About the author

Amy Whitley is a travel writer and founder of family travel website Pit Stops for Kids, the mom of three boys, and an outdoor adventure writer for OutdoorsNW Magazine.
Family Friendly Alaskan Cruise

From Sitka to Ketchikan Alaska: Family Friendly Alaskan Cruise

Never have we enjoyed such a hands-on, educational, and adventurous trip; while we never cracked a book, we learned more in 10 days on our family friendly Alaskan cruise than we could have possibly studied in a month.

Finding Pit Stops on Family Road Trips

We’ve compiled our best ideas for top pit stops on family road trips. Every road trip has a final destination, but rare is the family who can make it to their nightly accommodations without a pit stop or two (or three…or four).

Review of the Arka USB Charger Lantern

Nifty camping gadget alert! Industrial Revolution’s Arka USB Lantern does triple-duty around the campsite, working as a flashlight, stand-up lantern, and charger with rechargeable batteries. When I saw it, I put the Arka lantern in the ‘this is really cool in the outdoors store, but will I ever actually use it?’ category. In a surprise twist, the answer...
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Small Ship Cruising: Adventure Vacations on Water

My definition of cruising changed last year, when my family and I experienced a small ship cruise. Although it lacked a deck-top swimming pool and multiple restaurant options it offered instead the most cultural, beautiful, and exciting vacation my kids and I have ever had. Instead of a floating resort, we had a floating classroom,...
Winter Olympics with Kids

Four North American Olympic Parks to visit with kids

Time to get your Olympic spirit on! Nothing inspires Olympic-loving kids like experiencing the games as spectators, but if a trip to Sochi is not in the cards this winter, try the next best thing: get a taste for the intensity and history of the Olympic Games by visiting one of the four following Olympic...
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Best All-Inclusive Family Vacations for School-Aged Kids and Teens

Are you planning an all-inclusive family vacation with school-aged and teen kids? Luckily for you, this age group reigns at all-inclusive resort properties! They will find no shortage of activities, programming, and amenities at resorts everywhere.

Review of the Transpack ski gear boot backpacks

Every member of your family has an entire stack of ski or snowboard gear, right? (Right!) And if you have young kids, you might have trouble convincing them to carry all this gear from the car to the lodge, right? (Right!) This is where Transpack gear bags come in. Protect your investment in ski gear...
A Tale of Two Hotels: Two All Inclusive Options in Riviera Maya Photo by: Flickr y entonces

A Tale of Two Hotels: Two All Inclusive Options in Riviera Maya

All inclusive hotels are a godsend for families. Recreation options and kids' programming abound, and dining is stress-free. We love all inclusives because in addition to eating what they want and how much they want, our three boys can eat when they want, allowing for flexibility when we have a busy itinerary that keeps us...
Tulum Riviera Maya with Kids: Photo by: Flickr benfff85

Outdoor Adventure in Riviera Maya: Activities for School-Aged Kids and Where to Book Them

There is so much opportunity for outdoor adventure in Riviera Maya, it's hard to know where to go and who to book with. If you're an experienced diver or spelunker, you may do well exploring solo or booking private guides, but for families with school-aged kids looking for an introduction to the region's ecological wonders,...
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