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FivePax is a family travel website focused on responsible and educational experiences involving nature and culture. Our goal is to make the concept of being responsible global citizens as native to our kids as cell phones are to millenials.

We are everyday folks with day jobs, yet we travel fairly extensively as a family of five. See how we do it in our guide on how to travel more with kids! Check out our posts on camping and hiking, road trips, and international travel, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see where we are headed next!

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International Travel Tips, Road Trip Tips With Kids, 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 which of your favorites made the list!

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View from Top of the Rock in New York City
New York City, Road Trips

Budget-friendly first time weekend in New York City

After having lived in New York City for the past 10 years, I have helped countless friends and family generate itineraries for a weekend in New York City.  Rather than allow these plans to rot in the vast nothingness of my Gmail outbox, it would be a crime for me, a travel blogger, not to share some of them with the general public.  I have done countless flavors of a weekend depending on who is coming, but this is a budget-friendly first time weekend in New York City itinerary.  

When people come to visit for the first time, I’m typically asked for a mix of sightseeing the major attractions along with a few local off the grid recommendations.  I’m also told that people want to cram in as much as possible, so buckle on your walking shoes because I’m going to wear you out.

Note: I actually wrote this as an email to a friend and converted it to a post, so you can take comfort with the knowledge that these are authentic, genuine recommendations and not click-bait.

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Providence Canyon Georgia with kids
Camping and Hiking, Road Trips, Southeast

Taking the kids to Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

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For a weekend adventure in the southeast United States that rivals the beauty of the actual Grand Canyon, if not the size and scope, Providence Canyon is a great option.  Known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon is a 1,103 acre Georgia state park near Lumpkin, Georgia, about two and a half hours southwest of Atlanta.  

With massive gullies and 16 canyons that tower as high as 150 feet, the views of the chasms, plateaus, cliffs, and pinnacles are spectacular.  Activities in the park include hiking and camping, along with full facilities, a nice amount of open space, and plenty of picnic tables to feed the family.

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Fashion at Camden Market
Europe, International Destinations, International Travel

Embrace the spectacle of Camden Market with kids

London is home to the kitschy, vintage, retro, and perhaps a little bit weird Camden Market.  Located and founded at the epicenter of London’s punk movement, Camden Market is like a time capsule providing a window into the punk golden era intermingled with unique and interesting vendors and delicious food. It is one of the top things to do in London with kids.  

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Subway in NYC
New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take the subway from JFK Airport

Taking the subway from JFK airport to anywhere in New York City is the cheapest and most reliable option. Subways run on a schedule and are not affected as much by weather or traffic. If you are comfortable riding the subway and are OK with walking up and down the stairs to the subway stations, they are really the best way to navigate the city.

For those of you who are not as adventurous, we’ve got you covered with a guide to all of your options.

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New York City, Northeast, Road Trips, Travel Tips

How to take an Uber or Lyft from JFK Airport

Taking an Uber or Lyft from the JFK airport to Manhattan is almost identical to taking a cab. I prefer the Uber/Lyft option because the cars are usually nicer than cabs, I like getting my receipt emailed to me, and I don’t like fumbling around with my wallet when I have all my bags with me. Another nice option about Uber/Lyft is you can pre-arrange a ride including pre-arranging an Uber/Lyft family ride that includes a car seat. Finally, I just kind of like to follow the map on the app.

Of course Uber is not the only option, New York City offers many options for getting from JFK to the city. We cover all of them, but the size of everything here can be overwhelming so we are here to simplify some of the details.

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