Tips & Tricks

Top 10 Family Travel Apps

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A big part of family travel involves keeping everyone calm, happy and comfortable while exploring new territory—easier said than done, right? Fortunately, family travel apps are at your click-and-call, perched on your mobile device like little knights in shining armor. Springing to action on a moment’s notice, they can ensure smooth rides, trouble-free transitions, access to family-friendly activities, and info on getting around in new places.

Ridesharing With Kids | Does It Work?

Busy metropolitan areas can be great fun for families if you plan ahead and “know the ropes.” But what about getting around on hectic and unfamiliar city streets, with exorbitant parking-meter rates and a litany of rules requiring 5 minutes of reading just to figure out if you can actually park there? Fortunately, today’s world has Uber and Lyft, which can be godsends for families.

Adults, Stop Bogarting New Year’s | 5 Destinations to Share With Your Kids

Grump boy and title "Adults, Stop Bogarting New Years"

From burning scarecrows to sleeping in cemeteries, dropping colossal peaches to breaking dishes, humans have developed a spectrum of odd rituals to welcome in the New Year. In my early twenties, New Year’s Eve was a late-night celebration at electronic dance parties. As a mother in my thirties, I’m just trying to figure out how to keep my kid up past 9:00, so that we can blow a party horn, fling some glitter in the air, and fall asleep watching Rudolf and Frosty’s Christmas in July.

5 Winter Sun Protection Tips for the Entire Family

Family skiing together, looking happy and wearing bright clothes.Sun care is equally important in the winter, especially when traveling with kids

  5 Winter Sun Protection Tips for the Entire Family By Whitnee Jenkins Sun care is equally important in the winter, especially when traveling with kids For those of us who live in colder parts of the country, sun protection may not be the first thing on your mind this holiday […]

Adventures on Purpose: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks

Jar of vacation money.Learn how to manage your time, money, and ambition to make those vacations happen.

Family vacations are put on the back burner for numerous reasons. Soccer season leaves very few weekends open, the dishwasher needs to be replaced taking any wiggle room out of the budget, and the thought of doing the loads and loads of laundry afterwards makes you nauseous. Each of us has our own stumbling blocks that we need to get through to make it happen.

10 Tips to Eliminate Kid-tastrophies on Your Next Flight

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I’m not sure what’s worse: 1) being a passenger on a plane forced to listen to the hysterical commotion of kids three rows back or 2) being the frazzled parent, thoroughly embarrassed by the judgmental looks and comments of fellow travelers. Wait. Actually, I do. Having been both, the frazzled parent wins.  Hands down.

Weight Loss Travel Resolutions | Staying Active on Vacation

Mother and daughter doing yoga at the top of a mountain.

With Christmas over, we are putting together a list of travel resolutions for 2018.  I don’t know about you, but just thinking about a vacation seems to make me gain weight.  We don’t want our travel resolutions canceling out our healthy resolutions.  Many times I have worked my butt off (literally) to look better for a trip, only to sabotage my effort while on that trip. But what I’ve learned over the years is that vacation weight is mostly a mental game.