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My family spends a lot of time in hotels on our travels. For more than a decade, our family of four has regularly piled into a standard hotel room to save money in destinations as different as Hawaii, Paris, and America’s National Parks. Things can get a little tight and we don’t always have all …

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Vacation rentals have grown increasingly popular over the last decade. For family travelers looking for more space or the amenities and conveniences of home, renting a condo or a vacation home instead of staying in a hotel while traveling just makes sense. A lot of additional travelers discovered vacation rentals in 2020 and 2021 when …

Read More about Best Vacation Rental Sites Beyond VRBO & Airbnb

Visiting Disneyland with kids? One of the biggest planning decisions is finding a hotel near Disneyland that works for your family’s travel style and needs. I’ve been to the Disneyland Resort dozens and dozens of times and have stayed in so many hotels in the Anaheim, California area. On nearly every trip, my family chooses …

Read More about 17 Very Best Hotels within Walking Distance to Disneyland for Families (with Map!)

For many generations of Disneyland vacationers, the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground has been the go-to hotel. Founded in 1965 – just 10 years after Disneyland itself – the HoJo Anaheim has been part of some serious theme park history. Over five decades later, it is still one of the most popular and …

Read More about Review of the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground Near Disneyland

Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California have always had a large number of area hotels to consider. Until recently, however, there have been very few properties that check all the boxes for travelers who want a more luxurious Disneyland vacation experience. Until now! Several new higher end hotels have opened in the past …

Read More about Hotel Review of The Viv Hotel, Anaheim near Disneyland (formerly Radisson Blu Anaheim)

Luxury and off-property Disneyland hotels are not two terms that would have appeared in the same sentence for most of the Disneyland Resort’s 67 year history. Although often conveniently located, off-property hotels were of the motel and motor lodge variety for many decades. Several hotels have opened in the last couple of years, however, that …

Read More about Hotel Review: Westin Anaheim Resort Near Disneyland

Ski vacations, especially with kids in tow, can involve a lot of inconveniences and logistics. In our travels, my family has found so much value in staying luxury hotels in ski destinations where the amenities and location can really make a difference in improving our travel experience. One of our favorite spots for a winter …

Read More about A Review of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe in Winter

One of the biggest costs for travelers with kids like my family is lodging. Hotel prices have creeped up as the economy has gotten better. As I’ve gotten older, my minimum standards for an acceptable hotel have probably gotten higher too. If you are like me, you are probably always looking for some creative ways …

Read More about 17 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Save Money on Hotels

I have vivid childhood memories of the early days of the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World. My family visited Disney World often in the late 1980s. We often stayed just across the lagoon in the Polynesian on several trips and witnessed the building of the resort. I remember being in awe of how luxurious …

Read More about Disney’s Grand Floridian Review: Grand Experience or Grand Waste of Money?