Family Travel

In My Travel Brain This Week: February 26th, 2022

Time keeps slipping bybnnb and another week goes by without me writing.  In an attempt to get back on a regular cadence I’m going to try to write a bit of a recap each week.  This won’t just be a list of links I read that I enjoyed.  I’ll catch up with you guys on what the past week looked like on the road (or off) and talk about what’s on my mind from a travel perspective.  Let me know what you think about the format, good or bad, and […]

The Canada-US Border Is Open. Here’s What Crossing By Land Is Like Right Now

If you’re thinking about crossing the Canadian border, I’ve got plenty of details on what to expect.  Our family recently crossed the border into Canada and then back into the US.  If you prefer to listen to the story than read it, you can check the whole thing out on my podcast. If you just want the quick and dirty, here are some key links: The ArriveCAN app (you need to complete an online application to enter Canada) Nova Scotia pre-arrival application Link to order Abbot BinaxNOW tests (rapid test […]

Summer Vacation Day 7: Hiking, Time With Friends And A Broken RV (Of Course)

Thanks for stopping by to see how our family camping trip is going.  I haven’t sold the RV yet or left the keys in the pickup truck to see if someone would take it off my hands, so I guess we’ll call that a win.  The kids are having an incredible time, which, at the end of the day, is 99% of what matters.  If you want to read about the first six days of our trip, I’ve included those links below: 9 Hours of Driving Gilmore The Merrier One […]

Summer Vacation Day 6: Cog Railway To The Peak Of Mount Washington

If you’re just joining us, I’ve been publishing quick daily updates from our camping trip.  It appears I’m still alive on day 7, so we’ve got a day 6 update.  If you want to read about previous updates, I’ve included the links below: 9 Hours of Driving Gilmore The Merrier One of The Greatest Roller Coasters I’ve Ever Ridden Moving Our “House On Wheels” To New Hampshire Mount Washington Auto Road There are two primary ways to get up to the summit of Mount Washington.  Okay, I guess three if […]

Summer Vacation Day 5: Mount Washington Auto Road

With the house on wheels settled in New Hampshire it was time to do a bit of sightseeing. If you want to catch up on previous days of our vacation, you can find them below: 9 Hours of Driving Gilmore The Merrier One of The Greatest Roller Coasters I’ve Ever Ridden Moving Our “House On Wheels” To New Hampshire If you haven’t climbed Mount Washington in a car, I recommend doing it at least once (unless you have a fear of heights).  Mount Washington is one of the highest peaks […]

Summer Vacation Day 3: One Of The Greatest Roller Coasters I’ve Ever Experienced

I’m trying to get back into the habit of writing every day, so you should see frequent updates on our summer vacation in the RV.  If that’s not your jam, I get it.  I’ll be posting about the rest of the travel world from time to time as well.  If you do want to follow along: Day 1 Day 2 Lake Compounce may be one of the best amusement parks you’ve never heard of.  I sure hadn’t heard of it, and we only ended up here by accident.  Nestled in […]

Our Family Is Starting To Get Our Travel Groove Back

It was a cacophony of voices.  We sat down for dinner this evening and we were talking about a return to our friends’ ranch in Colorado.  It was a fun, light-hearted discussion.  We haven’t been talking too much about travel because we’ve chosen to stay home, other than our RV adventures.  Then, I asked the question that lit the fire.  I looked at my kids and asked them, “Travel restrictions are lifted immediately, what’s the first place you’d want to go?” Not a single person hesitated.  Even my wife jumped […]

No Numbers: My 2020 Year In Review

This is about the time each year where I’d summarize how many miles I flew and how many nights I had at various hotel chains.  Obviously, those numbers were way down this year.  As I looked at friends summarize what their year in travel looked, I was a little surprised that I really had no motivation to look at the numbers.  Initially, I thought that meant I wouldn’t bother with a year in review.  But 2020 taught me that we can’t take things for granted.  So, without numbers, I thought […]

Finding “Normal” In Crazy Times

The last eight months or so of the pandemic have moved by at an incredibly rapid pace and glacially slow at the same time. Prior to ye old COVID-19, life had a sort of cadence for me, though there were plenty of imbalances. With all of that upset, we’ve all tried to find ways to achieve normalcy.  During the beginning of the pandemic, we escaped to a rural ski area a few hours from our house in western Maryland.  A friend had a vacation house there they weren’t using, and […]

I’m Probably Not Getting On Another Plane In 2020

How did it get to be September?  I’m sure many of you have gone through something similar.  Time seems to be crawling along, and yet it’s September.  The last time I got on a plane was in mid-March.  I haven’t checked my records, but it’s been at least 10 years since I’ve been home this long.  I’m guessing another month or so will be my longest streak since I was in college. You probably think I’m desperate to get back on a plane.  While I do love to travel, I’ve […]