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Hong Kong in 48 hours With Kids

We had 48 hours in Hong Kong on our way to Cambodia, and wanted to be sure we hit the ground running with a productive plan.  Hong Kong is such a mixture of old and new, east and west, it makes for a fascinating city visit with delicious dim sum, floating islands, and an incredible skyline. It’s a full assault on your senses…

Swimming with Sharks and Sting Rays in Moorea, Tahiti

Moorea is a simply stunning French Polynesian island… it’s literally the stuff movies are made of (wait, I think a few movies were filmed there actually).  In fact some say it’s the most beautiful island you’ve never heard of.
We took the red-eye from LAX on a 9 hour flight.  I’d heard since you do…

Christ the Redeemer: Five Interesting Facts

Christ the Redeemer is on the bucket list of many travelers, and some might find it daunting to visit with small children…. nope, not us, we didn’t think twice about taking our traveling circus to see this sacred statue. Here are some interesting facts about Christ the Redeemer…

Five Travel Books That Won’t Disappoint

These books are practically falling apart at my house, and have been read many times over as we dream, plan, and long for our next family adventure.  Hopefully this list will inspire you to plan an adventure of your own…

10 Reasons to Visit Bhutan with Kids

10 reasons to visit Bhutan with kids. We took the scariest flight we have ever taken from Kathmandu into Paro, Bhutan.
We immediately realized Bhutan was a very special place with it’s amazing topography of mountains, forests, rivers, clean air and small population.
Bhutan is the last Himalayan Buddhist kingdom and is sequestered at 2,000m above sea level, has 73% forest cover and…

World’s Scariest Airport: Paro, Bhutan

I was less than thrilled to board a tiny prop plane for our 45 minute flight from Kathmandu to Paro, the international airport of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Drukair operates in an alpine environment with a small fleet, and delays often occur due to weather or other operational issues…

Should You Buy Travel Insurance for Family Trips?

When should you purchase travel insurance for a family trip, and when do you not really need travel insurance? Let’s consider both options for trips and family vacations…

Visit Machu Picchu: It will change your life

It was finally the day we were going to visit Machu Picchu! We woke at 5.30am, caught the train and rode the 4hr journey to Aguas Caliente. The boys were crabby and not super excited to be woken early, but the sun and excitement soon began to kick in – we were traveling to legendary Machu Picchu with our kids! We boarded the &hellip…

5 Reasons to Travel to Developing Countries with Kids

Our traveling circus is hitting the road again, and this time we’re headed to Nepal, Bhutan and India. I’m often asked why we travel to developing countries with kids, and I always think that’s an interesting question. I mean doesn’t everyone want to visit everywhere in the world in no particular order?!? Turns out that no they don’t…

There’s More to the UK than London!

Our plan was to visit the UK to spend time with family, then head to Jordan. Petra has been on our bucket list for a while, and after much research, we were ready to visit. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. A terrorist attack prompted the US Embassy to warn US citizens against traveling to Jordan, and reluctantly we postponed the trip.
We were…