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Jonathan Bailey, travel blogger/harried dad/vacation dreamer/worrier

Jon likes exploring far away places, home cooked meals like his Sicilian mama used to make, John Varvatos, and a front-of-the-line pass to just about anything.

Triton Klugh, designer/teen whisperer/uber organizer/dad humorist

Triton likes Starbucks venti black iced tea with double pumps classic, eating at restaurants (any, really), comfy t-shirts and Jason Bourne.

Sophia Bailey-Klugh, teen-going-on-30/tennis player/constant shopper/pop culture fanatic

Sophia likes Red Vines, scary movies, clothes shopping and Justin Bieber (still). Oh, and boys. She really likes the boys.

Ava Bailey-Klugh, teenager extraordinaire/cheerleader/ collector of many things/nature girl

Ava likes vampire romances, cookie dough, ironic t-shirts from 80s rock bands, and cuddly animals of any species.

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The big birthday bash in Todos Santos was even more fun with a little added dirt and grit. Our ATV adventure through the Tierra Sagrada desert was a blast, made even better with the love of family and friends along for for the ride. What could make a guy happier? (Even if there was a little dirtball caught in my teeth?!?) LOL No worries - nothing a little tequila can’t wash down with a smile. So much love for these amazing people in my life.

Wowee is Todos Santos fun! This birthday was momentous, and the best time ever. How could it not be when I had family and friends with me to celebrate? We laughed, we ate, we drank, we laid in the sun, we swam, we drank some more … yep sounds like a good birthday. Check out Guaycura Boutique Hotel and their El Faro Beach Club when you visit here. Gorgeous surroundings and such wonderful people. Wait until you see the ATV photos! (we missed you, Ava ❤️)

Todos Santos is one of our favorite spots in Mexico. Stay tuned for all the reasons why we chose to come here for a milestone birthday!

Mérida, MX is one of those places we could return to again and again. There’s just something about the Spanish colonial architecture, the Mayan roots, the friendly people, the amazing food, the gorgeous boutique hotels. In fact a lot of people are considering moving or retiring there, and there’s a large LGBTQ+ community there too. I think we need to go back soon and get a feel for what that might be like year-round. I wrote about this more in-depth for a story in @vacationermag you can read by clicking our bio link. Viva La México!

It seems like just a minute ago that these little Christmas nuggets danced in The Nutcracker with their ballet studio. They were so freakin' cute in their little Christmas tree tutus. This is what holiday memories are all about. They will cringe at these photos, and us dads will get a tear in our eyes. The best memories ever.

That year I thought it would be fun to all wear matching pajamas on Christmas morning. We do look cute, but the girls were not amused. Maybe a look we need to leave that trend to the younger dads and moms with little kids. Oh well - we’re just as festive this year, matching or not!

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In San Diego, Santa surfs into town and meets the kiddos under a giant wave. When our girls were little, they thought this was how everybody met with Santa before Christmas. I mean, why ruin it for them. Right?!

With the girls away at college, the house has been more than a little quiet. #AlevePartner Although they are studying, gaining independence and making new friends, we know they miss home and especially our family holiday traditions. That's why it's even more important to us that when they come home for the holidays, we pull out all the stops. Nothing is going to prevent us from doing the things they love, and that includes decorating the house with all the lights, trimmings and sparkle we can. Of course, during the rest of the year, all the holiday decorations are packed tight in boxes stored high in the rafters of the garage. (Makes sense except when you need to get them down.) This involves multiple climbs up a teeter-y ladder to grab heavy boxes and lift them down with our bodies bent at weird angles. You know exactly what we mean, because we would bet it's the same at your house! When using your body in different ways than you are used to, like decorating, pain is an unwelcome visitor. We take relief in Aleve® Liquid Gel tablets to keep pain away for up to 12 hours, so I can decorate the house for Christmas with my family. And guess what? I don't have to worry about relieving pain this year. I'd do anything to keep those family traditions, and it sure is nice to do that with the help of Aleve to relieve minor aches and pains. Use as directed. For adults and children 12 years of age and older. #AlevePartner @Aleve_US #WhoDoYouTakeItFor

Dinner party in the desert - literally in the middle of nowhere surrounded by saguaro cactus and scrub. Thanks to the amazing talents of @clothandflame and our hosts from @scottsdaleariz, this was a pretty spectacular evening. They brought everything in and staged a full on spread. I love a fancy campfire, and this one takes the blue ribbon.

Sampling holiday drink recipes is not always fun and games. Like this pear mimosa concoction, which was decidedly a miss - a really big miss evidently. As in, “I will try to look like I am enjoying this for the sake of the photo but in reality I’m disgusted” kind of miss. Oh well, can’t win them all. But the model looks especially delicious.

So much fun rocking and rolling through the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, AZ. This little buggy climbed over rocks, forded streams, and slipped along sandy trails through this incredibly beautiful desert landscape. I thought Scottsdale was all about luxury resorts, spas and championship golf courses (and it certainly has all those) but there’s a lot of outdoor adventure action here too. We even tasted wild huckleberries and found fresh mountain lion tracks among the cactus and boulders. Love it here!

I mean, it’s cold in Denver. But this cold? Probably overkill to gear up in this giant furry buffalo coat, but I was channeling my inner Viking and I needed proper outfitting! 😂🦬 This Holiday Market at the @cherrycreeknorth Winter Wanderland is full of surprises like this one. We also found a candle vendor that has an …ahem….artistic approach to her craft using parts of the human body. You can guess from there. Another favorite was the deep fried peanuts in their shells (tastier than it sounds) and a fortified wine flavored with natural extracts that I wish we could have smuggled in our carryons. Really loving the Cherry Creek North neighborhood in Denver, especially when it’s all decked out for the holidays.

There’s nothing worse than coming down with the flu, especially when you’ve got an upcoming trip planned. #sponsored  As much as we travel, having to reschedule our calendars because of the flu would throw off everything! So yes, we are diligent about getting our flu shots early in the season to help prevent the flu and its potential complications – and our plans from being ruined. After all, there are other things beyond our control that can ruin our days, so why not take care of the things you can control? Getting a flu shot is one of those things. We are saying #NotTodayFlu and hope you will too. Get your flu shot today. Visit NotTodayFlu.com to find a Flu Shot near you. This post is a paid partnership with Sanofi.

Dreaming of our fun time in Kitzbühel, Austria a few weeks ago and imagining how beautiful it looks at Christmastime during their Advent Festival! (Slide for that image). This gorgeous town in the Austrian Alps is a playground all year around, and in the winter is home to some of the most famous ski competitions in the world. Us? After a little casual ski time, we'd be in town shopping and drinking hot toddies in the historic village center. Christmas Magic! (second photo courtesy of @kitzbuehel_tirol)

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