Family Travel: China – General Tips and Packing List

My family recently went on a two-week trip to China in order to celebrate my parents’ 70th birthdays. We had to postpone our trip for a year due to various circumstances, but finally made it happen this past June!   While we do try to take extended family/ multigenerational reunions and trips a few times […]

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Family travel: 50 hours in San Francisco

Growing up in New England, I visited my grandparents in the Bay area every summer, and dreamed about moving to California one day. Well, that dream has come true, and we love living in Southern California. But I will always have a fondness for Northern California where I spent so many childhood summers, and we […]

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Family Travel: Joshua Tree National Park

I remember the first time Jason and I visited Joshua Tree. It was in 2010, the year we moved to Southern California.  As we drove through the park full of Joshua trees and boulders, we marvelled at the unique and otherworldly landscape.  We looked at each other and both remarked how this was a place unlike […]

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SoCal Daytrips: Lone Pine/ Alabama Hills

I’ve seen these magical mountains – the Alabama Hills – in many pictures and movies, and have always wanted to see them in person. The Alabama Hills are located near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine, and the land is managed by the Bureau of […]

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Camping “DIY Tent Glamping” Gear

This guide is for individuals, couples, or families who are interested in trying car camping.  The following recommendations are not for backcountry camping, and are comfort-oriented for a “DIY glamping” type of experience.  I fully recognize that many of the following items are not necessary, but my experience has been that comfortable campers are happy […]

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