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My favorite time of year in the San Francisco Bay Area is almost here! The weeks leading up to Christmas in San Francisco are always filled with kid-friendly special events and activities, so it is no surprise that many travelers choose to make their way to my hometown for the holidays. Whether you are a …

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Traveling with your kids during the Christmas season? Kids often wonder how Santa will know to deliver gifts to the right place. And parents often wonder how they can possibly transport all those gifts back home! Never fear! My family has been away from our home on Christmas Day on 8 of the 14 holiday …

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About a decade ago, Disney introduced its MagicBands to theme park visitors in Orlando, Florida. These bands, similar in size to a FitBit, were introduced as part of a major technology overhaul to the guest experience at Walt Disney World. They’ve been updated several times since their 2013 debut and are now available at other …

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If you want to earn points towards free flights aboard Southwest Airlines, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a Southwest co-branded credit card. Chase currently offers three Southwest personal credit cards in addition to two business cards. These cards can be an excellent way to load up your Southwest Rapid Rewards …

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Flying with kids, especially babies and toddlers, is daunting for most parents. But the idea of taking overnight flights – often called red-eyes – can be particularly terrifying for many. Red-eye flights are, however, a necessary evil of air travel. Sometimes there is simply no other way to get where your family needs to go …

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Disney’s replacement for FASTPASS and MaxPass, Disney Genie+, has been going strong at the Disneyland Resort in California for nearly two years. If you are still a beginner on all things Disney Genie+, the new system may still seem pretty complex and confusing. So you should start with my Guide to Disney Genie+ and Lightning …

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Mendocino County, a coastal county just north of the San Francisco Bay Area, has become one of our family’s favorite Northern California destinations over the years. Far too many visitors to Northern California, however, halt their travels somewhere in the middle of Napa or Sonoma County wine country. After living in Northern California for nearly …

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Want to visit a national park but not sure where to start? Many Americans have discovered America’s national park system in the last several years. National parks are unique and breathtakingly beautiful destinations that have the added benefit of being budget-friendly. It is no wonder attendance has skyrocketed nationwide. But national parks can also be intimidating …

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Checking a bag is something frequent flyers try mightily to avoid. It adds time, extra logistics, and cost to air travel. When little ones come along, however, packing light just isn’t always possible. Flying with a baby or toddler requires gear! The time comes for traveling parents to face the reality of needing to check …

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The Halloween decorations are about to be packed away and the holiday decor will soon be unveiled at the Happiest Place on Earth. As much as I adore Halloween Time at Disneyland, the Christmas holiday season is perhaps even more magical. My family has been able to make many trips to experience the Disneyland Holidays …

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