Travel Tips

I’m organizing some of my trip tips, reviews, and posts and placing them onto this page to make it easier for those of you looking for recommendations on family-friendly, travel-with-kids vacation spots.

You can also look at this post for my tips (from 2011) on how we’ve been successful traveling with T in tow. I should clean up that post someday as well (i.e., please now add iPad to the list of go-go gadgets).

Enjoy the journey!

Our London Holiday, March 31-through-April 9, 2013:
1. British Airways LAX-LHR
2. The Waldorf Hilton, London
3. Covent Garden Neighborhood, London
4. London Transport Museum
5. Day Out in London: Traditional Landmarks
6. Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground, Kensington Gardens, and Green Park/Buckingham Palace
7. Muggles and Magicians: The Harry Potter Experience
8. Family Remembrance and Celebrations: Brookwood Cemetery and The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre
9. Day-Trip Out of London: Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, UK
10. Where Time Began: Greenwich, UK
11. All Along the Watchtower: The Tower of London
12. London’s Shopping Shrines: Hamleys Toys and Harrods
13. Goodbye, London: Two More Museums and Five Future Sights to See on Our Next Trip

Dublin, Ireland April 9-through-April 15, 2013
Dublin with Kids

Places to Stay and/or Things to Do in the Palm Springs area:
La Quinta Resort and Spa in La Quinta, CA
The Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, CA
The Living Desert in Palm Springs, CA
Shield’s Date Garden in Indio, CA
Whitewater Canyon Preserve in Whitewater, CA

And Now… Some Aloha-Filled Posts about Our Family’s Favorite Vacation Spot, The Big Island of Hawaii!

How to Get to the Big Island (Arriving KOA):
American Airlines First Class Lounge and Cabin Service (from LAX-KOA)
United Airlines First Class Lounge and Cabin Service (from LAX-KOA) (Plus Merriman’s Restaurant at King’s Mall and HWV Resort)

Eat, Play, and Be Chill Around the Big Island:
Tex Drive-In, Big Island
New Year’s Eve: Aloha Wine Bar, Waikoloa
Hawaiian Style Café and Anuenue Playground in Waimea (North Big Island) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (“Big Hapuna” and Mauna Kea Beach)
Sunsets and Sand Welcome All to the Lava Lava Beach Club
Four Seasons Hualalai / Kuki’o Beach, Kona, and Huggo’s Restaurant
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area’s “Mile Marker 69” Beach
The Writing on the Rocks: Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve
The Animal Kingdom of the Big Island (Our Personal Encounters)

Staying at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort:
Kids’ Meal Deals and Other Dining Discounts On Property
Trains and Boats: The Resort’s Fun, Free (and Efficient) Transit System
Stand-Up Paddleboarding at the Lagoon
Splish-Splash: The Kohala and Kona Pools
Dive In With the Big Island’s Real Locals: Snorkeling at the Lagoon
Dolphin Quest “Wee-Tots” Program
T’s “Vacation Friends”

Aloha for now!


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