We recently embarked on the ultimate adventure with toddlers; Walt Disney World. I have been skeptical of Disney since we’ve had kids. I couldn’t imagine the park, the crowds, or the lines with 2 toddlers in tow. However, we decided to take on the challenge for our son’s second birthday! I knew I wanted to try to save money where ever we could without losing anything in the experience. I called around, did some research myself and I decided to stay off property and forgo the meal plan. I have put together exactly what we spent and where we spent it.Read More
We recently went tent camping with toddlers. We not only survived, but we actually ENJOYED it! We did everything from hike to campfires to using the “back country” bathroom. Our kids had the best time helping set up the tent, helping collect wood for the campfire and their favorite; roast marshmallows. If you’re not in a place financially to travel to lux hotels, I invite you to consider tent camping with your family. You will get to explore new places, connect in the quiet and save some cash!Read More
Alabama has at least 25 waterfalls worth hiking out to and probably many more beyond that. We recently spent our 4 days and 3 nights Labor Day weekend camping in Northern Alabama on the hunt for some gorgeous waterfalls. We brought along our two kids; ages 3 and 1. We tent camped in Desoto State Park and in Noccalula Falls Park. Tent camping with toddlers is not for the faint of heart, but we were surprised with how well our two did. Our days were spent hiking and hunting waterfalls and our evenings were spent roasting marshmallows; a perfect trip in my opinion. We are going to share which waterfalls we visited and some tips for making the most of your Alabama adventure!Read More
We traveled to Switzerland with our kids in April 2018. I had been to Switzerland twice before. I knew it was expensive. However, the prices never get easier to accept. Every time I go, I feel shocked by the prices of everything. From croissants to diapers to mailing something home; everything is very expensive. Switzerland with no kids is expensive, Switzerland with kids is super expensive. More mouths to feed with pricey food. In order for us to be able to travel as much as we do, we can't travel in full Lux. We try our hardest to stick to a budget. We made a plan before we arrived in Switzerland and stuck to it for the duration. We complied our tips for traveling Switzerland on a Budget.Read More
Paris. The City of Lights. The places where dreamers go to dream, fashionistas go to twirl in dresses at the foot of the Eiffel tower, the place of slow walks through the park and where macaroons and red wine seem endless. So many people dream of their time in Paris. I know I did before my first visit. I was 17 when I first laid eyes on the city; it was fascinating. I returned 3 more times; all different experiences. At 31 I returned for my 5th rendezvous with my old friend. This time, like the other times, I felt comfort in the familiarity and surprise at the differences.
This trip was different because I brought my children. Seeing them explore new places is exciting to me, but this time it felt more exciting and more personal. This IS Paris after all.Read More
Waco, Texas; made famous by Chip & Joanna Gaines. Actually, I wouldn't say they just made it famous, they brought the entire city back to life. Everything from delicious food to ample entertainment, if you find yourself in Texas, don't miss Waco.Read More
"Traveling with a picky eater can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to stop you! We have had a lot of luck finding comparable snacks and drinks our kids are familiar with when we travel; even overseas."
In our experience, jet lag can really hinder the first days of your new adventure. We have spent days upon days living with no sleep, trying to enjoy ourselves in a new country, but failing miserably. We have also arrived at a destination 8 hours ahead of our normal time zone with no jet lag at all -- a miracle! Through trial and error, we have found several ways to help overcome, minimize or even avoid jet-lag all together with our kids.Read More
Sometimes a layover is inevitable. If you’re traveling with children, especially if you’re travelling alone with children, having the option of an airport lounge is a game changer. Between the comfy seating, free food/drink & clean bathrooms, there isn’t much to complain about. Anything that makes travel with children easier and more comfortable is a win in our book.Read More
"One question I always get when people ask me about traveling is "How do you afford it?" Well, let me be really honest with you: WE. ARE. NOT. RICH. We do not have sponsorships. (Although I wouldn't turn them down ;) -- HINT HINT AIRBNB) WE PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR ALL OF OUR LEISURE TRAVEL. We are a military family with two kids living off of ONE paycheck. The only answer I can think of is: Priority. We prioritize traveling. We don't do huge home improvement projects, drive fancy cars, live in huge house, etc. We put our money where our interests are: travel. Here are 8 ways we are able to afford traveling more than once a year:"
What are your favorite places on the Emerald Coast and surrounding areas? If it's not listed here, we want to know about it so we can see it!
-The Big Brave Nomad Family
Photo Courtesy of: Natalie Zepp PhotographyRead More
"I can not believe it's been a year since our time in Montgomery. They say the days are long, but the years are short and this year went by in the blink of an eye. While this trip happened a while back, it is worth it for me to share my experiences because they were so positive and we really did have such a good time."