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10 Tips for Saving Money on Food While Traveling
Top tips for saving money on food while traveling in Europe with a big family
Family Style Dining in Barcelona, Spain
After lodging and airfare, the largest travel expense for a big family is the necessity of eating. We've traveled extensively with our four young children, and over the years we've learned a few ways to avoid blowing the trip budget just to solve those annoying hunger pangs. Here are our 10 Tips for Saving Money on Food While Traveling...

Seeing the Kung Fu show in Kowloon Park with a big family in Hong Kong
Free Kung Fu Show in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
One of the most memorable places we’ve ever visited with our big family is Hong Kong. We thoroughly enjoyed almost every moment of our time here. Here are our tips for seeing Hong Kong with a big family…

Visiting Areopagus with children
Athens: "Take a picture of those pigeons!"
Areopagus rock near the Acropolis

As the one in our big family who is usually holding the camera, I used to be mildly annoyed when one of my kids would urge, "Hey Dad, take a picture of that!" numerous times per day while we were traveling. But then I figured out:  honoring these requests pleases the children greatly, and costs me nothing since digital cameras don't need film. And, I've been surprised to find that the shots often turn out to be some of my favorites. In this post we present a pictorial tour of Europe, as seen from the photos that our children suggested needed to be made...

Our children testing the icy waters at one of Florida's cool natural springs state parks
Our Big Family Swimming at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

We have now swam in the coldest water we've known. It's a frigid 68 °F (20 °C), which might be a little more bearable in summer - but we were there in October! This post tells about our experiences with swimming at one of Florida's beautiful, chilly, natural springs...

Walking to the End der Welt Restaurant in Switzerland with a big family with small chlidren
Finding The End of Civilization on Foot
I'd always wanted to know what exactly is at the End of the World. Does the ocean just fall off into space? Is there a vast, black void that swallows lost explorers? Turns out to be different than I thought it would be. In this post, we'll tell about our big family's trip to the End of the World...

Ayutthaya Toy Museum, Thailand travel with a large family
Our Big Family, Barefoot at Million Toy Museum
The answer to this question, for a big family, should generally be:  YES!  Here are our reasons why your big family will love its trip to the nearest toy museum...

Do they serve food on trains?
Our big family enjoying some delicious takeout
we got from an underground Migros inside a train station in Switzerland
If you are frugal travelers like us, you probably aren't too keen on purchasing pricey airplane food. But we have found that in many situations, it can be the best option. Here's why...

Traveling with a big family to Athens, Greece
Gorilla Riding Mustachioed Gerbil in Greece
- Street Art in Athens Neighborhood

Today, just a quick note to say thank you for reading!  At about the 4-month mark since launching our website, we've reached another minor milestone:  2,000 visits!  Here's where our visitors are from...

Visiting Florida beaches during a red tide event
Florida's Beach Warning Flags Are Not Used for Red Tide

The night we returned from our recent Florida beach trip, I couldn't stop coughing long enough to catch a breath. I could hear my daughter in the other room coughing non-stop. Finally I gave up on sleep, and climbed out of bed to figure out what had caused all this. Now, after a great many hours of research on the matter, I'm going to share what I've learned. My hope is that you will use this information as a starting point for your own research, to help you make an informed decision about when, and whether, to stop at any beach on the Gulf of Mexico...