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. If you’re like me, and find family travel makes you a bit nervous because of all the things that can go wrong, you’ll find it’s reassuring to know that you’ll be able to easily identify your luggage.…

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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? This blog post contains affiliate links – at no extra cost to you, using TripAdvisor through the link may result in a small commission to Sleeps5. Our latest Sleeps 5 adventure found us traveling through parts of Ethiopia in Eastern Africa; including Addis Ababa, Gondar,…

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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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Why do families travel?– “Are we there yet?”

The photo above is of exhausted teen travelers in Rome. 8 Reasons Why Travel is Good for a Family Let’s face it, there is always a point on any family trip when you wonder why you ever ventured from your front yard. Travel Can Be Difficult For the Jacobsen five, our lowest of lows came…

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Airbnb Experience with the Family: 6 Pluses & Minuses

Our Family Used Airbnb in Europe – A Review Toe in the Airbnb Water This is the travel year the Jacobsen Family would jump into the modern travel world via Airbnb. One would think that with my own travel site, bargain shopping habits, and burgeoning family, I would have been an early adopter. Not so!…

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Sleeps 5, 6, 7 in Cornwall

Our family just returned from a lovely holiday in Cornwall, England at Heath Farm Cottages. The farm is located near Coverack, a charming fishing village on the southeast side of the Lizard.     Heath Farm Cottages Amenities Some of the cottages can accommodate 5 guests with two bedrooms for a family of four plus…

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How Much to Budget for a Disney World Family Vacation?

How Much Does Disney World Cost

Wondering how much it costs for a family vacation to Disney World? In his article on Finance Yahoo, What it Really Costs to Go to Walt Disney World, Brad Tuttle compares four sample family trips to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. (If you click to the Finance Yahoo article link, scroll down below the second…

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Tips for Using Dallas Light Rail with Kids

Dallas Public Transportation Light Rail

Using big city public transportation is key to our family travel budget. Besides just being pretty fun for kids to experience the ride and the scenery along the route, navigating the transit maps and the ticket options and payment systems becomes a lesson in geography, math, and technology. My kids are teens now and very…

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Cherry Blossom Festivals for Families

Cherry Tree Blossoms

Help! We’re drowning . . . Here in the Pacific Northwest spring season, the cherry blossoms have 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 collective “Uncle”, the…

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