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New Orleans French Quarter: Local-Style

New Orleans French Quarter: Local-Style

March 14, 2011 7 Comments Before we decided to travel full-time in our RV, Dad and I lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Living in the Quarter is so much different than visiting, as I would imagine is true for any extremely popular tourist destination. For example, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is a hugely crowded tourist bar on Bourbon ...

 

Picking Accommodations for Your Family

Picking Accommodations for Your Family

February 25, 2011 No Comments After I know where my family wants to go, the very first thing I do when planning a family vacation is to decide where we’re going to stay. For us, that comes before researching inexpensive air fare or travel routes. Pick a destination, find a good hotel, bed and breakfast, rented apartment or condo, motel ...

 

Visiting Ground Zero: An Experience You Will Never Forget

Visiting Ground Zero: An Experience You Will Never Forget

February 21, 2011 No Comments The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have become one of our nation’s defining moments. Who doesn’t remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first learned of the attacks? I was at my parents’ house, sleeping off a party the night before. My Story On the evening of September 10, ...

 

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Gardens, An Ocean View, and Tacos: One Day Getaway to San Diego

Gardens, An Ocean View, and Tacos: One Day Getaway to San Diego

February 18, 2011 No Comments Sometimes you just wanna get away, just like the Southwest Airlines commercial proclaims. But sometimes you don’t want to fly, have a limited budget, and a limited amount of time. For those of you living in or visiting Southern California, here’s a two day/one night trip that makes for a relaxing family get away. First ...

 

Mainly Fun – an Overview of Family Places to Visit in Maine

Mainly Fun – an Overview of Family Places to Visit in Maine

February 18, 2011 1 Comment Maine is mainly just – fun. Part of the pleasure of visiting this north eastern state is the variety of activities and scenery it offers. Beaches and resorts, forests, farms, the rugged White Mountains, art colonies and fishing fleets, organic growers and lobster-men. There’s the beautiful wilderness of Arcadia National Park, an under-visited beauty that ...

 

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Kauai – Beyond the Beach

Kauai – Beyond the Beach

February 17, 2011 No Comments We love every Hawaiian island, Maui, Oahu, the Big Island of Hawaii, Lanai, and Kauai. We’ll be visiting Molokai soon, and I’m sure we’ll love that, too. The Kauai we experienced was wet to the north and dry to the south, had a lot of wild chickens the kids enjoyed chasing in parking lots and ...

 

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Bulow Plantation Ruins: Discovering Florida’s Old Sugar Plantations

Bulow Plantation Ruins: Discovering Florida’s Old Sugar Plantations

February 10, 2011 1 Comment   In the 1800s, cotton was king throughout most of the American south. Florida certainly raised its share, but settlers quickly discovered that Florida’s rich subtropical climate made it an ideal location for raising another cash crop–sugar cane. In the early 1800s, sugar plantations dotted the Florida landscape, particularly along the Atlantic Coast. But the ...

 

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Ghost Tours with Kids: What to Look For

Ghost Tours with Kids: What to Look For

February 9, 2011 No Comments They say that every city has its own unique energy. Certainly Los Angeles feels different than New York, and Chicago could never be mistaken for Orlando. But in some cities, the energy feels just a little more supernatural, like something could be lurking behind every doorway. Although these cities may be wildly different from each ...

 

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Nutrition When Travelling: Eating Healthy in Unfamiliar Destinations

Nutrition When Travelling: Eating Healthy in Unfamiliar Destinations

February 1, 2011 No Comments Travel is fraught with opportunities to completely blow your family’s diet. Fast food restaurants and greasy spoons beckon hungry road trippers, while many airlines have cut back the in-flight options to stale potato chips or high-sugar candy. The good news is that it is entirely possible to make healthy dining options during your trip. The ...

 

Where Are We Going? GPS, Maps and Old-Fashioned Common Sense

Where Are We Going? GPS, Maps and Old-Fashioned Common Sense

February 1, 2011 No Comments Those who are adults today remember the ongoing road trip debate: do we ask for directions or not? It was often portrayed as a competition between men and women, with men refusing to stop and ask. Today that debate, once ongoing fodder for sitcom storylines, seems almost quaint. Now the more relevant question is: should ...

 

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