Category: travel

Five Quick and Easy Snack Hacks for Busy Families

Five Quick and Easy Snack Hacks for Busy Families that are Peanut Butter HappyMy crazy crew is often on the move, so whenever we get ready to leave the house I have to grab a few snacks to keep everyone happy. When my toddler gets hangry (hungry/angry) I need a snack at the ready. Today I’m sharing five quick and easy snack hacks that are perfect for busy families, as well as a great giveaway from Jif. Read on to find healthy snacks for your people (little or big) and share your own ideas in the comments section.

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Family Travel: Visiting the Rangeley Lakes Region in Maine

Family TravelVisiting Rangeley, Maine

When my sister suggested a family vacation in Maine for this summer, I thought it was an interesting idea but so far from our usual Florida beach trips I could hardly wrap my head around it. Spoiler Alert: It was glorious.  We borrowed a friend’s house in the Rangeley Lakes region and while it was remote and getting there was a challenge, it was completely worth it. It was stunningly beautiful and so unspoiled. The air was fresh and filled with the scent of fir trees. We hiked and played and explored the region all while enjoying time away with our extended family. Read on to find out what we did and find our tips for planning your own visit.

Family Travel Visiting the Mountains of Rangeley, Maine with Kids

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Seven Simple Tips for Family Travel on a Budget


Seven Simple Tips for Family Travel on a BudgetFamily travel can seem out of reach when you are living on a budget, but it doesn’t have to be. With planning and strategy, we are able to have incredible adventures with our family without busting our budget. Today I’m sharing seven simple tips we’ve learned over the last few years living in financial freedom and finding space in the budget for travel. Before I start, let me say that we put travel on hold while we paid off all of our debt and created an emergency fund. While I believe travel is an important part of our lives, it is a luxury. Though we live debt free, we are on a teacher & part time blogger/non-profit salary, so we aren’t exactly rolling in the dough.  If we can do it, so can you.

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Three Tips & Tools to Simplify Family Travel


Three Tips and Tools to Simplify Family TravelWe love to travel as a family, but getting to our destination with small children in tow can be a serious hassle. Today we are sharing three of our favorite tips and tools to help you simplify family travel this summer. As we do every summer, we are planning a big family trip and the air travel portion seems so daunting. That’s why I was so thrilled to find out about the service CLEAR offers and add it to my #ToolsforTravel, and share it with my readers as well. With our CLEAR membership, we will breeze through the airport with no hassle. Best of all, CLEAR is offering a FREE two month membership for all of my readers! Click here to get it and use the code CLEAR2M2.

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Dreaming of a Vacation in Puerto Rico

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine.

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We love to travel with our family, and when winter weather hits my travel dreams turn to warm water and sandy beaches. I’ve long dreamed of a vacation in Puerto Rico and we’re hoping to make it happen soon. Why is Puerto Rico so high on my travel life list? It is easily accessible from the U.S., family friendly, and has something for everyone. Read on to find out why I’m dreaming of the crystal waters and sand in my toes right now. Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.

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Family Travel: Hiking Craggy Pinnacle near Asheville, North Carolina

Family Travel Hiking Craggy Pinnacle near Asheville, North Carolina with KidsOne of my all time favorite short hikes, Craggy Pinnacle is just 1.4 miles with a 250 foot gain in elevation. The view from the top is incredible on a clear day, and the hike through the rhododendrons feels like you stepped in to a magical fairy land. We took our kids this summer, and the Bear was able to hike it on his own at age 3. If you are in the Asheville area, hiking Craggy Pinnacle is a can’t miss hike. Be sure to read our post about hiking with toddlers here, and more hikes we love here.

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Visiting the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, Florida #FamilyTravel

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The last week of our Southern Road Trip was spent in one of my favorite places, the Florida Panhandle. I grew up vacationing on the sugar white sands of the Miracle Strip and visiting the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. I had the opportunity to visit the Gulfarium again with my own children this summer and can’t wait to share our adventure with you. Read more about our beach vacation tips for families here, our beach week meal plan here, and activities for the kids at the beach here.

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Family Travel: First Stop on Our Southern Road Trip ~ Little Rock, Arkansas

Frugal Family Travel Tips: How to Take a BIG Trip on a Little Budget

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We recently returned from a 26 day road trip through the southeastern United States. We visited 11 states, drove over 3000 miles, and had an amazing time. We live on a tight budget on my husband’s teacher salary (plus the part time income from this blog and my part time job with Young Life). We live debt free and don’t use credit cards at all (thanks to Dave Ramsey‘s Total Money Makeover). So, how did we take such a big trip on a little budget? We got creative, kept it simple, and made a plan we could stick to. Read on to find out tips for taking big trips when your income is small.

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The Great Smoky Mountains Getaway Giveaway ~ Win a $790+ Family Vacation Giveaway

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Are you in need of a vacation somewhere beautiful? We are partnering with Hidden Mountain Resort, the Titanic Museum of Pigeon Forge, and Dollywood to give one lucky reader a luxury getaway to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. This family vacation giveaway is valued at over $790 with no strings attached and it is free and easy to enter. We just visited the beautiful Smoky Mountains and they are the perfect retreat and family vacation destination. Read on for more details and enter to win today.

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