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7 Ways to Make Christmas Holidaying Affordable for the Family

Posted by on 2:26 pm in Blog, Family Travel | 10 comments

7 Ways to Make Christmas Holidaying Affordable for the Family

Some of my most cherished memories I have are of the holidays I’ve been on with my kids over Christmas.

We’re by no means a rich family, but we try to get away every year, even just for a few days. Here’s what’s worked for us.

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Family Fun in Santa Cruz, Carlsbad, Fresno, Costa Mesa and Obispo

Posted by on 9:27 pm in Family Travel | 2 comments

Family Fun in Santa Cruz, Carlsbad, Fresno, Costa Mesa and Obispo

My family recently had a travel planning session over Sunday dinner. We threw around ideas for the family vacation we take every five years. Our trips are unique because they have to appease everyone from age six to seventy years old.

I did my research and suggested the California coast. These are some of the cool destinations I found that would make great family vacation spots.

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Family Travel Inspiration: 7 Trips And Outdoor Adventures

Posted by on 7:26 pm in Blog, Ecuador, Family Travel, Nicaragua, Thailand, United States | 12 comments

Family Travel Inspiration: 7 Trips And Outdoor Adventures

When planning family trips, it’s best to keep kids busy with activities from crafting and music lessons to hiking and swimming. No one wants to hear, “Mom, I’m bored” while lounging beach side with a cocktail in hand.

Travel is one of the most fun ways for a parent to share the cultures and natural wonders of the world. These destinations are safe for kiddos, catering to the picky eaters, adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, and beach bums too. Not only will kids be welcome, they’ll find programs and excursions designed just for them on each of these global adventures.

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The Best US Travel Locations for Outdoorsy Families

Posted by on 4:37 pm in Family Travel, Travel Tips | 18 comments

The Best US Travel Locations for Outdoorsy Families

Your family deserves a break. Not just from the rigors of everyday life, but from the traditional tried and tired vacations of past years. Sure, visiting amusement parks provides excitement and summer nights at beach condominiums offer entertainment, but no vacation is as rewarding as the one that delivers outdoor activities, breath-taking beauty, and nature exploration all in one.

Extended stays in open-air environments are on the rise. Whether it’s hiking during the weekend or fishing on your trip to the lake, many are opting for a close encounter with nature rather than a hectic getaway to a touristy trap. This year, skip the headache of planning your trip to an expected destination and instead travel to nature’s backyard.

Not sure where to start? No worries, we’ve listed a few of our favorite places to try.

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5 Incredible Places for a Family Activity Holiday

Posted by on 10:45 am in Family Travel, Travel Talk | 2 comments

5 Incredible Places for a Family Activity Holiday

You may think that exotic destinations like Africa and Asia are too risky for travelling with children but many travel companies are now catering their activities to suit explorers of all ages.

So do some research before hand and take the whole family along content in the knowledge that everyone’s needs will be taken care of on your family holiday.

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The Type of Traveler Who is Suited to an All Inclusive Holiday

Posted by on 7:49 pm in Accommodation, Blog, Family Travel | 22 comments

The Type of Traveler Who is Suited to an All Inclusive Holiday

Just like everything in life, there are both pros and cons to taking an all inclusive holiday. Some people love them, some people are vehemently against the thought, and the rest tend to fall somewhere in the middle.

But when it comes down to it, there is no right or wrong way to travel, and an all inclusive holiday could genuinely be for you. Even if you’re a traveler who generally prefers to explore a destination thoroughly, go sightseeing every day, eat street food, meet locals, and discover locations off the beaten path which put you well away from your resort or hotel.

All inclusive holidays are a fabulous choice for the following types of travelers. Are any of these you?

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Embrace Local Travel: Take a MicroAdventure in 2016

Posted by on 10:39 am in Adventure Travel, Blog, Family Travel, Writers | 30 comments

Embrace Local Travel: Take a MicroAdventure in 2016

Usually when we think of “adventure” we think of epic international journeys. Trips which take 2-3 weeks, which see us travel to faraway lands, and which take months and months to plan. Though people often overlook the fact that adventure can be sought much closer to home too.

You don’t have to travel halfway across the world to seek adventure – traveling locally counts as travel too. Hundreds of thousands of travelers and tourists pay huge amounts of money to make it across the globe to visit your tiny corner of the world each year, so why would you not take advantage of your location and explore too? Even if it is technically “home”?

This is what we call a MicroAdventure. It could be local, it could be overnight, it could be for a couple of days. It doesn’t have to be expensive, well planned or far away. It’s about ‘just doing it’ and exploring new places and environments that are close to home.

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Tips For Traveling While in Debt

Posted by on 1:31 pm in Blog, Budget Travel, Family Travel, Travel Tips | 31 comments

Tips For Traveling While in Debt

As the new year approaches, many will be sitting down and creating their list of resolutions for 2016. Those itching to see the world are likely to have “travel” somewhere on that list, but this probably appears after the resolution to become debt free.

But you don’t actually have to be debt free to travel! Everything we need in order see the world can be ours for cheaper than it ever has been before, and there are many people out there experiencing the world while still actively paying off their debt. I traveled for 5 years before I was debt free.

Traveling while still paying off debt is not only possible, but often very affordable. With some research, a little planning, and the below tips, you can manage to pay off your debt while exploring the world too!

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Travel With a Portable Washing Machine: The Best Way to Do Laundry Abroad!

Posted by on 1:40 pm in Blog, Eco Tourism, Equipment Reviews, Family Travel, Reviews, Travel Tips | 84 comments

Travel With a Portable Washing Machine: The Best Way to Do Laundry Abroad!

There’s nothing I hate more than having to hand-wash while traveling. The skin on my knuckles gets rubbed raw, my nails get bent out of shape, and it’s usually done in the dirty sink of a shared hostel bathroom. Or a questionable looking lake. Though hand-washing is a necessarily evil when on a long trip/trek where you have to pack light and can only travel with a couple of pairs of clothes. And hundreds of travelers put up with it. Not any more.

In 2010, one Aussie traveler came up with a brilliant idea. A concept which would allow travelers to do their laundry on the road for free, and be able to wash clothes while traveling without having to use a dirty sink.

Weighing less than an apple, the Scrubba Wash Bag is a pocket-size device that allows you to wash your clothes and travel clean, light and free. Designed for travelers, trekkers and campers, the secret to its ingenuity is the hundreds of resilient nobules that act like a flexible washboard, a fusion of old and new technology, that allows you to wash your clothes in minutes. Though unlike a traditional washboard, you can easily slip it into your backpack.

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Tips For Booking Accommodation in the Holidays

Posted by on 12:43 pm in Accommodation, Blog, Family Travel, Travel Tips | 34 comments

Tips For Booking Accommodation in the Holidays

As the holidays approach, destinations around the world are gearing up for the busiest time of the year, and prices on everything from flights to accommodation and food are getting ready to soar. It’s all well and good to advise that traveling during off season is the best way to score a cheaper vacation, though many travelers don’t actually have a choice, and especially for families with children, it’s impossible to avoid planning your travel over school holidays or during the Christmas and New Years break.

Though there are still a number of ways you can ensure a fabulous and affordable vacation even when traveling during peak season, and there are always ways to make your holiday dollars go further by thinking outside the box.

When it comes to travel, accommodation can easily make up the majority of your holiday costs, and your accommodation can make or break an entire holiday. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning on staying in a bungalow, a villa, a B&B or even a yurt; it’s important to make good decisions when it comes to planning your stay. To this end, use the following tips when booking holiday accommodation to guarantee a successful break.

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