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Planning a Family Trip to France: Real Time Travel!

Planning a Family Trip to France: Real Time Travel!

Oh boy, you guys, stuff has gotten real and a lot has happened! We’ve booked a trip to France for our whole family! (I still can’t believe it’s happening!) A few months ago I was daydreaming about a European trip, and I promised to bring […]

Driving in France: Overview and Tips

Driving in France: Overview and Tips

A year-and-a-half ago, my husband and I took a two week road trip in France. (Spoiler alert: we LOVED it!! Breakdown of our itinerary coming in a future post. . .) But I have to admit, I was initially a little nervous about driving in […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 5, Packing Tips and Strategies

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 5, Packing Tips and Strategies

I feel that there has been much (metaphorical) ink spilled on the interweb on the subject of packing. I have no desire to rehash ad naseum what everyone else has said, but here’s an outline of how we pack and what has worked for us. […]

Planning a Trip to Europe, Part 4: Food

Planning a Trip to Europe, Part 4: Food

As I mentioned in my post about travel budgeting, I consider us to be “fat budget” travelers — we keep a close eye on our costs, but spend money where it counts. I think food is an area where you can strategically cut significant costs, […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 3, Booking Rooms and Trip Pacing

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 3, Booking Rooms and Trip Pacing

    Houston, we have a problem…All this imaginary trip planning has done nothing to ease my wanderlust. Nada. In fact, I think it’s made my husband catch the bug, and this may turn into a real trip yet. Ha! (Whenever we do go, I’ll […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: part 2, Choosing a Destination and Buying Tickets

Planning a Trip to Europe: part 2, Choosing a Destination and Buying Tickets

Welcome back to planning my would-be trip! Last time we talked turkey about budget figures. Today we talk about the next step of the planning process: how to decide where you’re going and how to get there. If you’re planning a Europe trip (which thus […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 1, Budget

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 1, Budget

So, bad news for me, y’all — I have the travel bug like crazy but no trip on the near horizon! The Detroit Crew is planning a trip this year, but our next (hopefully!) planned one isn’t for over a year, so I’m going to […]

Visiting the Biltmore with Kids (Pt. 4): What We Saw

Visiting the Biltmore with Kids (Pt. 4): What We Saw

This is the last post in our series of touring the Biltmore estate with children. Previously we covered buying tickets, avoiding crowds, and fueling the visit. Finally we have arrived to the actual sight-seeing portion of this series! I have to warn you, this is […]

Visiting the Biltmore with Kids (Pt. 3): Eating and Food

Visiting the Biltmore with Kids (Pt. 3): Eating and Food

As you can imagine, when we’re traveling with children we are interested in saving money where we can. We are equally interested in keeping kids’ blood sugar levels up at happy level. (Keenly interested in both those things…) We’ve already talked about how to save […]

Visiting the Biltmore with Kids (Pt. 2): Logistics of Arriving and Touring

Visiting the Biltmore with Kids (Pt. 2): Logistics of Arriving and Touring

Last time we discussed the cheapest way to buy tickets to the Biltmore; we picked up some logistical arrival tips from our visit. Here’s the low-down: Driving in: Your first glimpse of the estate is a stately gatehouse leading to a meandering, lush drive. (All […]