Family Travel

GTGL Snippets: Family Night at the Museum for the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

Ten of the terracotta warriors were on display in Philadelphia for the first time in 30 years at The Franklin Institute. Philly is one of only two cities in the United States to host what is called the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition, the other city being Seattle. Naturally, we had to see it as it is definitely one of those family outings that we don't want to let pass. Who knows when these archeological gems will be near us again?!

GTGL Snippets: Family Night at the Museum for the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

GTGL Snippets: Family Trip to The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

Second time's a charm! 

Our first attempt to witness the cherry blossom trees was a fail. We seized the opportunity to take the trip to Washington, D.C. during the kids' spring break in 2013 (almost two years after moving to the northeastern part of the country, but that's another story). The National Cherry Blossom Festival was scheduled on March 20th through April 14th of that year, and the National Park Service predicted that the trees will have their "peak blossom" on the festival's second week.

GTGL Snippets: Family Trip to The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

[PHOTOS] Picturesque Fall Hikes in New Jersey: Chasing Autumn Hues

The northeast has plenty of gorgeous fall foliage to boast than just that of New England's. My current home state of New Jersey alone has had our eyes feasting over autumn hues. Browse through these photos to see for yourself! 🍂🍁🍂🍁

[PHOTOS] Picturesque Fall Hikes in New Jersey: Chasing Autumn Hues

GTGL Snippets: Fall Foliage Hiking in Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey

New Jersey Audubon is a not-for-profit organization that fosters environmental awareness. It has a number of centers all over the state, which all aim to protect animals and plants, especially those that are endangered, and preserve their natural habitats. We're so lucky to have one of its centers in our neighborhood where we can get our hiking fix whenever we want!

GTGL Snippets: Fall Foliage Hiking in Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve, New Jersey

Meeting blogger friends + slow traveling in Massachusetts

After nearly 10 years of online friendship and 5 or so years of failed, albeit lukewarm, attempts at meeting up, I finally got to meet two of my blogger friends! As they're both currently living in the Boston metro area, my family and I took advantage of one 4th of July weekend holiday to finally go and see them. 

Reflections on our experiences together while hiking through Mt. Tamalpais

For this year's Get There | Get Lost Founders Meetup (I just came up with that, and I'm going to make it a thing!), we had planned a two-day excursion of some of Bianca's tried and tested places in Marin County, and one of them was Mt. Tamalpais. 

I had some reflections on our travels together - how often we see each other, and how it's never enough. 

Reflections on our experiences together while hiking through Mt. Tamalpais

GTGL Snippets: Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Previously called the Pennsylvania State House, this Georgian edifice now known as the Independence Hall is the venue where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. It is located on Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, with its north facade leading to a cobblestone street and to the Independence Mall. 

GTGL Snippets: Independence Hall, Philadelphia

[PHOTOS] Self-guided tour of the Mural Mile, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is long known for its riveting street art culture, which speaking volumes on the city's urban lifestyle, and its people's glorious moments and agonizing struggles. The Mural Arts features the skills and talents of artists on traditional mural-making, who transform public spaces into one big engaging, thought-provoking, and even life-changing outdoor art gallery.  

[PHOTOS] Self-guided tour of the Mural Mile, Philadelphia

That time when we took a 'basic' tour of Coron

Coron is part of the Calamian Group of Islands, which serves as a jumping point for island-hopping adventures to other islands in the area as well as for the wide-range of exciting activities Palawan has to offer: snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and trekking, and so much more. 

Despite the generic itinerary template arranged by our tour operator, nothing about our three-days-two-nights package was a basic experience. 

That time when we took a 'basic' tour of Coron

Packing for National Championships in Disney

For the second year in a row, my daughter's Pop Warner cheerleading team is heading to the national championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Feeling a little bit of a pro this year, I thought I'd share a checklist of things to pack. 

Packing for National Championships in Disney

GTGL Snippets: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood did not disappoint. It's comprised of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. There are two rides - the 3D Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride through Hogwarts, and the small roller coaster Flight of the Hippogriff. You also get in line to Ollivanders where there's a bit of a show for the wand to find the wizard before you shop for your wand. With your interactive wand, there are various spots throughout the park where you can use it. 

GTGL Snippets: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood

Trip Planning with Multiple Families

When you have several heads of households going on a trip, that’s several folks who are used to making the call for pretty much everything in their family lives on a regular basis.

Several of them can even be trip planners themselves. Though some of them are probably more often just financiers. There’s numerous considerations: logistics, multiple wish lists, multiple personalities, the list could go on.  Here’s some things that have helped me plan trips with multiple families. 

Trip Planning with Multiple Families