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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

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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

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.

Doesn’t Every Dream Vacation Begin at the Maui Swap Meet?

Our trip began in Maui, where we landed at 10:30pm local time.  On paper, this seemed like a great idea.  We’d land at bedtime, tired from our travels, and get a good night’s sleep for heading out on our first

Our Dreamy, Kid-Free, Hawaiian Adventure: A New Type of Family Travel

There are some places people just dream about. For some, it is seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris. For others it might be the blue seas of the Caribbean or the mountains of Alaska. For me, it has always been