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I'm a travel-loving mom of two young kids, and I created my blog to ensure other parents that travel doesn't have to end when you start a family. I share travel hacks, family-friendly destinations and travel blogging techniques at To & Fro Fam. I also write for a wide range of publications, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Real Simple, SELF, Bloomberg Business Week, Scary Mommy and others; I also work with organizations including Microsoft, Red&Co, Rani's Voice and others.

Location Oregon Pacific Northwest
Member Since NOVEMBER 12, 2018
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Why travel is the best way to bond with kids (+ vacation family activities)

If you’re looking for family time ideas, this post will show you why travel is so amazing for bonding with your kids. More than half of kids say that spending time as a family on vacation is a way to make up for not enough together time at home. The pandemic has also demonstrated that it’s not only the quantity of time but the quality of time we spend as a family. It’s easier to spend undistracted time together, which is one reason why it’s my favorite way to bond with kids.

Stunning Smith Rock State Park, Oregon: hiking + camping near Bend, OR

And believe me, you do not want to skip Smith Rock State Park, one of Oregon’s most beautiful destinations. You can definitely enjoy Smith Rock State Park in cold weather, but you’ll need to take extra safety precautions. Other things to do in Terrebonne, Oregon Smith Rock State Park is a 5-minute drive from Terrebonne, Oregon. Like the rest of Oregon’s High Desert, Smith Rock State Park is home to wildlife.

Lake Billy Chinook + Cove Palisades, Oregon: Camping, boat rentals + more

So we went on a camping trip to the Cove Palisades State Park on Lake Billy Chinook, instead. If you’re looking for Lake Billy Chinook camping, direct your attention to the Cove Palisades State Park. The Upper Deschutes Day Use Area, Lower Deschutes Day Use Area and Crooked River Day Use Area all have roped-off areas safe for swimmers and kiddos. We all are hoping to return to Lake Billy Chinook and Cove Palisades State Park soon.

2021 Travel Tips: How to pandemic-proof your next vacation

Point is, I know I’m not alone in that I ended up having to cancel a lot of trips, flights, lodging and other travel plans. Just following all these 2021 travel tips makes planning a trip take longer. (And if you’re looking for a bucket list trip to take with your besties, check out my post on the best girls trip destinations for 2021!) First of all, road trips are the future for travel in 2021 in part because they’re cheaper, more flexible, and more easily rerouted if the need arises.

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