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

Tupelo Automobile Museum Features World-Class Collection

tupelo automobile museum

I never would have imagined the Tupelo Automobile Museum would feature a world-class collection of cars. But I also didn’t know just how much the Northeast Mississippi city has going on until a recent visit showed us Tupelo is more than just the birthplace of Elvis Presley. I’m not a car buff or historian by any means, but I’m now a fan of the museum.

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Luxury, Relaxation at Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa

Omni La Costa

Beaches, outdoors, theme parks, relaxation and luxury all meet in Carlsbad, Calif., a small city just north of San Diego where the sunsets spill gently into the Pacific Ocean in a shimmering display of perfection. About two miles east of the Pacific Ocean sits the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, a sprawling property with more than 600 rooms, eight swimming pools, restaurants, two golf courses, a spa and so much more. A weekend was enough to sample everything the Omni la Costa has to offer, but it doesn’t mean you’d ever want to leave.

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Las Vegas Foodie Experience

MGM Resorts

The sunset beyond the Las Vegas Strip made the balcony in our suite at The Signature at MGM Grand a great addition.

Once known for 99-cent shrimp cocktails and massive buffets, the Las Vegas foodie experience has changed. Today, Las Vegas has world-renowned restaurants, unique ethnic cuisine and plenty of gourmet burgers, pizza and desserts. And that’s just along the Las Vegas Strip. From Chinatown to Downtown and points in between, Las Vegas has earned its foodie reputation. This isn’t really a Las Vegas foodie guide. But it is the map to our journey and how we navigated what can be an overwhelming amount of food choices.

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Elvis Presley Birthplace Honors the King

Elvis Presley birthplace

The Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, Miss., has a pretty good slogan on its website that reads, in part, “We all know about the mansion called Graceland. We all know how it ended. This is how it began.” As an Elvis fan, long-ago part-time employee at Graceland and full-time Memphis resident, I know about the story of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. I traveled an hour and a half south of Memphis to Tupelo to learn more about how the story began.

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