Domestic Travel

Fun Family Activities in Columbus Ohio

Looking for a fun family getaway in the Midwest this summer? Look no further than Columbus in central Ohio where you’ll find plenty of places to explore indoors and outdoors. Interactivity and learning are two factors I always look for when searching for family vacation destinations and Columbus easily fills both categories, while offering a variety of activities to please many interests. Here are a few of the standout attractions we love in this vibrant city.   COSI – The Columbus Center of Science and Industry COSI, located in the heart of Columbus, provides kids of all ages with...

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Charming, Historic Brownsville, Oregon Awaits

Oregon is full of charming small towns that tell a tale. However, my favorite is Brownsville, located just off I-5 20 miles north of Eugene. Brownsville is a town of 2,000 people and is Oregon’s third oldest city, after Astoria and Oregon City. Founded before Oregon was even a state, Brownsville is steeped with history, fun festivals and charming storefronts that are the perfect escape for a day. If, looking at pictures, Brownsville looks familiar; it’s likely because you’ve seen the 1986 Steven King movie Stand By Me. The movie was filmed in and around Brownsville and features the...

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A Traveling Dad, Two Teenagers, Tough Talks about Suicide, and Dear Evan Hansen

Why would you spend several hundred dollars and eat up your airline miles and hotel points to fly your two teenagers to New York City to see a show about teen suicide? Believe me, I asked myself that question several times in the weeks leading up to our family weekender in New York a couple of weeks ago. But if the show is the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the suicide rate in your country is inexplicably skyrocketing, and in the very week of your trip both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain take their own lives, and...

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10 Disney World Tips 2018 – Every Parent Needs To Know

We’ve been to Disney World with toddlers four times now, and these are our 10 best Disney World tips 2018 for parents. We wish we knew these Disney World tips the first time around. Honestly, there is so much to learn that we’re STILL figuring out the best Disney World hacks. But below are the Disney World tips 2018 you must know to have the BEST day with your kids. 10 Disney World Tips Every Parent Needs To Know If you’re bringing older kids to Disney World, you have much more flexibility. These Disney World tips are meant for...

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Discovering the Art of the Carousel at Sandusky’s Merry-Go-Round Museum

One of the joys of travel is discovering new facets of yourself. It could be a delicious food you’ve never heard of, or maybe that zip-lining over the forest is not really as fun as it looks. On occasion, something catches you by surprise. On a recent visit to Sandusky, Ohio’s Merry-Go-Round Museum an unexpected appreciation for carousels surfaced within me. Now, I’ve never been a fan of carousels. Clambering onto an uncomfortable horse to slowly spin and bounce along to the loud oompa-oompa of the pipe organ. Even at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, my favorite place on Earth, I’m...

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What Can I See and Do in Austin, Texas if I Only Have a Few Hours?

If you’re like me, you’ve heard the buzz about Austin, Texas for years. And maybe like me you haven’t had the chance to actually see Austin.  Don’t get me wrong.  I mean, I’ve been to Austin. But only once and only for business – just long enough to enjoy the cool airport (complete with live music), and drive around after my meetings. Knowing what I know now, randomly driving around was a wasted opportunity. So, what should you see, do, and eat if you only have a few hours to spare? On a recent trip to Texas with my...

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MUSEUM SALUTES MICHIGAN’S ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY HISTORY

My son and I spent some of our Memorial Day weekend exploring a museum that chronicles the role Michigan played in manufacturing military equipment, vehicles and weaponry during the 20th Century.  Switching its numerous automotive assembly plants over to building machine guns, jeeps, tanks, and war planes earned Michigan the moniker “arsenal of democracy” during World War II.  Throughout the remainder of the century, the state continued to be an industrial center for supporting the nation’s military services.  Today, the United State’s Army Tank & Armaments Command is based in the Detroit suburb of Warren providing a 21st Century...

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Complete Guide to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Guide to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort We stayed at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, a Disney Vacation Club property, for Mother’s Day weekend. It worked out because not only did it give us something special to do for our family matriarch, but also an opportunity to learn more about Disney Vacation Club, something we’ve been on the fence about for the last several years. The trip helped shed light on the DVC, which is what the cool Disney members call it for short. Vero Beach, Getting There We visited Vero Beach in the past, a three hour drive from our home in Southwest Florida.  Vero...

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Plan a Fun-Filled Guys Weekend in Appleton, Wisconsin

Three fun-filled days was all it took for me to fall in love with the Fox Cities region in Eastern Wisconsin. In the Fox River Valley you’ll find a versatile mix of classic foods, sports, and nightlife to keep anyone entertained. While it’s often touted as a great place for shopping, I found more than enough to plan a fantastic guys weekend. Appleton, the heart of the region, is the perfect base to set up shop for a fun and affordable summer getaway.   What’s a Guy to do in Appleton? You can’t go wrong with a baseball game...

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