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Lisa Goodmurphy
Canada
Canadian mom, travel blogger, freelance writer. I'm on a mission to show my kids the world - one trip at a time!
Interests: my family, travel, reading, working out
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Marius, Iliescu, founder of Romanian Friend, shares his expert recommendations on things to do in Bucharest as well as the best day trips from the city. Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Gone with the Family
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Thinking about a visit to New York City during the winter months and wondering what there is to do if the weather is less than ideal? This round-up of 30+ fun things to do in NYC in the winter will help with your planning. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Gone with the Family
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A guide to visiting Kuala Lumpur with kids including the best attractions for kids as well as practical tips for families visiting KL. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Gone with the Family
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The Ultimate Guide to Prince Edward Island for Fans of Anne of Green Gables - all of the attractions and activities that Anne fans should see and do in Cavendish, Charlottetown and elsewhere on Prince Edward Island. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Gone with the Family
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Planning a visit to Seattle, Washington? These recommendations for 5 places to visit in Seattle and 1 place to skip will help you make the most of your visit to the city. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2019 at Gone with the Family
Hi Claudia, If you are only planning only to visit the store then you don't need reservations, however, if you plan to dine at the cafe then you should make a reservation online ahead of time. You can find information about making reservations at the Chicago store here https://www.americangirl.com/retail/chicago.html - they are currently taking reservations through March 24th. If you are planning to dine at the cafe then your granddaughter will want to have her doll prior to dining. You can purchase the doll when you arrive at the store and staff will remove it from the box for you so she can carry the doll with her. Just allow ample time to make the purchase prior to your dining reservations. It might be a good idea to have her look at the dolls online before visiting the store so that she has decided which one she wants - there are a lot of choices! Have a wonderful time!! Lisa
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10 fun and family-friendly things to do in San Diego, California during the Christmas holiday season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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Have you always dreamed of Christmas in New York? Here are 11 festive things for visitors to New York City to do during the Christmas holiday season. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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One of the best day trips from Munich, Germany is a visit Neuschwanstein Castle and the surrounding area of the Bavarian Alps. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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Hong Kong is the ideal city break for families with teenagers since there's so much to do that they can't possibly get bored! This list of 10 amazing teen-friendly things to do will help parents plan the perfect visit to Hong Kong with their kids. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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A discussion of the pros and cons of long term sailboat travel by Janis Couvreux, author of Sail Cowabunga who lived on a sailboat with her husband and two young sons for 10 years. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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10 fun things to do in Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia, Canada. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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Great Christmas Holiday Getaways for Families - family-friendly resorts and hotels that are special during the Christmas holiday season recommended by travel writers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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7 Fun things to do in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Where to stay, where to eat, and what to do on a visit to Winnipeg (with or without kids). Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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Do you only have one day in Munich, Germany? This is our itinerary including 13 things we were able to see and do with only one full day in Munich plus our recommendation for a luxury hotel in central Munich. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Gone with the Family
It's just not worth it to push them if they have had enough - everyone will end up miserable!!
You're welcome, Vanessa - glad you found the information helpful!!
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A review of family-friendly Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Gone with the Family
Hi Heather, I’m going to say it depends (which maybe isn’t all that helpful!). Have your girls attended full-length musicals before? Are they familiar with the Anne of Green Gables stories? Anne & Gilbert is a fun musical but it is a more mature storyline than the Anne of Green Gables Musical which has a lot more fun and silliness in it that appeals to kids. Having said that, there is nothing inappropriate in the musical so it’s more a question of whether you think they would sit through it and enjoy it. If they enjoy musicals and/or like Anne then they very well could. I started taking my girls to the theatre from a young age and my younger daughter in particular has seen quite a few musicals that wouldn’t necessarily be recommended for someone her age because the rest of us wanted to see them (7 year age gap between my two girls). Perhaps the biggest consideration in this case will be the theatre. It’s a small, intimate space where the audience is very close to the stage. It would be difficult to leave the theatre while the show was underway if a child needed a break or was being disruptive. Hope that helps a little - let me know if you have any follow up questions. Enjoy PEI!! Lisa
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Reasons to plan a family summer vacation at Pink Shell Beach Resort in Fort Myers, Florida Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Gone with the Family
Hi Ashley, I planned our activities very carefully so that I wouldn't need to have one with me. I knew that storage space would be an issue on the ship so preferred not to have to deal with it. I was able to book airport transportation that supplied a car seat from our home to the airport in Toronto and from the airport in Vancouver to our hotel on the waterfront. We were able to walk from our hotel to the cruise terminal to embark on the cruise. In Ketchikan, we just walked around town so there was no need for one. In Juneau, we were transported by bus and in Skagway it was a combination of bus/train. On the land portion of our trip we were mostly on a train - the tours we did in Denali and Fairbanks were by bus. Hope that helps! Lisa
Toggle Commented May 29, 2018 on An Alaskan Family Cruise at Gone with the Family
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5 reasons to stay at The Benjamin Hotel on your next visit to New York City. The Benjamin's location in midtown Manhattan is perfect for exploring the city and the spacious suites are ideal for families. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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10 reasons to visit Disneyland Paris on a trip to Europe even if you have already visited the Disney parks in Florida and California. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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Is a Sound of Music tour in your plans while visiting Salzburg? We outline the options including a full day Sound of Music tour with Bob's Special Tours in Salzburg, Austria visiting Sound of Music locations and learning about the history of the Von Trapp family and of Salzburg. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Gone with the Family
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Looking for a family-friendly resort in Florida? I asked family travel writers to recommend the best resorts in Florida and came up with this list of 11 fun resorts for families. One of them will be perfect for your family's next getaway to the Sunshine State. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Gone with the Family