Posts by Allison


Hello! Is Labadee, Haiti on your Royal Caribbean cruise itinerary? You’re in for a treat. ūüôā Labadee is a small peninsula on the northern coast of Haiti. It is a private beach¬†leased to Royal Caribbean and you can only get there on a Royal Caribbean cruise. All of the beaches and activities at Labadee are located within a 10-15 minute walk of your cruise ship. We recently took our kids on their first cruise and they loved it!...

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Hello! Do you like cave tours? Or, would you like to try a cave tour for the first time? Either way, Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is a great option. I was invited on a press trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky and I admit that getting the chance to visit Mammoth Cave was the main reason I said “Yes!” I like visiting caves and have toured caves in South Dakota, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and now Kentucky. Mammoth Cave...

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Hello! Are you thinking about spending the 4th of July¬†in Washington D.C.? Fantastic! It’s a Bucket List experience. Spending the 4th of July in Washington D.C. was a dream come true for me. I’ve been a history nerd my whole life and Washington D.C. is one of my favorite places. My kids were ages 12 and 9 – perfect for this trip. I couldn’t wait to visit the city with my family. When we found out that my...

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Hello! Are you looking for romance? A family travel website is understandably¬†the last place you might expect to find it. Nevertheless, this post is dedicated to the rugged, windswept coastline and green hills of Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada. Whether you visit with your children or without, it may be hard not to be drawn in by¬†the dramatic and romantic beauty of Cape Breton Highlands’ landscape. I...

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Use coupon code TIPS20 to save 20% on your Del Sol online order! “Mom, it’s here! IT’S HERE!!! Can I open it now?” That was the¬†excited phone call¬†I got from my 11-year-old daughter the first time a package from Del Sol arrived on our door step. She had previously spent at least an hour happily browsing the Del Sol website¬†at www.delsol.com for product samples and then asked me about our order every single day...

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Hello! We just returned from our Spring Break cruise and it was wonderful. It was my kids’ first cruise, my first time sailing with Royal Caribbean, and my first visit to¬†Jamaica. Our other port was Royal Caribbean’s private beach in Labadee, Haiti, so Falmouth, Jamaica was our best opportunity to really explore a new place. Blue Hole – also known as Island Gully Falls or Secret Falls – turned out to be our...

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Happy Birthday to¬†Us! Tips for Family Trips is celebrating its 5th Birthday today! Five years is a LONG time for a blog, and I couldn’t be more excited. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey! I want to share with you some of my proudest accomplishments from the past year. Please pat yourself on the back because they would not have been possible without you and many others. A blog is nothing without its readers and...

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Hello! Every time we go to LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, California, there is something new to try. LEGOLAND Water Park¬†was something we missed on our first couple of visits¬†and my 9-year-old son BEGGED¬†us to plan another San Diego trip so he could try it. We made it happen last October while we were there for Brick-or-Treat. The rest of my family couldn’t get quite as excited about a water park in October, especially since...

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Hello! Do you want an extraordinary trip through Southern Utah? Something that most people¬†haven’t done? We took this road trip for Spring Break in 2016. We had visited Southern Utah and Zion National Park many times, so¬†this trip was dedicated to all the cool, less-visited places I¬†had been wanting to visit for years. This was the trip we finally checked them off the list, and it was so¬†rewarding. You can do this trip any time...

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Hey there! Do you need a rental car for your next trip? The good news is, there are lots of ways to avoid paying too much. In this post, I’m sharing my top tips for finding the BEST rental car prices and deals. Do you REALLY¬†need a rental car? There are some places¬†where you need¬†your own vehicle, and others where a rental is just¬†more trouble than it’s worth. Hotels often charge $15-$50 per night on top of rental and fuel...

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