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Budget travel, Europe, Family Travel, Scotland, Travel

Applecross, Scotland- A Photo Diary

I think of our visit to Applecross, Scotland as a bit of a happy mistake. Let me explain. When I went to book a hotel for our time on The Isle of Skye, everything was booked. It was the end of June, so I should have known, but, I didn’t…I started to worry that maybe we just couldn’t go. But that just wasn’t an option. We HAD to go. Our hearts were set on it. Finally I found a place in Applecross, which was about 50 ...
Belgium, Budget travel, Europe, Luxembourg, Travel

Anniversary trip to Europe for (less than) $1800

My husband and I had never left our kids and gone on a trip together in our 7 years of marriage, so last year for our anniversary, we decided it was about time to take a trip together without the kids. We absolutely love traveling with our kids and I did have pangs of guilt leaving them, but it was so good for us. Like SO good for us. We had already spent a fair amount on our family trip to Europe in the spring, so we decided to make this a ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, Travel

Random jet-lagged musings on our first week in Albania

1. The Albanian people have been so, so kind to us. We’d heard that Albanian landlords weren’t great and getting things fixed could be a headache, but apparently we lucked out because ours came to our home and swept through with gifts for my children (cute little sun hats), potpourri for the house, pretty little nick nacks for our shelves, and the banana candy that their 21 year old son heard William whining about. We asked for a few things, ...
Budget travel, Travel, Travel Gear

Sanity Saving Family Travel Accessories

 We’ve learned a few things on our travels with  kids (many times the hard way). I’m quite minimalist, but while traveling, I have found a few items that are super helpful for having a smooth trip. Lush Shampoo and Conditioning Bars  Why? No liquid rules to worry about! So much better for the environment. Here’s what I suggest: Go to Lush and speak with one of their knowledgeable staff about which kind is best for your hair type. Every time ...
Travel, Utah

The top 5 most instagram-worthy places in (and around) SLC

The Book wall. This one is a bit of a hidden gem. Its located just south of  222 south Main in a little alleyway. 2. The “UP” House 132218 South Herriman Rose Blvd., Herriman,Utah People do live here now, so obviously be respectful, but it is so fun to to see in person! 3. Saltair. The lighting during golden hour never, ever disappoints. Gorgeous. 4. Alta- especially in Late Summer/early Fall. The wildflowers! 5. Eva’s ...
Budget travel, Childhood cancer, Europe, Family Travel, Personal, Travel

Tapping On The Heart

I don’t remember how the feeling came exactly. It wasn’t a lightening bolt like you hear about. It was sort of like a light tapping, the kind that you don’t feel at first because you are so busy with the chaos of raising a family, the kind that gets pushed away. This feeling got stronger, like the way you don’t register something annoying your kids are doing and then suddenly it enters your consciousness and you realize you’re actually ...
Budget travel, Europe, Family Travel, Travel

How to fly your family to Europe for cheap

1. Search These Sites The biggest expense for travel is transportation. ESPECIALLY with families. When you have to multiply everything by 5, it adds up fast! The biggest way to save is on your flights. When traveling on a budget, it is all about research. So much research.  I ALWAYS check this site first. Google flights And a little secret many people don’t know about is Google Flights Explore details the cheapest time to fly anywhere all ...