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Five Pax is a weekly updated blog about family travel and everyday moments of our lives as an endlessly on-the-go family of 5. We are everyday folks with day jobs juggling the beautiful insanity of raising three kids in New York City, a cultural world away from the midwest where we were born and raised. We are excited to share with you our stories and lessons we are learning along the way in our endless quest to maximize our kids’ exposure to culture, history, and nature across the U.S. and around the world! But we won’t be doing it alone. To ensure we are giving you an honest and complete picture of our adventures and the locations we explore, we will be tapping into our incredible network of friends and family for their insights and tips from their own backyards.

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Great gift ideas for outdoor families
Travel Tips

27 Actually Useful Gift Ideas for Family Travelers

Do you have an outdoors-loving or jet-setting family member who doesn’t return texts when you ask for ideas for an upcoming birthday or the holidays? We know all about that daughter, or brother, or grandson… because we are guilty as charged. Geeze, Mom, stop texting! It’s hard to think of gift ideas when we’re building fires, climbing trees, or planning our next global adventure! If you or a family member need holiday gift ideas for travelers of all kinds, read along.

We are first and foremost advocates of giving experiences over material gifts. From concert tickets to passes to National Parks, experiences always make the best gifts. But even minimalist families need a few things to support their adventures. These great gift ideas for travelers are our favorite items and items on our wish list this holiday season. We also posted to several adventure travel message boards to see what other families just can’t live without. Below are the top results of our survey combined with our favorite items!

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Travel Tips

27 Children’s Books Every Adventurous Family Should Own

The FivePax house is a house of book lovers. We love reading, really, really love reading. While minimalists about most things, books are our weakness. We create more make-shift bookshelves in every room as our children and their book collections grow. And we always visit the local book store when we travel and pick up a new book (or 5).

Additionally, we love using children’s literature to create excitement before travel and adventures. And then to keep the magic and adventure alive at home between trips. Our kids love showing up to a new destination after they have experienced a slice of it in a book. We love watching their eyes light up as their imagination becomes their reality. It is truly amazing!

Whether you are looking for a children’s book about planes and flying, a book about family vacations and road-trips, or introducing the kids to new places. We have pulled together our top 27 books every adventure-loving family should have in your child’s library. As we approach the holidays, many of these titles will be on our wishlist this season! For more gift ideas for an adventure-loving family, check our holiday gift guide.

Do let us know in the comments if we left off any of your favorites! 

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Times Square
Destinations, Travel Tips

How to get from JFK to Times Square, or anywhere near Midtown Manhattan

Getting from JFK to Times Square (or anywhere near Midtown such as the Port Authority Bus Terminal) as a first-time visitor to New York City can seem like an overwhelming first task in the city that never sleeps. To ease the stress, we are here to tell you that the voyage is actually quite easy. To make it even easier, I compiled a step by step visual guide to get you from JFK to Times Square. As a local, I answer this exact question literally multiple times per day so I finally spent a weekend visiting each terminal collecting good visual cues to make it easy.

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Rowan at the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica
Destinations

Everything you need to know before your first time to Costa Rica with kids

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Costa Rica is a top bucket list destination for many families. Planning your first time in Costa Rica can be overwhelming sorting through the sheer volume of information and things to do. We know this because we went through it last year when planning for our family of 5. No matter where you end up in Costa Rica however, you’ll find it is a great value in terms of safety, affordability, and education for parents looking to have a great time together as a family and help develop little global citizens.

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Renting a car with babies and toddlers and this guy in Costa Rica
Destinations, Travel Tips

Things to know about renting a car with toddlers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a bucket list destination for many and land of endless beauty. It has a dramatic ecosystem that spans lush cloud forests in the mountains, an active volcano, and stunning beaches on both the east and the west. While a prearranged tour will surely get you from point to point, having the flexibility to pull over to peer over at the alligators under the bridge or extend your conversation with the local Tico at the corner soda really enhances the experience. The only way to really embrace a Costa Rican immersion with your toddler is by renting a car.

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Gifts for outdoor families under the Christmas tree
Destinations

Essential Guide for a Magical Christmas in New York City with Kids

A trip to New York City in the winter is quite possibly the best time to visit and at Christmas, it truly is quite magical. Sure it’s quite crowded and a bit cold but it is also quite crowded in the summer, fall and spring! It’s NYC we have a lot of people and tourists here! To make the most of your holiday visit to enjoy Christmas in NYC, we have pulled together our top tips and favorite winter fun-time activities for small children to ensure you hit the most popular family destinations but don’t lose the magic due to overwhelming crowds and cold little fingers and toes. 

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Coming home after traveling without the kids
Travel Tips

Planning a no-anxiety trip without the kids

Whether it’s a work trip or an adult get-away; the first trip for parents traveling away from the kids is filled with anxiety, fear, and dare I say it, excitement! We love traveling with our kids but we were travel-loving adults before the kids came along, too. And once in a while its quite enjoyable to take an adult-only adventure. For tips on how to prepare yourself or your kids, read on, we are here to do this together. 

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Travel Tips

Essential Prep Guide for Baby’s First Flight

The first flight with your baby can make even the most seasoned traveler more than a little anxious. We have pulled together our best tips from short and long haul flights around the U.S. and across the world into this detailed guide for traveling with a baby. From the must-pack items, on-flight entertainment hacks, and all the gear you should leave at home, we have you covered! 

We weren’t always such confident pros! But after three kids and dozens of flights we have come a long way! Our third baby even had his first international trip planned while he was still cooking on the inside.

Alright, let’s get to the big questions and then break down gear specific recommendations once we have you convinced that you CAN do this! 

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Destinations

Your perfect 3-day Boulder itinerary with kids

If you plan on spending a few days in Boulder with your 5-year-old, you can do what I did and call your sister who lives in Boulder for an itinerary, or you can keep reading because I did all that work for you.  We’ve put together the perfect 3-day Boulder itinerary with kids.

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Destinations, Travel Tips

Boulder, CO travel tips with kids

For an action-packed, sun-drenched adventure with your little ones that mixes in kid-friendly adulting at craft breweries, look no further than Boulder, Colorado.  Read along for Boulder travel tips with kids followed by the perfect 3 days Boulder itinerary with kids. Crafted for me by a local. Tested and approved by my son.

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