Stanford University campus tour – 1 day family road trip itinerary

Stanford University campus is on of the most beautiful university campuses in America but I like to bring visitors here not just for the unique architecture of its buildings but for the variety of things you can see and do here. This can be a great one day family road trip itinerary for a weekend…

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Defeat your fear of flying

My heart is racing, my breathing is shallow, my hands are freezing and I cannot think clearly. I am having a full blown panic attack because I am sitting on a tarmac in an airplane waiting for a take off.  That’s how all my vacations start and end if they involve flying. I love traveling…

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Chicago family vacation – perspective of a local

Frank Sinatra once sang that he “left his heart in San Francisco”. I can say the same about Chicago. I lived there for 3 years when I moved to the U.S., my first child was born there and I have always kept fond memories about this city. I will give you advice on traveling to…

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Family road trip across America: from Illinois to California

When my husband got a job in California there was no question about how we would get from our then home ground in Illinois to the Golden State: we would drive! That would be a perfect educational family road trip itinerary: we would be able to observe changes in weather and climate, topography and nature…

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Giant Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks family road trip itinerary

For many years I have been mesmerized by giant sequoias. Imagine: these are the oldest living things on Earth, some of them are about 3500 years old. They were born over a thousand years before Jesus Christ, they saw the dawns and falls of empires and they endured. Oh, the stories they could tell if…

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Family vacation in Sarasota, Florida – fun-filled family road trip itinerary

Florida is a Mecca for family travel and it is not surprising: it’s beautiful beaches, warm waters and thousands of attractions are a huge lure. I can talk about Florida as much as I can talk about California – over the years we visited it a lot – Atlantic coast, Gulf coast, Orlando. It will…

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A dozen tips for stress free traveling with kids

Having been traveling with kids for 11 years now I have tried many strategies to make each trip as stress free as possible until I finally figured out what really works. Here are the best tips I can share with you: 1. Choose a road trip whenever possible. The advantages are numerous: you are fully…

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Mendocino County family road trip itinerary – Part II

If you have not yet read my Mendocino County family road trip itinerary Part I post on this blog you can do so in comparison with Part II post and choose which route suits your needs best. Part II trip follows a totally different route and highlights attractions that were not discussed in Part I. May be…

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Quebec and New Brunswick family road trip itinerary

We have been to Canada 3 times already and each trip was unique and wonderful in its own way. My goal is to have all 3 itineraries posted on the blog eventually  but today I will start with the most recent one – 2 weeks’ long family road trip itinerary covering Quebec and New Brunswick.…

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Mendocino County family road trip itinerary – Part I

Since we moved to California 3 years ago we have been in Mendocino County twice already, both times on long weekends. My other post,  Mendocino County family road trip itinerary – Part II, provides a totally different itinerary and you can use Part I and Part II as two separate events or combine them into…

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