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An Art Lover’s Guide to Washington D.C.

One of the things I love most about our nation’s capitol is the wide array of activities to suit everyone’s interests. At work, our donors were incredibly skeptical about taking a curated trip to Washington D.C. that would satisfy their love for art and for our school. However, D.C. has a rich artistic heritage and there is amazing work being done that will be half the cost you would pay to go to New York or Chicago and have the same experiences.

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A Walking Tour of Brussels: The Highlights in One Afternoon

Wise travelers know it’s not all about the destination. The journey is just as important. Halfway between Paris and Amsterdam lies Brussels, Belgium, an often overlooked little city perfect for an afternoon stroll. If you ever find yourself passing through, be sure to stop and take a walking tour of Brussels.

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Arizona Road Trip: Exploring the Magic of the Southwest

Road trips. Love them or hate them, you have to admit they are usually the most budget-friendly option for families. My family is not new to road trips. From Utah, we have taken family road trips to California, Montana, Florida, Ohio, and Texas. All of that adds up to a lot of hours in the car. But with four kids, flying is pretty much off the table if we don’t want to spend a fortune. For our latest road trip, we decided Spring Break would be a great time to take an Arizona road trip.

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Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon with Kids

There are certain places you should take your kids before they grow up, and visiting the Grand Canyon with kids definitely belongs on that list. The sheer immensity of the view just leaves you in awe. It’s the kind of place that teaches a child that the world is much bigger than they could even imagine.

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Monument Valley: What to Know Before You Go

“Where the Earth Meets the Sky” reads the brochure for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Stretching along the Arizona-Utah border, Monument Valley is the iconic image of the American West: red sandstone pillars sticking out against the vivid blue sky. For the best experience at Monument Valley, you’ll want to read up on what to know before you go.

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How to Survive a Red Eye Flight with Kids

In January of 2017, I swore off ever taking another red eye flight with kids. Little boy was three, and we had the most horrendous experience. He would not take a nap that afternoon. Of course he fell asleep on the 25-minute car ride to the airport. Then he wouldn’t fall asleep again until two in the morning. After sleeping two hours, I had to wake him up to get off the plane, then wake him up to pick up our bags, and then wake him up to get in the car. I’ve never seen such a total and complete meltdown as I did that morning. Every time I woke him up, he would give me the saddest little whimper and beg me to let him sleep. No way was I ever going to attempt another red eye flight with kids again.

How does that quote go again? “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

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My Year of Travel: 10 Places I’m Taking My Family

When my family was young, my husband was working full-time and pursuing his master’s degree at the same time. As a result, we didn’t have any time or money for travel. When he finally defended his master’s thesis, we celebrated with a family trip  to San Diego.

That was the moment I caught the traveling bug. Those sunny days in California were wonderful, but, to my surprise, I enjoyed planning the vacation almost as much as taking it. Since then, my husband and I have made traveling a priority.

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