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A few months ago, I got an inquiry from a publication I freelance for to write a guide to Global Entry with kids. Much to my editor’s surprise, I turned the assignment down because my kids don’t have Global Entry. And neither do I! How can a super-frequent traveler like me not be one of …

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My family doesn’t do long lines on Disney vacations. When we began planning a trip to Japan to visit Tokyo Disney Resort, we knew we were facing our biggest Disney line challenge yet. Tokyo Disney is notorious for its huge crowds and long queues. Wait times for some of the most popular attractions are regularly …

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Earlier this spring, my family had the opportunity to fly on an airline that was new to us – ultra-low cost carrier Volaris. Volaris is a Mexico-based airline that also flies to about 20 U.S. destinations. A lot of Americans – even frequent flyers – have never even heard of Volaris. So how did it …

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All things Pixar have taken over at the Disneyland Resort this spring and summer. Pixar Fest officially started on April 26, 2024 in both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure. The special event celebrates favorite Pixar characters with a new parade, a returning evening nighttime spectacular with fireworks, unique character meet-and-greets, special food and merchandise, …

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The summer travel season is here, and it looks to be another busy one this year. Summer travel always brings many people to airports for the first time in quite awhile – especially families. New rules and long lines can definitely frustrate infrequent travelers. Here are some important tips that all travelers, especially those with kids, need …

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My family just got back from a week long vacation in Tokyo, Japan. Being the Disney fan that I am, you can bet that we spent some of our time visiting the two parks of the Tokyo Disney Resort – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Tokyo, and indeed all of Japan, has so much to …

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After living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 years, I’ve come to know how San Franciscans take our ski trips to the Sierra Mountains seriously. Skiing and snowboarding are central to the travel culture of the Bay Area in winter. Unfortunately, a lot of Northern California ski resorts are pretty distant from …

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Traveling with small kids often slows even the speediest of travelers down. Thankfully, most airlines accommodate flying families at some stages of the air travel process, most notably with preboarding or early family boarding policies. Letting families board earlier than other passengers can be quite helpful. When my kids were younger, I regularly used that …

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The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort is back in 2024 for another year of tasty treats and special events. I’ve attended the festival multiple days over many years and have always been impressed at the offerings. If you are thinking of planning a spring Disneyland visit in 2024 to …

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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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