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Hotel Review: Westin Verasa Napa

Westin Verasa Initial Impressions On arrival at the Westin Verasa in Napa, Murph and I both remarked on the similarity of the hotels’ exterior to properties we’ve stayed at in various ski resorts – not what we’d expected on arrival in California wine country. The earth-toned colors used in wall coverings and carpeting extend a Read the Rest…

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Information on Kids Passports

Getting a kids passport is required before traveling internationally with your child. This week I’m starting with information on how to apply for or renew a kids passport, then I’ll share a couple of passport-related stories from our year-long trip around the world. Since January 2007 all travelers entering or leaving the U.S. by air Read the Rest…

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Top 5 Ways My Family Benefited from a Summer of Outdoor Play

Today’s guest post is from KaBOOM!, in support of their 2012 Summer Playground Challenge. As a mom of two very active boys I spent hours of my life in the many playgrounds in my neighborhood when those kids were younger. Given that there was no playground in the town that I grew up in, I Read the Rest…

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Whistler Canada Accommodation Primer

We’ll be visiting Whistler in February. That’ll make 12 years of fun family ski memories at this expansive Canadian mountain resort. I shared this with a friend here in Seattle who immediately came back and asked for help in planning his first trip to Whistler with his kids. His primary concern was where to stay Read the Rest…

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Summer Vacation 2012 – Planning

If you’re like me, you’ve just about put away your holiday decorations. You’re shocked that the stores have Valentine’s candy out already and you haven’t even considered what you’ll be doing for Spring Break yet. Summer? Summer is months away! I know, I know, we’re all rushed and short on time. But, to get the Read the Rest…

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Gifts For Travelers

Today is the official start of the 2011 holiday shopping season. Some people will shop and some will have a “no-shopping day”. Me? I’ll be hanging out with friends and studiously avoiding all shopping opportunities because I do all my holiday shopping online. But, in the spirit of the season, I have some travel-themed gift Read the Rest…

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Hotel Review: Central Boutique Angkor Hotel

The Central Boutique Angkor Hotel was a gem. We didn’t discover it ourselves, it was recommended to us by fellow travelers we met in Ho Chi Minh City. They raved about the relative comfort and luxury of this boutique property on the outskirts of Siam Reap. I admit, initially I was tentative since I was Read the Rest…

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Some Catch-up Posts

I put up yesterday’s post on our Thanksgiving at the Posada Salentein in Argentina and immediately thought, “Hmm, that’s going to be pretty confusing to any friends or family who read our blog to follow along with where we are and what we’re doing.” We are in Koh Lanta in Thailand, we’ve been here for Read the Rest…

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Hotel Review: Posada Salentein Argentina

The map showing wineries, campsites and hotels was on my lap as we trundled into the Valle de Uco, about 80km south of Mendoza in Western Argentina, in our less-than-spacious campervan. It was the day before Thanksgiving and I was on the lookout for a special place to stay to celebrate the occasion.

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Hostel Review Arequipay Backpackers

I chose the Arequipay Backpackers Hostel because of their advertised fun facilities: a movie room, games tables (pool and table tennis) and, as a special reward for my boys after the Inca Trail hike, a PS3.

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