We are a family of four from New Jersey. Our girls are currently 11 and 9. Living at the Jersey Shore, we have great access to the beach, major cities and day trips. Yet, many of our school holidays and long weekends are spent away from home. We love to travel!

Although we make mistakes and wouldn’t be considered experts, we do have a lot of fun on our trips. The key is balancing the “what were we thinking?” moments with the “can’t wait to return” memories.

When we travel, we try to balance our trips with experience and downtime. We also like early starts. (Too) Many of our trips start with before-sunrise wake up times. As a result, night entertainment is not a focus.

For the posts, we refer to my older daughter as Sport (since she loves them) and our younger daughter as Bean (long story).