Our Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

Our Favorite Activities & Toys for Traveling

I don't claim to be an expert on traveling with a child, but I definitely have enough experience at this point to share which activities entertained Blythe on the 15 flights we've taken in the past 6 months, 4 of which were long-haul flights (plus numerous train rides and extended travel time in cars).  In addition to the obvious recommendation that you pack plenty of snacks, particularly those that take a while to eat and will thus keep your child occupied, these are the toys and games that have served us well.  

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Travel Writing Elsewhere

Travel Writing Elsewhere

I've written a few pieces about our travel elsewhere that I thought I'd share.  First, Family Trails published a story this week about our adventures.  Family Trails collects adventure stories from families all over in conjunction with the National Center for Families Learning and Toyota in an effort to "spark family learning through exploration".

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Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

Favorite Children's Books from Abroad

We haven't acquired much in our travels, but one thing we've loved picking up in each country we visit is a new book (or two) for Blythe.  A few of our new favorites are from a particular country, a few are about countries we've visited, and some are from the US or the UK but are new to us in our travels.  

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Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

Travel Notes: Kanazawa, Japan

We spent five days in Kanazawa and it was my favorite city that we visited during our seven weeks in the country.  Kanazawa sits on the western coast of Honshu and has only been accessible by bullet train since 2015 (it takes just 2½ hours from Tokyo).  It's a bustling, busy city for sure, but much quieter, more compact, and easy to explore than Tokyo or Kyoto.  The Japan Alps lie to the east of the city and the coast to the west, plus the heart of the city is bordered by two parallel rivers, the Sai and the Asano. 

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Travel Notes: The Japan Alps

Travel Notes: The Japan Alps

After leaving Tokyo, we headed northwest into the mountainous region known as the Japan Alps. We spent time in a remote village called Kijimadaira northeast of Nagano (where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held), traveled to the mountain town of Takayama by way of Morimoto Castle, and then headed west for Kanazawa.  We rode bikes in Hida, went to our first onsen at Maguse Onsen, met some macaque monkeys (or snow monkeys) in Jigokudani Yaen-koen, and ate our first soba noodles and roasted green tea ice cream.

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