• A Magical Christmas in Brugge, Belgium

    When it came time to plan our family Christmas trip last year, we had our sights set on a magical and unforgettable experience in Belgium. The problem was choosing which town to go to! So, being the spoiled and overzealous travelers we are, we chose to visit the three most popular during the holiday season – and we were NOT disappointed. Perhaps we’ve watched too many Hallmark Christmas movies or sang one too many carols over the fireplace – but our dreams of a magical Christmas included all the trimmings. Twinkling lights, frost on the ground, and the smell of hot cocoa filling…

  • Beget, Spain Photo Gallery & Trip Details

    Month: July 2018 Accomodations: Bed and breakfast stone house booked on Hotels.com – Mas La Cabanya de Beget. Shared accomodations in this 6-bedroom house. Our Favorite Meal: Although we dined at the one restaurant in the village of Beget, Can Jeroni which was a delicious Spanish lunch, our favorite meals ended up being the home cooked ones from our Air B&B host. Our Favorite Thing To Do: If you’re into the outdoors, exploring and hiking this tiny village is a real dream! Nestled in the deep woods of Girona, Catalunya, Beget feels like a lost treasure discovered. At least that’s how we felt…

  • Tackling Jet Lag in Toddlers

    The best tips for keeping toddlers jet lag free and parents’ stress free while traveling abroad. When I was in college (sooo roughly 20 years ago, gulp!) my parents took me to Australia on a business trip. It was an early graduation present. So friekin cool, right? It was the farthest I had ever traveled away from home (and still is!) 17 hours total in the air. The other side of the globe, really. And as far as my invincible college-age nose-pierced free-spirited self was concerned, the 10+ hour time difference was exciting! I couldn’t wait to sleep until noon and go to…

  • Plan for Travel Day is Coming…Are You Ready?

    According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than…wait for it…768 million vacation days went unused in 2019. WAIT…WHAT?! That can’t be right. The number is hard to comprehend. Despite the fact that Americans are known by the rest of the world to be overworked and overstressed…,why the heck aren’t people using their days to unwind and disconnect? That can’t be good for anyone’s mental (or physical) health…right? We all need a break! And so National Plan for Travel Day was born. Yup, it’s a real thing! Celebrated on the last Tuesday of every year, it’s a day to encourage (even force) Americans to…

  • Travel Smart with These 7 Essential Items

    Travel Smart with These 7 Essential Items

    Oh the joys that traveling brings! Whether you’re heading out solo or as a group, to deepest seas or highest mountain ranges, the excitement of another adventure never gets old! New experiences, people, food and cultures are waiting to be discovered. But with the joys of traveling also come annoying prep work like organizing all your identity documents as well as PACKING! While no one really looks forward to packing for a trip, the right preparation can mean the difference between a great vacation and a horrible one. What do I mean by that? One word – PICKPOCKETING. Two more words – BED…

  • Stop Packing These 5 Things For Kids

    Whether you’re preparing for a long road trip, a quick weekend getaway or an overseas flight, parents have a tendency to over-stress about what to pack for kids. After lots of travels with our family of five, I beg all parents to stop packing these five specific things for your kids! I promise, they’ll survive without them and you’ll be grateful to no longer stress about them. Trust me, as a mom of three little ones who tends to overthink EVERYthing. If you do a quick search online for “packing tips when traveling with children” literally hundreds of articles will pop up. Each…

  • 4 Unique Ways to Capture Your Travels

    These days, precious family memories are stored away in our phones or “the cloud”. Photos have, arguably, lost some of their value and capturing truly special moments has been redefined thanks to social media. So our family has found a few unique ways to capture our travels now. Over the summer, we traveled back to the states to visit family as we do every August. As I was relaxing one morning at my mom and dad’s house, enjoying some American coffee and oversized corn muffins, I came across a drawer filled with DVDs. Home videos (transferred from old VHS tapes of course!) from…

  • Cruising from Barcelona to Rome

    Month: November 2019 Accomodations: 3-Night cruise aboard the MSC Divina departing Barcelona, heading to Marseille, France and Genoa, Italy, ending in Civitavecchia, Italy (Port of Rome). Lovely experience! We adored our stop in Genoa and could have spent another full day there touring around. We enjoyed it a bit more than the day spent in Marseille as there was not much to see in this port and visitors should be cautious of certain neighborhood areas. Air B&B 3-night stay at Pantheon in the Window, Rome Italy (Truly an incredible and safe location right in the city center of Rome and within walking distance…

  • How to Unpack After Your Travels

    Packing for a trip can seem like a daunting task – especially when you have small children to also plan for. But for many, nothing is worse than arriving home from a trip and needing to UNPACK. My husband, love him dearly, is one of these people. As someone who travels frequently for work, he arrives home exhausted. Understood! Typically, he’ll tear open his suitcase and pull out whatever goodies he’s purchased for the kids, which I find adorable. But then his suitcase will make its way to the floor opened….and unpacked – sometimes for days. He’s not a lazy person! I’m sure…