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Beaches & Boats — 7 Fun Free Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Known as The Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to many golf courses, wide miles-long beaches and plenty of family friendly and free things to do. This affordable family vacation spots is one of the premier resort communities in the country. The weather is mild and much of the beachfront entertainment is free, making summer the best time to take advantage of these free activities. The Beach The area’s biggest attraction is the ocean, and of course it is a free and public space. Visitors should bring beach towels, blankets, and chairs to avoid the cost of rentals. Murrells Inlet...

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Our Tween Daughters’ Emotional, Life-Changing Vist to Ethiopia

When my husband and I adopted our two daughters from Ethiopia over a decade ago, we made a promise that we would return. It was important to us that the girls establish a relationship with their birth families and forge a personal connection with their heritage. This spring, we made the journey with our three children, ages 10, 11 and 12. Thoughtful planning and research helped us prepare for the trip, and the generous, joyous spirit of the Ethiopian people made it a life-changing experience for the whole family. Here are some tips that helped us make the most of traveling internationally with our three children as well as...

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Visit the Amazing Hidden Gems of Australia

The land Down Under is a true traveler’s heaven with a number of iconic representational sites, known all around the world, even among people who have never been and have no plans to go to Australia. We have all heard about Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru Rocks, etc., but the truth is that this continent has so much more to offer. Australia is so big that even people who live there have not yet experienced all of it. Due to that fact, the country still hides plenty of undiscovered by tourists and unexplored by the locals, sites,...

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Discover the Great Plains — Free Things to Do in Lincoln Nebraska

Lincoln Nebraska is the second largest city in the state. It boasts an emerging food and arts scene and enough free things to do with kids to fill a weekend with family fun. This city is packed with opportunities for outdoor adventures and enjoyable learning experiences. From rose gardens to roaming buffalo to tractor testing to roller skating history, chances are you’ll find something the whole family will enjoy. Take a Walk through Antelope Park Much like Central Park in New York City, Antelope Park provides Lincoln locals and tourists a break from the concrete world. The park is large and can...

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Beaches, Wine and History – 6 FREE Things to Do in St. Augustine

Known as The Ancient City, St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest city in the United States, recently celebrating its 450th birthday. Located between Northeastern and Central East Florida, the city boasts a mild climate year round. Its architecture and landmarks are heavily influenced by the early Spanish Empire of the New World, and its offerings to visitors – many of them free – will appeal to history buffs. More than 40 miles of beaches It is a simple and obvious suggestion when looking for free activities in Florida, but a day at the beach can be priceless. St. Augustine consists of...

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The Essential Destination Wedding Guest Survival Guide

Wedding season is on the horizon and destination weddings offer a rare opportunity (and good reason) to travel without the kids. Whether you’re traveling abroad, to a tropical destination, or merely two hours away, these tips will help you make the most of this rare opportunity to travel without the kids. Destination Wedding Tips Last year, 2015, was the year of the wedding for my husband and me. We traveled to Madrid, Spain, for my brother’s wedding. Then we headed to Salvador, Brazil, for the wedding of my husband’s childhood friend. Over the years, we’ve attended weddings in Ireland...

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Hiking with Kids in Norway: Six Survival Secrets

Hiking with kids rarely seems to work out the way it looks in the travel brochures. The kids are either lagging behind and complaining, or racing ahead and making a parent’s heart skip a beat as they creep ever closer to cliff with the sheer 2,000-foot drop to the sea below. But there are secrets to making a challenging hike work for kids as well as parents. Hiking in Norway In June 2015 my family and I took a trip to the beautiful country of Norway. Throughout the entire trip my little brothers, who were nine and six at...

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Star Wars Day at Sea: Shipwreck or Disney Match Made in Heaven?

This teen, a Star Wars fan and Disney Cruise Line veteran, offers his take on the Star Wars Day at Sea. He tells you what you need to know to get the best from this one-day celebration of the iconic film franchise — and where Disney could improve the experience for everyone, especially teen fans. Star Wars Day at Sea Until October 30, 2012, Star Wars enthusiasts could only fantasize about a day when the iconic imagery and story telling of Star Wars would collide with the magic and success of the Walt Disney Company. Then it happened. Dreams became a...

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4 Days in Prague – the Jewel of Eastern Europe

Prague is often overlooked by families heading to Europe. Eastern Europe can be daunting to first time travelers. What you think about the East will be obliterated by a visit to Prague. This warm, friendly, cultural mecca has a lot to offer families of all shapes and sizes. Four Wondrous Days in Prague The Charles Bridge: Strolling down the Charles Bridge during the day is spectacular. There are street artists, jugglers, craft vendors and musicians. Prague is filled with the arts, and the epicenter is the Charles Bridge. At night, this bridge lights up and becomes even busier. The...

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How to Rock Paris with 2 Young Kids in 4 Days

When are kids too young to begin traveling internationally? Never,  according to this intrepid Traveling Mom. Paris is the City of Lights and it became a City of Wonder for this family during a whirlwind four-day trip. Here’s how you, too, can rock Paris in four days, even with kids younger than 7. (Hint: Save a big kid-friendly treat for Day 4.) Paris with Kids Whenever I mentioned to anybody I was planning a trip to Paris with my husband and our two little boys, people thought we were crazy. A big European metropolis like that and you want...

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