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  1. Have a young adult friend doing a self-study abroad. Rick Steves website is my go-to for travel tips. Is there something like this aimed at young adults and their more thrifty/adventuresome bents?
  2. We'll have three days in Nashville next month, and have never been there. Where should we go? Bluebird Cafe and ??
  3. Hi Friends, I'm planning an epic six week road trip this autumn! Beginning in PA and traveling west through Ohio with the major destination goals of Indianapolis, St. Louis and then through Kansas to Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde, before we head south to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Considering a side trip to Flagstaff because we love it and want to go back to Lowell Observatory. Then looking for a great beach (preferably with rv camping) somewhere on the gulf coast before turning back north to head home. Going to be pulling my travel trailer and have at least five kids with me, ages four to eleven
  4. In a marvel of bad timing, my daughter's choir leaves on July 7 to go to Greece. She is only fourteen and is one of three children in the choir whose parents are not accompanying them. The rest have family members going too (which doubles the cost). The group will be in Athens for a day and then on an island in the Aegean for over two weeks. They will need to buy their own lunch and supper throughout the trip. I am worried about money, since the banks are not working. I hate to send a kid that age with all cash. Any suggestions? Last year in their trip to Canada I gave my child a debit car
  5. We're going to be in St Louis, MO, for a week at the end of April with our First Lego League team from the UK. We won't have a lot of free time, I expect, but as I don't travel much (only my second time out the UK in the past 20 years) I'd like to see *something* that makes me feel as if the credit card debt and stress to get us there was worth it. When I google St Louis, all I'm reading is that there's absolutely no reason why a tourist would want to visit the place. This isn't very helpful, seeing as we don't have a choice! So, someone, tell me about St Louis. I'm a country girl at
  6. I live in US and I have an opportunity to travel to England with my 3 kids in May. My children are 13, 11, and 7yo and we homeschool. We are mid way through SOTW vol 3. My kids loves Harry Potter and now Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. My youngest is a huge Paddington fan (yes, even before the movie came out) My husband has work to do in London and also in Chesham. I defintely want to see London, Tower of London, London Bridge, etc. But I'm open to all ideas. I don't have to stay in those areas. Traveling to opther parts of the country is a possibility. I just don't know if or when I'll hav
  7. Hive, For Christmas this year, I want to give travel-related gifts to the family because we have a big group trip scheduled for next April. I am racking my brain to come up with something very useful and/or very fun related to travel. It would be a big bonus if this gift is practical for a 10 hour international flight (business class if that matters). When my sister left for an out-of-state college a couple of years ago, I gave her and my parents personalized luggage IDs and bungee things that helped stack luggage on luggage when going through the airport. Suggestions?! Pleeeeeeeas
  8. Good morning! We are planning to fly with our family to the Bahamas in a few weeks. For the last week or so my husband and I have been looking at each other every morning after watching the news and asking each other, "Should we cancel our trip?" We love to travel, and have flown out of the country many times, but the ebola news coverage has us a little intimidated. I feel that the CDC is not being truthful and that so far the US is not prepared, and that leads me to think that possibly the Bahamian islands are also not prepared. I do not really want to be in the Bahamas if an outbreak
  9. Okay, I live in a state that requires me to count school days (but has no minimum, and, anyway, we have plenty of days). Normally, we have a field trip every Tuesday, but we also have at least phonics and math before we leave. I count it as a school day. I had planned to count all of last week as a fall break, but now I think I want to count the day at Kennedy Space Center as a school day. My question is... where's the line? Do I count the day we went to Animal Kingdom as well? I mean, we saw wild animals, but IDK if DS actually learned anything new. And then what about Epcot? I'm leaning
  10. OK-- thanks to everyone for replies and suggestions to help me plan for study abroad with my three boys-- we're here in France. Here's our blog: http://theshortstrip.blogspot.fr My curriculm blog is already up, but I would have liked to have seen how others organized a similar trip/semester abroad. I guess I'll blaze the trail and you can thank me later -- unless it all goes terribly wrong, then I'll know why I couldn't find more infromation about!
  11. My dh has to travel for a couple of months in the late spring. I am planning to take my two boys to live somewhere Spanish-speaking for a month during this time. I am considering Costa Rica or Guatemala. I have visited both countries, but it has been quite a few years ago. My goals for the trip are to 1.) Expose my kids to another culture/language. 2.) Practice Spanish 3.) Participate in local service projects. With these goals in mind, I'm not looking for a vacation, but rather to live among the locals. So, here are my questions: 1. Has anyone had an experience similar to the one
  12. Who has vacation plans this year? Where are you going? We are undecided on a family trip this year. Looking for inspiration.
  13. We're from Oregon, have two boys ages 6 and 4 and we'll be going to the Florida Keys for a week in January. Could some of you please share how you might prepare to learn about a destination for any family trip? How to find good projects, websites, outings, activities, etc? We travel quite a bit around the NW and hope to expand that in the near future, so tips in general would also be appreciated.
  14. My kids and I will most likely be going to Europe next October for three to six months. We are going to be based in England but will also be spending a great deal of time in Switzerland, where my brother and his family lives. I am trying to plan our new school year which will be from January to October. I want to tie their history into our trip, but I am feeling a little overwhelmed with it all. I am not sure if I should have them do a broad study of Europe, or if we should narrow it down to a specific time period, or if I should base it around their interests. What would you do? Also, if
  15. We're planning a 9-day trip in June - our 1st trip to Alaska! (I'm already going crazy getting HS materials on Alaska, the Ididarod, Salmon runs, brown and black bear, etc.). DS (7) is absolutely going nuts with excitement! We can't wait!!! :D We'll be staying on the Kenai Peninsula the entire trip so we can take our time and explore. Any advice, recommendations or thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Fun little tidbit: we're taking an Ididarod Tour with the Seavey family in Seward that includes a 35 minute ride with the sled dogs (on a wheeled cart), a kennel tour and "talk" abo
  16. Dh and I have pretty much decided to go to Yellowstone this summer. I've been once a long time ago, dh and the kids have never been. We are looking at staying 4 or 5 days. Could use some tips, advice, etc. on the following: What's a good hotel/motel that isn't expensive (would like to keep it under $100/night if possible)? Doesn't have to be brand name chain hotel, I know that independant local places can be just as nice if not better sometimes. Should we got in May or June? Anything else we should know? Thanks!
  17. We are going to take the train (so, SO excited!) to New Orleans...what MUST we do while there? Or in the area? We are open to pretty much anything!
  18. My dw and I have been talking about the possibility of spending 2-3 winter months (Jan.-Feb.-Mar. 2013) in another country. Dw's work is portable, and we think it would be a great opportunity for our dd to expand her horizons. We're also heartily sick of New England winters. :thumbdown: I'd love to hear from any Americans who split their time between the US and another country, or those who live (or have lived) in Mexico or Central America, especially Costa Rica. Thanks!
  19. Or are you otherwise familiar with them? I received a post on another homeschooling loop talking about their annual Disney trip. We're interested, but it's almost in that "too good to be true" category. I've done quite a bit of internet searching and can't find anything negative, but would love to hear from an actual person that's done one of their trips or has personal experience with the group just to put my mind at ease before we proceed. Thanks!
  20. Our family (minus dd 18 who is house sitting) is leaving Friday for Kenya and Uganda. I've been before, but it was with an all-inclusive group. What should I be bringing that I've forgotten? Please post what you think is essential to bring. (I have my passports/yellow cards/malaria meds/pictures for visas/travel insurance documents) I'm partially packed and need to know what I forgot! We will be gone the rest of the month! We will be working with various charities in Nairobi, taking a 3 day family PHOTO safari to the Masai Mara game reserve, driving to the foothills o
  21. I posted this in another thread. As people are thinking about summer plans and travel this year, I thought this might be helpful for others. Please feel free to add further tips. *** Originally Posted by 5KidzRUs Strider, Did you design your own trip or did you do a tour? What would you recommend and what would you not recommend? Hi--sorry to take so long to respond. Yes, we have always designed our own trips. An experience we had in Mexico perfectly illustrates why we prefer to do so--and this reflects what we have since heard from many others, as well: We signed up for
  22. We want to go back and visit San Diego and would love to save money on the hotel. I have my AARP card (oh yeah, you can get this when you turn 50, who knew), AAA membership and hubby has points with Marriott Couryards. What is the best way to get the cheapest rate at a decent hotel? Have you tried Priceline or Travelocity or any of those kinds of sites that let you offer your own price? I looked at one the other day, but you put your bid out and you dont know who would accept it, whoever did would immediately charge your whole stay.... SHould I stick to getting a rate through AAA, or AARP
  23. This is a shout-out to anyone that has been a traveler to, or resident near, places that were once part of the Wild West. For the past nine months or so, my husband - Dad Windu - has thrown himself into learning about the people and places from this unique period in American history, particularly Wyatt Earp and his ilk. Padawan Learner and I briefly covered this time period at the end of last year and are revisiting it again early this year, so it is a fortunate merging of interests. BUT we're not very familiar with the SW part of the US at all so we're looking for some help. If you're int
  24. Friends of mine have been given a car and are going to be driving across the country to bring it home. They have a 7-1/2 year old son who is a good reader and can read in the car without getting sick. He has a Game Boy, and they are looking into rigging up something so he can watch movies. However, that's not enough for 30 hours in the car. He's a bright and creative child, who can finger knit and likes to do stuff with his hands. I've suggested getting him the Bone graphic novels. They're looking for activities, including (hopefully) a few educational ones that are also fun. They we
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