Indoor Adventure at the Mall of America
November 3, 2013 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

The kids are back in school, winter is inevitable, and road trip season has shrunken to the tune of a long weekend or holiday vacation. Accommodating both road warriors and jet setters with a long …

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Saving for Vacation: A Year in Review
January 2, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

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 | No Comment
Turning One Vacation into Two

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 | No Comment
Travel by Air: 10 Tips for Saving Money and Traveling Light

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 …

Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 1
February 6, 2013 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Saving for Vacation: The Budget, Part 1

Emotions ran high on this week’s episode of the Saving for Vacation challenge. Turning the lens in on our required expenses and discretionary spending, yours truly come face-to-face with the dreaded b-word: budget, that is. …

Midwest Travel Podcast
January 24, 2013 – 8:08 pm | No Comment
Midwest Travel Podcast

Now available on iTunes, Road Trips for Families is proud to announce the official launch of the Midwest Travel podcast. Created by Midwest Editor Julie Henning, the podcast will feature travel destinations, events, and …

Saving for Vacation Series: Do More, Spend Less
December 11, 2012 – 8:16 pm | No Comment
Saving for Vacation Series: Do More, Spend Less

The cost of taking a family vacation is a major expense for most American families. From a weekend-getaway to a globetrotting adventure over an extended period of time, funding the trip can take months of …

Disney in Hawaii: Visit the Aulani Lagoon for Free
November 18, 2012 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Disney in Hawaii: Visit the Aulani Lagoon for Free

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 …

Long-Term Holiday Vacation in Orlando, Florida: Stay at Gatwick Hotels
November 10, 2012 – 6:19 pm | No Comment
Long-Term Holiday Vacation in Orlando, Florida: Stay at Gatwick Hotels

Orlando getaways are viewed by many as the ultimate family getaway. Regardless of any low- cost holiday packages you may find on the internet, the cost of your Florida family escape can soon amount to …

Guest Post: Teach your kids about other cultures without using your passport
August 13, 2012 – 1:47 pm | No Comment
Guest Post: Teach your kids about other cultures without using your passport

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 | No Comment
Road Trip Itinerary: Asheville to Nashville

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 …

Kansas Road Trip – The world’s largest anything you can imagine and more edition
July 13, 2012 – 7:26 am | 2 Comments
Kansas Road Trip – The world’s largest anything you can imagine and more edition

Turn a rush through Kansas into a tour of the world’s largest everything. From The World’s Most Artsy Public Toilets to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, Kansas has some of the best road trip stops in the US.

Hand-Picked Favorites For Family Travel
May 16, 2012 – 8:02 am | No Comment
Hand-Picked Favorites For Family Travel

Spending more time on the highway than the average American family, we’d like to think we’ve reached a MacGyver-like state for whatever vacation curve ball inevitably comes our way. Whether we’re making our itineraries, packing …

Cooking in a Vacation Rental (and Still Enjoying Vacation)
April 26, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment
Cooking in a Vacation Rental (and Still Enjoying Vacation)

One of the most common questions we’re asked about family road trips is: “How do you save money?” And there are always lots of questions about picky eaters, finding healthy food and sticking to schedules …

Spring Break at Sea World, San Antonio
April 11, 2012 – 7:59 pm | No Comment
Spring Break at Sea World, San Antonio

Allocating an entire day of our 2012 Texas spring break family vacation to Sea World in San Antonio, we had a fantastic time exploring the marine-themed theme park. Catering to families, the park has something …

Gulf Shores without the Golf: Sand Castles not Sand Traps
November 15, 2011 – 8:56 pm | No Comment
Gulf Shores without the Golf: Sand Castles not Sand Traps

Until I visited the region with family during the 2009  National Shrimp Festival, I held the notion Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama was strictly a golfers paradise. Walking around in light flamingo Polo-shirts, my …

Saving Money in Chicago
November 13, 2011 – 8:48 pm | 2 Comments
Saving Money in Chicago

To live in the Midwest and have never experienced the culture, food, architecture, diversity, and entertainment that is Chicago is a sad thing indeed. For many of us quite comfortable in the regional cost of …

Movies To Go: Redbox on the Road
October 31, 2011 – 11:30 am | 11 Comments
Movies To Go: Redbox on the Road

As a general rule of thumb, we provide our kids with unlimited opportunities for self-entertainment (i.e., looking out the window) for road trips under nine hours. This is partly because our Hail Mary minivan is …

Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin
June 20, 2011 – 9:30 am | 3 Comments
Top 5 Beaches for Skipping Stones in Door County, Wisconsin

Door County, Wisconsin. A beloved vacation destination for Mid-westerners, this pinkie-shaped peninsula jutting out into the pristine waters or Lake Michigan lives up to the nickname “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Whether you ride a Harley, sail a yacht, camp, antique, scuba dive, kayak, or simply appreciate award-winning regional food and wine, Door Country truly has something for everyone all year round. On a budget and in the area for a short weekend, our family came to Door County with one main theme on our vacation itinerary—stones. Skipping stones, that is.

Guidebooks on Alaska: Plan A Trip to the Great North
May 10, 2011 – 7:00 pm | One Comment
Guidebooks on Alaska: Plan A Trip to the Great North

For most of us, planning a road trip to Alaska is as daunting as the state itself. A “lifetime” journey for the adventuresome lot, if you’re ever going to need a guidebook to jump start your vacation planning, this list will get you one step closer to the Great North.

Show Me Chicago
April 27, 2011 – 7:00 pm | 4 Comments
Show Me Chicago

To understand Chicago, you must meet the people who work there, live there, and call it home. With options for walking, public transit, and private transportation, here are three of our favorite Chicago-based tour companies.