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9 Days, 6 Hotel Nights and Only $100…How That Worked Out

9 Days, 6 Hotel Nights and Only $100…How That Worked Out

Last spring we took a 9 day trip. We had 6 hotel nights and spent less than $100 on lodging. Sound too good to be true? Here's how we saved money on hotels and made affordable travel possible for our family... First, let me start by saying this wasn't magic or a scam....

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A Seasonal Look At Our Favorite Island Getaway, Daufuskie

A Seasonal Look At Our Favorite Island Getaway, Daufuskie

There's really no denying my family's love for Daufuskie Island. Hands down, it's our favorite island getaway. When we planned our first trip to the remote island off the South Carolina coast, we booked a late summer weekend. However, a series of hurricanes pushed the...

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Daufuskie Island: Where Professional Travelers Vacation

Daufuskie Island: Where Professional Travelers Vacation

In the last few years our family has visited 44 states and several countries. You could say that we travel with a purpose. Starting (mostly) with all 50 states, we plan to show our kids the world. They're educated through our travels and enjoy adventure. Sometimes...

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Our Craziest Road Trip Adventure To Date

Our Craziest Road Trip Adventure To Date

Across thousands of miles, our family has experienced quite a few road trip adventures. So let me be clear, it takes A LOT for me to deem one experience our "craziest road trip adventure." But I *think* our latest drive takes the cake! First, if you haven't read my...

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Best Hotels In Vegas For Families

Best Hotels In Vegas For Families

I am a firm believer that when you travel with kids, a hotel can either make or break the trip. So many things factor into how you feel about a hotel: your first impression; the overall cleanliness; staff attitudes; room accommodations; price of the room; and, of...

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Volcano Experiment: The Ultimate Beach Activity For Kids

Volcano Experiment: The Ultimate Beach Activity For Kids

The beach is my happy place. When my toes are in the sand I alternate between being a hyper-active super mom and total bum. There's really no in between. I enjoy long walks on the beach, building impressively large sandcastles, and tossing a ball in the waves. I...

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Family Camping In A Treehouse

Family Camping In A Treehouse

*Treehouse Vineyards hosted our family camping experience. When I was little I had a huge imagination and big sense of adventure. My favorite books involved children living in unique places such as in an old boxcar train. Or surviving on their own in the woods after...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Place Worth Visiting

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Place Worth Visiting

Did you know that more than 11 million people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year? That number of visitors makes it the most visited park in the National Park System! (Yes, ahead of the Grand Canyon!) The park stretches over 520,000 acres between two...

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Does anyone else occasionally catch Rachel Hollis' Instagram morning show? (FYI- in case you're going "who"? She's a best-selling author, and one of her books also happens to be on my summer reading list...keep going.) I tune in on Instagram or listen to her podcasts...

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My Kids Choose Adventure, Always

My Kids Choose Adventure, Always

I guess you could say I've trained them well. I wasn't sure, but this past weekend made it crystal clear. My kids choose adventure, always. A few weeks ago we realized we had the unicorn of all calendar moments...a 3-day weekend with absolutely zero plans. I cannot...

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The Best Things To Do In Vegas With Kids

The Best Things To Do In Vegas With Kids

Think Vegas is not for kids? Honestly, you might be right. However, you'd be pretty hard pressed to convince my kiddos. They just had the time of their lives. And, much to my embarrassment, they've started telling random strangers that it's their favorite place to...

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Mackinac Island: An Insiders Guide To Exploring With Kids

Mackinac Island: An Insiders Guide To Exploring With Kids

A Guest Post from Allyson If you're looking for an island getaway to a place that's escaped the changes of time- look no further than Mackinac Island. Without a doubt, this quickly became a family-favorite destination! First, it's important learn how to pronounce the...

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Kids Fly Free Program: Am I Actually Saving Money?

Kids Fly Free Program: Am I Actually Saving Money?

Who doesn’t love a good deal on travel? Our family always looks for ways to save money on travel. We take advantage of discounts and offers whenever possible. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re thrifty when it comes to travel, but I would say we are smart. Airline tickets...

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Las Vegas With Kids: All The Things You Want To Know

Las Vegas With Kids: All The Things You Want To Know

Last week we traveled to Las Vegas…with kids! I know. It’s not the most well known spring break hot spot for the elementary school crowd. But, we rocked it. I loved sharing a lot of our pictures on the Mom With A Map Facebook and Instagram accounts (FYI if you aren’t...

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Writing From The Road: Basic Invite Makes It Fun For Kids

Writing From The Road: Basic Invite Makes It Fun For Kids

Being a homeschool mama does not come naturally to me. I don't craft or create. And when I attempt anything, I often end up with a major Pinterest-fail. However, once in a blue moon inspiration strikes. Many times it's after about 4 failed attempts. I can easily tell...

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Sleep Better When You Travel

Sleep Better When You Travel

Do you wish you could sleep better when you travel? Join.The.Club. (And then read my tips... I *think* I have it figured out!) I have a confession to make. Despite all the nights we've spent away from home, I often struggle to sleep when we travel. Whether I'm on a...

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Cadillac Ranch: Whatcha Need To Know Before You Go

Cadillac Ranch: Whatcha Need To Know Before You Go

Of all the weird and wacky roadside attractions, perhaps Cadillac Ranch wins weirdest and wackiest of them all! This odd landscape consists of 10 cars partially buried in an old cow pasture. The landmark sits adjacent to Interstate 40 just west of Amarillo, Texas. It...

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20+ Things To Make For Dinner With A Pound of Ground Beef

20+ Things To Make For Dinner With A Pound of Ground Beef

First, let me put everyone's concerns at ease...no, I'm not turning into a food blogger. Not even a little. However, I am passionate about travel. Therefore I'm always looking for ways to save money in our day to day expenses in order to travel more. If this is...

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Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

Do you struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you step out of your daily routine? It's so easy to go on a vacation and get completely de-railed from any health and fitness goals you might be working on at home. If you're like me, you make excuses. And you might...

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Turning March Madness Into Homeschool Lessons

Turning March Madness Into Homeschool Lessons

Like a lot of people right now, our family is obsessed- and I mean, obsessed- with March Madness. And I'm actually going to blame travel for our super obsession this year. We started off the season traveling to New York City for the NIT Basketball Tournament. Our...

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