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First Timer’s Guide to Florida Panhandle Beaches: Destin, 30A, Panama City & Beyond

Just a few hours due south of my hometown of Montgomery, Alabama is the Florida Gulf Coast. That drive is a trip I’ve done more times than I can remember in my life and one of my favorite destinations – the Emerald Coast beaches of the Florida Panhandle. I’ve written before about the pristine white …

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First Timer’s Guide to Alabama Beaches: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Although I’m a California girl now, I was born and raised in Alabama. When it was time for a spring break trip or summer beach vacation, my family did what many all over the Southeast did: load up the station wagon or minivan and drive south towards the Gulf Coast. The destination? Gulf Shores and …

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Universal Orlando Resort: 7 Things Every Disney Fan Needs to Know

You know every nook and cranny of the Magic Kingdom. Epcot is your home-away-from-home. But this trip… you are ready to cheat on Disney. As a die-hard Disney fan, going to another theme park may give you pause. But a day at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or Universal’s Volcano Bay is a …

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Top 12 Kid-Friendly Day Trips Near San Francisco

Whether you are a local or a tourist, the city of San Francisco has dozens of family-friendly activities and events to keep you busy. But sometimes it’s great to get out of the city and explore more of the greater Bay Area and Northern California. If you have young kids like I do, day trips …

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First Timer’s Guide to the Florida Keys

This post is sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. All opinions are my own. When most travelers think of travel to the Florida Keys, a Jimmy Buffett song probably springs to mind. Lazy days, gorgeous beaches, and colorful tropical drinks are definitely the stuff of a Keys vacation. Margaritaville indeed. Despite its laid back vibe, a …

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The Ultimate Guide to Hawaii’s Big Island with Kids

While many families flock to O’ahu or Maui on their Hawaiian vacation, savvy family travelers know that the lower key vibe of Hawaii’s Big Island can offer just the R&R they seek. My husband’s family has been vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii on the Kohala Coast since he was a child. When I …

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Best National Parks to Visit in Fall

This post is sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. All opinions are my own. While the back-to-school season sometimes puts a damper on many family’s travel plans, it invigorates me for a new season of travel. Traveling in the fall brings the chance to see amazing autumn colors as well as to enjoy outdoor adventures like …

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Gilroy Gardens Review: The Best Little Theme Park You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

A little over an hour away from San Francisco and about 20 miles south of San Jose is the town of Gilroy, California. It is probably best known for its agriculture – in particular, its garlic. Gilroy plays host to an annual summer garlic festival that draws serious crowds. But Gilroy has another attraction that is …

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Best Things to Do in Cabarrus County, North Carolina with Kids

My parents recently retired to the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina to the college town of Davidson. While I miss having a reason to visit my home state of Alabama now, the silver lining is that I have an excuse to travel to a new place! When the kids and I visited family in the …

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