• Europe,  Family Travel,  Unschooling

    7 Weeks of Europe: week 2

    It’s all relative(s)! After a great first week of travels, our second week in Spain we met up with yet more cousins. Some we hadn’t seen in about 17 years, others in even 30! But still it was so nice and great fun to be reunited again. On monday we first brought our car to the garage to have our car window fixed. We then went to the local market and bought churros (again). Our cousin Gabri spend the whole day with us. We met his mother later at the beach and in the evening we met another cousin. On Tuesday we were mostly around the home waiting to pick…

  • Europe,  Family Travel

    7 weeks of Europe: week 1

    Reconnecting with friends and family Our first week of our Europe summer road trip has been foremost about meeting with old friends and familymembers. It is amazing seeing these people after years like time has not passed. Only some added wrinkles and dates on calenders tell us the truth: we have all grown older. Driving from the Netherlands to Spain Entertainment on the road On sunday evening we left in two cars. Our first destination was Durango in Spain. It took us about 20 hours to get there. It was hard to fight the sleep during night and it was hard in the hot sun during the day. We had…

  • Europe

    7 weeks of Europe

    Preparing our family summer trip In a few days we will hit the road again. This time we will go on a 7 week family summer road trip through 9 European countries. Well, the kids and I will. During our 6th travel week Juul will fly home 5 days for work. It will be the first time ever to be apart for that long, so it is kind of exciting (in both a good and not good way). My mother will come and join us those 5 days, so we’ll manage just fine. Poor Juul working while we lay on the beach!   9 Countries in 7 weeks Our plan…

  • Destinations

    Things to see and do in New Orleans with your family

    It’s all jazz!! Last november we were in New Orleans for a few days. It had been on our bucket list for a long time. And although we visited the USA as a family three times before, somehow we just didn’t make it to that side of the country. This time we were staying three months of which we had about the last 3 weeks free to travel. There was no better time then finally make it to NOLA for some good music, delicious food, a dip in history and much more! If you are thinking of visiting New Orleans (which we highly recommend!), we offer you 8 tips in…

  • Destinations,  Europe,  Family Travel

    5 Reasons to take your family summer Europe trip by train

    Traveling by train in Europe… we had done it before. Little day trips around the country, weekend getaways to Germany and Belgium. But never had we travelled as a family of 5 for a few weeks through several European countries. Until the summer of 2017. Our car had broken down the year before. We were leaving in October to spend 4 months abroad. So we were not planning on going anywhere during summer, especially since we are not a very big fan of flying. But then our kids took an interest in the WWII. Juul remembered he still wanted to visit Auswitz in Poland. So as true unschoolers/worldschoolers, we thought:…

  • Cuba,  Destinations

    How to travel Cuba on a budget (with kids)

    Traveling Cuba with kids Traveling around Cuba with kids can be quite an adventure. It is a beautiful country, full with nature, wildlife, great beaches, music and friendly people. Other than you might expect, traveling in Cuba is not cheap! Especially when you are traveling as a family. In this blogpost we offer you our best 10 budgettips on traveling around Cuba with kids, to make your travels last longer!   10 Budgettips for traveling in Cuba with kids   Travel by public transport or with a shared taxi (Taxi Colectivo) Renting a car in Cuba is really expensive. Unless you are planning on traveling through the whole island in…

  • Destinations,  United States

    10 Things you need to know when traveling with Amtrak trains

    Since we had good experiences traveling by train in Europe, we thought it would be nice to try this to travel through the USA. We don’t really like flying or driving to much so the train would make a good alternative to pass all those miles. We wrote all about our adventures on traveling by Amtrak trains from New Orleans to Washington D.C. here and like to share our wisdom with you guys. Make sure to learn these things before traveling by train through the USA to be fully prepared. Here are 10 tips you need to know to enjoy your Amtrak train travels more: 10 Tips to enjoy your…

  • United States

    All Aboard!! Our Amtrak train adventures

    Our adventures on riding the USA rail tracks from NOLA to Washington D.C.   Train travels from New Orleans to Washington D.C. It seemed like a fun idea for our last USA trip: traveling by train from New Orleans to Washington, D.C. We travelled by train last summer through Europe and it was a great experience. The kids played, watched movies and walked around when tired of sitting. Juul was happy  not to drive so we relaxed, read some books, enjoyed the scenery and enjoyed time as a family. So yes, we should do this in the USA also! Keep yourself busy It was not the same though. To save…

  • Destinations,  United States

    Countdown to our next trip!

    Only 7 days to go! We started the countdown to our next trip: in seven days we will take off for almost 6 weeks of travel through the United States of America, Mexico (Cancun area) and Cuba before returning to the Netherlands at the end of January.   Our plans part one: USA train travel Next Monday we will start our travels. First, we’ll fly from Denver to New Orleans. Here we will stay about three days. From there we will travel to Memphis by train, where we will be about two days. In Memphis we will rent a car for three days and travel to Nashville and back. After this…

  • United States,  Unschooling

    5 tips for planning your trip to Yellowstone

    So in our last post we wrote about our trip to Yellowstone NP. Well, actually we didn’t get to Yellowstone due to bad planning. Although we had a great time at Jackson, Utah and at the Grand Teton NP, we did not get to visit Yellowstone. Which was the whole reason of our road trip.  To safe you from making the same mistakes we did, we’ll give you 5 tips for planning a successful trip to Yellowstone NP. Where did we go wrong? You can read more about it here, but to sum it up for you: We did not plan our trip well enough before leaving. We took the shortest…