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Roundup: 48 Hours in a Car, Ice Cream, Fun in Mexico and Meat Floss

We've just returned to beautiful BC after a month-long road trip to visit family in Manitoba and Alberta, Canada. In total, we spent over 48 hours in the car (darn you, Canada for being so... large) with our two little ones and our cat, Cosmo. Cosmo was lucky enough to stop for part of the trip and spend a few weeks at Grandma's garden and luxury cat spa (aka my Mom's house) while we drove to Manitoba to hang out at the cabin and play in the lake.

Aside from traveling and visiting family, we've been busy giving interviews (how fun is that!) and writing for some great travel sites. Here are a couple of the other projects you might have missed, including a fun interview with me and an article on finding out of the way things to do in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

I have two words of advice for anyone on a long road trip with little kids: ...

Packing List for Kids on Long Haul Flight Nap

34 Great Packing Tips for a Long Haul Flight with Kids

Does the thought of a long haul flight with your little kids leave you in a cold sweat? It shouldn't. We've taken flights from Vancouver to Hong Kong, hopped between islands in the Philippines, and flown from Canada to Cancun to Costa Rica as well as Calgary to Cuba and all over North America with two little ones in tow. The kids are now seven and three, but we flown with them from the time they were still breastfeeding and in diapers. Here are our top tips for taking long flights with little ones...
Cottage Life with The Barefoot Nomad

Canadian Cottage Life – A Simple Vacation or Something More?

To say summer in Canada is a big thing is definitely an understatement. After months and months of cold weather, the average Canadian emerges in late Spring with a vigor unlike anything they've felt in the past eight months. There's a strange electricity in the air as everyone gets ready for a few great months of weather before the inevitable cold returns. As such, the majority of us tend to cram as many fair weather activities into our summers as humanly possible.

With that in mind we head to the prairies and cottage lake country where I find not only a healthy dose of back to nature enjoyment but also a reminder of the way I spent my youth...

Happy at the Hale Koa Luau in Oahu

A Tacky Good Time at the Hale Koa Luau in Waikiki

On our last night in Oahu, we stumbled onto a luau at the Hale Koa Hotel. Though the authenticity of their Polynesian cultural experience is up for serious debate, Waikiki's Luaus can be a cheesy good time if you're willing to let your hair down a little.

We picked up some last minute tickets for the evening's luau and set in for a fine night of over the top tourist tackiness and family fun.

A luau is a great way to sample traditional Hawaiian food, watch the hula girls and fire dancers and to enjoy a ...