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Torrey Pines Nature Reserve, San Diego, California

Locals and travelers gather on Sunset Cliffs in San Diego to watch the sunset. "Sunset Cliffs" is part of a 68-acre Natural Park with the cliff section extending 1½ miles along the shoreline just south of the Ocean Beach Pier.
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10 Tips For Surviving an International Flight With Kids

How do you survive flying with kids, especially long haul international flights?

We've partnered with Qatar Airways to share our top tips for enjoying flying with your kids (yes it can be this way!)

+ we share 5 family friendly international destinations you may enjoy

10 Iconic Places to Eat in NYC

Want to know the best places in NYC for bagels, pizza, ruebens, burgers, high tea and much more?

Great tips from local New Yorker Christine...


10 Easy style & Packing Tips for your holiday travels

Want to be stylish on your travels? Learn these easy style and packing tips for your next holiday.


Why You Should Follow Your heart (and its wild journey)

When I was traveling through Tirol, Austria last year with some other blogging friends, I described to them how I instantly felt Raleigh was my home the minute I first arrived in 2004.

I couldn’t explain it. I just looked at the pine trees through the window of my airport transfer and was overwhelmed with this rushing feeling of I am home.

They listened in awe and I could see that restless spirit within them as they asked,

“Do you think that can happen to everyone? Do you think that one day you can find that special place just for you? I feel like I’m going to be endlessly looking.”

“Yes I do. I think everyone has a soul home. Some are born there, and others, for whatever reason have to go on a journey to find it. If you are open to it, and willing to make the sacrifices for it, you’ll find it and you’ll just KNOW when you do.”

For the first time in my life, I feel I have roots. I literally feel as if my legs have become tree trunks and they refuse to budge from this place.

I’ve never felt like this before and I wonder if other people feel the same way.

Is that why some people never have a desire to travel? Is it because their tree trunk legs won’t let them?

My life in Raleigh gives me a deep satisfying love that enables me to feel very present in my everyday moments.

Simple things like shopping at Trader Joes or Costco puts me in a joyful state. I walk around humming with this feeling of love surrounding me and I whisper, I love this so much. Like I looooove living here so much.

Who would be filled up by grocery shopping like that?

Today, I share ​​​​​​​more about why you should follow your heart and the wild journey it takes you on - including some fascinating research conducted on the heart's intuition!

I'd love to hear your stories and questions in the comments on the post.


Why Remember the Alamo, San Antonio Texas (& its Yellow Rose)

Don't forget to visit the Alamo in San Antonio Texas. My Dad has wanted to visit ever since I can remember so it was wonderful to take him there.

It's well worth a visit, especially staying at the Emily Morgan Hotel - the Yellow Rose of Texas - and the official Alamo Hotel.

QUESTION - what are you reading this month?

Is there a better way to end the day in San Diego? Whilst my kids were happy jumping off the wall along the boardwalk onto the sand and using it as a balance beam, I snapped this family walking along the waters edge at Pacific Beach taking in the show.
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23 Beautiful Reasons to Visit MOROCCO

Dreaming of Morocco? Here's why you should be...

Do you have any great tips for travel in Morocco?

What are you best at?

Colorful beach homes in San Diego, along the boardwalk between Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. Who wants to stay in one of these? Yes please!
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Great tips here on things to do in Barcelona! What a place this looks like. You been?

Insider tips from a local on the best things to do in Barcelona, plus advice on where to eat, drink, shop, explore, and where to stay in Barcelona, Spain.

Romantic Getaway at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Australia

The perfect place for a romantic getaway is at the Rainforest Retreat at Montville.


A Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

If you love Universal Studios, and Harry Potter, and Japan, then how about visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Japan :)

28 Places in Australia to See Incredible Sunsets

We've rounded up our favorite places to see sunsets around Australia.

Where are your favorites?


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6:30am over Ventura Pier and surfers point in Ventura Beach, California with Visit California

How to Overcome the Travel Blues

Do you ever get the travel blues? Learn how we overcome them.


5 Outstanding Live Music Experiences in Nashville, TN

Nashville is one of my favorite American cities because of the music experiences on offer. It's so diverse, fun, inspiring and full of talent and good times.

Don't miss these 5 live music experiences when you visit. They're what we end up doing each time we visit and I'll definitely be back for more of them!

What would you add to the list?

What makes you nervous?

A Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

Harry Potter fans rejoice! You can try ButterBeer in other Universal Studios around the world too!

If you plan on visiting Japan, don't miss Universal and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This guide from Wanderlust Storytellers will help you!

Wands at the ready!

5 Places to Eat Thai Street Food in Bangkok

5 places to eat street food in Bangkok. Who loves Thai food?


9 Free Things to Do in NYC

Love to visit New York City?

Here's 9 free things to do...


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Like Mexican food? Like fire pits? We had a nice dinner by the fire pit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura. Nice view too!
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How to stay healthy while traveling with kids

How do you stay healthy when traveling with your kids?


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Have you ever played FOOT GOLF?

We played for the first time this week at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, California. Was fun for the whole family, we played 9 holes which took about an hour and it was easier than normal golf :) With Visit California

10 Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Australia

Hot or cold, Australia has you covered!

Isn't it amazing to be able to choose within your own country what kind of winter experience you want? No need the expense to fly overseas, you've got it all domestically!

So, what destination will you choose this winter, Aussies? Hot or cold?

And non-Aussies, how about you?

Which TV show do you want your life to be like?

Downtown Ventura in Visit California. We were impressed with this town. The cafes and restaurants, the unique stores, the tree lined streets, the charm. Have you been?

The family friendly Radisson Blu Hotel in Mall of America, Bloomington MN

The Butt Chair is my favorite part of this video!

And Savannah's lipstick attempts which make her look like Miranda Sings

And the pods were super comfy as well. Great place to stay!


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Lake Lure + Chimney Rock in North Carolina is our happy place and makes for a great family destination. This is what we got up to: https://www.ytravelblog.com/chimney-rock-lake-lure-nc/

Welcome to the Largest Home in America: Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

When I told my Mum we were taking a slight detour on our road trip to visit the Biltmore House, she thought it was going to be another Southern home like we'd visited in Charleston and Savannah.

Mum doesn't research places before we visit, she likes to be surprised.

Imagine her surprise when she saw this "Southern home"

This is my third time visiting the Biltmore and I love it. It's always on our NC list when we have visitors.

It's the largest home in the country and has the most visited winery in the US!

I loved taking my parents and this time staying at the Inn at Biltmore. It was their favorite hotel stay on our road trip.

The story of the Vanderbilt family is also warming and joyful.

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Fun pedal boat cruise around Ventura Harbor in Southern California. So pretty here, reminds me a bit of Cape Town. AND we saw seals, yay!!! :)
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Ok, here are some more photos from our fantastic day of sea kayaking and hiking in the Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Ventura, just 60 miles from Los Angeles with Visit California. What do you think?

What’s the best show currently on TV?

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Who loves kayaking?

We had an awesome day exploring Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Ventura, about 60 miles from Los Angeles.

We did an Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour with the folks from @sbadventure. We got up close with seals, went snorkeling, and hiking. If you love adventure travel, consider the Channel Islands! Here with Visit California

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Who knew you could take a Venetian Gondola ride in Southern California?

We did in Oxnard, Ventura which is about 60 miles from LA with "Gondola Paradiso". What a relaxing and unique experience. We cruised through the Channel Islands Harbor and it was so peaceful and a change of pace from the bust freeways. Here with Visit California

23 Experiences You DON'T Want on Your Travel Bucket List

23 Travel situations you wouldn't want to be in!

Have you been part of a horrifying travel experience?


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Who loves shopping? Ladies? Gents, be honest! :)

We snuck in a spot of shopping in Huntington Beach which is always fun with our girls, and HB brings back memories of our time living on the Gold Coast in Australia with all the Aussie surf brands like Billabong, Quiksilver and Rip Curl.

There's some cool streetside markets here, and markets along the beach. Plus Main Street and surrounding streets have some nice boutique stores, plus the new Pacific City shopping complex is an easy walk from Main Street and has some nice shopping too.

And one other fun thing for our kids was the Havaianas store where you can make your own flip flops - they enjoyed getting creative with that in designing the color of the sole, strap, and jewelry to go on it.
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Best Things to do in Bloomington MN (or nearby) WITH KIDS

The one in which I sing with Prince.

Yes, you can hear me sing Raspberry Beret with him at Paisley park = AWESOME.

+ other call things to do in Bloomington MN. The girls have it down as one of their favorite US experiences so far.

1. Where is your next trip?
2. How many sleeps?

7 best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Here are 7 things to do in Cape Town and it's surrounding wine region. I love all seven. Have you been?


What was the best birthday wish or gift you’ve ever received?

The locals certainly love their beach volleyball here in Southern California. And our kids enjoyed watching it in Huntington Beach from the pier. Have you played? Looks like fun!
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10 Incredible Places to Visit in Ireland with Kids

10 places to visit in IRELAND with kids...
Need tips on the best places to visit in Ireland with kids? These 10 places will keep kids, and adults, of all ages entertained.


Top 11 Things to Do at Universal Orlando Resort

What are your favourite things to do at the Universal Orlando Resort?

Kalyra and Savannah join us on the couch as we share our top 11 things to do at the three Universal parks. https://youtu.be/5e6KRgFMDqk

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Who loves strawberries?

Did you know that California supplies 80% of the U.S. strawberry supply? And many of them from Southern California. We headed 30 minutes inland from Huntington Beach to Irvine and did a one hour Tanaka Farms Strawberry Tour. 2018 is the 20th year of Tanaka running Strawberry Tours to learn all about the farms history and their farming methods, and of course we got to learn how to pick the best strawberries which are responsibly grown and safe to eat right off the vine which was fun for the kids! And we got to fill a container to take home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

This was a great hands on learning experience for our kids about responsible farming methods, and as you know we currently homeschool our kids so practical experiences like this are always invaluable.
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