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How to See Europe on a Dime

I was chatting with a friend recently who got orders to Germany – and she said to me “How did you do it? How did you see so much and not go broke?” We lived in Germany for 3 years, and in that time, we saw 14 countries and countless things within Germany. Even considering that within those 3 years I had a difficult pregnancy and delivered a baby, we still managed to see quite a lot. So I’m here to share my top tips for traveling on a budget & stretching your dollars so you can see MORE. 1. BUDGET First, and most importantly, Read More

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Homeschooling Through Travel – Italy

We did SO many things in school to prepare for our trip to Italy. We already use Story of the World for History, so we skipped ahead a bit to the sections on the founding of Rome, the rise of the Roman empire, and the Caesars. The activity book that accompanies our History book is chock-full of coloring pages, activity pages, and maps. I got lots of great ideas for projects here: http://www.ehow.com/list_6734729_ancient-roman-crafts-kids.html http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0210200/ancient_rome/directions.htm http://www.historyforkids.org/crafts/rome/colosseum.htm http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2010/12/expedition-earth-italy.html http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2009/09/our-study-of-italy-week-1/ We watched a few carefully chosen scenes from the movie ‘Gladiator’. I wanted Connor (6) to really understand the gravity of what happened at the Colosseum. Dressing like Romans! We also Read More

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Pompeii

Our 2nd (and last) day in Italy we went South to Pompeii. Pompeii isn’t exactly close to Rome. I knew that it would be a long trek for us to go see it. We spent 5 hours on trains getting there, 3 hours at Pompeii, and 5 hours on trains getting back. It was a long day. The kids were so well behaved, though, and we were so proud of them! On our trains from Rome to Naples and back, we got to sit in compartments – like Harry Potter! It was so fun! In most of Europe, kids under a certain age (Italy it was under 4) travel Read More

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Rome

This was another whirlwind weekend trip — definitely the most exhausting trip we’ve taken so far! We flew Ryanair again, with 3 backpacks (1 with the pop-up bed, 1 with clothes/diapers, and a little tiny one with our ipods and a notebook & colored pencils). The Ciampino airport in Rome is actually a LOT closer than the other airports into which Ryanair flies, so that was a nice change. We found this quaint little apartment only 4 km from the airport, and only a block from the train station. The little commuter train that took us into Rome was a quick 20 minute ride. We flew in on Friday Read More