Back in 2003, I applied to work at an academic summer camp. I’m a math teacher after all. The application brochure came my way and one thing about the camp peeked my interest…
There was a site location in Honolulu, Hawaii.
So I applied for that.
And I was hired!
But when my paper work arrived, no Hawaii. I was slated to work somewhere in California called Santa Cruz.
Figuring I must have put California as my second choice site location, I then needed to figure out where the heck Santa Cruz was! Little did I know I would be spending the best three summers of my life in this funny, California beach town.
Last August I finally returned to this town I loved. I could not wait to revisit, reminisce and bring my kids to Santa Cruz.
24 Hours in… Santa Cruz, California
My little man has been traveling since he was born! When he was 3 months old I strapped him in a Baby Bjorn and took him on an Amtrak to DC. When he was 4 months old, he took his first flight, to Maine, to meet his paternal grandma! By his first birthday he had traveled to Raleigh, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Naples, Florida!
When we added baby girl to the mix, she completed our traveling clan!
So I don’t really stress about travel. I am a big believer in being calm, flexible and prepared. But it can be daunting for new parents to leave home with their young children. Today’s guest post talks about that very topic, how to keep family travel stress free and fun!
Keeping a Lid on It: Stress-Busting Tips for Traveling With Young Children
Our family loves Uber. We take it around town, to the airport, or when mom & dad are going out and there will be too much wine involved. It’s an easy, affordable way to ditch the car and have a comfortable ride at your fingertips.
Uber is also a great way to get around a new city! No need to worry about parking or traffic, and no need to navigate an unfamiliar, local, taxi system. The beauty of Uber is you know the price (or at least approximately) when you call the car, eliminating the age-old saga of taxi drivers ripping off tourists.
Back in August, when we travelled to California we took MANY Ubers. Between staying in downtown San Francisco, to wine tasting through the Central Valley, and even ditching the car to get to and from Disneyland in Anaheim. To start, taking Uber was definitely cheaper than renting a car in San Fran. But to save even more money, I discovered a GREAT Uber Money Saving tip, which I am so excited to share with you!
UBER MONEY SAVING TIP
Last summer, our clan was so fortunate to take three weeks to head to Hawaii. My husband had a month-sabbatical and to be honest, Australia was the original destination for this adventure. Last summer, with a four and seven year old, who had never ventured further than the Caribbean, we knew it wasn’t our time to go down under.
Oh but a trip to Oz is always on my mind. And we will get there someday! I want to dip my feet in the Indian Ocean, experience the Outback and lay on the beaches of the Gold Coast. And no trip to Australia would be complete without venturing to the big cities! Since I still haven’t been, Claire (Australian native) is sharing with us her top 3 reasons to visit Melbourne with kids.
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3 Reasons to Visit Melbourne With Kids
San Francisco, California will always have a special place in my heart.
California played an important role in the early months of my relationship with hubby. Although he and I met in New York City, at the time, I had already committed to spending the upcoming six weeks teaching at an academic summer camp in Santa Cruz, California (about 70 miles south of San Francisco). Having just met, the time apart afforded us weeks to just talk on the phone and get to know each other. As the relationship was progressing, I rearranged my departure plans to stay in California a little longer and have a little San Francisco vacation with this new boyfriend who was flying out to visit me!
That year, I had a kick ass time in Santa Cruz, and would go on to return for two more summers. Since those three stints in SC, I have been back to the west coast a handful of times for weddings, and short vacations. All pre-kids. So I was so excited to be taking baby girl and little man to San Francisco, to kick off our much-deserved end of summer vacation.
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48 Hours In… San Francisco, California
I love me a good road trip. So far, our biggest ones as a family have been to North Carolina and the mid-coast of Maine. I think driving trips are fun and are often more affordable than flying. Today Jonathan, who blogs at Saker Racing, shares us his best hacks for an affordable road trip!
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6 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Road Trip
I love sharing my best travel tips, and I also love hearing what others find important for traveling with little ones. Today we have Kiley, who shares her best 9 tips for traveling with young kids.
Contrary to popular belief children can be the best travel buddies you will ever find. Everything is an adventure, everything is new and exciting when you’re seeing a child experience it for the first time.
Whether you are going on a big family holiday, and you know you’ll be on babysitting duties for your cousins or you’re taking your own brood away with you, these tips can make your life so much easier.
So take a deep breath and relax, after all, it’s your holiday too.
9 Tips for Traveling with Young Kids
Fall is such a fun season! Especially when the weather has been so warm here in the Northeast! The kids are finally back to school and its not so terribly hot! Where I live here on Long Island, fall is such a great time for outdoor activities without the oppressive heat.
I also think fall is a great time for travel (in fact, in the travel industry it’s called the shoulder season – that transitional time between summer travel and winter getaways). In my experience you can get some great deals on trips, and everyone knows this is one of the best times to visit theme parks.
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I actually do enjoy this time of year, up until January when well, winter. But I do love the fall holidays – Halloween and Thanksgiving, and the coziness of fall food – think squash, apples, and of course pumpkin everything!
So today I am rounding up my best of fall – from my favorite activities, products, travel and links to some great fall posts that will hopefully inspire your best fall season!
FALL ROUND UP
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”
Quote by Susan Sontag, but it pretty much sums up my life! And since I have not been everywhere… yet, I am so excited to have Nancy, from Miles for Family sharing her review of Great Wolf Lodge Southern California with the Momma To Go readers!
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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
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Momma To Go readers know we love our Lego experiences. Last winter we visited Legoland Florida – twice! At the beginning of this summer, we spent a day at the Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester.
On both of our Legoland visits we were able to visit new Ninjago exhibits. In Florida, the Ninjago ride has JUST opened, and it proved to be one of our favorites! At LDC, the giant play area has recently been revamped into a Ninja theme! Modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu, the attraction’s new LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure play structure puts guests’ physical skills to the test with more than 20 interactive features including a vortex spinning barrel, a spiral slide of lights, lightning buzzer bars, crisscross maze, vertical rope climb and more, as they fight to save Ninjago City.
Today we were super excited to return to the Legoland Discovery Center for their LEGO Ninjago Days!
photo credit: LDC Westchester
NINJAGO DAYS AT LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER