Family Travel Tips Archive

It’s time to take the kids on a trip! If your idea of vacation pre-gaming is playing a game of tetris between the mound of gear spread out on your front lawn and the mini-van: you may be off to a bad start. This is Part 1 of a 4 part series on how to travel with families without getting bogged down by all the stuff you need to take with you.  In this article, let’s take a look at some general advice and how to lessen the amount of travel gear you take with you. My husband, three year old son and I have set off on a round-the-world adventure. We have years of traveling experience and have gotten things down to a science, […]

Read More...

Hey guys! Long time no see. I’ll save you the one long “what we’ve been up to” post and just spread it out amongst all the upcoming blog posts of good travel tips and tidbits I picked up to pass on. Let’s just say that 7 months, 6 states and five countries later I’m exhausted! Traveling with kids when jet lag is involved is hard to begin with, but add the stress of not speaking the local language fluently (or at all like when we stopped in Reykjavik, Iceland for a few days) and oi. It’s great if you and your family can pre-game by learning some of the language and a bit about the culture a few months in advance (and there are loads of […]

Read More...

It’s been a while. Life here has been mad with our recent decision to move overseas. We’ve sold the house, liquidated everything we owned and created a large tome worth of paperwork in the form of a “Visa application”. So here I sit, in a vacation rental 20 feet from the beach awaiting the verdict of whether the UK will grant me a spousal visa with a bag of clothes and things to my name. It was hard to purge everything, mainly because I am having a hard time stopping. Just today I took two things out of my suitcase, like I need the room or something. Old habits die hard though I guess. Before I met my husband I had lived out of my […]

Read More...

My husband came through the door Friday… about 6 hours earlier than normal. He was white as a ghost, drenched in sweat and hunched over. He made a beeline for the bedroom. It was the first time in the three years that I’ve known him that he came home from work early. There was no way he was making it on the trip to Disney World this weekend. Usually I would just reschedule, but we were meeting one of my best friends from out of town and her family who I haven’t seen in years. There was no way I could cancel, and even if I could, my husband values a quiet house when he is sick, so laying in bed sick listening to me […]

Read More...

Living in Florida, I had the theme park day packing lists down to a science years ago and have been slowly whittling it away to its ultralight performance perfection since. Ultralight theme park packing lists make sense. Being bogged down by stuff makes you miserable, is really horrible for your back, plus you didn’t spend thousands of dollars on a vacation to constantly count bags, your attention can now be on fun! By going ultralight and keeping things inexpensive, the peace of mind not worrying about losing something valuable during the day is well worth forgoing a stash of gear that makes any self respecting mom on Pinterest green with envy. So instead of spending all day as a packmule under the weight of kids, backpacks and things, […]

Read More...

Travel documents are a requirement  for United States citizens. Whether you need a Passport book or Passport card, the application process for both is pretty much the same. The major difference will be the cost. Do I need a Passport book or a Passport card? Passport cards can be used by American citizens for crossing into Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean or the Bahamas by land (where applicable, obviously) or sea…at least at the time of this writing. You know how Homeland Security changes things on a daily basis. As with any information you find on the web, double check that it is still correct via the first source, in this case United State’s Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website addressing the differences between the […]

Read More...

So you followed the last two installments of Passport Photo Family Fun Options and How to Survive Taking Baby Passport Photos and you are ready to move on to the editing phase? I’ve made a tutorial for you of how to do it. It took me three minutes to edit O’s photo. You’ll need your photos, this template for US Passport Photos (right click> save as) and PicMonkey.com. 1. Download the Template The template found here is only for United States passports. Other countries have different requirements for their size and dimensions, so you will need to find a template that works with theirs. For instance, the United States requires photographs that are 51mm square, where as the UK and Canada requires photos to be 35mmx45mm. Actually most […]

Read More...

What are your favorite ways to save for travel? Mine is selling digital products via Purveyor of Geekery. I’ve earned over $50k in the last four years and am able to focus on having amazing adventures instead of working all the time. Check out the Seller’s Program here. Here are 99+ others: Motivation First and foremost, determine how much you currently spend so that you know when, where and by how much you cut back. Create a overall monthly budget and aim to spend under the amount allotted to each area. For instance, if you allotted $300 a month towards groceries but only spend $280 one month, you’ll know that you saved $20 to add to your vacation savings! Budget for vacation. Work out your […]

Read More...

Whether it’s to visit another parent, a grandparent or even a friend, sometimes kids have to fly alone. It can be a scary thought, the lack of control over a situation is enough to give any parent a heart attack. Growing up my brother and I were the cause of many parental heart attacks as we often made the cross country trek from Pennsylvania to Texas for summers and holidays with family members. This was well before the days of the cellular tech that keeps information instantly at our finger tips, but we…and more importantly…our parents survived. While it can be a bit hard to send your child off on their own accord, these tips will prepare you and your child for a fun plane […]

Read More...

Taking baby and toddler passport photos doesn’t have to be super difficult. If only we could explain that to the babies and toddlers.   To take baby passport photos you will need: A white sheet or non-textured blanket. This MUST be white, no other colors will be accepted for passport photo backgrounds. A camera that isn’t a potato. Photos must be clear or they will be rejected. If you are working by yourself, be sure it has a self-timer or a remote. Lights. You are going to end up with shadows unless you have a professional kit, but those can be removed in a photo editing software, or at least lightened. We took ours with three light sources: the natural light from the sliding glass […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Read More...