Free & Cheap in Singapore


Singapore is known for a lot of things, being a cheap place to visit isn’t one of them! The experience of passing from elsewhere in Southeast Asia into this gleaming paragon of a city-state is a bit like being abducted by aliens and dropped off on some super-clean, hyper-consumeristic planet with Christmas music (we visited in December) playing non-stop, having had a babble fish stuffed into your ear. 

Hawker Food
Wanderlust Hotel
Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum
Pagoda, Chinese Garden
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Trekking with the family in Nepal- 15 tips for a great adventure


For a long time now, I have dreamed of trekking in Nepal with my children. Each time someone mentioned the word, “Nepal”, a sting in my stomach twanged and so I opted for Nepal to be the number one tourist destination for me and my family. Nepal has two of the best attractions for tourists: (1) Nepal has Mount Everest that is the highest mountain peak in the world. It is an ideal spot offering mountaineering, other types of adventures, as well as ecotourism; and (2) Nepal has the world heritage Lumbini that is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, located in southern Nepal, as well as other important religious pilgrimage sites.

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Ella's Deli


Ella's Deli is a quirky little diner located in Madison, Wisconsin. We found out about it from some friends who live in Madison. It's located at 2902 East Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704 and is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm (11 pm on the weekends). Ella's menu is extensive, including everything from cabbage soup to cheesy fries, deli sandwiches to hamburgers. They even serve breakfast... and the menu is literally 20 pages long. After reading a few reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to pass on eating a meal there. Instead, we grabbed sandwiches from Potbelly before we headed over.

spiderman animated figurine at Ella's Deli
cool display at Ella's Deli in Madison, Wisconsin
girl watching clowns in a display
animated circus display at Ella's Deli
amazing ice cream from Ella's Deli
harry potter figurine
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Crystal Lake Cave


On a recent road trip, we were driving from Des Moines, Iowa to Madison, WI. We were tired of being cooped up in the car, so I checked out my Roadside America iPhone app. After looking for a few minutes, I came across the Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque and we decided to make a stop.When we pulled up at the cave, I was sure that we had made a poor choice. There was a tiny little white building on the property and a nice shade tree. But we went inside anyhow, paid our admission, and browsed around the tiny gift shop for 15 minutes until our tour started.

girl wearing mining light hat
kids touring Crystal Lake Cave
stalactites in cave in Iowa
family trip to Crystal Lake Cave
things to do in Dubuque Iowa
kids mining for rocks at Crystal Lake Cave in Dubuque Iowa
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Visiting Amarillo, TX with Kids


Amarillo is the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, and is known for wide flat plains, and dry, dusty weather.  Although, the environment is not the most welcoming, the city has been at the crossroads of the country from the beginning of its history.  Even before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Spanish conquistadors were traveling through Amarillo in search of gold.  Later in history, the famous Route 66 ran through the city, bringing with it traffic headed west.  Roadtrippers still travel through Amarillo, where they can stop and see some of the history and landscape of Texas.

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Pappajohn Scultpure Park - Des Moines Iowa


We visited the Pappajohn Sculpture Park after reading about it on our Roadside America iPhone app. The park is located at Western Gate Park at 13th and Grand. Metered parking is available along Grand Avenue. The park covers two square blocks and is open green space full of art sculptures.

pappajohn sculpture park
T8 sculpture Des Moines Iowa
girl walking along wall at Des Moines sculpture park
boy reading the map at Pappajohn Sculpture Park
mommy and daughter snuggling in the shade at the sculpture park
scultpures in downtown Des Moines
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Des Moines Art Center


The Des Moines Art Center is located at 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA. Parking is readily available and free in the adjacent lot. Be forewarned that they will not allow you to bring a backpack (even a small one) inside the museum at all. Also, no photography or videography is allowed inside the museum, which is unfortunate because the building itself is absolutely beautiful!

family trip to the des moines art center
kids playing at des moines art center
family visit to des moines iowa
family pyramid copycat artwork at des moines art center
kids playing in courtyard
family summer road trip to des moines iowa
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Three Days in The Golden Isles of Georgia


The Golden Isles is a group of islands along a 100-mile stretch of the Georgia shoreline.  This southern jewel works for families looking to relax on the beach, soak up the sun, and let the ocean waves lap away any worries.  However, if yours is a family looking to drink in the history of the islands, see the sights, and truly experience their vacation, The Golden Isles will not disappoint.  While adventures here can easily fill an entire week, we’ve highlighted our favorites in a three-day itinerary below.

St Simons Island Beach
Having a Manhattan at Brogen's
Jekyll Island Beach
Exploring Rockefeller's Home
Rockefeller's Electric Car
'Passport to the century' Tram Tour
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Cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail, South Island, New Zealand


We’ve been in New Zealand for about three months now, and we’ve done some cool things, but I have to say that riding the Otago Central Rail Trail was the best thing we’ve done thus far. We’ve got a bit of a history with bicycles, having spent a year, 2008-2009, cycling Europe and N. Africa slowly, so we were excited about the opportunity to ride New Zealand’s original and most famous bikeway. 

Hayes Engineering Works
Otago Central Rail Trail
End of the trail
Omakau Bed Post Accommodations
Kids on the trail
Cycling the trail
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Three Days Exploring Pennsylvania Dutch Country with Kids


With picturesque town names like Bird-in-Hand and Paradise, a charming getaway in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a step back in time that also feels like a visit to a foreign country.  Often known as Amish country, the neatly manicured farms and bucolic hills welcome visitors to explore a simpler lifestyle and a wealth of family friendly attractions.   With so much to explore, it's easy to fill three days and more.

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