Family Travel

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 […]

Beginner’s Guide To Renting An RV During COVID-19 Crisis: Choosing A Rental

Some of the links in this article may earn me affiliate income.  This article has not been reviewed or edited by any third parties.  All opinions, thoughts, evaluations are my own.  You can read our full advertiser disclosure here. Our family loves to travel.  We’ve frequently bypassed desirable destinations in the United States in favor of using our miles and points to travel abroad.  Italy is one of our favorite places, but we’ve also had incredible trips to Australia, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and many more great destinations.  Disney parks around […]

From Our Daughter: Hersheypark During a Pandemic With Anxiety

Earlier this week our family took a socially distanced visit to Hersheypark.  There was general nervousness as parents.  The risk was really low that someone in our family would contract COVID-19. But, we didn’t have to go to a theme park.  We took lots of precautions and came up with strategies to help manage our daughter’s anxiety.  The more we talk to folks about her anxiety, the more we hear from other families who deal with something similar.  To that end, a friend asked if our daughter would share what she […]

Is It Safe To Visit Hersheypark? Here’s What To Expect When Hersheypark Opens This Week

For those of you that follow our families travels on a regular basis, you can usually find pictures of us in a theme park somewhere.  We’re equal opportunity people, hitting up popular parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, while also visiting Legoland and Hersheypark multiple times a year.  My friend Richard Kerr asked this week, “Does the Pizza family have season passes to every theme park in the country?”  The answer is no, but we do have season passes to more than one.  After a one-year hiatus, we decided […]

Why I’m Not Sweating Being “Stuck” At Home

As the world starts to open up again, bit by bit, I see a number of folks begin to travel.  I also see a number of folks who are planning travel.  And, another group of people who haven’t even begun planning a trip.  I’ve been home for almost 90 days now.  That’s the longest stretch I’ve been home since our son was born a decade ago.  You would think that has me antsy to get back out there.  After all, my life has been travel for more than a dozen […]

From My Daughter: Five Places I Want To Visit After Being Quarantined

From time to time, my daughter gets the urge to write a blog post.  She was talking about all the places she wants to visit when it’s safe to travel.  Next thing I know (without any urging from me) she wrote a blog post about her top 5 places she wants to visit.  If you enjoy this post, you can check out some of her previous posts. Without further ado, here you go….. Hi everyone! My name is Cat! You may have heard of me before, for my dad has written […]