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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Computer, Computer, On The Wall Who Has The Cheapest Flight Of All?

Discount Airlines

Airfare Search and European Discount Airlines: The research tool, SkyScanner, was recently brought to our attention when we were looking for a flight between Newquay, UK and Dublin, Ireland. Skyscanner helps travelers find the least expensive flights around the globe. The Skyscanner site is straightforward and simple to use. Once a flight is selected, users…

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

What Is It? 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 some of the 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…

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Big Apple Christmas Album (NYC)

“This was Christmas Eve in New York. This was the city dressed in richest stone and trinkets. This was the city trying to match the gems from her endless treasure chest against the winking sparkling brilliants in Heaven’s vault. This was a city bathed in Christmas peace, breathing carols into the night. This was City…

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Visit DC Museum of Natural History – in Person or Online

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History receives about 7,000 visitors each year. You can be part of that number and go there to see it for yourself, or “visit” by using the Smithsonian’s amazing virtual tour. Or, do both! Location: The Natural History Museum is located right on The Mall in Washington DC, just…

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Vicarious Gastronomic Travel

scandinavian Fruit soup

What it is and What it isn’t Upon re-reading of main title, I would like to clarify that this post is not about observing someone travel out of the room due to a meal of alien origin. Although, this has certainly happened to me either “vicariously” or in first person. No, this is about a yearning…

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