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Sister and brother play in front of a hotel in Victoria BC

Where to stay in Victoria BC with kids: 6 welcoming hotels for families

A welcoming, vibrant island city: Victoria BC is a wonderful family destination The first time Jodie and Anthony visited Victoria was during our honeymoon in 2010. In 2022, we came back to Victoria—as parents. Our short stay was long enough for the kids to make clear they wanted to come back to this beautiful, historic …


The Vancouver waterfront at sunset, by the Columbia River

5 best places to stay in Vancouver, WA with kids

Family friendly hotels near downtown Vancouver, Washington, and the mighty Columbia River Location can define a city, yet location can also be what helps a city reimagine itself. When a place gives you access to forests, one of the country’s mightiest rivers, and is on highways that can get you to points throughout both Oregon …


Week 19, Hua Hin, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Chile excitement, tech problems, kiddo differences, Hua Hin night markets, and a beach surprise for Aster Excited for chiles? Wow, I did not expect that from a certain 11-year-old. But as we settled into Hua Hin, Thailand, the four of us tackled more technical difficulties and got to know the …


This temple in Singapore's Chinatown is a great spot for Lunar New Year

Week 18, Singapore and Hua Hin, Thailand

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Rainy Singapore days, and an unintentional unaccompanied minor January in Singapore can be a rainy time, but we did not expect our last days in the island nation to be in various states of downpour. How would we get the most out of our remaining time in Singapore before going …


The Hoi An lanterns we made... and wished we could have brought home.

Week 16, Hoi An, Vietnam, and LEGOLAND Malaysia

Diary of a Globetrotting Family Making lanterns and wishes in Hoi An, and unleashing our imaginations at LEGOLAND Malaysia The blocky stamp thunked four times, and the Malaysia immigration official handed us back our passports. After leaving Hoi An to fly out of Da Nang, then a day of traveling across Vietnam and Singapore, we’d …


24 Hours in Silverton and Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Hiking as a family: How to break down Oregon’s legendary Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Yes, hiking 7 miles of waterfalls can be kid friendly! Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park offers a hiking trail that can take in 10 waterfalls. But the total length of the Trail of Ten Falls is also a whopping 7 miles long. Hiking as a family, that can be a lot to do in one …


A Zillah WA summer family trip offers kids and adults alike a chance to relax and recharge.

Take a Zillah WA summer family trip: 24 hours in Yakima Valley wine country

Zillah, WA: A family gateway to both wine country and kid friendly fun Central Washington’s Yakima Valley wine country calls to visitors from all over the world, and it’s no wonder. This area of the Pacific Northwest averages over sunny 300 days a year. In addition to nearly 2 million acres of rich farmland, the …


Tractors, tamales & kid friendly fun: Take a Union Gap summer family trip in Washington State

Why visit Union Gap for a summer family vacation or homeschool field trip? Family friendly destinations take many forms. That variety is where our homeschooling family finds some of our favorite family travel experiences. In Central Washington’s Yakima Valley, the Evergreen State’s third longest river is the foundation of a fertile land home to much …


Incredible views from Bateman Island in the Columbia River

STEM, outdoors & fun: 17 ideas for a Washington Tri-Cities family vacation

Clear skies, one of the country’s mightiest rivers, and lots of family attractions for your vacation On the mighty Columbia River, the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland offer a beautiful space for a Washington Tri-Cities family vacation. This inland, riverside region offers a huge array of easy-to-get-to family friendly attractions, from STEM to the …


Oregon hikes with kids

Oregon hikes with kids: Family friendly trails in Lane County’s Eugene, Cascades, and Coast wonderland

Spring! Summer! Even fall: When it comes to Oregon hikes with kids, Lane County has incredible family hikes, all within easy reach of Eugene, Springfield, and even the Oregon Coast. Lane County is about the size of Connecticut. While Eugene and Springfield are the main urban areas, smaller towns and cities such as Florence, Cottage …