Even More Travel Journal Ideas

Travel JournalMost travel journals have one or two tedious full-day entries, a few more scattered attempts at daily documentation, and then … blank pages.  Why?  Because writing down everything you do every day is deadly dull.  If you’re idea is that “travel journaling is educational so I will sit my kids down every day of this trip and make them write down what we did,” what you might actually be teaching your kids is that writing is extremely boring.  Instead, help your kids add zip to their journals and maybe they’ll enjoy writing. 

Our first book, Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids, has a whole chapter on creative travel journals.  It even has awesome reproducible pages.   Read more »

Seattle Scavenger Hunt

Planning a visit to Seattle?  Or do you live in Seattle and want to enjoy a downtown day with your kids?  Our awesome photo scavenger hunt will keep your kids walking, happy, and engaged!  Actually adults like it too.  It’s just plain fun and helps anyone enjoy the details of our fabulous city.

The area covered by our scavenger hunt is the downtown core.  Walk on 1st Avenue between Pike’s Place and Pioneer Square.  As a round trip, you will want to come back along 3rd with short detours to see the library and the opera hall.  End up at Westlake Center and take the monorail to Seattle Center.  You’ll capture all the pictures within this route.  You can get off at Seattle Center (no photos there – makes for a long day) or buy a round trip ticket in advance and just enjoy the ride. Read more »

Digging up my Own Past: A Visit to the LaBrea tar Pits

Digging up My Own pastAs an American, I have always felt somewhat void of cultural heritage.  What’s my traditional dress?  Blue jeans.  An American traditional meal?  Macaroni and cheese.  My two teenage daughters have traveled all over the world exploring other cultures and learning about other peoples’ histories.  Recently, we decided to dig up a little of our own past …

My Great Grandfather was Charles R. Knight, a wildlife painter most famous for reconstructing dinosaurs through a mixture of art and biology.  Our family knew him as Toppy.  I grew up surrounded by his giant oil paintings and small detailed sketches, never really understanding how lucky I was.  Read more »

Toddlers to Teens: 7 Tips for Family Travel in Europe

Read tips from our book, “100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe,” at Something2Offer.com!Toddlers-to-Teens-7-Tips-for-Family-Travel-in-Europe

E is for Explore the World: The A to Z of Raising Bilingual Children

Optimized-A-Z-of-raising-Bilingual-ChidrensundayOur kids have been lucky to enjoy a Spanish immersion program through our local public schools so we had lots of support from family and teachers.  The support was desperately needed because neither my husband nor I actually speak Spanish. We wish were bilingual but we’re not.  Bilingualism was a gift we wanted to give our children, but not something that came easily.

The first reason to explore the world is motivation. Our first challenge in helping our Read more »

100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

100 Tips Cover 150dpi100 Tips Back 150dpiOur second book is out! The fastest way to get yours is to grab a copy on Amazon here.  You can also contact us directly (Ashley [at] RumbleBooks.com) and we’ll send you one directly.

Our first book, “Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids” focused on how to travel anywhere with kids.  “100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe” retains the spirit of educational adventure but focuses on Europe and has lots of destination-specific ideas.

Our tips are organized into three sections. The first, “Ready, Set…,” will help you prepare for your trip. It provides ideas for involving the kids in planning, packing, and setting an itinerary. Where should we go? What should we bring? And, what should the kids do to get ready? The second section, “Go!,” is all about the trip itself—from the plane ride to the hotel room to daily adventures. In addition to safety tips and logistics, you’ll find scores of ideas for places to go and things to do. Is Europe a good place for volcanoes? Actually, yes! How many kinds of boat trips can you pack into a three-week vacation? A lot! Can you bring a toddler to a museum? Absolutely! While we can’t list all of the tourist activities across this exciting continent, we sow the seeds for what your trip can really be. Don’t settle for just the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, and Big Ben. Explore Europe! Dance to street musicians, learn about politics, eat seven kinds of waffles, go punting, and see fairy tale scenery (literally!).

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Book reviews!!

The breadth of information here is incredible … it will change your travels – and the way your family travels together. Add to it the inspiring tips for specific European places and activities, and this is one book you will use so much you’ll crease the corners, have pens and post-its on certain pages, and crack the spine (I did!). Highly recommended.” – Jessie Voigts, Curator and Publisher for WanderingEducators.com Read more »

How I Spent My Christmas Vacation in Panama: Part Two

Hooray for Coco Mango!

Hooray for Coco Mango!

Coming back from Guna Yala we were dropped off at the airport in Panama City for a cross-country flight to David.  David is the biggest city in western Panama and the gateway to the highlands around Volcan Baru, the tallest mountain in the country at just over 11,000 feet in elevation. Because we were all in need of a night of air-conditioning and a comfy bed, we opted for a room at the new business hotel near the David airport where we got a great deal on a family room with breakfast.  Our birding guide had suggested that if we wanted a more Panamanian experience, we should go to the foothill town of Volcan on the western side of the volcano instead of the American expat haven of Boquete on the eastern side.  We headed out in the morning!

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How I Spent My Christmas Vacation in Panama: Part One

Too much to do...

Too much to do in Guna Yala!

The first day after school got out I found myself driving north with my family toward Panama. Living outside Seattle, this has more to do with funky airline ticket pricing than a bad sense of direction. My wife had found flights out of Vancouver cheap enough to warrant the drive and the cost of parking the car for a couple of weeks. So our trip to Central America started with a short trip to Tim Hortons. Read more »