5 Lessons I Learned on My First Family Road Trip

This past July I took my family of four on our very first road trip. We did a little circuit around western Oregon over the 4th of July holiday. It was a learning experience. Mike and I tend to [...]


Italian Translation: 11 Useful Phrases When Traveling with Children

Ever wonder what phrases you should learn before a trip? Sure we all think of “hello,” “good-bye” and “thank you,” but what about other phrases. When you are [...]


Translating Food Allergies

My friend had a major mom scare last week. She handed her toddler son a pistachio nut. Within an hour he was vomiting and breaking out into red splotches. It was a terrifying experience for her [...]

Exploring Thurston Lava Tube with Toddlers in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

  Volcanoes are one of the prime reasons many travelers head to the Big Island. Ok, so maybe this isn’t true, but it was one of our main reasons for going. We purposely stayed on the east [...]


Only the UW Cherry Blossoms Could Tempt Me Off the Couch

I had been waiting and waiting and waiting for this moment. The cherry blossoms were in bloom. Spring had officially arrived. There was no way we would be missing this moment. Then again I needed [...]


What Does a Pregnant Traveling Mom Look Like?

A while back a writing project went around the family travel forums. It started with “What Does a Traveling Dad Look Like” and has since morphed into various personalities- mom, tween, family of [...]


Don’t Let the Rain Wash Out Your Trip to the Waterfalls Around Hilo

There is one thing you need to know about Hilo before you head down. It rains. A lot. There is no specific rainy season. You can’t avoid it by planning your visit around a certain month or time [...]


A Little Planning Helps When Headed Up to Mauna Kea

Planning is not always my strong suit. Sure I can get us to some far off destinations, but once we hit the ground I don’t always have all of the information I need to get the most out of a sight. [...]

Try Not to Dehydrate at Pu’uhonua O Honaunai Park on the Big Island

The clouds rolled in but the heat remained. We had spent the morning swimming and were now touring down the southwest side of the Big Island of Hawaii. We’d made a stop at the Painted Church [...]


Rental with Built-In Relatives on the Kona Coast

I was a little hesitant to book this property. I found it on VRBO.com. It was close to beaches and downtown, but quiet and away from any nighttime crowds. The price was right but the owners lived [...]