Travel as a family with Lonely Planet Kids

We’re headed to South Dakota this week for our big family vacation where we’ll camp at Custer State Park for two weeks! I’m so happy to have some fun activities and books for the kids to enjoy while we road trip leaving from Wisconsin on a two day family travel adventure.

I’ve partnered up with Lonely Planet and my boys and my Mom and I will be using the Lonely Planet Kids books. There’s something special about driving for many hours while having fun books with activities to connect with each other as a family while having fun! Oh how I do love to drive!

I’ve included some introduction photos and a vid’ with my youngest son including some of the Lonely Planet Kids books which we’ll enjoy on the road as we head to and from South Dakota this month.

Check out the kids foldout maps, sticker books and other fun books by Lonely Planet Kids at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kids/books/

Look for our Lonely Planet Books giveaway next month when we return!

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How to get high-speed data in the USA or International broadband Internet while traveling? Skyroam!

Using the Internet while on the road can be a headache for travelers, especially those of us who need to work remote while traveling. Our last BIG family vacation was to New Mexico from our home State of Wisconsin and finding the best option for high-speed Internet was a daunting task which I needed a solution for working while traveling from State to State. As we planned our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico (insert screams of excitement from atop the SKI APACHE ZIP LINE!) a GREAT solution I discovered for how to get broadband, high-speed data for work, while we were physically driving or in a remote location with no wifi connection was Skyroam?

Some of the links in the post are affiliate links which means if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a commission which helps me with things like paying for shipping on giveaway items, to keep the lights on, pay my WordPress.com hosting fees, feed my children LOL.

Before stumbling upon Skyroam, I first looked at my mobile provider/carrier, US Cellular prepaid service (similar to post-paid plan but no paper bill in the mail each month) which turns out, when I roam with my current plan, data is capped for my monthly billing cycle at 450 megs of 4G LTE data and then they throttle down speeds to 2G, ugh. This would not work as I needed a solution which had more daily bandwidth!!

I am so thankful for Skyroam and it provided my whole family with high-speed Internet in the truck while traveling or while at the hotel with slow Internet! This excellent service provides up to 500 megs of 4G LTE data daily for as low as $8 per day and you have the choice of renting the Skyroam hotspot device or you purchase the device outright. All you have to do is sign up is visit the Skyroam.com website and enter your travel details and they ship the device directly to you in time for your travel trip.

Connect with Skyroam’s socials at: Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest or visit the Skyroam for more info!

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Ski Apache, here we come!

Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

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25 best travel Instagrams to follow in 2017

For 2017, my New Year’s resolution is to explore and travel to more destinations than I did in ’16. I’ve loaded my Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny by following the list below of best travel Instagram accounts for 2017, it’s time to get out and explore! Below are groups of Instagram accounts which I foresee as having the best insights on travel in 2017. For the record, some images below show “Follow” but we have followed all of these with our Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny.

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TRAVEL BLOGGERS & JOURNALISTS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

1) @traveldudes
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40 Travel gifts under $100 for the 2016 Holidays + #Giveaway

T’is the Holiday season for holiday gift shopping! We’re stoked to present you with these #2016Holiday travel gift ideas, all under $100 for your the loved ones on your holiday buying list who are frequent flyers, campers, kids, tech or music lovers and more—with a travel twist. As we’ve spent time compiling this holiday travel gift list, we tried our best to choose some items which are made by small businesses or are a healthy alternative. Make sure to check out our giveaway at the bottom of this post and click the product images and prices below for buying options.

**12/16/2016 UPDATE** // The winner of the Giveaway is Dawn M. dawnm******3@gmail.com. Congrats. You’ve got the weekend to contact us and claim your giveaway selection at our.fam.reviews@gmail.com.

Winner of our holiday 2016 travel gift guide giveaway

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Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Secret Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Have you been planning a secret romantic getaway for your significant other? The anticipation of keeping a secret can be exciting, trying and in my case almost impossible to pull off!

Planning a secret romantic getaway for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other is a great way to spend a night or weekend away from the kids to rekindle your relationship and celebrate each other with intimacy. Below is a list of suggested must haves for planning your secret romantic getaway.Read More »

Find It travel games plus giveaway

What’s a Find It game? Identity Games, the company behind Find It and Poopyhead games, calls Find It a “contained adventure”. We like to think of Find It as a road trip hack which both kids and adults can have fun playing while passing the time on a car ride or waiting for a sibling’s baseball game to finish.


The Find It Games are a portable activity and one of my boys’ new favorites to bring along while we’re on the go. Read more below about the Find It Discover America and Find It Eww Gross games which we enjoyed most on car rides.
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Road Trip – movies for kids

This weekend, we’re taking a short haul south to visit Grandma. I love the idea of preparing some screen time for the kids to enjoy on the road which, it’s a blessing to have quiet time too. There will be no Netflix in our car so the best option for the kids is DVD’s from the local library – I’ll be stocking up on kid friendly movie titles which will be appropriate for all three of my boys 4, 7 and 12 years old. Here’s what I’ll be looking for this evening at our local library to bring with us as we travel for a fun weekend at Gramas’.

  • Norm of the North
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks. The Road Chip
  • Wild Kratts
  • Lego Ninjago [TV series]
  • Open Season. Scared Silly
  • Minions

Image courtesy of Hoover Library.

Must-have travel resource for parents

While planning all family vacations, I usually try to see where the local brewpubs are located in an effort to assert some parental fun while we all enjoy a night out for dinner. The Beer Mapping Project website provides a Google Map view of all local brewpubs, breweries for spying the near-by parental destination and […]