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How to Take a Road Trip with ONE Parent {and not lose your mind!}

Recently I embarked upon an 11-hour drive with my four children and no husband to help. Besides one epic bout of carsickness, it all went pretty smoothly — thanks to some prepwork and organization on my part. Here’s how I did it! Plan 1 movie and 1 activity for every 2 hours of driving. If you can keep them in a constant state of entertained, then they won’t start squabbling. Now, I’ll be the first to say that you shouldn’t endeavor to entertain your kids every hour of the day. They need free, unstructured time to explore and be bored and be creative. Those things Read More

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5 People, 2 Backpacks

Several friends have asked me HOW we do our backpacking, so I thought I’d write a bit about it: On all of our out-of-Germany trips so far, we have traveled on an airline called RyanAir. It has enabled us to travel extremely cheaply – some of our tickets were only $12 each! There are two downsides to this airline though: 1) the airports they fly into are often an hour or so outside of the major city it advertises, and 2) if you want to check a bag, any bag at all, there are hefty fees. The first we are able to adapt to quite easily. There is Read More