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5 Reasons Why Travel is Good for Your Family

Have you been putting off traveling with your family due to work obligations, finances, or some other reason? I’m going to show you 5 reasons why travel is good for your family. All of these reasons can apply whether you travel far or stay close to home. The point is…everyone benefits from a little getaway. …

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Cash + Miles: A Way to Save Money on Your Family Vacation

Have you ever noticed how expensive airline tickets can be in the summer time? I’m always amazed that a route I’ve bought for $225-$250 in the fall, winter, or spring, suddenly becomes $300-$350 in the summer months. For an average family of four, that adds $300-$400 to your vacation budget. However, there is a way …

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4 Tips for Traveling as a Single Parent

We had our first experience traveling as single parents recently. As I talked about previously, due to an expired passport we split up and traveled to Canada separately. One parent traveled with one girl via plane, the other with one girl via car. Since we’re both used to traveling with the other parent in tow, …

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Life Lesson: Expired Passports & Being Spontaneous

Recently we had tickets to fly to Canada to visit family. We’ve all flown there before and all have US passports. However, when my husband went to check us in for the flight the day before departure, Faith couldn’t be checked in due to an expired passport. Did you know that passports for children 15 …

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Taking Kids Out of School for Vacation?

Today is a beautiful day in Seattle. We’re looking at having a full week of glorious sunny days and warm temps. Anyone familiar with Seattle (even the Pacific Northwest) knows that this is a rare event. Late spring, summer, and early fall bring beautiful weather to this part of the country. However, the other six …

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Planning a Road Trip? Check for Hotel Promotions Before you Book

Last year we took a trip from Seattle to Kansas City to visit family. We took our time driving and seeing sites which led to multiple hotel stops along the way. Before I booked our travel, I looked at some of our favorite hotel chains for summer travel promotions. Sadly, there really weren’t any that …

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Tips for Buying Airfare

Yesterday my daughters were playing inside, and do you want to know what they were playing? Airplane! In our household that means they pack suitcases and get on a plane to go visit various family members or attractions. The airplane is typically an upside-down laundry basket or elaborate chair configuration, and they travel quickly and …

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