Travel Tips

Our family loves to travel, and we do a lot of it. As homeschoolers, we view the world as our classroom, so every vacation becomes just one extended field trip. Below are a few of our favorite travel tips to make family vacations more economical, educational, and enjoyable.

Vacation Planning

I enjoy planning our trips almost as much as I enjoy taking them. Here are the resources I consult first when mapping our a road trip.

9 Noteworthy Websites for Vacation Planning

Things to See and Do

National parks, factory tours, state capitol buildings, science and history museums, botanical gardens — these are stops we try to fit in on every road trip, no matter which direction we’re driving!

50 Must-See National Parks
5 Things to Love about Factory Tours

How We Flew to Europe for Free

Not once. Not twice. But three times! We got a total of 26 free tickets to Europe and eight more to Hawaii. Here’s the 4-1-1 on how we did it!

Flanders Backpacking Europe

Free Travel Games

Here are a few free printable games to play to help keep kids happy on the road during lengthy road trips. Fun!

Stress-Free Travel

From planning to packing to keeping up with your possessions on the road, vacations can often be more stressful than relaxing. Here are our best travel tips for keeping stressors to a minimum so your family can maximize the fun memories you’re making together!

Secret to Stress-Free Travel

Fun Destinations

Browse our suggestions for finding family fun — including a wide selection of free activities — in several of America’s most famous cities.

Free Fun in New York City
Family Fun in Boston
See DC in a Day
Finding Family Fun in Phoenix

Even More Travel Tips

You’ll find our best ideas for fun and affordable family vacations all in one place when you purchase a copy of my new book, Pack Up & Leave.

Pack Up & Leave: Travel Tips for Fun Family Vacations