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157 Ways to Make Money on the Road: Remote Work for RVers (yes, and Van Life too)

Adam here: Celine and I do a combination of things to make money on the road while RVing to support our family of five. Celine works with Instacart and does some secret shopping, and I run our online business (a web design agency) and write blog posts like this one. We do some odd jobs […]

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RV Life Working On The Road

19 Businesses You Can Run From An RV

‘What can you do for work while traveling full-time?’ This is a question we get quite often as a family of 5 (sometimes we’re called Digital Nomads since we run a business while traveling), and while we spend much of our time RVing in North America, we also have started to explore Europe and would […]

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How To Create Unforgettable Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

Imagine exploring the majestic landscapes of the Canadian Rockies, where towering mountains, crystal-clear lakes, and stunning waterfalls await you and your family. From the vibrant Banff National Park to the serene retreat of Waterton Lakes, there’s a world of adventure waiting to be discovered. We’ll guide you through unforgettable family adventures in the Canadian Rockies, […]

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The Cost of RVing Fulltime As A Family: An RVing Budget

The open road is calling, and the attraction of full-time RV living becomes more attractive by the day. But what about the cost of RVing? How can you make the most of your RV lifestyle while keeping expenses in check? What monthly costs might be different for someone who travels in their RV compared to […]

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Family Road Trip Checklist: What to Bring and What to Leave Behind

We’ve been traveling as a family full-time since 2018. While we have made international trips by plane, we spend most of our time RVing in North America. We’ve learned that road trips offer invaluable experiences that bring our family closer together. Family road trips provide a unique opportunity for family members to spend quality time […]

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Visiting Europe

Trusted House Sitters: Switzerland Review

In July of 2022, our family of five, while housesitting in Europe was able to use Trusted House Sitters in Switzerland to find a house sit for two weeks in Zurich. We were really excited when the house sit in Switzerland came up since the hotspots for Trusted Housesitters is UK and Austraila, and other […]

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Canada Parks

Canada’s Wonderland: Questions Families Ask

Canada’s Wonderland is the largest amusement and theme park in Canada, located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. This amazing theme park offers a wide range of thrilling rides, including the world’s fastest dive coaster, Yukon Striker. With over 330 acres, Canada’s Wonderland is one of the largest amusement parks in North America. The park features various […]

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Unique places to visit in Canada for Family Vacation

Is Canada a good family holiday destination? Yes, Canada has so much to offer, from the sandy beaches of Prince Edward Island (and the home of Green Gables Heritage Place made famous in Anne of Green Gables) to the immigration history of European settlers in Halifax on the East Coast, and the pristine waters of […]

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RV Storage Tips (Easy ways to improve storage in an RV)

There’s a difference between packing your RV for a camping trip for a week and packing your RV to live in full-time. We’ll focus on full-time RV living (since that’s the RV life we know best), and if you’re looking for storage ideas for your weekend RV trip, you’ll find some helpful tips and RV […]

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Life Lessons Save Money RVing

Traveling As a Family: The Good, The Bad, and the Snuggly

Whether you’re planning to travel on a budget abroad or take a road trip a few cities away, traveling as a family can be a lot of fun, but along with the process can come some challenges. While we see plenty of Instagram-worthy travel moments online, we don’t usually see the lineups, change of plans, […]

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Save Money RVing Visiting Europe

Budget Family Travel: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Kids on a Budget

Family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips for family travel on a budget!

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Life Lessons Save Money RVing

5 Ideas To Save Money And Have The Best Family Vacations: Summer 2023

If 2023 inflation is hitting your family’s summer vacation budget like the price of eggs at the grocery store this spring, you’re considering some ways to save money on your summer family vacations. A week at Walt Disney World, flights to Jackson Hole, the Ocean Edge Resort in San Diego, or an expensive stay at […]

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Life Lessons

Family Travel Challenges: Continued (#5-#9)

Family Travel Challenge 5: The “Please, Please, Please stop talking about Pokemon” Challenge <insert your kids favorite thing to ramble about here – Minecraft, Frozen, Roblox… you get the idea> This one is more of a challenge for me than Celine. She’s easy going. I just need to have some silence in my life to […]

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Life Lessons

9 Challenges to Family Travel (and how we pretend we don’t mind)

It’s time to explore the great outdoors with your kids, see the world, hike a mountain, learn some history, experience a dip in an untouched lake, or taste the world-renown delicacies of a new city, but so far, it’s taken 28 minutes to “Get your shoes on and get in the car,” and you’re now […]

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RV Life Save Money RVing

How to find FREE RV Camping in US and Canada

Since we started RVing in 2018, we’ve found ways to save money by RVing for free. Here’s how to find FREE RV Camping in US and Canada.

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Visiting Europe

Words That Are Different in British English vs. American English (& Canadian English)

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” – George Bernard Shaw, 1942 (We’re going to imagine George was lumping Canada into “America” as a continent and the rest of the UK into “England” – probably just an oversight.) We were just off the plane landing in London when a kind airport […]

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Best Places for Free Dispersed Camping; Southern California Edition

On top of the amazing winter climate, free camping in California brings lush vegetation in national forests to desert to mountain views – California has so many free camping options.

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Petsitting RV Life Working On The Road

RV Life Hack: Housesitting and Pet Sitting

We’ve been traveling full-time since 2018 in our RV but didn’t add petsitting to our adventure until we started petsitting in England in 2022.

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Petsitting Save Money RVing Visiting Europe

Our Trusted House Sitters Review: 11 Housesits in 6 Months in Europe

Our family’s review of TrustedHousesitters.com; What we love about petsitting and what could change on the app (Plus a 25% discount code!)

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Visiting Europe

Visiting Chateau De Lalacelle, Alencon, France

When we got off the ferry from Portsmouth, England to Caen, France, my cousin Ash picked us up to drive us to Chateau de Lalacelle – a property in Alecon, France (in Northwest France – rural Normandy) that he and his partner, Terry, purchased to restore when moving from Middlesborough, England. On arrival, everyone dropped […]

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RV Life

12 Best Board Games and Card Games for Camping and RVing Families

These are 12 of our favorite board games and card games for camping and enjoying family time together in our RV.

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21 Easy RV Hacks: Tips to Improve Your RV Experience

Whatever your style of RV life (whether you travel full-time, stationary full-time, stationary over the summer, or simply take a few camping trips each year) we hope these tips and tricks will be helpful.

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Petsitting Visiting Europe

How I Almost Killed A Goat While Petsitting in France

This specific housesit in France was pretty unique: 9 goats, 10 chickens, a herd of cats, and a basset hound named Austin – but I may have missed the mark when giving the goats a ‘treat.’

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Mexico RV Life

Do I Need To Speak Spanish To RV In Baja, California, Mexico?

When friends and family hear that we’ve embarked on a Baja RV Adventure, they often ask about the need to speak Spanish when RVing in Mexico. Sometimes the question comes from curiosity about our trip south of the border, and sometimes they are curious about the option of RV camping as a means to explore […]

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Visiting Europe

Tips For Traveling With Kids On Planes

You’re taking your kids on a plane for the first time: You’ve got your kid’s clothes, toys, and snacks packed, but will it be enough? Will younger kids sleep on that long-haul flight? Will older kids have enough to do to keep them occupied while they sit in one spot for hours at a time? […]

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17 Easy And Affordable Tips: How To Keep Your RV Cool This Summer

There are plenty of ways to keep your RV cool when the sun is heating up your rig, but whether you’re boondocking off grid in the desert or you’re trying to keep your rig cool while hooked up at an RV park means you’ll have different goals in mind.

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Historical Sites National Parks Visiting Europe

Historical Things To Do With Kids Near Stonehenge

Stonehenge is an amazing piece of world history about 90 miles (2-hour drive) west of London on Salisbury Plains, set amongst the hills of southwest England. This family fun day trip to the famous Unesco World Heritage Site is great for kids as you watch interactive video exhibits in the visitors center and learn about […]

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Life Lessons Visiting Europe

A Better Conversation Starter Than “What was your favorite part of Europe?”

I love that people ask our boys this question because it shows that they are really interested in seeing the trip through our boys’ eyes, but I’ve seen how this conversation starter question usually leads to silence.

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RV Life Save Money RVing

A Quickstart Guide to BLM Camping and RVing on Public Land

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) offers free camping throughout the US, with the highest concentration of land in the desert Southwest.

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Visiting Europe

Best Airplane Luggage For Kids (from a family who spent seven months in Europe)

Luggage was a big conversation for us as we were planning our trip to Europe, so if you’re planning on buying luggage for your kids for a trip overseas, here’s what went into our conversation and what we ended up settling on.

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Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle With Kids

Neuschwanstein Castle – aka ‘The Real Cinderella Castle’ is absolutely stunning. You’ll find it on display high up on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria, Germany. I dreamed about visiting this castle since I was a kid. My parents traveled to Europe and told me about this beautiful castle. It […]

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Cities Visiting Europe

Planes vs Trains in Europe With Kids

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission for the referral at no cost to you. Should we take a plane or train with kids in Europe? Train travel in North America is less practical than in Europe, so future tourists often ask us about […]

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Visiting Europe

How Long Can You Visit Europe For?

When we tell people we visited Europe for seven months, we get mixed responses – “Are you allowed to stay that long?” … “Why didn’t you stay longer if you could?” We felt like seven months was a good amount of time to do plenty of exploring, and after we’d been away for that long, […]

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Visiting Europe

How To Decide Where To Visit In Europe

“How are we going to decide what countries we will visit in Europe?” This was an ongoing conversation for us for a long time before we started planning our trip. It was an active part of the conversation as we: Began searching for housesitting opportunities Secured our first housesit, and could base our travel plans […]

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Visiting Europe

How We Snuck In 3 “Bonus” Countries During Our 6 Months In Europe

This blog post includes affiliate links. If you make a purchase, we’ll receive a commission for making the referral at no cost to you. Altogether in Europe, we visited 12 countries. (During the trip, we also visited friends in Israel, which is part of Asia. Yep, Israel is in Asia. Add that to your ‘fun […]

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Petsitting In England For (Almost) Free with Trusted Housesitters

It’s always been a dream to visit Europe. My dad was a first-generation immigrant from Scotland to Canada, and other than a trip there with my parents when I was 6-months old, I’d never been back. Scotland was only one of many places on our list for Europe. We were concerned about prices in Europe, […]

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Life Lessons From RVing: Lesson 1: Always Put Gas In The Tank

It was a dark and stormy night… well, not really. I think it was actually a sunny clear afternoon the day we crossed from British Columbia, Canada into a National Forest in Washington state. We were heading to visit friends we hadn’t seen since college. At this point in time, we’d been on the road […]

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RV Life Working On The Road

How to run an online business from an RV

There’s often a moment of surprise when I tell people that we’re full-time RVers and travelers. I guess it would have been a shock to me, too, if someone had told me that when we were still living in our sticks and bricks. Inevitably, the question comes up about how we make money on the […]

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Can you cook full meals in an RV (camper kitchen)

Before we bought our first RV, we wondered what cooking was going to be like: Would we have to blow our budget eating out because the RV Kitchen was so small, and there’s limited counter space? Would we be making a diet out of hot dogs and marshmallows? Would we even get to experience a […]

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RV Life

How to stay warm in winter in an RV

Get your RV ready to live in for winter! (This post contains affiliate links. If you take a recommendation and make a purchase, we may recieve a commission that doesn’t affect your purchase price). Our family has been living in our RV year-round since the summer of 2018, which includes winter RV living. While most […]

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RV Life

15 Christmas Gift Ideas for RV Families

(Disclosure: If you choose to make a purchase from one of our recommendations, we will receive an affiliate commission at no cost to you.) We are often asked what Christmas looks like for a full-time RVing Family. One of the biggest questions is on the topic of ‘Christmas gift ideas’ – some RV and camper […]

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What is Boondocking (or dry camping) and where are Boondockers Welcome?

You’ve probably heard of boondocking (or some reference to being down in the boondocks) and also dry camping, with some minor differences. Boondocking and dry camping are similar – You’re overnight parking, usually for free, with no hookups (water, electric, or sewer).   What is the difference between Dry Camping and Boondocking? What Does Dry […]

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Solar Panels for RVs – A Novice’s Guide on Where To Start

This article contains affiliate links. If you choose to click and make a purchase, we may make a commission at no cost to you. I’m no expert in RV solar panels and electrical systems, and for some people reading, that will be enough to click away, but for others, that’s just what you need. Some […]

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9 Fun Things To Do As A Family in Kelowna, BC

(Note: some of the affiliate links in this article will pay us a commission at no cost to you if you choose to make a purchase.) We recently RV’d as a family for a few nights in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. We spent some of the time in West Kelowna (on the west […]

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9 Free Things To Do: For Kids Who Travel In An RV full time

As a full-time RVing family, we often meet people on our travels who are a bit shocked, slightly envious, or even perplexed at how we travel as a family full-time and share 270 sq feet in our travel trailer between 5 of us. (I remember one woman listening to our story at a restaurant and […]

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9 Easy Ways to Save Money on Campgrounds

We cut our campground expenses in half during our second year on the road. Here are 9 ways we did that.

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Things to do in Savannah with Kids (hint: Visit The Wilkes House and Fort Pulaski)

We spent the day in Savannah, Georgia, and as a recommendation from friends, we went to the Wilkes House (Family-style meal, only open for lunch from 11-2) and Fort Pulaski which saw its only battle in the civil war. Our boys are 6, 8, and 10 years old and enjoyed the whole day!  

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Things to do with kids on Jekyll and St. Simons Island! (From a Full-time RV Family)

On the east coast of Georgia, on the Atlantic Coast, is a popular area for tourists: Jekyll Island and St Simons Island. While there are lots of things to see and do, sorting out what can be done with kids, or as a family is another challenge. Here are some family activities that our boys […]

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Washington, DC

Traveling the USA has helped us learn and appreciate the history of this amazing country so much more. We love how patriotic most Americans are. We enjoy learning more about the significant events in history that made this nation so great. And walking with our boys through the streets of historic places has been an […]

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Things to do in Naples, FL with kids! (from a Full-Time RV Family)

We loved our trip to Naples, Florida, and there’s lots for a family with 3 boys to do there, from the Zoo to Baker’s Park to Naples Pier to 5th Avenue!

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RV Life

How we decided to purchase and renovate a Travel Trailer! (why not a motorhome or fifth wheel?)

We considered motorhomes, fifth wheels and eventually landed on our travel trailer. Here’s what we were looking for, what were our MUST HAVEs to travel full-time as a family, and the renovations we did to our tiny home (our 1992 Salem Cobra) before we hit the road! This was our first trailer, and we weren’t […]

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RV Life

9 Basic Terms for Full Time RV Living

When we transitioned to living Full Time in our RV (in our case, we have a travel trailer that we tow behind our SUV) we were REALLY unprepared. It was an exciting, adventurous time where we weren’t sure what we were doing, exactly where we were going or what challenges might lie ahead

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RV Life

Making New Friends on the Road

Do your kids have a hard time making friends at new campgrounds or are they outgoing? My boys have had to say ‘good-bye’ to their new friends many times over the past 10 months. Yesterday, we got to meet my childhood best friend’s kids for the first time! Friends come and go but I hope […]

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Historical Sites

Jack from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, East of Edmonton

Before we left the Edmonton, Alberta area, we explored the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Our cousin works there and plays the part of “Jack”, a Ukrainian Immigrant who runs a lumber store in the village. My aunt came along with us as we enjoyed our time exploring the village and learning about their way of […]

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Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Lamont County, Alberta, Canada

A great afternoon for the family, just east of Edmonton! Being immersed in the Ukrainian Culture of the Immigrants who came to Alberta in the early 1900s was a fun experience. We learned what life was like for them and explored just east of Edmonton at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. If you have a […]

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Full-Time RV Life (with kids) is an adventure!

As a new day begins, I just keep thinking about how amazing it has been traveling across the United States and part of Canada for these past 8 months. We’ve made to many memories with our boys and experienced so many new things. (like learning to keep our RV cool in the summer!) Life is […]

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park We can’t wait to come back here again someday. We enjoyed seeing the beauty of the park right at the end of the winter season to see the snow. But we are ready for warm weather! Yosemite National Park

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Hoover Dam, Navada

Hoover Dam, Navada With the amount of concrete that was used to build Hoover Dam, a 4000-mile two-lane highway could have been built. It would be able to stretch from San Francisco to New York! It took more than 10,000 people to build, and more than 100 people died during its construction. The Hoover Dam

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Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica, California We made it to the end of Route 66! The waves of the ocean, the lights of the Ferris wheel, the sunset on the beach, the time spent with friends – the Santa Monica Pier was perfect. The MOXI Wolf Museum in Santa Monica, CA was so artistic and interesting. We found […]

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Los Angeles, California – Our Family Trip

California Here We Come!!! We enjoy driving in California even though there is heavy traffic, because the scenery is beautiful! We love the mountains and hills, the ocean and bridges. We explored Cabrillo Marine Aquarium yesterday and picked up a pass to get us in to other aquariums while we travel. I got to take our […]

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Hollywood, California

We explored Hollywood with friends today!   Hollywood Boulevard  

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San Diego, California

  ‘To travel is to live.’ We are so excited to be at the Pacific Ocean!       Our three boys enjoy the time they get outdoors, exploring the cities we travel to. We loved exploring Balboa Park in San Diego. The architecture was so interesting to look at.       Balboa Park […]

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Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California Another National Park ✔️ We took in the beauty of the southern part of Joshua Tree National Park in California and our boys earned another Jr. Ranger badge. Who would have known that desert could be so beautiful! One of our favorite spots to camp for free in Southern California […]

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Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in. Taking our boys to Science Centers all over the country has been such a fun way to teach them Science. The […]

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Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona

We’ve been taking in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Today we visited Saguaro National Park. The protected saguaro cacti are so interesting to look at – they are huge! It’s ok to have fun … next to a Saguaro 🌵. We try to get a family photo that’s decent, but this is what we […]

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Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park with Kids

The Carlsbad Caverns were incredible!  We took the long hike down into Carlsbad cavern in Carlsbad, New Mexico west of El Paso through the natural opening, where the bats fly out at night. (We didn’t get to watch all of the bats this evening because they have gone south for the winter). The boys did […]

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Our  Journey to Guadalupe Mountains National Park We stopped in at the Guadeloupe Mountains National Park for a little while. Our oldest son, Joel, wanted to earn a badge for the park, so he did – he is learning a lot as he earns the badges, too! Guadalupe Mountains National Park  

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Cities

Our Journey through Dallas Texas

Dallas is an exciting and big city to explore. We made it downtown today.   Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo   Since we are in Texas, it made sense to go to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – yeehaw! It was very entertaining. The funniest part was seeing the expressions on our […]

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RV Life

15 Essential RV Accessories for your first 90 days of Full-timing

When our family left to get on the road full time, my wife and I had never camped together before, and neither of our families owned an RV or travel trailer while we were growing up. We were newbies and knew we were in over our heads. No amount of Google Searches or Youtube videos […]

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Climbing, climbing, and more climbing!

Have I ever mentioned that my boys love to climb? They climb rock walls, playground equipment, ladders, trees, walls, the countertop … they even try to climb me! In all of their climbing, thankfully they haven’t broken any bones yet. I was excited that the boys could burn off their energy on all of the […]

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Visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa

We wanted to do something new and fun with our boys over March break, and there are so many fun places we haven’t explored yet in southwest Florida. Finding somewhere with things that interest an 8yr old, 6yr old, and 4yr old can be a little bit tricky. Children’s museum’s are always a hit with […]

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Science Centers

Holding an Alligator at Calusa Nature Center, Fort Myers

Ian’s (4-year-old) face pretty well says it all. He was a little unsure at first but then realized how cool it actually was.

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Manatee Park, Fort Myers, Florida

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National Parks

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park We arrived at Big Bend National Park today. Swimming in a hot springs and in the Rio Grande River was a lot of fun. It’s so beautiful here! Hot Spring