I recently flew solo with my 14-month-old son on his first airplane ride. Most airlines let you gate-check strollers & car seats for FREE. Since I knew that I would need a car seat once I arrived at my destination (and I wouldn’t be comfortable renting one), I made a portable car seat dolly using a cheap luggage cart! After attaching the car seat to the luggage cart, I could use it like a stroller to get him from the car to the plane AND keep him confined while exploring the airports during layovers.
This is where you'll find recent articles from our Travel, Natchez Trace Parkway, Brentwood, Franklin, and Nashville TN sites at The Fun Times Guide. If it has to do with fun places to travel, fun ways to travel, and how to save money traveling... we're talking about it here! Real people share their personal experiences traveling by motorcycle, plane, train, automobile, and cruise ship. Plus clever tips for moving to or visiting interesting places in the USA... and beyond!
Thinking about attending a timeshare seminar to get a free cruise, hotel stay, or some other free gift? Before you commit to a timeshare presentation, read about my experience with a well-known vacation club! It was the most frustrating 4 hours I’ve ever spent, but we did get a free cruise for 2, as promised.
Yellow Springs, Ohio is a hidden gem! This small town near Dayton, Ohio is unpretentious and inexpensive — while providing lots of unique opportunities to make memories and discover the artist within. If you ever get the chance to visit Yellow Springs, you should. Here are my favorite things about this quaint little town in Ohio.
Thanks to Dolly Parton, each of your children can receive free books for kids every single month — from birth to age 5! Here’s how Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library works, how to sign up, and one mom’s review of the free kids books her child has received.
We live near the Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville. We’ve driven, biked, motorcycled, RV’d & walked it. Here’s how to enjoy The Trace if you only have 1 hour.
The process of applying for a U.S. Child Passport was super easy for us! Here’s everything you need to get your baby’s first passport — all of the documents you will need to apply for before you can get a U.S. Child Passport, and how to do it. Plus baby passport photo tips, and last-minute reminders before you head to the local office to get an infant passport.
If you’re looking for unique hotels, there are several in the state of Tennessee. Eight are profiled here, including 4 in Nashville. The next time you’re passing through, or if you live in the area and have guests visiting, don’t overlook these hidden gems.
We’ve discovered many surprises in Asheville, and you’re sure to as well. Spring, summer, winter, or fall… no matter when you’re reading this, NOW is a great time to plan a trip there! Asheville is a fun place to be all year round — and I’ve got a list of things to do in Asheville, NC each season to prove it.
The Intracoastal Waterway offers way more than just beautiful scenery! I’ve traveled a lot and have enjoyed boating the Intercoastal Waterway as there is so much to see and do. Here are my suggestions for how to plan your boat trip, navigate the canals on your own, plus tips for eating and sleeping along the way.
When does fall start in Florida? September! When do fall colors in Florida reach their peak? November! Yes, autumn in Florida can be quite colorful. As a Florida native, I’ll tell you when and where to see the most beautiful show of autumn hues if you want to experience fall in Florida.
Planning a long motorcycle road trip soon? We take at least 2 cross-country motorcycle trips each year. I try to pack light and still have all the items we could possibly need for motorcycle travel. Take it from me… here are 20 things that people typically wouldn’t think of packing for a motorcycle road trip — but you should!
Looking for the scariest rides at Disney? I am a lifelong Floridian and Disney ride enthusiast. If you want some thrills, check out these 3 scary Disney rides!
We love taking long-distance motorcycle rides. Here are all the best motorcycle maps and motorcycle apps that we use. See how to create custom maps for your own motorcycle trips using Google Maps. Plus, my thoughts on motorcycle map holders and tips for reading maps while you’re on the bike.
Not into Country music? Here are the best live music venues in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis that cater to non-Country music fans.
There are many pros & cons to owning a scooter (or a moped) based on where you live, how far you commute, and what you’re buying your first scooter for. Here are my best tips when it comes to choosing the best scooter for your needs.
Say what? A female urination device? You’ve got to be kidding! Nope, I’m not. A pee funnel is popular with actresses, brides, and female outdoor enthusiasts. I bet you’ve said, ‘If only I could pee standing up!’ at least once. Try a pee funnel like Jennifer Lawrence did. It’s quicker, easier, and cleaner.
Why is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia so popular? Here are some interesting things I’ve learned about the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel, how much the toll is, and how much driving time the bridge can save you.
Are you a sucker for fast rides and the G-force that you experience on them? Not me… but my friend is a professional race car driver. Here’s what I’ve learned about gravitational force and its effects on your body. See how many G’s astronauts, roller coaster riders, airplane passengers, race car drivers, fighter pilots, and professional stunt pilots typically sustain. Plus, how to experience weightlessness (or zero gravity) yourself!
Going to Aruba soon? Here’s everything you want to know about Aruba vacations — and I mean everything! We’ve been twice and we’re planning our third trip now. Here’s what to do, what to drink, where to eat, fun things to do on the water, what to pack, and how the money works in Aruba.
I’ve visited most of the 10 famous bridges in the U.S. — listed here. From the east coast to the west, these are the highest, longest, and scariest bridges in America. A fun list of 10 U.S. bridges for your bucket list!
Asheville, NC & New England states have the most colorful fall scenery. If you can’t make it there, I’ve got some other GREAT places to visit – at least one is likely to be near you! Here are the next best places to see fall foliage in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming.
You see utility poles along the road everywhere you go. How much do you know about the everyday utility pole? Is there any difference between an electric pole vs. a telephone pole? What are the wires on a telephone pole for? Impress your friends with these 7 fun utility pole facts!
I love tandem skydiving – where the skydiving instructor does all the work and I just hang along for the ride. I’ve done it 6 times, and I’m sure I’ll do it plenty more times too. These are my best skydiving tips to prepare you for your first time skydiving.
My girlfriend and I traveled 1,200 miles to see the 2017 eclipse! Here’s how our eclipse trip went and why we’ll drive even farther to see the 2024 eclipse. Plus tips for planning your own eclipse trip for the 2014 eclipse… and the 2045 eclipse!
I’ve got some downhill driving tips for you that I learned firsthand while driving through the hilly Smoky Mountains recently. I (finally) figured out the proper use of 2 and 1 on my automatic gear shift on this road trip! Learning how to drive downhill without using your brakes — and using engine braking instead — will make your mountain driving experience SO much more enjoyable, trust me.