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Filotimo -The Word With No Translation

Filotimo -The Word With No Translation

Boat Santorini Bay, Filotimo

Filotimo -The Word With No Translation, in researching Greece before our wonderful Greek adventure, I came across some information that didn’t seem to fit together.

In spite of the financial crisis, the austerity measure, and one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, Greece has one of the highest rates of self-reported happiness in the world.

How is it that the people of Greece are so happy in the face of significant negative issues?

Is it religion?

The Greeks are a religious group with – reporting that they consider their faith important. But, many countries are made up of people of strong faith. As a matter of fact, Greece isn’t even on the Top 20 Most Religious Countries list.

Is it strong family ties?

Greeks DO have strong family ties...

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National Parks Planning

child looking at view of Yosemite

National Parks Planning

National Parks Planning Visit with Kids? Are you planning to visit our U.S. National Parks with kids in this new year? If you’re hoping to call on one or a dozen, do not pass go, but head to our sister site, Family Travel. You’ll find kid-friendly family vacation guides to numerous national parks, including our:

Yosemite National Park Family Guide

Sequoia National Park Family Guide

Glacier National Park Family Guide

Zion National Park Family Guide

And if you’ll be Planning National Parks visiting with a FOURTH GRADER this year, be sure to get your “Every Kid in a Park Pass” for free admission into hundreds of parks.

Want more U.S. National Parks ideas and inspiration?

Just establishing a safe place for your child to sleep or play during your visit could pr...

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Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel with Babies and Toddlers: Tips for Staying Safe (and Sane) with Friends and Family. For safer and saner travel with babies and toddlers read this first…Will you be staying in somebody else’s Ho-ho-home for the holidays this year? If you’re like many families gearing up for holiday travel with babies and toddlers, you might be looking forward to some extra helping hands, home-cooked meals, and accommodations where you’ll have all the conveniences of your own home. Of course, you might have a few concerns as well…

This book excerpt comes from the section in Chapter 3 of HolidayTravels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide…called “Staying Safe (and Sane) with Friends and Family.”

I hope it helps boost your confidence (and perhaps your humor quotient) as y...

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17 Cool Places

17 Cool Places to Visit in the US for 2020. Choosing cool places to visit in the US is not an easy task. With a country that has 50 states, over 400 national parks, vibrant cities, charming small towns, and endless festivals and friendly people, how do you narrow it down to just a handful?

There are hundreds of places that could have made this list. There are hundreds of places more that we haven’t traveled to, that may find their way to this list next year when we do.

We wanted to create this 17 cool places to visit in the US for 2020 list based upon our own travel experiences.

You follow our blog for a reason- you resonate with our travel style and trust our insights and opinions. We have enough travel experience to ascertain which places can offer you something special.

We wanted ...

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Ultimate Holiday

Ultimate Holiday Travel with Kids Checklist, if you’re gearing up for holiday travel with kids — especially the under 5 set—here’s a list I’ve put together to help make sure your family will be ready for the smoothest, safest holiday travels possible. Know anyone who could use this list? I love it when you share! Buttons above and below. ?

Also, if you’re on Twitter, I’ll be tweeting more helpful holiday travel with kids tips, reminders, and helpful links throughout the season. Now, what do you need to check off this list first—and what can you get done this weekend?

Ultimate Holiday

Ultimate Holiday

1: Reserve your baby gear rentals now for the Ultimate Holiday

It’s not uncommon for baby gear rental agencies to fully book their most popular gear itemsfo during peak holiday season, so make...

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Packing Baby Travel Kit

Packing  Baby Travel Kit

Packing Baby Travel Kit

Packing Baby Travel Kit. Sure you can bring more than 3.4 ounces of formula, expressed breast milk, baby food, and medicines for your infant or toddler in your carry-on bag (see specifics here). But I recommend keeping a ready-to-go cabin-friendly baby travel kit in your diaper bag. It helps streamline your travels every time you leave the house together–especially when you’re airport bound and have enough other things to remember.

Packing  Baby Travel Kit

Packing Baby Travel Kit

Remember, the 3-1-1 allowance is per passenger, so you can keep your own air travel kit in its own zip-top bag as well, or combine for simplicity if it all fits in one.

Here is a sample modified “travel kit” for your diaper bag, with some items you may like to have on board, especially for longer flights...

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12 Don’t-Miss

12 Don’t-Miss Things to Do in Capitol Reef National Park Utah. What a fun three days we had exploring Capitol Reef NP, one of the most beautiful national parks in the USA we have visited.

Down below are our tips on things to do in Capitol Reef National Park including the best Capitol Reef hikes, top scenic drives, where to stay, how to get to the park, and much more.

12 Don’t-Miss

12 Don’t-Miss

In native language, the area known as Capitol Reef means “the land of the sleeping rainbow.”

There is probably no more accurate poetic reference than this colorful playground protected for the benefit of all who wish to walk amongst its beauty.

The colors of the massive domes, towering cliffs, twisting canyons, arches and bridges change with the light, moving from deep reds to pastel pinks, sunburnt orang...

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Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip Safety Packing List (with Printable). It’s all too easy to assume our smartphones will help us out of any difficulty we may encounter on a Family Road Trip. But not only can those smart-when-they-work gadgets lose signal the moment you really begin to rely on that navigation–or need to call AAA, they have a hard time replacing that burnt headlight on a late night’s drive or keeping everyone well hydrated in an overheated car while you wait much longer than expected for roadside assistance.

Here is a quick list of what to make sure you have with you on the open road for your next family road trip–and a printable copy to keep in your glove box for future trips.

 Road Trip Safety Packing List:

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American Adventures

American Adventures. 14 Epic Not To Miss On Your USA Travels! Dreaming of visiting the American Southwest?  We spent several months exploring on our Southwest USA road trip so have plenty of tips and insights to share with you down below!

 American Adventures

American Adventures

The American Southwest region is one of the best road trip destinations in the USA, if not the world.

It’s full of wide-open spaces and natural beauty, diversity of landscapes and Southwest culture, and crazy fun adventures that will have you screaming, whooping, and talking about for years to come.

These are the stuff memories are made of and these are the reasons why we travel, especially with our kids. We want to help you get the most out of your USA road trip through the Southwest states...

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Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts

10 Adventurous Photo Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Scavenger Hunts for Kids. Looking for ways to get your kids out of the house to explore? Road trips, nature walks, and beach days are fantastic ways to encourage little ones to get involved in a photo scavenger hunt.

Kids are curious and love games. That’s why a themed photo scavenger hunt is the perfect way to explore something new and have some fun at the same time.

What You’ll Need

Before you begin, double-check to make sure you have the following supplies:

  • A smartphone or camera
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scavenger hunt lists or printables
  • A grand prize for the winner

Photo Scavenger Hunt Guidelines

The rules are simple, but you’re also free to be as creative as you want...

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