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 How to Make Suitcases Easy to Spot, and our review of the Waka Waka Solar Charger. Use the search box in the upper right sidebar, or the menu…

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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. Last year, we purchased a WakaWaka Solar Powered recharging unit after hearing it endorsed as a Christmas present. Here…

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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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Travel Spice Kit: Cooking while Traveling with the Family

Updated November, 2017 Cooking While Traveling – Save Money and Experience Grocery Shopping One of the best ways to keep family travel budgets in check is to cook your own meals. What parent hasn’t seen their travel money rapidly swallowed up by restaurant charges? Equally of value is the cultural experience of shopping for groceries…

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Family Friendly Hotels in Ethiopia

Simien Mountains National Park

Gondar, Simien Mountains, and Lalibela Family Hotels Where Are We? Our latest Sleeps 5 adventure found us traveling through parts of Ethiopia in Eastern Africa; including Addis Ababa, Gondar, the Simien Mountains and Lalibela. Here is a short list of hotels that are both family friendly and can accommodate a family of five (5) all together.…

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Roma Pass: Save Time and Money

Family Travel Roma Pass Tips

It was a short flight from Paris. So we didn’t need to run to the restrooms as one might upon disembarking from a longer flight. Instead, as recommended by many travel experts, we immediately found and entered the TI (Tourist Information) office at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome to purchase five Roma Passes for €30…

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