We are a family of five who loves to travel! But we didn't realize how much fun it could be to travel with kids until our oldest boys were almost 4. Before that we were afraid to travel with them. All the stuff you have to take, all the planning, it is expensive, and what if one of them gets hurt, or lost, or... it is just too hard. As it turns out, traveling with kids is hard. But it is also rewarding, fun, wonderful and awesome. And it is always worth it.

We just used GyPSy Guide for the first time while driving from Calgary to Banff. First thoughts, it was pretty cool. We even learned a few things we didn't know, and we live here. You download the app before you go, and then it uses GPS to know where you are and tells you about your surroundings. No Data usage. It would be great if you were somewhere totally new, that you wanted to learn about, and you didn't want to talk to you family. The GyPSy guide talks a lot! But, you can pause it and turn it on and off, which is cool. Its a bit pricey for an app you will only use once. (You pay 4.99 for each location you download.) Calgary to Banff was free. I couldn't get myself to pay 5 bucks for the Jasper version for 2 days. 
Older kids might like it on their iPods or phones, with headphones. Or if you have the ability to plug your phone into your car audio system, everyone could listen.
Bottom line? I will probably give GyPSy another try on a longer stay, or somewhere I plan to return. So far, they cover the Canadian Rockies, BC West Coast, Las Vegas, Maui and Oahu. 
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We always get asked about family friendly things to do in San Diego, California, so I thought I would recap some of our favourite experiences there. Of course, Legoland was high on our family's priority list. Here are 5 other things we loved in San Diego.

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5 Things To Do In Tampa, Florida

Everyone knows that when you fly your family down to Florida for vacation, you will have no trouble finding tons of family friendly things to do at every turn. Amusement and water parks abound. Rockets, race cars and rollercoasters. Beaches, beaches and more beaches. You are all set when it comes to keeping the kids happy and having fun.