Ode to the Kavu Bag

I love gear. Let me just state that first. I am a gear collector who can browse an outdoor store looking at gadgets I will probably never need but just look cool.  If I am looking for something I need, I will research for hours until I find exactly what I want. I love a well- designed object that does what I need it to do without extraneous and usually useless gimmicks.

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Lounge Passes and Credit Cards-Not Just for Business Travelers Anymore

First off, why do I need a lounge pass? I get this question. I had never understood why anyone would pay $500 a year for a lounge pass. Yes, airports are  overcrowded and overpriced places full of mostly useless hoops to jump through, but it is just a fact of life and you get on with it. Then one of my siblings began using a credit card with lounge access and I have begun to see the light. Especially when traveling with children, a lounge can be a blessed reprieve. It’s a quiet oasis in the middle of civilized airport chaos.

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My Favorite Educational Apps for Kids

So you may already know I am a believer in letting go of the worries about too much screen time while traveling. It’s just not a battle I like to pick, especially when there is so much downtime involved in traveling, from long car rides to delayed planes. I especially like to use the bait and switch tactic: “You can play on your iPad but only an educational app.” It is the modern version of my parent’s “You can watch TV but only PBS.” There will be whining but they usually will pick being forced to learn something rather than not playing at all. And I feel less like I am copping out on my parenting responsibilities as I enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee (or pint of beer).

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My Top 7 Travel Hacks with Kids

I can share a lot of stories about traveling with children over the years- from 3am wakeups in Hawaii (it’s one way to make sure you get the beach to yourself) to meltdowns on a boat tour in Copenhagen with an hour still to go. When that happens, you can definitely pick out parents from non-parents among your fellow passengers by whether they are giving you sympathetic looks or glares. There have also been many fabulous experiences as well, like a whole new army of sandcastle builders or a new appreciation for mid-afternoon ice cream breaks. These are just some of the tips learned over the years that have smoothed the way to great trips and helped avoid disaster.

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Why Two Friends Decided to Start a Travel Company-SimplyAwesomeTrips.com

First off- Happy Spring Everybody! Not that this winter has been anything winter- like (at least for us in the South) but I still love the dogwoods blooming and the first days of T- shirts and sundresses. It also seems happily coincidental that this is the time of year it worked out for Amy and I to begin our website. Since this is our first blog post ever, I feel like it is a good time to explain a little bit about what we are about.

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