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Posts by Dusti Smith Stoneman

Practical Items for the Minimal Traveler

Practical Items for the Minimal Traveler I am still at the beginning of my journey to becoming a minimal traveler. The biggest part of my journey is learning about minimal travel packing.   It’s a challenge to reset our thinking and approach to packing but honestly, it’s been so very freeing!  In fact, it’s been…

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Why you Should Skip the Gondola in Venice

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Why you Should Skip a Gondola Ride in Venice: Take a Rowing Lesson Instead! What’s the first thing you think of when you hear Venice, Italy? Gondolas and streets of water, right? Of course taking a gondola ride is at the top of everyone’s list when on vacation in Italy.  I am here to tell…

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Pasta Making Class in Italy with Kids

Pasta Making Class in Florence = Ideal Family Activity A pasta making class is an ABSOLUTE MUST for your family vacation to Italy! Finding a pasta making class for our Italy vacation with the kids was at the top of our list. We asked each of our children what their top three things were for…

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How to start saving for vacation

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How to truly begin adding to your vacation budget The first place you begin to save for vacation may not be what you think. It’s not about making more money to vacation (although that’s always nice). It’s about maximizing the savings where you are already spending within your household budget. If you don’t keep an…

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9 Practical Travel Gifts for Kids

9 Practical Travel Gifts for Kids Gifts that can be used for travel with your kids are THE BEST kind of gifts, in my opinion!  I also like the fact that most of the suggested gifts on this list can be used in many types of vacations as well as outside of vacation! If you…

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A Quick and Easy Guide to Starting a Blog

A Quick Guide to Starting a Blog “But HOW do you start a blog?” I’ve been asked this so many times even though my blog is very young.  I am still figuring things out but I thought I’d go ahead and put this out there for those who want a simple overview.  I’ll update as…

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Why I Prefer my Phone for Everyday Photos

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Why I Prefer my Phone Camera for my Everyday….and my Vacations I am a professional photographer and yet, honestly, cannot stand taking my big camera with me vacation. Why? Because our phone cameras are so amazing and take better phone photos than ever before! AND I always have my phone with me. AND it is…

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What to Borrow for Travel

What to Borrow for Travel Why do we feel we can’t borrow the things we need to travel?  I know it’s easy when planning a vacation to get caught up in thinking we need to buy new clothing, new travel gear, and all the other things you can think of to buy ahead of a…

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Europe with Kids: 10 Cities in 2 Weeks

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Europe with Kids: 10 Cities in 16 Days Europe with kids…..sounds a tad intimidating for many, I know! May was the first time our children (ages 8 and 10) traveled to Europe for vacation and they totally rocked it! We were a tad hesitant to stay so long with them but we also knew that…

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