Travel Bound to Philly

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It has been a few years since we were able to go on a proper vacation as a family of five. And I feel really lucky to have been able to take a few days and travel to Philly recently. It may not have been super fancy or long but trust me with children you do not need either. We had a blast exploring this mighty little city and look forward to visiting again.

Taking some time away from your usual everyday schedule is a good thing. A very good thing. But let's be frank, traveling has become a luxury. Its down right expensive. I knew we would have to work real hard to make traveling as a family a real thing.

Before we made this trip I made a little list of the places here in the States and abroad that we would really want to go. Taking into account everyone's passions and hobbies and places we really want to see together as a family. Places like Florida did not make the list because we have been there a dozen times to visit family. Not saying we won't go again but we have been there too much and really want to go to places that each of us hasn't explored together yet.

Then I declared to my husband that even though the bills, debts, and tending to the family are still high priority, traveling has to make it on the list. Not only because time is fleeting and the children are growing leaps and bounds but also because the world is changing rapidly and some places might be more difficult to visit as the years pass by. I also took into account my disability and that it does progress as I age. But that is a subject I will delve into more detail with you all on another post.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made it onto the list because the last time we went the kids were super little and there were so many things we didn't do because they were so little. This time around we trooped it on the Peter Pan bus and spent four days in the city of Brotherly Love. I learned a lot on this trip about traveling as a family.

  • It is possible to travel for under a grand with a family of five
  • Sandwich baggies for packaging are a must 
  • Buying a case of water to leave in the hotel room was super helpful
  • Having a room with a fridge and microwave is very useful when traveling with kids
  • Have each child carry a book bag so they can carry their activities and snacks
  • Be open to change in the schedule especially when it comes to bad weather
  • Do have a plan for each day including places to eat 
  • Know all the times things open and close
  • Encourage the kids to try new foods because McDonald's doesn't exist everywhere
  • Make sure you pick 1-2 activities or places to eat for each person in the group so that the trip is about all of us not just one person. For example, the kids got Franklin Institute while daddy got The U.S. Mint
  • Stay away from using your cards; cash and debit cards are a must that way you aren't putting yourself into more debt while you're having fun

On this trip we visited The U.S. Mint, The Franklyn Institute, The Philadelphia Art Museum, and South Street Vintage Shops. Best one by far was Retrospect. Our favorite places to explore foods was in the Reading Terminal Market which was founded in 1892. The kids had a taste of Bassett's Ice Cream and we also ate at McGillin's Olde Ale House which has been opened since 1860. 

History, vintage, and good food made our trip memorable. Doing the things you love with the people you love most is what makes traveling such a special experience. Do you have a list of places you'd love to travel to?


A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Blogger, Thrifting in PA, Philly Trip, Planning a Trip to Philly, Vintage Philly, Retrospect Philly, Family Trips, Family Trip Advice
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Blogger, Thrifting in PA, Philly Trip, Planning a Trip to Philly, Vintage Philly, Retrospect Philly
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Blogger, Thrifting in PA, Philly Trip, Planning a Trip to Philly, Vintage Philly, Retrospect Philly
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Blogger, Thrifting in PA, Philly Trip, Planning a Trip to Philly, Vintage Philly, Retrospect Philly
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Blogger, Thrifting in PA, Philly Trip, Planning a Trip to Philly, Vintage Philly, Retrospect Philly

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