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Great New Gadgets and Gear for the Traveling Family

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Troy Petenbrink

Troy Petebrink is a strong believer in Mark Twain's philosophy that "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." He has been a freelance travel journalists for more than a decade and his
publication credits include TravelChannel.com, CruiseCritic.com, and The Miami Herald among many others. Follow him on Twitter: @thegaytraveler,
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More than 160,000 square feet of space (that’s nearly the size of three football fields) of the Las Vegas Convention Center was recently filled with exhibitors at the 2017 International Travel Goods Show. The annual show is when all the new and updated travel goods are introduced to the market. I had the pleasure—and exhausting … Continue reading Great New Gadgets and Gear for the Traveling Family

The Best Travel Purse for a DSLR Camera I’ve Found

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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For years, I’ve tried to find ways to travel less conspicuously with a DSLR camera and a healthy-sized lens. Of course, when the camera is out and working, the jig is up. But for all the times between point A and B—sitting in restaurants, walking through unfamiliar neighborhoods, or taking city subways—you don’t always want … Continue reading The Best Travel Purse for a DSLR Camera I’ve Found

Tips for Buying Sunglasses for Kids

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Children’s eyes are even more vulnerable to UV damage than are their adult counterparts’. That’s why it’s especially important to protect them with quality sunglasses during outdoor adventures. But simply buying sun glasses for kids does not mean they’ll be worn–or will provide the protection for which they’re most needed. When shopping for kids sunglasses, … Continue reading Tips for Buying Sunglasses for Kids

Screen-Free, Battery-Free Travel Games and Toys

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Has battery fail ever derailed your plans for in-flight entertainment? Or do the kids’ cries for tablet and phone during travel drive you up a tree? Next time, plug a few of these screen-free, battery free travel games and toys into their travel programming. The recommendations here are great for car, plane, train, hotel room, … Continue reading Screen-Free, Battery-Free Travel Games and Toys

This Mom’s Picks: Three Mother’s Day Gifts for the Traveling Mom

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Let’s face it: packing cubes are overrated, and how many of us, as much as we may need it, really want to receive a portable luggage scale as a gift? If you’re looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas for the traveling mom in your life, I have a few suggestions I’ve tested and continue to … Continue reading This Mom’s Picks: Three Mother’s Day Gifts for the Traveling Mom

Anatomy of a Great Travel Hat for Kids

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Many are the hats with good intentions, yet precious are the few truly built for travel. When it comes to hats for traveling kids it’s especially important to note the differences between the two. Here are some quick points to consider when shopping for a great travel hat for your child that will serve well … Continue reading Anatomy of a Great Travel Hat for Kids

Review of the Lumix DMC-TS25 waterproof digital camera

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Review of the Lumix DMC-TS25 waterproof digital camera from Panasonic. Note: The photos below have not been enhanced or retouched beyond what the camera gave me, just resized for this post. I spend a lot of time schlepping around a camera that weighs more than I like in conditions where I fear for its life … Continue reading Review of the Lumix DMC-TS25 waterproof digital camera

Take Two: A Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants Review

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Note: This Columbia Silver Ridge convertible pants review is for the boys’ and girls’ versions–we packed both. These pants go by different names online–Silver Ridge III, Columbia convertible pants, Omni-Shade convertible pants–which is in part how I ended up ordering a pair for my son from one source and a pair for my daughter from a … Continue reading Take Two: A Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pants Review