I’m Headed to Walt Disney World…TWICE!

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Since I’m based in Northern California, most of my opportunities to write about Disney destinations involve Disneyland.  Disneyland is just an hour flight (or 6 hour drive) and is a place my family visits at least once a year with our kids. Although Disneyland is my home park now, I grew up in Alabama and […]

50 Things To Do in Alameda, California With Kids

50 Things To Do in Alameda California with kids: The small island of Alameda, California in the East Bay near San Francisco has so much to offer family travelers.

My family’s travels take us to lots of exotic places, but plenty of the travel we do is close to home.  Home for me is Alameda, California, a small town of about 70,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I like to joke that we are “an island off the coast of Oakland,” and […]

Three Educational Gifts for Little Travelers

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As a mom of two little frequent flyers, I’m always on the lookout for inspired and educational travel-related gifts for kids.  With my daughter’s birthday coming up next week, I’ve been scouring the internet for a few of the newest products on the market and even a few products I may have missed (hey, it happens!). […]

6 Tips for Picking Less Crowded Days at Disneyland

6 Tips for Picking Less Crowded Days at Disneyland

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Red. Today we are discussing how to manage the crowds at the Disney Parks. If you’ve been on a Disneyland vacation lately, you probably already know that the two Disney parks in Anaheim have been experiencing record crowds in the past few years.  Although there are lots of […]

The Costs, Risks, and Ethics of Travel Hacking

The Costs, Risks, and Ethics of Travel Hacking

Although I don’t blog about it often, I’ve been involved in the frequent flyer miles and points community for several years now.  Sometimes referred to as travel hacking, the miles and points hobby involves looking for innovative and lucrative ways to earn travel rewards points on the cheap to redeem for “free” travel.  There is a […]

5 Kid-Friendly Airplane Carry-on Bags Your Child Will Love

5 Kid-Friendly Airplane Carry-on Bags Your Child Will Love

It’s a rite of passage when your traveling tyke is finally big enough for his or her own carry-on bag.  That time comes earlier than you might think!  Our daughter got her own bag at around 2 1/2.  Now, at almost 6 years old, it has come with us everywhere from Disneyland to Montreal to […]

When Is a Travel Deal Not Really a Deal?

When is a Travel Deal Not Really a Deal: Lessons for Family Travelers

The frequent flyer miles and points community has been buzzing today about a $695 fare from San Francisco to Stockholm on American Airlines for summer travel.  The Flight Deal reported on the fare and one of my favorite Bay Area travel bloggers at Loyalty Traveler spread the word. Since my husband and I have been […]