is a no brainer, it has history, beauty, old cars and freindly people. As we raced to see ...

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Welcome home…

I always, 100% of the time feel relieved, and grateful to be home in the US after an International trip. ...

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Southwest at a glance…

Southwest Airlines No Assigned Seats, Board by Groups and Numbers, 24 hr. advanced check in available. The earlier you check ...

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First, you need a Visa…

The first step to Cuban Travel, is a Visa. Due to the fact there are still sanctions in place between ...

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Let’s go to Cuba…

I find that in daily life it’s so easy to find reasons that we shouldn’t do things.  We are too ...

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Rocky Point Top 5…

 Ok, so our trip to Rocky Point was hosted (sponsored) by the Puerto Peñasco Convention and Visitors Bureau. They invited ...

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Driving to Mexico…what you need to know.

1. Mexican Insurance.  You must have Mexican Insurance if you are driving your own vehicle into Mexico. This is NOT ...

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Arizona’s Beach

Jen says… I have been going to Rocky Point since I was a teenager. I have watched Sandy Beach (the ...

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Top 5… Things you need to know about Asia

Top 5 things you need to know about Asia… 1. You must pre-arrange transportation from the airport to your hotel, ...

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Renew your Passport Early…

Did you know… That if your Passport Expires in 2017 or 2018, you should give yourself extra time to renew, ...

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Do Not Let Them Win…

Do Not Let Them Win… I have been sitting at my computer for days trying to finish up my thoughts ...

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Something more…than soccer

The soccer match that we were going to was between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco and was being held in ...

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Last Minute Germany | Netherlands…Top 5

1. La Perla Restaurant; it was SO good. I would eat there again and again. It’s located in the Jordaan ...

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Last Minute Travel without breaking the bank…

Here are some of the strategies that we used when planning our last minute trip to Germany and the Netherlands ...

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Last Minute Anyone…?

Nate and I love soccer. And we REALLY love European soccer. There is a tournament in Europe called the Champions ...

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Massages gone wrong…

My first overseas trip  to Asia was full of adventure! From a Taxi Cab Hi-Jacking, to a plane ride where ...

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Jen’s Top 5 Reasons…Traveling is good for you!

Jen’s Top 5 Reasons Traveling is Good for you… Traveling Opens up the Communication in our Families. Kids are busy ...

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I used to be afraid to fly…

One of the biggest hurdles for me to overcome when traveling is flying. I kinda hate it…. I don’t love ...

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Travel is a Need…

For me, Travel has become a NEED. In a society of Wants vs. Needs, I think most things can go ...

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The Golden Arches

  I AM NOT…a McDonald’s fan, no offense. We never eat at McDonalds when we are home. Ever. My kids ...

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Europe Road Trip; Top 5

1. European Soccer Fans are awesome! We love soccer so much and they love it more, it’s the best. 2. ...

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Things To Know…European Road Trip

Flights to London are generally more expensive than other places in Europe. This is due to Britain’s expensive Airport Passenger ...

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Where Should We Go?

I have asked myself this question a million times. There are so many places I want to go. So many ...

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Why Start A Blog?

A few years back I started a blog to tell of my travels overseas, and keep a journal of all the ...

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Is it hard to pack for you?

Packing.... Maybe the only part of a trip that is no fun to me. Planning a trip is fun, It involves combing through information looking for the perfect fit to the experiences I want to have.
The actual traveling... well that takes me where I want to go, and brings me home to the people I love. Packing though, bites!

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Travel Tips

1. When flying to Europe, be aware that flights to or even connecting thru London are often more expensive than flights to other parts of Europe.
2. When using miles for either flights or hotels it pays to book early. Flights and some hotels only have a certain number of seats/rooms reserved for people using points. The earlier you book, they more likely you are to get the reservation that you want and especially when using airline miles; you will spend less points.
3. Don't underestimate airlines like Southwest or Virgin. They don't show up on all of the travel sights but can have some great deals. It's always worth it to shop their prices too
4. Try using kiwi.com or momondo.com to look for flight options. They are hit or miss, but occasionally can have some really great deals. Be aware that they do utilize budget carriers which do not have all of the same amenities as major airlines.