Yosemite Family Travel Guide

I guess you could call it travel guilt. It kicked in big time last year, when a number of friends were planning trips to Yosemite National Park. At some point, someone asked me what my kids liked to do in Yosemite.

I started to talk about the Mist Trail then realized, though I love Yosemite, I’ve never taken my kids. We live in Northern California. Yosemite is practically our backyard. I got out the calendar and picked a weekend. It was still winter, I had months before I needed to get organized … or so I thought.


Tips for Traveling to China with Kids

My kids love to travel. As a result, we’ve been able to take some amazing family trips. China was the biggest challenge so far. Taking the family to Europe is one thing, but taking the leap to China … it’s just different.

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing opened up the idea of travel to China for many Americans. And families are no exception. Traveling through China with my kids was an amazing experience. But I recommend …


Dana’s 7 Links: Oldies but Goodies

My 7 Links is a great idea dreamed up by our friends at Tripbase aimed at getting great posts the second read they deserve. Bloggers from all around the globe are linking back to oldies but goodies from their past. Amie dusted off some great reads a few weeks ago. Now it’s my turn. Thanks to Corinne McDermott from Have Baby Will Travel for inviting me to throw my pieces into the mix.

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Green Travel with Kids! Tips to Make Family Vacations Eco-Friendly

Earth Day is coming up this week on Friday, April 22nd. To help honor this important global event, I’ve put together a list of tips to help make family vacations more eco-friendly.

Admittedly, I’m bad about drinking tap water when I travel. Clearly, it’s not an option in some destinations, but amazingly, in places where the tap water …


Conquering the Amalfi Coast with a Toddler

The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. We get many requests from our readers requesting advice on exploring this breathtaking part of Southern Italy with young kids. This post is long overdue …

Everyone who regularly reads this blog knows I love Italy with children of all ages. Ironically, however, the Amalfi Coast …


72 Hours in Rome with Kids

Many families use Rome as the starting point for 10-14 day trips to Italy. Rome is my favorite big city in Europe with kids. The layers of history, the chaos, the loitering — it’s impossible to be an outsider here as you are always drawn into the action in some way, shape, or form.

I actually recommend spending at least 4 days in Rome (see my post on creating the best family-friendly Itinerary in Italy). However, I know how hard it is to allocate precious days on vacation and many people end up in Rome for just 72 hours.

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Exploring Lucca by Bike, Must-Do Family Activity

An “I’m grateful for …” Photo Friday is in order on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful for those magic moments when we experience a wonderful destination as a family. Those times when we are all present and savoring a locale together will be much-loved memories forever.

When we were in Italy last month, we had one of those moments biking on top of the walls in Lucca. We did this on our last visit too—it’s an activity that does not get old.


Top Things to Do with Toddlers in London

‘They’re changing guards at Buckingham Palace, Christopher Robin went down with Alice …’ as AA Milne, Winnie the Pooh’s creator wrote.

With its enchanting parks, picturesque palaces and quirky pantomimes shows, London has and will always be a magical place for children to explore. If you only have a few days in the capital with toddlers in tow, here is my top five list of things to do with toddlers in London:


Ski Season is Coming! Resort at Squaw Creek Review

It’s time to start thinking about ski season and to get accommodations booked, particularly for longer stays and popular ski weekends. Lake Tahoe is 3-4 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area (provided you choose your departure times judiciously to avoid peak periods).

I have a soft spot for the North Lake Tahoe area as I grew up skiing here …