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Author Archives: Tracie

About Tracie

Tracie is an Assist U Virtual Assistant who loves that she can take her business along on family road trips. Traveling in Lewis, her trusty Ford Flex, Tracie works while her husband Bret drives and three teenage children experience America as it should be - from the backseat. Along with their giant poodle, the family takes extended trips pulling Clark, their short, comfy travel trailer.

Oh Aulani!

My family has owned Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points for several years.  We’ve taken many terrific family vacations to various places around the country by using our membership to the max. When Disney first announced they were building Aulani, a resort in Hawaii, we realized the opening would coincide nicely with our 20th anniversary.  And … Continue reading »

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Our Dreamy Hawaiian Vacation, Maui

Our trip to Hawaii in February without our kids was amazing.  I think I’ve mentioned that.  :-)  Maui was where it all began! The first night we arrived at the Maui airport it was about 11pm local time.  This was 3am for us Midwesterners.  Needless to say we were very happy to have booked a … Continue reading »

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Loving Minnesota in the Winter-Making a Trip to Hawaii Even Better

This morning when we woke up to leave on our trip to Hawaii, it was -13 below zero.  Windchill made the “feels like” temperature -30 degrees.  These are the days I actually love to be a Minnesotan. There is a certain amount of chutzpah that is required to live in these temperatures.  There are things … Continue reading »

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What to Really Pack for a Trip to Hawaii

I have this weird thing about packing for a trip.  I have a personal pride in not overpacking, in taking as little as possible while still having everything I need.  My husband tells a (true) story about a time we were packing for a Disney World trip where we would have a washing machine and … Continue reading »

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Family Travel Transitions to Unaccompanied Minors

Yesterday we crossed over into a new realm of parenting.  We sent our three (young) teenagers alone and unaccompanied on a flight to see their grandparents in Phoenix.  They were officially unaccompanied minors for the first time in their lives.  Even though the kids have flown with us several times in the past, our love … Continue reading »

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