Ready for Southern California Family Fun

Southern California family fun

In just a few weeks we will be enjoying a week of Southern California family fun and I must admit we couldn’t be more excited. This will be our son’s first visit to California, first time to see the Pacific Ocean and first visit to an amusement park of any kind. It will also be our first true family getaway in months, and comes at a great time for our family. As I sit and finalize hotel details my head is spinning at all the possibilities. But it’s so much more than the typical tourist traps because, let’s be honest, I hate tourist traps.

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Rediscovering Passion in Life

Norwich

Norwich, England — Our future home?

When I created Trips By Lance a few years ago it was an answer to a question. The question wasn’t too specific so the answer was even less so. After returning home from visiting England in the spring of 2012 we created a long-term goal of moving to the United Kingdom. As a responsible member of Generation X who is married with a child I knew I couldn’t just up and move. I needed a career plan. Trips By Lance wouldn’t necessarily be the answer, but it was a start. And before a destination can be reached, the journey has to be started.

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Baseball Opening Day Signals Summer Travel

baseball opening day

I recently read a stat that the average age of viewers of the Major League Baseball World Series was 53. As a 38-year-old baseball fan, I’m not sure what that says about me, but as I sit and watch baseball on opening day I can’t help but get excited about the opportunity to travel for some baseball this summer. To me, baseball opening day signals summer travel season is upon us, even though it’s technically still a couple of months away.

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Hiking Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain

 

Camelback Mountain

On my recent weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz., for baseball spring training and relaxation, I had a challenge I was determined to complete. Staying at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, my room’s patio opened up to awesome views of Camelback Mountain. It’s not classified as an all-day overly strenuous hike, but it’s not exactly easy, either. When I found myself with a little spare time, I knew I wanted to tackle Scottsdale’s Camelback Mountain.

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How I Find Trip Planning Success

trip planning

Everyone who travels even once a year has some sort of trip planning process. For some people it means spending months online, scouring every forum on TripAdvisor, and reading blogs and magazines. For others, it’s as simple as going to a travel agent and having someone take care of the trip plan for them. For me, it’s a detailed trip planning process, one that might help others create a proper trip plan. Continue reading

You’re Crazy to Travel to Europe With Children

Europe with children

We believe travel to Europe with children is such a bad idea we even took our son to Giverny to experience Monet’s home and gardens.

I recently had a conversation with a few well-traveled people about the idea of travel to Europe with children. The consensus was that they wouldn’t dream of doing it, certainly not before the child turned 10. I politely disagreed, pointing out that we traveled to Europe with our son when he was 5. I was told we have a unique child, basically that we’re lucky.

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(How Not to Spend) One Day in Nashville With Children

 

Nashville with children

Let’s cut right to the chase. This isn’t a post detailing all the fun ways to experience Nashville with children. It probably should be titled “How NOT to Spend One Day in Nashville With Children.” My 8-year-old son is a typical kid, but he also has a lot of things in common with men three times his age. He is OK sitting in bars, he loves attending sporting events and he demands a table in a restaurant closer to the televised basketball game. If you’re visiting Nashville with children, consider learning a few lessons of how best to map out your own trip.

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Baseball Spring Training Travel in Phoenix

baseball spring training

What’s a better travel experience for a sports-obsessed fan than a visit to baseball spring training? I’ve traveled for the four major professional sports leagues in North America, not to mention college football and basketball, the Olympics and Premier League soccer. But there is just something about baseball travel that gets me excited.

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I’m Going to Disneyland (Seriously)

Disneyland

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks

Yes, that headline says it all. I’m going to Disneyland. And if you know me well at all or even if you’ve just come to be familiar with my travel style from reading this space, the idea that I’m going to Disneyland must sound absurd. Part of the description of this site says, “Family travel should be more than just beaches and amusement parks.” So why am I going to Disneyland? It’s complicated. Continue reading

Best Travel Movies for Inspiration

best travel movies

Travel movies provide inspiration for wanderlust, driving college students to backpack the world, young professionals to take career breaks, and American families to road trip across the country like Chevy Chase on his way to Wally World. The best travel movies provide viewers with an escape from reality while discovering the beauty of a destination, its people and the cultural differences that make this great world go round. Continue reading