5 Best Family Trips from Kensington Tours

March 19th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment

This summer, why not let someone else sweat the details? For families considering an adventure vacation, I highly recommend Smart Parents Guide sponsor Kensington Tours.  They organized our private guided trip to Thailand, and every detail was perfect.  Even better, it was surprisingly affordable. While they’ll take you pretty much anywhere in the world, some [...]

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5 Common Myths about Group Travel

March 10th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

When I told friends that I was traveling to Scotland on a luxury escorted group tour, I got a lot of blank stares.  Why would a savvy world traveler like me subject herself to a slow bus, a rigid schedule, and the company of strangers? Obviously, group travel has a little bit of an image [...]

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Things to do in Chincoteague with kids

March 4th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 7 comments

Chincoteague Pony Centre

Wild ponies, windswept beaches, and playful dolphins When I was a kid, there were two kinds of girls: horse lovers, and the rest of you. Even though this was the mid-70s, Misty of Chincoteague, the Newbery-winning book that Marguerite Henry penned in 1947,  was our bible. (For those of you who didn’t grow up with [...]

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7 Great Family Trips from Backroads

March 3rd, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

If you’re the planner-in-chief for an active family like I am, you know it’s a ton of work.  A ton of work for which you won’t get much sympathy from anyone. What you need is a shortcut, like the newly published Smart Parents’ Guide to Family Adventure Vacations, a great source of been-there-done-that ideas of where [...]

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The Smart Parents Guide to Family Adventure Vacations

January 23rd, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 5 comments

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Like this blog?  Get the guide! If you’re anything like me, there’s a sharp demarcation between how you traveled before you had kids and how you travel now.  Before kids, I buzzed into Alaska’s wilderness on a propeller plane and landed on a river sandbar.  After kids, I rented a lot of condos on Kauai. [...]

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Looking for things to do in LA? Take a tour of Hollywood!

January 16th, 2014 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

Seeing the Hollywood sign is a fun thing to do in LA

Looking for things to do in LA with kids? Take a tour of Hollywood! Even if you’ve visited Los Angeles 100 times, you’ll see new things and learn.

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Taking a whale watching cruise in San Diego with kids

December 2nd, 2013 | by Julie Breitigan Comment

whale watching with kids

A few months ago, we visited San Diego during the annual whale migration months and joined Hornblower for their 3.5 hour whale watching cruise. Ideally, hubby would have been aboard, but he was working and I am incapable of passing by opportunities, so off I went with my 3 little ladies (ages 6, 5 and [...]

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RV Rental for Beginners

November 19th, 2013 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

My kids get excited and jealous every single time they seen an RV on the road or at a campsite.  I’ve never been quite as tempted by RV rental. “Just look at it,” they swoon.  “It probably has a microwave and a bathroom!” At the risk of being predictable, the fact that we don’t have [...]

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Things to Do in Washington, D.C.

October 29th, 2013 | by Jamie Pearson 5 comments

Looking for things to do in Washington, D.C. with (or without) kids?  It’s incredibly hard to choose — I know because I just did it.  We saw about 30 Washington, D.C. attractions in 7 days, so I’m a semi-expert on things to do and things to skip. When planning a good trip to D.C., think [...]

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How to Stop Mosquito Bites from Itching

September 12th, 2013 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

Got bites?  Try these fast-acting, medicated Itch Relief Patches  I am not a person who usually suffers from mosquito bites.  The reason for this is two-fold:  1) I don’t taste very good, and 2)  my husband and children do.  Mosquitoes will practically knock me down to get to them. Just one of my many genetic [...]

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