Happy 1st Birthday, Tips for Family Trips!

Posted By Allison on Apr 13, 2013

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Tips for Family Trips is one year old today! To celebrate, we are enjoying a family outing.

I have learned a lot in the past twelve months. I have experienced more than a few firsts. I have met many people that I now count among my friends.

We also coped with the unimaginable when my 5-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer in November 2012. My experience with Tips for Family Trips was helpful when I started another blog, Living With Burkitt’s, to keep family and friends updated on his progress.

To remember Tips for Family Trips’ first year, here is a list of my most popular posts from the past twelve months:

Groupon travel deals

#1 5 Tips for getting the most from Groupon Getaways

It wasn’t even close. These Groupon Getaways tips have been the top post on Tips for Family Trips since it was published in June 2012.


#2 Can you swim in the Great Salt Lake?

Another travel blogger asked me this question, and inspired me to give it a try for the first time in years. It turns out that lots of other people wonder the same thing.


#3 Everyone should see Mount Rushmore

Everyone has seen pictures of this iconic monument, but nothing compares to the feeling of seeing it in person.


Milky Way © by rxb

#4 Five great places to go stargazing in Utah

This post was inspired by a short piece in the National Geographic Traveler magazine. Rural Utah’s dark skies and elevation make it a great destination for stargazing.


Dinosaur Museums in Utah

#5 The Ogden Dinosaur Park is a dinosaur lover’s dream

This is one of our favorite local attractions. What makes it unique is the collection of life-like dinosaur sculptures outside of the museum.


credit Paul Lowry

#6 My Favorite Things: the Vacation Packing List

This list keeps me from forgetting important items every time we go on a big trip. I included PDF and edit-ready Word versions of my list.


#7 Hoover Dam: Let the dam jokes begin

We visited Hoover Dam during our Spring Break vacation in 2012. It was extra-crowded that day, but still worth the stop.


#8 10 Tips for Trampoline Parks

Trampoline Parks seem to be everywhere now. Our family had a lot of fun at our local park, and learned a few things that will make our trip even better next time.


#9 What I wish I had known before my first cruise

Cruises are a great way to travel, but preparing for a cruise can be intimidating for a first-timer. These are my tips for first-time cruisers.

#10 My Favorite Things: Water Bottle Carriers

This post includes a link to an easy DIY water bottle carrier pattern for kids. I love these carriers on our visits to national parks, theme parks and other attractions.

It has been a great year! Big plans are in store for Year 2, so come back soon for more Tips for Family Trips.

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.


  1. Congratulations on 1 year of Tips for Family Trips! I would have thought the blog was much older! Here’s to another great year.

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  2. Congrats on your anniversary Allison!

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