Learning the balance between planning and overbooking…

When planning travel, especially to somewhere you’ve never been its always extremely tempting (to me at least) to plan out various activities that we want to do. Depending on where you are traveling its not just tempting, its a necessity. For example if you are going to Walt Disney World and it is your little […]

Travel at the Holidays…

Travel at the Holidays, especially family travel can be stressful, but it can also be extremely rewarding. I love seeing how different places are decorated and getting to experience local traditions. Last weekend we changed our plans and spent Saturday night in the Wisconsin Dells. This change meant that we got to see some of […]

A few thoughts on road trips and our Thanksgiving travel

Let me start by explaining that we live in the Chicago area and my sister and her family live in the Twin Cities. We are blessed to have airports with hubs but this does not mean that we have an easy time with flying to see each other. After a flight issue caused us to […]

The Holidays are here again… some of my favorite festive things in Chicago…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and truly it is a wonderful time to travel and see new things. We have a child who LOVES holiday lights. His first trip to Disney World the lights on Cinderella’s castle were the most magical thing to him. And 3 years later he still loves any […]

Travel with toddlers part 2…

My other half had a few additional points to add on the topic… It’s worth having a “travel stroller” which a) you expect the airlines to kill, yet b) has good carrying capacity to aide getting through the airport plus wherever else you are going on your travels. Being able to load up his one […]

Travel with Toddlers

Anyone who has ever traveled with children knows that they can take over. Here are a few tips we’ve come up with to make life smoother! 1.) Get a travel toddler bed. You can see the one we have here: https://amzn.to/34HlLKy There are lots of options out there but we like this one because we […]

Fall Travel – tips our most recent travels

In most of the Northern Hemisphere fall is in full swing. For me this year, this meant that I finally got to take a one of my “dream trips”. I’ve always wanted to go to New England in the fall and see the leaves. This may sound silly but I’ve always loved the different colors […]

The value of a “staycation”

This weekend I was reflecting on the value of a “staycation” aka enjoying our surroundings and not traveling but still doing “tourist things”. How many of us travel to places all over the country and world going to sites and museums, but when we are home fail to visit attractions in our own backyards? When […]

Planning ahead for the “worst case scenario”…

Watching the slow movement of Hurricane Dorian has me thinking about the “worst case scenario” and what to do if you have travel planned and something comes up. I am a strong believer in trip insurance. That being said not all trip insurance is created equally and not all cases require the same coverage. We […]

A few thoughts about travel planning

1.) Whether is a long weekend of a three week vacation, for me the planning is as fun at times as the travel. I love learning about new places & things. But I also enjoy visiting old favorites! 2.) When it comes to travel with children, I believe in starting them young. My son’s first […]