Why you should travel with your children while they are still little

I’ve heard it said a dozen?times, “Why would you travel?to _____ when your kids are so little, they won’t remember.” I get it, I do. ?We question whether the investment is worth the result. ?I’m not sure what gratification we expect from the result but we hope that the money spent equals happiness and fun, and sometimes when you’re traveling with small children there is a lot of drudgery and chaos (just being real, here). Do you do a nighttime …

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In love with Franklin Park Conservatory – Columbus, OH

I’m not sure there is anything happier than being greeted by giant tulips and a smiling face! ?Our family recently took a trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio and that’s exactly what we experienced! Located just east of downtown Columbus, the land for Franklin Park was purchased in 1852.? In 1884 the State Legislature opened the land for public use. ?Franklin Park and the Conservatory was the site of Ameriflora 1992 and because of that the buildings …

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My 5 Favorite Travel Experiences in Australia

I’m blessed to have traveled to Australia not one, not two, but THREE times! ?The first time was for my year as a Rotary Exchange student (and my first ever time in an airplane- yikes!), the second time was in 2006, and the third was in 2008. ?As my 4th trip to the Land Down Under approaches, I wanted to recap my 5 favorite experiences of my favorite place on earth. Driving the The Great Ocean Road, Victoria Probably the …

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Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum. ?Located just outside of Newark, Ohio?and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy drive from Columbus or Zanesville, and a gem of Central Ohio. Our first experience at Dawes Arboretum was as a couple when we went on one of their night hikes. ?After Jackson was born, I would take him for walks in the stroller and sometimes meet up with a girlfriend for a long chat during our stroll. ?Once our family was …

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#WishfulWednesday- The “Oh Canada” edition

                                                      I shared in my Bucket List for 2015 that I have been wanting so badly to go to Canada. ?I think the country to our north won’t win a popularity contest amongst US travelers, but it definitely does among overseas travelers. Here are some places that I’d like to visit – and what …

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#WishfulWednesday- Great Outdoors Edition

The change in seasons and warmer temps has me longing to get outdoors and do some exploring. ?Here’s 4 places fairly close to (my) home that I’m hoping to visit soon. Natural Bridge, Kentucky-?Located in the Red River Gorge area, there are opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and birding. Cathedral State Park-?The hemlock trees are nearly gone from Appalachia. ?This is one of the few places you can still see some, although the park was hit hard by heavy snowfall in …

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Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway with Kids

I can’t believe it’s time for #TravelTuesday again. Last week I wrote about our trip to the Biltmore, but today I want to tell you a little more about our time in Asheville. We only had two full days in Asheville. ?I totally underestimated the driving time with 3 small kids! ?Annnnddd I didn’t foresee having to stop for a new tire in Virginia. ?Waaa. ?We wanted to stay another night, but the hotel was booked solid- otherwise we may …

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Top Ten Reasons to Visit Lisbon, Portugal

Today I have my dear friend Richelle Z. sharing about her recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal. ?Richelle has some great tips for visiting Lisbon and while the city was never really on my radar before, it is now. ?Richelle is from?the midwest,?but is now living (and working) in the UK. ?She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. ?Thanks so much, Richelle!   Close your eyes for a moment and try to envision a city that is beautiful, culturally diverse, …

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