Showing posts with label family travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family travel. Show all posts

Oct 16, 2018

Weekend Family Travel & Ideas: Big Apple Circus, Apple Picking, Farm Fun

Family Travel Ideas - Apple Picking and Circus Fun

Autumn is slowly rolling in bring with it a whole lot of cloudy and drizzly days. We were optimistic this weekend due to original weather forecast from midweek and took a weekend family road trip.

Sep 13, 2018

Weekend Family Travel & Ideas: DS Destiny Show, Drive-In Movie, & Games

Family Travel Ideas From Our Trips

Past weekend was a complete flip of the weather. It went from hot and humid 90 degrees Fahrenheit to mid-60s and rain. Even with that sudden change, we traveled.

Sep 6, 2018

Weekend Family Travel & Ideas: Pedal Boats on Lake, Pool Time, and Labor Day Labor

Family Travel Ideas From Our Trips

This weekend started out with a trip to the park. We went paddle boating on the lake. We have not done that since when we were dating.

Aug 29, 2018

Weekend Family Travel: Ice Cream Flight, Sunflowers, Peaches Galore, Calves Bottle Feeding

Weekend Family Travel: ICE CREAM!!!(click to tweet)

Summer is coming to a close. There is only one week left until Labor Day and things start to close down for the colder months. How can you capture the last few weeks of summer and have fun with your family?
On the brighter note, the weather is still hot and there is plenty to do. This weekend we headed out to visit some farms and enjoy the outdoors.

Since it was warm out and the car ride was getting to everyone, we stopped for some refreshments, ie ice cream. I love ice cream, it is well-known fact. During the summer one of the best past times for us is getting an ice cream cone and walking around taking in the sights and enjoying the delicious cool dessert.
At this particular farm, they make their own ice cream and they have many different flavors. The one we were looking forward to trying is the peach ice cream. While waiting for our turn to order, we noticed that they offer flights of ice cream for "kids." I initially joked that we should get that and try several of the interesting flavors. Well, as you can see below, we ended up getting 5 scoops of ice cream to sample.

Aug 2, 2018

Weekend Family Travel Fun: Hot Air Balloon Festival And Beach Trip

Family Travel - Sprinklers, Balloons, and Beach Fun (click to tweet)

We are always on a lookout for fun things to do on weekends, especially during the summer. Summer just allows for more travel opportunities and there are more events happening than during colder months (though we do love traveling in winter as well).

Jun 4, 2018

Travel Local - Kid-Friendly Family Travel To PA and NJ

Travel Local - Kid-Friendly Family Travel To PA and NJ(click to tweet)

We took a Friday off and took a trip slightly south to Philadelphia and New Jersey. We were looking to avoid a lot of the crowds, however, the weather didn't really help that as it was cloudy and rainy the entire weekend. And so a few people had the idea of taking their kids indoors for fun activities. However, according to some of the attendants at the venues, these were not the number of people they would expect on a May weekend.

May 28, 2018

Aruba Travel - Dutch Caribbean Island Restaurants Reviews

Aruba Travel - Dutch Caribbean Island Restaurants Reviews (click to tweet)

Second Go Family Travel to Aruba - Making Up The Experience - Story continued

Casa Tau
First night in Aruba we went out to check out the strip across the road from our hotel. It has a lot of restaurants and shops. We didn't have reservations so our plan was to go to a restaurant that is likely to not have too long of a wait and open space. Casa Tau was very close and fit the other requirements. It is a pizzeria that offers also pasta, sandwiches, are other fares.
The food was ok. We got a Margarita pizza, a pasta bowl, and garlic bread. Since we are from NY and likely spoiled by pizza selections, we did not like it. It was too overdone and had very few ingredients in it. Kiddo, however, loved the pasta and the pizza. Though not sure if it was the fact that she was very hungry after all day travel and swimming.
The service also was not that great at this restaurant. We had several waiters come up to us but they asked the same questions and still forgot our garlic bread. The atmosphere was casual, though as the restaurant is located right near a few of the larger hotels and on a corner, it was very loud there.
It did work well in our plan overall as it was an easy decision and got us some food after a long day of travel.
Hungry munchkin 

We got some gelato afterward in pretty much the first ice cream stand we saw. We got more selective in the later days as we discovered much better spots for a cold dessert. I got the stracciatella flavor, which is a mix of vanilla ice cream and chocolate chunks. Best of both worlds for me.

May 14, 2018

5 Gadgets To Help You Save Money On Family Vacation

Worried About Your Family Vacation Costs?
Here are Five Gadgets To Help You Save Money
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Guest post by Jane Isherwood, a freelance writer

With families consuming 80% of their vacation meals at restaurants, the high cost of having a family vacation doesn't come as a surprise. If you factor in aspects such as accommodation, transport, and emergency costs, families have no other choice but to start planning early for their getaways. While many people don’t have plans for investing in travel accessories in order to make room for other travel expenses, travel gadgets can actually save you money. With a few travel tips and the right choice of travel gadgets, you can effortlessly cut the cost of your family vacation.

Here are a few gadgets to help you reduce your vacation spending:

Jan 15, 2018

New York Top Ice Skating Rinks Guide

New York Top Ice Skating Rinks Guide

Wintertime is when ice skating becomes top of mind of some of the best activities to do while traveling to New York. There are many outdoor rinks around NYC. There are also quite a few indoor rinks as well where you can enjoy ice skating year round.

Most famous and probably one of the most sought by visitors to New York, is the rink at the Rockefeller Center. It is located right in the heart of Manhattan and in the middle of the Rockefeller Plaza. During the holidays there is a huge Christmas tree that overlooks the rink.

Your Guide to Skating at the Ice Rink in Rockefeller Center

Second most famous ice rink in New York is the outdoor rink at Central Park.

Dec 21, 2017

Holiday Family Travel: Christmas Village And Holiday Lights

Holiday Family Travel: Christmas Village And Holiday Lights

As December rolled around so did we. Our first holiday family trip was to Lusscroft Farms. There we visited the Turner Mansion, where every room, even the bathrooms, were adorned with Christmas decor. There was also live music and a whole lot of Holiday accessories to purchase.

Oct 26, 2017

Happy Halloween Travel

Halloween Travel Plus Tips and Tricks

Oct 12, 2017

Family Trip with Kid to South Carolina and Georgia - Part 2

Family Combo Trip with Flight and Road Trip


Oct 9, 2017

Family Trip with Kid to South Carolina and Georgia

Family Combo Trip with Flight and Road Trip

Recently we took advantage of some holidays and made our way down south. We visited Charleston in South Carolina and Savannah in Georgia.

Aug 31, 2017

Sunday Funday Travel: Made Light Boat House, Topped Of With Dim Sum

Family Travel

NY Hall Of Science
We have been to just about every children's museum in tri-state area. Now that the kiddo is a bit older, we decided to check out the Hall Of Science.
There were a lot of activities for her. Right off the bat we checked out some interactive light exhibits. You can manipulate and play with how the light is displayed and distorted. The disappointing part was that quite a few of the displays were not working. And that was a theme through out, unfortunately.

Jul 31, 2017

We Took A Trip To Bermuda And Came Back To Tell About It - Part 2

Our Cruise To Bermuda - Continued


After the beach went straight to the town of Hamilton. While we ended up having a good time, it was not the best idea. We were tired and hungry from the beach. If you are planning your day in Bermuda 🇧🇲 and traveling to Hamilton, I would suggest not doing what we did. We also got quite a sticker shock in Hamilton even for a New Yorker. Pizza at Portofinos - 10" was $30!!!! Insane. Bring snacks.
While we were strolling around, a street fair unfolded right in front of us. In a matter of minutes, there were food and shopping stands set up. It is called Harbor Night. And we lucked out since it was postponed from previous week due to weather.

Travel Tip: Drying stuff while it wet or not that warm outside. Put things on top of the mini fridge in the room. The top of it usually warm due to operating mechanics.

Jul 24, 2017

Summer Travel - Time To Hit The Beach

Summer Travel - Time To Hit The Beach (click to tweet)

Family Beach Trip

We hit our local beach for the first time this summer for a little staycation. The day was very sunny and dry. The water was surprisingly warmer than we expected. Even warmer than in Aruba.
We had our beach staple with us, the beach sports umbrella, to provide much need shade. Also, a new travel accessory to try out for the first time in the ocean, waterproof sports wallet.

Beach umbrella
Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella

Jul 17, 2017

We Took A Trip To Bermuda And Came Back To Tell About It - Bermuda Cruise

Our Cruise To Bermuda

Cruise Carry-On Packing Cheat Sheet

We have not had a long vacation in almost a year. While we had many shorter trips, we have not been away for a full work week in a long time. We try to avoid this usually by taking at least two of such breaks during the year as it creates vacation-less monsters. :)
For this vacation, we ventured over to Bermuda and instead of flying there, which is quite expensive, we took a cruise on the Celebrity Summit ship. And don't call it a boat or Captain Kate will be on you. As she puts it "a boat is something you can put on the ship, but you cannot put a ship on a boat."
Captain Kate was also quite funny in her announcements:

Jun 5, 2017

Summer Travel Tips And Gadgets: Staying Safe In The Sun

Summer Travel Tips And Gadgets (click to tweet)


» Good idea to wear especially during warmer months when the sun rays reach the Earth a lot more
» Even when it is cloudy, it is a good idea to wear sunscreen

Jan 30, 2017

Family Road Trip Getaway To Snowy Hudson Valley

Family Getaway To Snowy Hudson Valley

My wife's birthday was earlier this week. For birthdays we do not give things, but instead, we have decided awhile ago to give each other experiences. Tangible gifts are for other times of the year. For this celebration, and since we have not taken a long vacation in awhile, we took off three days during the week to go up North to the Hudson Valley, specifically New Paltz and the grandiose resort Mohonk Mountain House. Below is our experience and travel and gadgets tips.

Getting There

Dec 13, 2016

Holiday Family Road Trip in Northeast

Holiday Family Road Trip in Northeast

This weekend we took a road trip to Northern New Jersey. Ultimate goal of the trip was to get our holiday tree from in-laws house. The trip had multiple stops each with holiday filled activities.

Our first stop was in Chester, NJ. We first went to the Festival of Trees that was held in a barn as a fundraiser for the local community. There were more than 60 holiday trees decorated in various themes, including international travel: