Mayan Ruins in Yucatan: Coba vs Chichen Itza vs Tulum

The Yucatan peninsula is filled with amazing archeological sites. You know you want to visit Mayan ruins in Yucatan, but which one? Is visiting Chichen Itza worth it? What about Coba vs Tulum? Coba vs Chichen Itza? Or Tulum ruins vs Chichen Itza?

The choices can seem overwhelming! If you can see all three, do it. If not, here are some insights to help you decide on the perfect trip for you.

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Guide to Visiting Chichen Itza with Kids On Your Own

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit the Yucatan peninsula was so we could take the kids to Chichen Itza. Tours are so daunting – spending several hours on a bus, arriving at midday to the ruins, and potentially having a tour with a large group. No thanks. I wanted to do Chichén Itzá with kids as easily as possible, but preferably without doing a day tour from Cancun. Here’s how we did it!

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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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Santa Brígida Mine is Minecraft in Real Life

In another surprise day trip, planned two hours before leaving, we visited a place called Mineral de Pozos. Mineral de Pozos is a Pueblo Mágico (magical town or village) and the second place we’ve visited with that designation. The town itself is a clean little place with some lovely cafes and shops. While it may be awesome, our destination was one of the mines in Pozos: the Santa Brígida Mine.

What is so special about this place?

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This is Why Taking Short Trips with Kids is Totally Worth It

Thanks to Julie for this awesome guest post about the advantages that even short trips can bring to a family!

We travel a lot to visit family.  So my kids have experience with driving trips, and with staying away from home.  But it’s more of home away from home than a vacation. My kids haven’t yet been on a “real” vacation.

We took a really great short trip this summer, though, that reminded me why those short trips are totally worth it for our whole family.  We drove to stay with family for a holiday weekend, which is pretty usual.  But we decided to spend an entire day at the amusement park Cedar Point, which is unusual.  We do a lot of family outings, but not bigger full day trips very often.

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The Unschooling Road Less Traveled in Mexico

“It’s nice to meet you! You’re going to homeschool, right?” She said. “You shouldn’t homeschool. You should send your kids to school here in Mexico.”

I was taken aback. However, it ended up being the norm here. I would meet an expat and they would immediately tell me to not homeschool my children in Mexico. The two biggest (and only) reasons given?

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Is Columbus Museum of Art for kids?

I took the kids to the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time earlier this month (November, 2016). It was also my first visit there! Of course, I’ve been to museums before, but not with kids in tow. Given that it’s an art museum, I thought it would be stuffy and boring. So, is it fun for kids? Continue reading