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Road trip to the Oregon Coast – Cannon Beach

One of the benefits of traveling (or moving cities) is you get to experience the feeling of discovery: new places to explore, new restaurants, new people. When we moved to Seattle a few years ago, we undertook this same journey. We hadn’t spent much time in the Pacific Northwest (PNW to the locals) before moving and when we came, we marveled in the beauty of the area and its many outdoor activities. One of the best things to do, we had heard from friends and coworkers, was to visit the Oregon coast. We decided to go in September and...

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Lavender Farm with the Family

Every so often we get the itch to take a drive.  Last weekend we took a little road-trip to Chappell Hill, Texas to visit the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm. Chappell Hill, Texas is located one hour and a half away from Austin at 2250 Dillard Rd, Washington, TX 77880.  A perfect distance from Austin, Texas and a perfect little daytrip. If you were so inclined you can visit the Blue Bell Factory and the Lavender Farm in one day.  Unfortunately, the Blue Bell Factory was closed on the day we made our way to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm....

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The Three Magic Kingdom Mountains for Teens

There’s an inevitable awkward stage kids reach when they begin to believe they’re too cool for the “little kid” stuff. When you’re traveling as a family, finding the right blend of family activities that appeals to each age range can be somewhere from tough to near impossible. On a recent trip to the Magic Kingdom, as a 30 year old, I was reminded of the three mountains that’ll ensure your teens (and yourself) still enjoy the park they may believe they’ve outgrown. Strategery in Planning Of course the three best thrill attractions in Magic Kingdom are going to be...

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Lessons Learned from Our First Trips as New Parents

Traveling as new parents has definitely changed things for Vicki and I. While H is only 3 months old, we’ve learned a lot about traveling with him and a lot about how Vicki and I travel. In the past 2 weeks, we’ve been lucky enough to take H on his first trip to the mountains and beach. We’re lucky to live in North Carolina and have these options! While these trips haven’t been “vacations” in the relaxing sense, they’ve been a lot of fun. And we’ve learned a lot about traveling as new parents. Packing isn’t as easy as we thought it would be. We can try to keep on schedule, but that’s probably not going to happen. And, nothing’s going to be perfect…but that’s OK. I wouldn’t change the memories we’ve made for anything!   WAIT, ISN’T PACKING EASY?   We think we’re pretty good packers. OK, let me rephrase that. We think we were pretty good packers. Packing used to be the kind of thing that we could throw together the night before for weekend trips. Maybe it would take a couple of days to pack for a 2 week trip. Well, that’s all changed. We’ve realized a few things about packing for trips as new parents:   1. We pack too much   2. We don’t want to be under prepared, but also have realized that if we...

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6 Things We Consider For Travel with Our 2 Small Kids

It may seem strange, but after having our 2 kids, we seem to travel more than we did when we were childless. Part of the reason is we visit grandparents more and we realized we travel a lot differently when we visit them versus going on vacation elsewhere. I thought it would be interesting to talk about the 6 things we consider when traveling, and how they differ depending on where we’re going. Some of this will only be relevant for younger kids (ours are 4 and 1) so we’ll see how they evolve over time.   1. Do...

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Never Travel Without these Three Tech Helpers

Technology can do wonders for us when we travel with children. Tablets can entertain our kids during long layovers or on flights, iPhone games distract us from the unpleasantries of travel – in fact, it’s hard to imagine traveling before phones, tablets and computers. I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure –  and I’ve developed a kit that has my must-have items for smooth travel between destinations. Let’s walk through my must-have items. Bluetooth speaker I listen to tunes pretty much all day. And when I get to my hotel after a day of traveling or even...

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Playing Hooky At A Baseball Game

Being a father of three, some times when we travel one or more of the kids don’t get enough individualized attention.  Every so often I like to make sure and spend some time one-on-one with each child.  Me and my youngest boy Matteo spent some time at the Round Rock Express baseball game together, just me and him. My youngest and I decided to play a little hooky and visit our local minor league baseball team The Round Rock Express. We said, who needs responsibilities and headed north of Austin to Round Rock, Texas. The Round Rock Express are a Triple...

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3 BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX

You know us Texans love BBQ.  If you haven’t heard of Lockhart, TX it is the Barbecue Capital of Texas.  A road trip to Lockhart, TX is a must for any real Texan or visitor to Central Texas.  Just 35 miles Southeast of Austin, Texas you will find an unassuming town of 13,000 residents and home to some of the best BBQ ever. BBQ Institutions in Lockhart, TX The misses and I had a day off on Good Friday, so we decided to take a little road trip to Lockhart. Kruez Market The first thing you need to know is...

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How to Find The Round Rock in Round Rock

The Round Rock in Round was was not lost but we were on a mission to find it!  I have been living in Central Texas for the past seven years and I have always wanted to visit the Round Rock that the city of Round Rock was named after.  It has been a natural landmark helping guide travelers.  If you ever wondered how to find The Round Rock in Round Rock, I have some tips for you! How to Find The Round Rock in Round Rock If you are going to Google The Round Rock in Round Rock, Texas the...

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