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June 28, 2015 – 3:08 pm

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime! To me, a West Michigan vacation is not complete until you have sand permanently in your shoes, have captured at least one firefly in a jar, and endured at least one ice …

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Whimsical Midwestern Places

June 7, 2015 – 4:28 pm
Raven Hill Discovery Center

A bit like taking a trip down the rabbit hole, some of our best vacation photos were spent in the most random, eclectic, wonderful places. Inspired by artists, scientists, and authors, here are some of …

Kansas City Neighborhoods: Where the Locals Call Home

June 1, 2015 – 8:32 am
Westside Neighborhood

Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at a map and thought, “Why the heck would anyone go to Kansas City? Looks like it’s in…Kansas and Missouri? City of Fountains? What?” Aligning myself as a …

Family Vacation in Washington, DC

May 31, 2015 – 5:10 pm
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Henning

With free or cheap admission to countless museums and attractions packed in tight throughout the greater Washington, DC area, it’s no surprise that America’s capitol city is a popular vacation destination. Walkable and bikeable, visitors …

Saving for Vacation: A Year in Review

January 2, 2014 – 1:35 pm

January 10 marks the one year anniversary of our “Saving for Vacation” challenge—a total budget makeover using the Mvelopes money management tool in conjunction with Money 4 Life financial coaching.
Throughout the year, I gave updates …

Turning One Vacation into Two

March 4, 2013 – 8:00 am
Jake Redman Headshot

Today’s guest post comes from Jake Redman, founder of ModHop.com. On ModHop.com, Redman has leveraged his personal travel experiences to help others get the most out of their travel experience, providing them with the information …

Travel by Air: 10 Tips for Saving Money and Traveling Light

February 12, 2013 – 8:41 pm
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Traveling by car as much as economically possible, occasionally we fly to a destination (like Hawaii) in order to make the most of a road trip. In our family of five, saving on expenses …

Disney in Hawaii: Visit the Aulani Lagoon for Free

November 18, 2012 – 7:00 pm
Aulani_Lagoon

Planning a trip to O’ahu for the Honolulu Color Run, Mapquest showed the 5K race course just down the street from the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina. With lodging already booked in …

Family Vacation in Hawaii: Affordable Ideas on The Big Island

November 11, 2012 – 6:32 pm
Surfs Up

Family-friendly and affordable vacation suggestions for a family vacation on The Big Island of Hawaii.
Traveling a great distance and spending a chunk of change just getting to Hawaii, our recent family vacation needed to be …

Guest Post: Teach your kids about other cultures without using your passport

August 13, 2012 – 1:47 pm
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When families aspire to expose their children to different cultures, many parents think this must involve global travel. However, international travel may not be within our budget, school and work constraints might prohibit long trips, or some families choose to wait until their children are older to travel abroad. Today I’d like to focus on another way to expose your children to a variety of diverse cultures, varying perspectives and lifestyles, and unique customs and traditions: I invite you to “think local.”

Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

August 3, 2012 – 4:57 am
World's Largest Treehouse

While you could make it from Asheville, NC to Nashville, TN in four to five hours on the Interstate, taking the scenic route offers opportunities for unique stops that make a memorable family road trip.
When …