October 21st, 2014 | by Kayt Sukel 2 comments

My kid has always loved the water.  Even as a wee one, he’d throw himself headfirst into any body of water, mud puddles to oceans, without a second thought. But despite that love of water, snorkeling hasn’t always come so easy to Chet.  Maybe it’s the weird mask that sticks to your face like a [...]

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Avoiding Bat Guano under Austin’s Congress Street Bridge

October 14th, 2014 | by Kayt Sukel 2 comments

People head to Austin, Texas for all kinds of reasons. Some come to check out SXSW, the annual music/technology geek-fest.  Others want to listen to some live music in one of the town’s hundreds of funky music venues.  Still others want a relaxing weekend in the nearby hill country–or to see if the town is [...]

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Traveling as a blended family

October 7th, 2014 | by Kayt Sukel Comment

Once upon a time, a single Mom and her son traipsed about the world, exploring new and interesting places whenever they could.  And they had a lot of fun doing it. Since her first attempt at a fairy tale romance hadn’t ended in a happily ever after, she saw no reason to add any new [...]

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Helmet Diving in St. Maarten

September 30th, 2014 | by Kayt Sukel Comment

I am a SCUBA diver.  Or, rather, it’s probably more accurate to say I once was a SCUBA diver.  Alas, it’s hard to find opportunities to get wet once you have kids.  Especially if you are traveling as a single mother.  Too hard to justify the time and the expense. But on a recent trip [...]

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Things to do in Philly with Kids

September 23rd, 2014 | by Jody Mace 6 comments

My family’s week-long vacation in Philadelphia was a homecoming for me but new territory for my husband and two teenagers. I grew up on the other side of the Delaware River, in New Jersey, and spent a lot of time in Philly, eventually attending college in West Philadelphia. But I’ve lived in North Carolina for [...]

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7 Family-friendly restaurants in Amsterdam

July 4th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

Whether you’re in Amsterdam with your kids for a few days or a few weeks, you’ll need to find some family-friendly restaurants where you can feed your crew.   I’m currently in Amsterdam with my 12 and 14-year-old kids, and even though we’ve rented an apartment, we’re still eating out a lot. It’s easy enough [...]

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Eat your way through Amsterdam

June 28th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

Looking for things to do with kids in Amsterdam?  Try a food tour Finding family friendly things to do in major European cities can be… tricky.  In its infinite wisdom, the internet seems to think that most parents are willing to travel halfway around the world with their kids and then play miniature golf or [...]

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Wait. How long is a kilometer again?

June 8th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 8 comments

There are some times when it would be to my advantage to really understand the metric system.  Such as when I am dosing myself with foreign cough medicine.  Or operating foreign ovens.  Or signing up for an all-day bike tour of the countryside around Amsterdam. But alas, much like whether the earth orbits the sun or [...]

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The Mystery of the Giant Pink Penis Lamp

June 5th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment

No sooner had we walked into our charming Amsterdam apartment, than we noticed a decor element that was slightly out of the ordinary. Almost all vacation rentals — at least the ones I stay in — feature at least one tragic decorating decision. Scented potpourri. A few too many duck decoys. A vase full of feathers.

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Getting to Amsterdam. Even the easy way was kind of hard.

June 4th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 4 comments

Even though I took steps to make our journey to Amsterdam as easy as possible (direct flight, checked bags, upgraded to economy plus), it was still kind of a grind. Any time you spend ten hours on a plane going to Europe from the west coast, you’re going to feel it.

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