Exploring Vancouver with Kids

Vancouver has everything: active excursions from beaches to mountains, plus shopping, dining and art. Whatever your travel plans, make sure to get the most out of your stay in this picturesque city.

We spent 3 nights and 4 full days in Vancouver hiking, biking and playing outside during July before heading south to Seattle, Bainbridge Island, and eventually Portland (check out our road trip itinerary). We stayed downtown in a high-rise building with a fantastic view of the city, which we arranged through AirBnB. Here are our highlights, some tips and a few recommendations for a fun family vacation.

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8 Tips to Take the Pain out of Packing

Travel is fun, but let’s face it – packing is not. This wouldn’t be a proper travel blog if I didn’t dish out some tips for making the packing process easier, less tedious, or more efficient. I strongly dislike packing, but it must be done. Over the years we have honed our packing skills – especially when it involves all 5 of us getting prepared. We never start early, and there’s no chaos or panic (anymore). Here are my top 8 tips, take what you will:

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30 minutes in Charleston

Charleston, SC has long been on my travel list. I attended a work conference there two summers ago and scheduled some time on the front-end for a quick glimpse of the city. It was a quick trip; my return flight was scheduled soon after the last session the next day. I dreamed of trying she-crab soup and shrimp and grits. Maybe a stroll through the Charleston City Market or some shopping on King Street.

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