These are the Best Travel Car Seats for Flying with Kids

Which car seats are the best travel car seats for airplanes? When you fly frequently with kids, you want to find a car seat that is easy to install, uninstall, use safely, and is easier to carry though airports. Which are the best car seats for flying with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers?

I’m an advocate for car seat safety. Children should be in their correctly installed car seats, buckled properly by an adult every time, and rear facing until they outgrow the limits of their seats. These safety measures certainly extend to air travel. So far, my children have ridden in their car seats on each flight we’ve taken, even though they are past the toddler age.  I strongly encourage all parents to follow proper use guidelines to the best of their ability.

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This is the Truth about Our First Visit to the USA

“It feels like I’ve woken up from a 7 month long dream,” I said, as we cruised through the cold, quiet streets of my Ohio hometown, heading towards my sister’s house. “I thought I’d feel weird.”

Yesterday we’d been driving through our town in Mexico around the same time in the evening. That also felt normal. Somehow, that now felt so far away. Do we really live in Mexico? Is that really our life? On the brightly lit salt covered roads, it felt like it was a lifetime away, instead of a mere 10 hours.

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This is Why I Suffer From Decision Fatigue While Family Trip Planning

Do you suffer from decision fatigue while family trip planning? I certainly do. In fact, I have a full on case of it right now! A lot of it is caused by having to plan a great trip for four different people, with different personalities. That’s right, it’s time to plan a family trip! Spring break, to be specific.

During one of the most expensive times of the year, I need to plan a kid friendly vacation. Yikes! How do you plan your vacations for kids? Where do you get your family vacation ideas?

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How to Have Ethical Animal Encounters in the Caribbean

I always want to do all of the “swim with marine creatures” activities that are available. Swimming with dolphins has long been on my wish list. Swimming with dolphins, turtles, or stingrays sound so alluring. Are they good for the creatures in question? Here is how to have ethical animal encounters in the Caribbean AND my handy-dandy guide to some of the most popular attractions.

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This is How My Dogs Scared the Crap Out of Me While I Traveled

“Code red,” the text came through in Spanish, a few days before we were due to return to Mexico. The next bit, also in Spanish, freaked me out. My anxiety was rearing up and I was afraid my worst fears were coming true: that one of my dogs died a dramatically tragic death while we were visiting the USA.

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In honor of Valentine's day, the most romantic picture I have of me and my husband. Two people, silhouettes, kissing with the sunset and Pacific ocean in the background.

The Best Nerdy Travel Gifts For Valentine’s Day

I have way too many fandoms… Since I love all things Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, and Ghostbusters, I’ve only represented a few in my quest to find awesome “nerdy” gift ideas that are practical. Only a few are even remotely romantic, but that is par for the course for the way my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s day.

Meaning: usually, we forget.

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5 of the Most Ridiculous Things I’ve Forgotten to Pack

I’m forgetful. I’m also a bit unorganized. Even making lists doesn’t always save me from forgetting something crucial on my travels. What’s the one thing that everyone remembers to pack that would be ridiculous to forget?

I’ve forgotten it.

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A Quick Guide to Beachy Good Times in Ixtapa

“I have two weekdays off in early December,” my husband informed me. After making him triple quadruple check this with multiple people, we decided to go to Ixtapa. Ixtapa is a beach destination that many expats and locals recommended. We decided that four days there would be enough time to get a good taste of the beach and would be worth the 5-6 hour drive.

“Wait, we leave for the US 4 days later,” I said to my husband. “That’s just crazy.”

“Let’s do it,” he said.

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This is Why Ethical Animal Tourism is Important to Me

I’ve spent some time researching all these animal tourism experiences that sound wonderful. I want to do them all! However, I’ve come across the truth of many of them. Most touristy activities that involve captive animals also include horrific animal abuses at worst and neglect at the best. Spending my tourism dollars on ethical animal tourism is important to me. In fact, it is one way we can all make a huge difference. Continue reading

This is How We Accidentally Got to See Baby Sea Turtles

“You should see the baby sea turtles while you visit Ixtapa. It was on my bucket list and it was the first thing we did when we got there,” my friend gushed.

After she told me the price, I was deterred. It would cost a few hundred dollars to do the same sea turtle release event in which she and her family participated. My husband and I talked about it and decided that we’d wait another year. That way, our kids would be another year older and hopefully, they would better remember the incredible thing we’d be doing.

I put the baby sea turtles out of my mind for another year.

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