November 22, 2017

Orlando: Saving Money on Family Show Tickets

When most people think of Orlando, Walt Disney World comes to mind before anything else. Who doesn’t love Mickey, Minnie and Cinderella? We try to take the kids at least once every couple of years. My husband and I even went on our own last year and had a great time staying at the Boardwalk Inn, which is perfectly situated […]

4 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel Expenses

I know I don’t need to tell you that holiday airfares are on the rise. In fact, every day that you wait on buying plane tickets could cost you an extra $5 or more for the fare. According to, the average flight purchased last week cost just over $500. Wait three weeks to buy that same plane ticket and […]

Paris & 6 Vacation Rental Do’s & Don’ts

Over the summer, I was able to take my older girls (ages 8 & 10) to Paris. We spent six days in the City of Light before returning home to DC. You can see some of our favorite activities in my blog post from August, Paris with Kids: 6 Family-Friendly Must-Do’s, including Disneyland Paris and the Jardin d’Acclimation. Such a […]

Fall Family Travel: 5 Places to Escape & Save Money

While most kids across the country have already gone back to school, mine go back next week. Back-to-School Night is this Thursday and with three kids in elementary school, I know I’m going to be overwhelmed with curriculum outlines, committee sign-up sheets and spirit wear order forms. It may be time for another vacation. Fortunately, September and October, also known […]

Choice Hotels & FamilyFun: New Summer Vacation Survey (+ My SMT Debut!)

This morning, I had the opportunity to take part in a satellite media tour (SMT) to share findings from a new survey on summer vacations that was conducted by Choice Hotels and FamilyFun magazine. I was interviewed by 20+ radio and television stations, like WJHL-TV (click the link to watch the news segment) in Tennessee, live from Six Flags America. I […]

3 Hotel Booking Sites You Need to Know About

Are you planning a trip that will require you and your family to stay in a hotel? If the answer is yes, then here are three websites you need to know about if you want to save money on accommodations during your upcoming family vacation. Take a look: Tingo: Sure, we all book hotel rooms ahead of time to make […]

Travel Planning: 7 Pinterest Boards that Can Help

Pinterest fans, if you’re planning a family vacation, look to the pin boards for tips, advice and help deciding where to go and how to entertain the kids for free or cheap. Here are seven of my go-to Pinterest boards for organizing a family getaway: Free Family Fun: From Amsterdam to Seattle, you’ll find a variety of posts pinned by […]

Daily Deal Sites: Not Always Best for Travel Deals

There’s no question that it pays to do your research before you hop on travel bargains that you find on daily deal websites. Case in point, I was excited this morning to see that Zulily, one of my favorite family daily deal sites, had passes to LEGOLAND Florida on sale at (what I thought was) a 20% discount. As it […]

Got Travel Flexibility? 3 Go-To Sites for Great Airfares

Sure, everyone says to “be flexible” when booking airfares in order to get the lowest prices. But when you have flexibility, how do you find cheap airfares? Here are three of my favorite tools: Kayak: I’ve talked about Kayak before, but I only recently discovered the Explore feature, which plots out on a world map the lowest price to just […]

5 Tips to Nab the Perfect Family Home Swap

We’re planning to do our very first home swap over the summer, exchanging my in-laws’ home in South Florida for a home that will fit the eight of us (me, my husband, our four kids, and my in-laws) in Ireland. We signed up with, posted our home profile and I made contact with at least 20 prospects scattered throughout […]