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A Budget Family Trip to Westerly, Rhode Island

My daughters only have two first cousins, and they happen to live many states away in Connecticut. While they have several second cousins that we absolutely adore and we sort of pretend are first cousins, at the end of the day, we make it a priority our girls together with their two Connecticut cousins at least twice a year. Our girls also happen to be their only first cousins, so that helps keep this gathering high on the priority list for…

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The Epic Family Vacation Photo Fail

A time honored vacation tradition, even well before that advent of a smart-phone-camera in every pocket, was to ask a kind stranger nearby to snap a family picture for you as you posed in front of a castle, monument, beach, or wherever. The alternative, unless you travel with a tripod and an automatic camera setting (which iPhones have), was that at least one person was always missing from the photo. That’s fine most of the time, but in at least…

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Just Take the Trip

As you have certainly noticed, things are a little nuts out there in the world at large. When things get this tense and unsettling in the real world it can be easy to look at travel as being superfluous and unimportant, or at least not as important as some other things. I actually think the opposite is true. I won’t even get into how travel can bring folks together and highlight similarities more than differences as that is a different…

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Putting Built-In Credit Card Travel Medical Emergency Coverages to Use

I’ve written numerous times about how rewards credit cards can do so much more for you than just earn miles and points. They help can help you easily save money on items when the price drops after the purchase, replace phones when they are broken or stolen, cover trip change or cancellation expenses when kids get sick at the last minute, provide primary car rental coverage, and so much more. If you are only using your rewards credit cards to earn points, you…

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Kicking Off Summer With a Bang…and Puke

I’ll admit, while my heart loves summer time, it also brings more stress than I wish along with the bountiful servings of shave ice, sun tans, and pool days. I want to be all-in on summer time fun with the kids, but our work doesn’t stop because the calendar has turned to June, so it isn’t as simple as logging off for three months. The summer months are a constance balance (or attempt at balance) of fun, play, summer camps, work, and…

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Family Travel: One Year Later

What a difference a year makes. It may be a trite saying, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It is true in so many circumstances and situations, but today I’ll mostly keep the discussion travel related. Roughly one year ago today I was doing exactly what I am doing today. I was boarding a plane to head to the annual Freddie Awards. The Freddie Awards is a travel/loyalty program gathering where the best programs, promotions, and more from around…

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Finding Saver Awards With American AAdvantage Miles

A few months ago I shared that I thought American Airlines AAdvantage miles had overall become worse than Delta SkyMiles, which is to say they had fallen to the bottom spot of the major US based airline loyalty programs. My dissatisfaction with American AAdvantage was based largely on the reality that saver awards, even just for pretty ordinary domestic hops, were simply not available…or were very, very barely available, and then only on non-logical itineraries where it took three flights at…

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The Best Time to Plan Spring Break Trips on Miles

I know some of you lucky folks are still in the middle of your spring break weeks, and I truly hope you are having a blast.  At the same time, it is never too early to think about the next round of family vacation fun. In fact, I would argue that now is the best time to plan your spring break for next year, especially if you like to travel using miles and points. Some of us in the south have…

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A Lump in My Throat and a Flight With My Oldest

For nineteen months and five days I was with my youngest baby at least part of every day, and together under the same roof every single night. This means if I traveled, she traveled. And it also meant if she didn’t travel, I didn’t travel. We canceled, changed, delayed, or scaled back almost as many trips as we took in those months when my over-ambition or life’s unexpected surprises met with face to face with ego-busting reality of caring for a…

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First Trip Without Baby: Leaving an Instruction Manual

Whether you first leave your baby for an overnight trip away when they are five weeks old, five months old, or five years old, it is probably going to be a little tough. Even if you are beyond ready for a little kid-free time, or even just time with your other kids, it is still an unquestionably huge transition for you and them. I’m about to go through this transition for the first time with my second daughter, and while I…

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