When Did I Become Such a Road Trip Wuss?

When you are raised in a rural state, driving long distances doesn't faze you.  It's a given.  And once you reach the age where you are trusted to leave home for the weekend, then the road trip adventures really begin. For a good portion of my life, I was a road trip warrior.  I lived smack dab in the middle of South Dakota.  We were perfectly willing to drive 3 hours one way to go to a Fair, to go snow or water skiing, or just to visit someone.  And then back again, on the same day.  No problem. The possibilities of where we could drive in one day's time were exciting.  (Well, maybe "exciting" is a strong word.  It was the Midwest, after all.)   I felt no reservations whatsoever when making road trip plans.  Hey, let's go wherever we want!  We can drive there! Granted, this was a time back when gas prices were a non-issue.  And before a thrown-from-a-horse injury left me with permanent hip pain.  But let's face it.  At my age, horse injury or no... my body would very likely … [Read more...]

Traveling Without Your Kids

With our impending 10th Wedding Anniversary just around the corner, I've been in full travel dreaming-and-planning mode.  As part of our celebration, my husband and I plan to take advantage of my parents offer to stay with our two kids, ages 2 and 7, and take our first trip sans-kiddos, since having kids. Traveling Without Kids - Should You Feel Guilty? We have friends who have traveled without their kids starting when the children were quite young, who appear to do so regularly, effortlessly, and seemingly without guilt or any second thoughts whatsoever.   In the spirit of brutal blogging honesty, I will tell you that I find myself judging them for this, just a bit. But when I dig a little deeper... I know that it's primarily stemming from my own jealousy.  Partial jealousy of their circumstances which enable them to do so, but also jealousy that they can pull this off emotionally. Because of my own excessive, typically daily guilt which I feel as a grown mom and wife (I … [Read more...]

Travel with Kids Is Worth It

My guest travel blogger today is Lisa, from Gone With The Family.  I love the interesting and intellectual details she shares in her travel posts chronicling her family's adventures. Voted Circle of Moms - Top 25 Travel Blogs by Parents in 2011, today Lisa is sharing some excellent advice with us on the "Why's, How's, and Where's" of traveling with your kids. *o*     *o*     *o* For as long as I can remember I have had an insatiable wanderlust driving me to explore the world.  I was an avid reader from a young age and I suspect that reading about faraway places is what fueled my desire to travel the world and see it all for myself. I didn’t have the opportunity to travel until I was an adult but once I had a taste of it I couldn't stop - not even after I became a mother.  I have itchy feet and I am simply incapable of staying home. When we return from a trip, I'm generally online planning another before the suitcases are unpacked, and definitely before the laundry is caught … [Read more...]

What (I Hope) My Kids Learn From Traveling

If you could trace the origins of the expression "LOL", surely you'd find mention somewhere in there of  Steve, from More Kids Than Suitcases.  He's hilarious, always entertaining, and his travel blog is one of my absolute favorite sites. So to kick off Travel Week Extravaganza with a smile, please welcome Steve as my Guest Travel Blogger today.  Sit back, enjoy, and get ready to laugh-out-loud... *o*     *o*     *o* What (I Hope) My Kids Learn From Traveling Guest Post by Steve, More Kids Than Suitcases To be honest, it’s not my favorite question.  I know that there are plenty of travelers out there who jump at the chance to explain their thoughts on the benefits of travel to people, but I can truthfully say that I really haven’t given the matter a whole lot of thought. When somebody comes up and asks me “Why do you travel so much?” they’re more likely to get the blank stare that I usually reserve for laundry instructions or my kids homework assignments than a well … [Read more...]

Our Electronic Gadget Era – Any Regrets?

  Being an avid reader, I recently broke down and asked for a Nook Color for my Anniversary present. I chose it over the eInk styles because I wanted the back light for reading on road trips at night.  I chose it over the Kindle Fire for the EPUB file format it uses, which is open source and allows me to get books from many places, rather than being tied to Amazon's sole proprietary format. And while wowed by the apps capability, we are generally a non-video game household, and I vowed to keep this toy for myself.  Once I downloaded some apps and my kids caught wind of it ... mom would no longer get to use her Nook when traveling.  Or probably any other time.  Which was the whole point.  So yes, I was going to be selfish with my new present. … [Read more...]