4 great beaches for families near Fort Myers, Florida

These Southwest Florida Beaches Pack a lot of Paradise Fort Myers, Florida was a place I’d never really dreamed of visiting. Now I want to move there (no joke)! After a great deal using points on nonstop flights to Southwest Florida, I found myself researching a place I knew little about.  During my research, I kept finding two themes- great beaches and great sunsets. I made it my goal to experience the best of both! That said, here are 4 …

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3 FREE places to take your family within one hour of Amish Country, Ohio

i.e. What to do when the kids have had enough of crafts, quilts, and Amish When you’re finished petting the farm animals, ridden a wagon past the exotic animals, and tasted enough cheese to make the French jealous, your kids may be sick of Holmes County. ?While Amish Country has gotten more family-friendly in the past 10+?years, ?children may get?anxious for more than primitive decor and baked goods. Never fear! I’ve made a list of 3 FREE places to engage …

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Dennison Railroad Depot Museum with kids

It’s not often that you visit a historical museum that is equal parts fun for the kids AND?interesting for adults. Dennison Railroad Depot Museum fits the description and more. Dennison, Ohio is the epitome of a railroad town. The small village lies halfway between Columbus and Pittsburgh, a perfect 100 miles from each. This distinction made it a place born out of pure need- A steam train could go 100 miles before needing water. One of the perks of the …

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Traveling to Australia? Things to know before you go

10 Things to Know Before Visiting Australia Australia has been near and dear to my heart since I spent a year as an exchange student Down Under. Since my time on Exchange, we’ve traveled to the country four times, this last time a rushed surprise trip. During my time as a travel agent, I shared my knowledge of Australia with many, and here’s my advice on things you must know before visiting Australia. 1. Australia is bigger than you think …

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Family day out: Inexpensive things to do at Put-in-Bay

Thanks to Miller Ferry for providing our family with ferry tickets and a golf cart rental. Miller Ferry is the MOST inexpensive way to get to Put-in-Bay. Adult tickets (age 12+) are $7.50 and kids 6-11 are only $1.50. As always, all opinions are my own! Traveling with kids can be anything but cheap! Having a day out at Put-in-Bay with the family is such a joy, but you don’t want to want to feel like your cash is being …

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Want your kids to be better travelers? Put away the screens.

Friends ask all the time how our children fare while traveling? Do they throw fits and get antsy? How do they handle flights? For the most part, our children are great travelers. We exposed our kids to planes, trains, and automobiles at a young age. We drove 14 hours to the Florida panhandle when our boys were just 2.5 and 6 months old. Our first domestic and international flights were when they were 5, 3, and almost 2. Other than …

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Touring Lafayette Cemetery and the Garden District of New Orleans

Growing up my dad sold monuments (i.e. tombstones), so during our travels, we went through just about EVERY CEMETERY known to man. While this was an annoying chore as a kid, it birthed within me a love for cemeteries and the history that can be found by visiting them. So, when planning our trip to New Orleans, I was most excited to read about Lafayette Cemetery and the Garden District. The architecture of antebellum homes coupled with one of the …

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48 hours of family-friendly fun in Fort Wayne

Your weekend guide to Fort Wayne with kids New York, Chicago, Nashville- these cities come to mind when thinking of a long weekend with which to take the kids along. Fort Wayne? Well, it wasn’t on my radar and most likely hasn’t made its way to yours. However, for the Midwest traveler, it’s definitely worth the trip! Not only is Fort Wayne close-to-home, but it’s very clean and manageable for young ones. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in family-friendly …

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