Growing up a family vacation meant towing around a 5th Wheel trailer throughout California. As kids, we were able to visit different places, while always having our little home. I have such great memories as a child vacationing with our 5th Wheel. Although it was great fun, it was a lot of work for my mom with preparation, packing, cleaning, cooking and then all of the post-vacation clean up. After having our own, little family and relocating to Kauai, towing a 5th Wheel trailer around is just not an option on an island. We wanted our kids to experience life outside of our little paradise on an island and so we decided that traveling is what we will do!!
The question that kept arising was – how would we travel and visit other countries when we live in Hawaii and airfare for 4 people is so expensive? We began researching travel and found various ways to make it work for a middle class family such as cruising for part of the trip to sample multiple locations in a week. Return to the places that you fell in love with later. While cruising is not for everyone, it is very affordable and was the first time my husband was really able to completely relax on a trip by limiting the check in and out of hotels, hailing of cabs, maps, renting cars, taking trains and figuring out where and what to eat for four people daily. Just sail right into a new country on the Mediterranean daily or island to island on the Caribbean. If cruising is not for you, that’s fine…. because the blog provides useful information by destination. Cruising is just a vessel to get to the places you’ve always dreamed of going. We don’t just cruise, we also spend about a week in the place that we depart from to really explore the area. We live a very modest lifestyle on Kauai so that we can take amazing trips around the world. Each year we choose at least one destination as a family and take off for a couple of weeks!!
Our kids track all the places that they’ve traveled on a map in their room with pins. Thus far, they have traveled to Italy, France, Spain, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Bahamas, Arizona, California, Utah, Florida, Nevada, Washington, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. We are planning to visit Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands later this year. We would like to share our travels with you, as we have found ways to travel the world 5 Star on a dime!!!! As you read through the blog you will see tips on how to save money at each place, history of the destination, great bargain shopping and safety information while still enjoying an amazing vacation!!!
All of the photos throughout the blog were taken by myself or our kids with a simple camera, global phone or smart phone.
Be sure to click on the titles to the right of the page which will take you everywhere that we’ve been.
We welcome you to join us in all of our travels through the blog and hope that it will inspire you to explore with your family!!! We are blessed to travel.
Warning- this blog may cause traveling.