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? (Affiliate disclosure – at no extra cost to you, using a link below to check product…

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Cherry Blossom Festivals for Families

Cherry Tree Blossoms

Help! We’re drowning . . . Here in the Pacific Northwest spring season, it’s time for the cherry blossoms to burst open, saving the beleaguered denizens of the dark and damp. This winter, especially, has settled in like a watery vortex over our little corner of the country. But, just as we all cried a…

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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!

It’s Black 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 prominent historical figures and museums. They could…

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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. This blog post contains affiliate links – at no extra cost to you, using Amazon through a link may…

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Family Luggage – How to Make Suitcases Easy to Spot

Airport carousels, train or shuttle bus shelves, and hotel luggage storage closets can be a jumble of suitcases. Fittingly, since we operate Sleeps5, travel is one of our favorite family things to do. So we’ve seen many rows, piles, and carts full of luggage. If you’re like me, and find family travel makes you a…

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