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Road Trip Across America with Senior Dog

Like many other Americans, one of our beloved family members comes with four legs. And in our particular case, this furry creature is in her dotage at the ripe age of 15. This can pose dilemmas for frequent travelers:  do you leave them behind, will the caregiver manage their eccentricities, will they run away, and…

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Cherry Blossom Festivals for Families

Cherry Tree Blossoms

Links to cherry blossom festivals around the US, and in Japan, China, Sweden, and Brazil. Learn when the trees bloom and how to enjoy them, plus tips for teaching kids about the celebrations. Outdoor spring family-friendly fun! Sakura Hanami.

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Sleeps5: Magical Days in the Dordogne

Dordogne, France This summer, our Sleeps5 crew headed to the eastern Dordogne region of France after a hectic few days in Paris; one of which included a 17 mile walk–not recommended. After a long but scenic drive from Paris, we landed in the tiny hamlet of Montfort, where we were welcomed at La Barde. La…

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Cotswolds Hotels vs Airbnb for Budget Travel – Family of 5

Like other families with three kids or more, we sometimes use AirBnB for both the value and space. That said, we have recently found that AirBnBs are quite expensive in higher tourist areas. And, in fact, we have found traditional hotels and B&Bs can offer the same value with greater convenience. It’s worth a little research…

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Best Cooling Towels

Our Guide to 7 of the Best Cooling Towels for Hot Weather Are you sensitive to hot weather? When the temperature outside is in the 80s or 90s (Fahrenheit) or anywhere above 28 Celsius, do you feel intensely uncomfortable? I do, too. My favorite temperature is 72, or about 22 Celsius. I love cool days,…

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5 Best Family Travel Gadgets

Travel items need to be compact and very useful, maximizing function, meeting crucial family travel needs, while being easy to pack. In previous posts, we showed you DIY and handy luggage tags in How to Make Suitcases Easy to Spot, and for recharging cell phones or other devices away from the hotel room, our review…

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Sleeps5–It’s Black History Month, let’s Celebrate!

February is Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, in the USA and the teacher in me just can’t help herself.  Readers will find below a collection of sites that represent the accomplishments, contributions and stories of African-Americans in the United States. And for further information, I have included some links to various…

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Travel Tech: Waka Waka Solar Charger

Waka Waka Solar Charger

As a family, the Jacobsens have been all in on technology, with gizmos and gadgets aplenty. Using gizmos during travel has been no exception and, as such, we have often been in want of convenient power sources to recharge devices. Last year, we purchased a WakaWaka Solar Powered recharging unit after hearing it endorsed as a…

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