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Must Haves for Surviving a Long Family Road Trip

From food to entertainment and everything in between, those long car trips can be hard on the entire family. Make sure you have what you need to keep everyone fed, entertained, dry and most importantly, happy with these family road trip packing tips. Some families are made of true road trip …

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5 Family Friendly Things to Do in Maui

Miles of coastline, incredible sunsets, gorgeous views and endless activities draw millions of people to Hawaii annually. One of the things that makes Hawaii so unique is that it’s appeal is wide and varied. Paris may be for lovers, but Hawaii is for lovers, solo travelers, adventure seekers, surfers, hikers, beach …

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Parents Survival Guide: What to do when you bring a friend on vacation

After last year’s 40th birthday bash in Mexico, this year, we decided a low key staycation right here in California was exactly what we needed. We initially planned a multi-family weekend getaway, but we hit a few snags last minute and the multi-family turned into just us! After a little …


10 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends

Remember when the first day of school was always the Tuesday following Labor Day? That doesn’t seem to be the case any longer with schools getting a jump on the year by starting earlier every year in what’s known as the summer creep. In other words, summer is quickly drawing …

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Aruba, wild donkeys and cuteness overload

Did you know that donkey’s have been around since even before the dynasty of the Egyptian civilization we learned about in secondary school? It’s true, the modern donkey dates back over 6,000 years! While they are found in the murals of the tomb of the New Kingdom pharaoh Tutankhamun as hunted animals, their …

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Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas For Your Next Family Vacation

Letting your kids document your vacation through photo and video is one of the coolest travel parenting ideas I’ve seen floating around the internet lately. My five year old is taking after her mom’s interest in photography and can often be found “staging” dolls, food photo shoots and commanding the …

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5 Kid Friendly Water Activities in the Caribbean

I’ve always been an advocate of family travel and for good reason. Travel is where family bonding meets personal growth – for everyone! Many times I hear that kids are too young for international travel, but it simply isn’t true. There are so many family friendly destinations and you would …

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5 Tips For An Awesome Family Vacation

March is finally here and kids everywhere are counting down the minutes to Spring Break. When the final bell sounds, families everywhere will be loading up the minivans (or SUVs) and heading off across the state, across the country or even across the world. Ensuring an awesome family vacation for both you …


Share Family Travel Photos With SeaHorse App

We’re a huge fan of family travel here at Surf and Sunshine. One of the great things about traveling with your family, other than making the memories, is capturing them. However sharing them is a little harder. How many times does someone snap a photo and then immediately exclaim “Make sure …


Breathtaking Views of Bangkok from the Sky Bar at Sirocco

Located along the Chao Phray River in Bangkok, Sirocco is the world’s largest open-air restaurant and bar. High up on the 63rd floor of the State Tower, the second tallest building in Thailand, the views are utterly amazing. It’s unquestionably one of Bangkok’s most iconic venues and you may even recall seeing …

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Mrs. Potato Head’s Summer Travel Tips & Packing Essentials

Woohoo! School is out and summer has aaarrrriiivvveeeddd! Most families are kicking off the summer travel seasons this holiday weekend. To make sure you’re prepared, Mrs. Potato Head wants to share her expert travel and packing tips. MRS. POTATO HEAD’S TRAVEL AND PACKING TIPS MRS. POTATO HEAD’S PACKING ESSENTIALS  Mrs. Potato Head says: “I’m packing your extra …

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A Campground Made for Swashbuckling Pirates

My family had been excited for our trip to Tuckerton, New Jersey ever since we were invited to stay at it’s Sea Pirate Campground. Finally, after 700 miles across 4 states and 12 hours in the car we arrived! We were warmly welcomed and despite being an hour and a half early, we were able …

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AARGH A Pirate Adventure at Tuckerton Seaport Pirates Festival

Thirty miles north of Altanctic City at exit 58 on the Garden State Parkway you will find the historic town of Tuckerton, New Jersey. Nestled among it’s charming victorian houses and winding riverway is the Tuckerton Seaport which each year in the month of June transforms into a swashbuckling pirates port –  family …

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The Most Awesome, Old School and New School Rides at Universal Orlando

The lines were quickly drawn when it came to which amusement parks we would be visiting during our Orlando Vacation. Basically there were two camps: Team Thrill Junkies and Team Wildlife. Somehow that line was evenly divided between the guys (Adrenaline Junkies) and the girls (Wildlife) with one exception – …

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Spring Break in Florida: Family Photos, Dinner Shows and Beaches – Oh My!

On Friday, we left bitter Michigan on a plane and touched down in sunny Florida just 3 hours later. It had been a long time since we saw green grass, flowers or even a sunny day for that matter. My toddler couldn’t contain herself. As we walked to our vehicle, …

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Lakefront Hospitality at the Cherry Tree Inn and Suites

Living in central Michigan means that unless I’m crossing the Mighty Mac, I’m just a few hours from anywhere and I can leave early morning and be back by late night. I didn’t realize how convenient that was until we were planning our Traverse City Staycation and realized it would …