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How to Ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Without the Wait

The most anticipated Disney attraction of the decade opened nearly a year ago. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance debuted at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on December 5, 2019 and in Disneyland on January 17, 2020. Headliner ride openings at Disney parks mean long lines, some times for years to follow. What we didn’t …

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First Timer’s Guide to Lake Tahoe

Located on the California-Nevada border in the Sierra Mountains, Lake Tahoe is a popular vacation getaway. Day trippers and weekend warriors from Northern California visit often, but Tahoe is a bucket list destination for travelers from all over the country and even the world as well. With skiing and winter sports in colder months and …

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Everything You Need to Know about the 2020-2021 Ski Season

When the world shut down last March, ski resorts closed abruptly in the middle of the busy spring break ski season. Ski destinations and resorts struggled mightily in those first few weeks – should they give refunds, discounts on the next season, and might there be a hope for reopening in April before the snow …

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12 Fun Fall Activities for Kids Near San Francisco

Summer is over and fall is finally in the air! Or, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area like I do, you know that fall is in the air somewhere. We don’t exactly have seasons in our part of Northern California. But even though the Bay Area can’t match the breathtaking autumn leaves …

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Grocery Shopping List for Vacation Rentals + Essential Grocery Travel Tips

Vacation rentals have grown increasingly popular for so many travelers in recent years, with services like VRBO and Airbnb booming. Many family travelers have long known how a vacation rental affords them much more space and convenience. Having amenities like a washer and dryer or a full kitchen when traveling with young kids is valuable …

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What It’s Like to Fly Internationally with Kids During COVID-19

Now is definitely not the time to be taking a casual international getaway. Borders are closed around the world, and quarantine restrictions are often in place for the few destinations that are still open to Americans. But some Americans nevertheless have to travel – even abroad – out of necessity. My sister is one of …

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No Change Fees: Which Airline Has the Most Generous Policy?

Late yesterday, United Airlines made some serious waves in the brave new world of 2020 air travel. The airline announced that it was eliminating change fees. United previously charged non-elite passengers who wanted to change their flights to another date or time a whopping $200 per ticket over and above any difference in fare. Just …

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What Partially Reopened Yosemite National Park is Like During COVID-19 in 2020-2021

Yosemite National Park reopened to the public on June 11, 2020, after a three month closure due to COVID-19. My family made reservations for a mid-July trip nearly a year ago, so we were thrilled that the timing worked out to be able to visit this year. Yosemite holds a very special place in our …

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COVID-19 Packing List: Extra Items to Bring for Travel During Coronavirus

As states have reopened and summer marches on, many Americans have begun to travel again. With the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus still circulating widely within the United States, travelers need to take a lot of additional precautions before they leave home. Whether you are flying, road tripping, or just just leaving the house for a short staycation …

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Deciding Whether to Travel Right Now is Confusing and Agonizing

Is it responsible to travel at all right now? Do I have a responsibility to travel to help support the millions of people who depend on travel for their livelihood? Does traveling too much and too soon actually hurt the travel industry in the long term by extending the pandemic’s timeline? Does travel put my …

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