Taking the Tesla skiing

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Cold weather and electric cars don’t exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, I still decided to take my Tesla Model 3 on the longest trip yet, up into the cold and potential snow, outside of the electric range in Vermont for some skiing. During the trip I learned a lot about the car, it’s limitations, and discovered that electric cars maybe aren’t as limited as it seems. At 250 miles from my […]

Around Ronda, my favorite things about Spain’s mountaintop paradise

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I found my paradise on earth sitting outside under the Spanish sunset on a hillside overlooking the buildings of Ronda and numerous olive orchards and vineyards while the only sound I could hear was the soft whisper of the gentle breeze through trees. As the lights came on in Ronda, a trio of bunnies hopped on past and in the distance a rooster crowed a mournful farewell to the sun. I had reservations about staying […]

You could be in Cadiz – What to see and do in Spain’s coastal city

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I sit on a beach towel so new it has that new towel smell in the shade of Cadiz’s pier about 30 feet from the ocean water and build a sandcastle with my boys. Thanks to the shade and calm waters due to the sheltered harbor, it’s the first time I can remember building a sand castle without getting sunburned and smacked by waves, and I actually find it enjoyable. When an elderly sun-weathered local […]

The best of Nashville

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Music City. Smashville. Nashvegas. Nashville earns all of these names. Quickly becoming the bachelorette party capital of the country, Nashville can be a circus of rowdy revelers in the streets, tractor puled party busses, bar bikes, and even a hot tub trailer I saw going down the street. But even for those not at all interested in that scene, the live music, craft beer scene, and awesome restaurants with modern takes on classic down home […]

10 Tips to encourage fitness with kids on vacation

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Family vacations can be full of a ton of unhealthy temptations. I always tend to eat way more unhealthy food and bigger portions while traveling because I just want to try everything local. I also eat dessert and sweets that I’d never have at home. I usually don’t get a chance to run like I do at home either. Taken together, it’s a recipe for gaining some weight and coming home heavier. Even worse, this […]

Pull the cord and get to Cordoba soon

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With the highest average temperatures in Europe, Cordoba, one of Andalusia’s largest cities is the perfect spot to visit in the Summer for some of the famous summer sun. It’s the kind of place you reader, like me, might be tempted to buy a five euro hat just to cover up in the sun. With kids, it’s an incredible place to visit for incredible scenery, food, and fun ways to get around. Even better, with […]

See Ya in Sevilla – How we found the perfect things to do with children in Seville

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Hot sun, late nights, and adventurous food make for great vacations, but adding kids into the mix with these doesn’t always work out great. However, Seville, Spain’s third largest city and capital of the Adulucia region, makes all of these work out just about perfectly even with kids. There’s no shortage of fun things to see and do with adventurous children, and parents will find lots of great food and drink spots as well. While […]

No, traveling internationally with kids is not “crazy”

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When I told people about my family vacation to Spain with my three-year-old twins, the most common reaction was, “wow, that’s crazy.” I understand that perspective, spending two weeks away in a foreign country with two balls of energy isn’t easy, but I don’t think it’s at all crazy.  With some completely reasonable preparation and planning, and most importantly an open mind, a trip away can be pretty smooth and incredibly rewarding. It’s time we […]

Like a Phoenix – Hiking Phoenix’s Cameback Mountain

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An “extremely strenuous”, “double black diamond” rated hike up a mountain in the middle of the desert in 110 degree heat seemed like a good idea at the time. While traveling to Phoenix for work, I didn’t want to just be stuck inside the whole time. After a long and dreary spring in New Jersey where summer never seemed to come, I just wanted to get some sun. I found it in abundance in Phoenix, […]

Phoenix Rising – How I discovered taco, coffee, and craft beer perfection in the hottest place I’ve ever been

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If Phoenix is meant to rise like the legendary bird from the ash, it will probably be because of the heat there. On my first visit to the surprisingly massive southwest city for work, the temperature never dropped below 100 degrees and during the afternoon it peaked at nearly 115 degrees. Thankfully, the city provides numerous places to get out of the sun and cool down with some food and drink. Phoenix surprised me with […]