California

Our Favorite Southern California Itinerary

Our first trip to California as a family was back in 2014. Our daughter was 3 years old at the time and we wanted to mix relaxation with a visit to Disneyland. In all the vacations we've taken over the years, this vacation was my favorite! Maybe because it was after the hardest year of my life or maybe all of the stars were aligned just perfectly.This Southern California itinerary is perfect for families who want to visit Disneyland, but also want to completely unwind with some luxury!Day 1 - Disneyland HotelWe arrived in California after driving from Colorado. Yup,
Family VacationsHotel Reviews

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful, beach front hotel nestled between two cliffs. This has been designed to provide a secluded beach with stunning views. This hotel is ideal for all types of travelers, including multi-generational vacations, which is how we experienced this resort during our recent vacation. After our stay, we all concluded that we wouldn't hesitate to return. Location The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a 30-45-minute drive from the airport. While this location is not within walking distance to stores, shops, or restaurants, the property had everything we needed to keep us happy and entertained during
Destination Guides

Touring Sedona, Arizona with Pink Jeep

During our recent visit to Sedona, Arizona, we were amazed and overwhelmed by the beauty of the city and surrounding area. We wanted to see if all, but really only had a day to explore. After walking down the touristy downtown portion of Sedona, we saw a storefront for Pink Jeep and decided to just see if they had any last minute availability. Lucky for us, they did.... Now, normally, we are not a tour type of family. We typically hate being locked into exploring with a guide verses doing our own thing. However, this tour with Pink Jeep was
Campground ReviewsColorado

Must Have RV Camping Items

Recently, we went on our very first family road-trip pulling our travel trailer. And… it was an adventure! While I discovered I loved being in our camper and enjoyed the campgrounds, I hated pulling it behind our vehicle and feeling strong gusts of wind nearly blow us over. Because of this trip, we have decided to camp locally going forward. Lucky for us, we live in Colorado and have tons of camping locations nearby! For starters, let me tell you about our travel trailer. It’s a 2018 Jay Flight (model 267VHSW). It weighs 5515 lbs and is 30 feet long.
Family Vacations

Travel Agent Myths Busted!

Back in 1997, I spent a few weeks shadowing a local travel agent. Surrounded by travel posters and brochures, I watched the agent book flights on a system that seemed antiquated even back then and listened as she discussed exotic vacation locations with her clients. I LOVED it and desperately wanted the travel industry to be my career path. But then, things changed. By time I completed college, the internet, for better or worse, had allowed everyone to become their own travel agent. My dreams were crushed, and I moved forward with a career in the corporate world. Nearly 20
Family Vacations

The Value of a Family Vacation

When I was a kid, my parents made family vacations a priority. Because of this, I have the luxury of recalling many joyful moments from these trips. While I remember each destination we traveled to, it is the time spent together that I remember and value the most. Without work and school to distract us, we were able to build relationships and, honestly, get to know each other better. Of course, I only realize this as an adult. As a kid, I was simply enjoying the moment of having the attention of my parents and brother. For the longest time,
California

La Jolla, California – Children’s Pool

La Jolla, California is a beautiful coastal town and should be on everyone's SoCal bucket list! The downtown area of La Jolla was ideal for touristy walking, eating, and shopping. The wildlife viewing was spectacular and the pacific vistas were magnificent! Sadly, we didn't have a lot of time to explore, but we did spend some time at the Children's Pool. What is the Children's Pool? I found the history of the Children's Pool quite interesting. Protected by a seawall, this beach was originally created as a safe place for children to swim in the ocean. However, seals and sea
Hotel Reviews

Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa

Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa is the perfect family destination in Southern California. From luxury accommodations to resort-style amenities to rooms with a view, the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa has it covered. This property is located just minutes from everything there is to do in San Diego and Coronado Island. Loyal Marriott Customers for Life Before I jump into the hotel review, let me explain my love for the Marriott brand. I've been staying at Marriott hotels my entire life and I have never been disappointed (and that is saying a lot). This brand is dedicated to
Colorado

Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock, CO

Tucked away in Castle Rock, Colorado is the amazing Philip S. Miller Park. This park has something for everyone in the family! From 7 miles of hiking trails to zip lines to a 2.5 acre adventure playground, we can assure you that a visit to this park will leave everyone happy and tired. Philip S. Miller Park Directions: The park is located approximately 30 miles south of Denver at 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway / Castle Rock, CO80109. Hiking Trails and Challenge Hill (aka Castle Rock Incline)Philip S. Miller Park has approximately 7 miles of hiking trails. These trails are narrow,
Travel Tips

Air Travel to Los Cabo, Mexico

If you have never flown internationally or entered Cabo, Mexico via air transportation, then this is a great post for you to review! I will describe the customs process and then provide tips for the SLD Los Cabos Mexico International Airport. Customs PaperworkWhen flying internationally, flight attendants will typically provide customs paperwork to complete within an hour prior to landing. When flying to Cabo, we were provided two forms: Customs Declaration Form (one per household) - On this form, you will need to declare the following: Surname / First Name Nationality Date of Birth # of Visitors # of Days
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