Yes, you can visit the Biltmore with kids

We spent this past weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. ?It was a quick trip for our young family. ?The main highlight of our trip was to be the Biltmore Estate. ?I was a little nervous about taking our kids there (ages 5, 3, and 1) but it was actually much easier — and more family-friendly than I could have imagined!? Yes, you can visit the Biltmore with kids!? Find out my tips below: Some tips for visiting the Biltmore Estate …

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Get Me Off This Plane

Today on #TravelTuesday, I thought I would share with you about my irrational fear that causes my only travel woe. I’m really afraid of flying. Lack of Control + 30,000 feet = Hysterical Leah I will now give you a short recap of some of my worst behavior. On the way back from our honeymoon we started to have some turbulence. ?When I saw the flight attendant stumble I asked Brian to, “Get me off this plane!” He laughed at …

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#WishfulWednesday- Warm weather addition

Temps have finally broken into the 50s here in Ohio, but I’m still wishing for somewhere I can throw on shorts or take a swim. ?Here are 3 places I’d rather be right now: St Lucia High today: 80 F Tahiti of the east? ?Yes, please.                           Easter Island High Today: 82 F Mysterious and intriguing!               The Kimberley, Australia High Today: …

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Not your grandma’s trip planning

Before you head out on a road trip or an overseas adventure,?how do you find out the best places for visitors and locals alike? This has changed so much for me in the past few years. ?Before, I would desire to go?somewhere?new that I learned about in?magazine or maybe even TV (Hellllooo, Samantha Brown) and then head to the library and pick out a travel guide to learn more. With the coming of age of social media, there are just …

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Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the?anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations. ?It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling. ?It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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Renting an Apartment or Vacation Home for Your Family

One of the dramas when traveling with the kids is always- SPACE!? Staying in a hotel room can work, but I hate turning out the lights when it’s the kids’ bedtime (not mine) and then tip-toeing to the bathroom.? The easiest way to cure this?? By renting an apartment or vacation home for your family. It’s so easy to book a vacation home.? Sadly, families have the misconception that it will be much more expensive to book a kid-friendly vacation …

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Best American Hotel Chains for Families

One?of the reasons that parents?don’t travel with small children?is they are worried about where to stay. ?I like my personal space, too, but I also want to know my kids are safe and secure.??We do?travel on a budget, but?we also don?t want to stay at a Rodeway Inn with 3 kids.? I know other moms and dads struggle with this, too, so I thought I’d combine my expertise as a former travel agent and couple that with my travel history.? …

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Travel Bucket List 2015

  There is nothing like the mid-January blues to have you dreaming of new places and spaces. We have a BIG trip planned for early 2016 (More to come on that, later), so travel this year will be a little more sparse as we save up for that one. I?m not really big on posting places I ?want? to go that aren?t realistic. ?Otherwise this list would be much much longer! Nonetheless, I do have some plans under my belt. …

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