About the author

Tarlie Harris is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts. She is always planning her family's next trip and writing about the last one. She currently lives in Austin, TX where she enjoys hiking the greenbelt, swimming in Barton Springs, and catching shows at The Mohawk. She was raised in the deep south, spending many summers on the Florida Panhandle. While she is very accustomed to wide open green space and swimming pools these days, the memories from her decade in New York City are never far from her heart.

The Best Houston Christmas Events in 2019 for Families!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over the Gulf Coast of Texas with big city lights and fabulous shopping opportunities. Finding the spirit of the season with kids means lots of fun excitement with visiting Santa, watching eye-popping light displays, and visions of dancing sugar plums.
Fun Things to Do in Austin with Kids

10 Fun Things to Do in Austin, TX [with Kids!]

Austin is well-known as the booming technology hub of central Texas with a lively restaurant, food truck, craft beer, and music scene. That sounds like an adult vacation, though right? What you may not know is that there are many things to do in Austin with kids as well! In addition to having kid-centered attractions...
Alabama Gulf Shores

The Absolute Best Things to do in Gulf Shores, Alabama [with kids!]

When planning a beach vacation for the family, you don’t need to look any further than the Gulf Coast of Alabama! The beaches are some of the best in the country, complete with soft, white sand and clear, warm water. Relax on the beach or pursue outdoor adventure in the surrounding waterways, wetlands, and maritime...

Texas to Florida Road Trip with Kids

While the beaches in Texas will do just fine most summers, sometimes you may want to truck-it east on I-10 to reach the glorious, white sandy beaches of the Alabama Coast or the Florida Panhandle. If that time is now, you’re in luck because we’ve already scoped out all the best stops along the entire...
Disney Monorail Loop

Exploring the Disney World hotels on Monorail Route

The Walt Disney World monorail system connects Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort with each other and the Magic Kingdom Resort. These are three Disney Deluxe resorts definitely worth seeing; each has their own unique style. What better way to see them than to eat and drink your way...

Beyond Character Dining: 5 of the Best Disney World Restaurants for Families

Disney World operates a staggering number of restaurants on property. It can be tempting to scrimp on “downtime” at the parks in favor of running from attraction to attraction, but we say this is a rookie mistake. Instead, gather your loved ones around the table and remember that above all else, you are there to...
Travel Budget

How to Create a Family Travel Budget

Have you ever found yourself wondering how families just like yours manage to travel all the time while you can’t get quite organized enough to make it happen? The daily work of creating and maintaining a travel budget is a game changer when it comes to turning travel dreams into reality. It takes discipline to sculpt...

The Fine Art of Family Travel: Create a Bucket List

Bucket list (noun, informal): A number of experiences a person hopes to have during their lifetime. Hmmm…does changing 1,000 diapers count? Not today! Learn how to create a bucket list for your family’s travel experiences instead. Yes, including the children. All it takes is a little bit of thinking outside the bucket (get it?). Get...

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas

The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, now sails from Miami. Trekaroo had a sneak peek and we are thrilled to confirm that it is most certainly kid-approved! Fun fact for the kids: the ship is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall! (And yes, it is way...
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