Holiday gift ideas for the traveling family (or you!)

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18 Holiday Gift Ideas for 2018

If you’ve been struggling to find that perfect gift for your travel companion or significant other, hopefully one of these holiday gift ideas will do the trick.

Our boys are now 7 and 5 years old, so our packing list has evolved over the past few years. We’ve created this list with the traveling family in mind, but most of these are perfect for any traveler (including you!).

Note – most of the links in this post are Amazon affiliate links, which means if you purchase one of these items we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

Read this post for recommended baby travel items.

HP Sprocket Mobile Printer

The HP Sprocket is the newest device to join our little tribe. We just got ours last week and are excited to test it out during the holiday season, especially with Christmas cards. This device allows you to print 2×3 inch stickable snapshots from virtually anywhere.

You can also connect your social media accounts to the HP Sprocket App and turn your online photos into color prints. The app has filters, borders, emojis and drawings so you can get creative with your prints. It’s about the same size as your smart phone, so it’s lightweight and easy to transport. 

This model retails for $129.99 on Amazon. Learn more here.

A similar gift idea is the Polaroid Originals camera. It retails for $99 on Amazon.

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TSA Approved Luggage Locks

You can never have too many of these luggage locks! For some reason, EVERY time I travel to the USA my luggage is searched by US Customs.

These locks are TSA approved so border agents can easily access our luggage without breaking the lock. Before we purchased these TSA approved locks, we had several cheaper locks broken by agents (not cool!). It’s worth spending the extra couple dollars to get the durable option.

You can get a 4 pack of these locks for $19 on Amazon.

Rosetta Stone Language Course

Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Are you traveling to a foreign destination for the first time and you want to nail down the basics, like where is the bathroom or how much for this sandwich?

Why not share the gift of language this season? You can download Rosetta Stone and learn to speak French on your terms. There are different programs and options available, including individual courses, live online tutoring sessions with natives and online learning games.

Learn more about this product and get your online subscription here.

Kids Travel Tray

This is the perfect item for long family road trips. The kids travel tray creates a sturdy and flat surface for eating, playing games, reading and watching shows on a tablet (this is the tablet we use).

This item has removable and accessible side pockets for toys, crayons, books, games and snacks. The dimensions are 15 x 12 inches. These trays can be used by children of all ages, starting around 2 years old. 

You can get a kids travel tray for $20 on Amazon.

Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat

This compact booster seat is more than 10x smaller than a regular booster seats and it’s just as safe. You can use this innovative booster seat for every day use, but it’s really meant for travel or for those moments when you need a spare booster seat (like visiting the grandparents for the holidays!).

Instead of bringing a clunky booster seat with you on the plane, you can pack this in your checked luggage or even your carry-on. It’s designed for kids aged 4 and up, 40 to 100 lbs, and 40 to 57 inches tall.

This booster seat retails for $39.99 on Amazon. Learn more here

Luggage Packing Organizers

If you aren’t using packing organizers for your luggage or backpack, you should. These organizers are great for all types of travel, but especially for family travel.

We often pack our boys clothes in the same luggage, so things can get quite disorganized. Our boys wear different sizes so it’s not fun when their clothes are grouped together. These packing cubes make things super easy and efficient.

You can get these packing organizers for $20 on Amazon.

Bose Headphones

Last year I upgraded my ear buds to these full sized headphones. It was a great move. These particular headphones are not noise-canceling, but they do block out most sounds while on the plane.

My ear buds are noise-cancelling (read our product review here), but I prefer to use these Bose headphones because they’re so much more comfortable, especially when using them for long periods of time.

You can get these Bose headphones for $160 on Amazon

GoPro Hero 6 or 7

We purchased the GoPro Hero 6 earlier this year and really like it. It’s a huge upgrade from the Hero 4 that we were using previously. The new GoPro Hero 7 is one of the hottest cameras on the market right now, so this would be a homerun gift for that special someone.

If you’re in the market for a lightweight, compact camera, this is the one. Even if you don’t plan to use it for snorkeling or snowboarding, it’s a high performance camera that is great for family travel.

The GoPro Hero 7 is currently retailing for $399 USD.

GoPro Underwater Shooting Dome

Sticking with the GoPro theme, this is one of the coolest accessories for the GoPro camera.

Have you seen photos where half the image is above water and the other is below water? Like this one. Have you asked yourself, ‘”how the heck did they get that shot?!” Well, the answer is a GoPro Dome.

You can get a GoPro dome on Amazon for $45.

Flex Safe AquaVault

We won this Flex Safe AquaVault early this year but have not had the chance to put it to use, yet. We spend a lot of time at the beach so this will come in handy on future trips.

Basically, it’s a secure bag that you can attach to anything. You put your phone and special items in it when you go for a swim or walk on the beach. We could have used this a few years ago when our stuff was stolen while swimming in Costa Rica.

You can purchase this bag on Amazon for $60.

BONUS – while you’re at the beach or camping, consider bringing a Pouch Couch, an inflatable couch lounger for additional comfort. The easy roll up design allows the lounger to fit into a small pouch (included) so you can take it wherever you want to go.

Lonely Planet Books

Lonely Planet travel guides make a great gift, especially if you know the destination that your gift recipient will be visiting. If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, there are several compilation books that will surely spark wanderlust. This one is always a big hit.

We have The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world, which is a kids book that takes covers over 200 countries. Our boys love it. It opens their eyes to the world and gives them an opportunity to help with the travel planning process.

Portable Laptop Charger 

If the traveler in your life also works while on the road, this is a practical gift idea that he/she will appreciate. It’s one of those travel items you wish you had, but might not buy for yourself.

The model pictured above is the Jackery Power Bar. Compatible with a wide variety of laptops and other AC plug devices, Jackery portable external battery is perfect for the plane and outdoor family camping.

You can get this product on Amazon for $125.

LeapPad for kids

This durable learning tablet for kids is an affordable alternative to the ipad or other expensive tablets. It has a shatter-safe touch screen and it’s thoroughly drop tested, so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged. Our boys have put it to the test and it’s still in the same condition as when we first bought it. 

The LeapFrog learning library has 1,000+ educational games, eBooks, videos and more. Games automatically adapt to your child’s learning level and draw from 2,600 skills across reading, math, and writing. We like that it has strong parent controls that limit the type of internet access they have. It also has a built-in camera, so our boys have fun taking selfies and photos from their travels.

You can get the LeapPad on Amazon for $127.00.

Portable travel games

We always bring a few portable games when we travel. Our boys are hooked on their LeapPad and tablets, so we try to include some time playing board games like Connect 4 (or 4 in a row), Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, Battleship and Trouble.

We bring the compact, lightweight models and stick them in our boy’s carry-on bag when we fly. We highly recommend these small travel games.

You can purchase portable travel games on Amazon for less than $10.

Extending Selfie Stick (Monopod w/Remote)

Before you selfie haters roll your eyes, this inexpensive monopod is much more than a selfie stick. We use it primarily for our Go Pro Hero camera because the camera is so small that we need something to attach it to. BUT, it also makes selfies super easy, which is important when taking photos with kids.

This model comes with additional accessories for Bluetooth capabilities and it has a mount that works with most mobile phone devices (we use it for our LG G4 and iPhone 7).

You can purchase a selfie stick for $27 on Amazon.

Waterproof Smart Phone/Camera Pouch

This protective waterproof pouch fits virtually all smart phones and pocket digital cameras. It’s perfect for the beach or water activities like kayaking or snorkeling.

It also holds personal items like credit cards and cash, so you don’t need to bring a big dry sack with you. It came in handy on our bioluminescent kayak tour in Puerto Rico earlier this year.

You can get this travel pouch for $10 on Amazon.

Also – the Life Proof waterproof hard case is another great gift idea.

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Gift cards for iTunes, Amazon or AirBnB

You can’t go wrong with gift cards. We purchase music and apps from iTunes all the time, mostly kids songs, games and shows. Gift cards are easy and cheap to mail (or email) to friends and family in far away places. It may not be the most thoughtful gift idea, but everyone appreciates a gift card.

Did you know you can buy gift cards for AirBnb? I thought that was an interesting option.

You can purchase gift cards directly on Amazon.

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SNORKELING WITH SHARKS ON KOH TAO | THAILAND

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We did snorkeling with sharks on beautiful Koh Tao in Shark Bay.

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That time we took a ride on the Polar Express to the North Pole!

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Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

This post was originally written in December 2016. Given that the Holiday Season is upon us, we thought we should re-post this story about our trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express! 

The Polar Express in Squamish, BC

If you’ve watched the classic animated Christmas movie staring Tom Hanks, you’ll appreciate the festive experience we had a few weeks ago. We took a ride on the Polar Express to the North Pole!

Okay, so it wasn’t technically the North Pole, but we did get to meet Mr. and Mrs. Clause and there was lots of snow everywhere. Close enough, right?

This particular Polar Express experience is almost sold out for the 2018 Holiday Season, so if you aren’t able to get tickets, consider adding this Christmasy experience next year.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

Tickets, please!

We often talk about the importance of taking small trips. Even the ones close to home. We travel to experience something new and create lasting memories, so it’s less about where you go and more about what you do.

This day trip to Squamish was a solid reminder that we don’t have to board an airplane to have a memorable family experience. Sometimes, you just need an excuse to jump in the car and take a day trip to a place you haven’t visited in a while.

For those of you who have no clue where Squamish is located, it’s about an hour drive from Vancouver. It’s the half way point from Vancouver to Whistler, so it’s often the ‘pit stop’ for visitors driving to Whistler. It’s also home to the popular Sea to Sky Gondola, one of British Columbia’s newer tourist attractions (if you have time, try to include a ride on the gondola while you’re in the neighbourhood).

Polar Express Train, Heritage Railway, Squamish, British Columbia

Back to the Polar Express in Squamish…

Over the past few years, the Polar Express has become the Christmas movie of choice in our family (the original Grinch cartoon is a close second). It was an exciting moment when we informed our boys that WE would be taking a ride on THE Polar Express.

Braydon was thrilled. Connor was confused, but jumped up and down with joy anyways.

The West Coast Railway Heritage Park has been hosting train themed events at its Squamish facility for years. Thomas the Train is the big draw in the summer, with the Polar Express becoming the big ticket item during the Holiday Season.

Related: Dog sledding at Sun Peaks Resort

We lucked out with the weather that day!

Although, I suppose that’s a matter of perspective. It snowed heavily the night before and it continued throughout the morning, creating the perfect winter setting for a ride on the Polar Express.

The downside was that the Sea-to-Sky highway was quite treacherous and there were numerous cars in the ditch. Fortunately, we gave ourselves an extra hour before the departure time. We needed it.

It was a slow drive that morning.

Once we entered the park, we picked up our Golden Tickets at the makeshift check-in booth. We then made our way to the train station and waited for instructions.

It was a sold out event, which meant lots of families crammed into a tiny train station.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

Braydon’s first ‘Cup of Joe’

As we walked towards the old heritage train station, we noticed someone sitting in front of a fire. It was the Hobo from the movie! Braydon noticed him immediately. It took a little coaxing, but eventually Braydon made his way towards the hobo to try a “cup of Joe”.

True to character, the Hobo pulled out a dirty sock from the brewing pot of coffee.

“YUCK”, Braydon yelled.

He then pretended to spit out the coffee, just like the boy in the movie.

It was quite funny to watch him re-enact the scenes from the movie (we’ve watched the movie at least 15 times over the past month alone).

All of the children, and some parents, wore pajamas on the train. Braydon made sure to wear his blue housecoat, just like the boy in the movie.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

After the passengers boarded the train, the conductor gave a few instructions and the train began to leave the station. The man playing the conductor, pictured above, looks very similar to Tom Hanks’ character in the movie.

The kids giggled and pointed as he walked up and down the aisle.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

“Tickets, please!”

The conductor took the golden ticket from each passenger and punched multiple holes in the ticket, just like in the movie. The punch had two letters ‘BC’. I’m assuming it stands for British Columbia.

But, on this day, it stood for “Believe in Christmas”.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

The winter scenery outside the window was perfect.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

Braydon was most excited for the hot chocolate

In the movie, the hot chocolate scene is quite the production. Our hot chocolate experience was a little disappointing. Instead of singing and dancing, two servers rolled a cart down the aisle with pre-poured cups of hot chocolate. It felt kinda like getting soft drinks from a flight attendant.

The end result was the same – happy boy drinks sweet hot chocolate – but it would have been nice to have more thought put into the delivery of the drinks.

Connor enjoyed eating a chocolate cookie that was bigger than his head.

After the cookies and hot chocolate were devoured, we sang Christmas carols and watched the wintery landscapes pass us by. We didn’t travel very far.

The entire trip is typically about an hour. Our trip was a little longer because we experienced some delays due to the heavy snowfall.

Related: The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

To the North Pole…

We arrived back at the train station and disembarked the train. As we walked through the park towards the North Pole, we passed the characters from the movie. They were singing and waving from the front porch of Billy’s House.

The North Pole was really the CN Roundhouse museum decorated for the season. There are several activities for the kids, including gingerbread decorating, arts and crafts, games, mini-train, and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

We spent about an hour at the North Pole exhibit.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

This is the mini-train inside the Roundhouse (aka The North Pole).

Sitting on Santa’s lap

Braydon had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what he wanted for Christmas. Connor, on the hand, ran as fast as he could AWAY from Santa. For some reason, he’s absolutely terrified of Santa. It’s actually quite funny to watch his reactions every time he sees a human Santa.

After speaking with Santa, each boy received a silver jingle bell, just like the one from the movie. It was a nice touch that landed well. Both boys hung on to that little jingle bell for weeks!

I’m often wondering how these experiences will be remembered by them in future years.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

Should you take the train during the day or night?

There are arguments for both options. We did the 10:00 AM departure. The daylight allowed us to look out the window and see our surroundings. We passed through trees and lakes and pretended we were in the Arctic.

The night option is true to the movie, but it’s difficult to see anything outside the window because it’s dark and there’s a reflection from the inside light (we were given this info by someone who has done both).

Things to know before you go:

  • It’s best to purchase tickets online. There are a limited number of departures, so you would be wise to book your tickets well in advance. It will sell out. 
  • Departures run on Saturdays and Sundays, from late November to the weekend before Christmas. There are multiple departures each day.
  • There are no washrooms on the train. Make sure everyone makes a trip to the washroom prior to departure.
  • Plan to visit the North Pole AFTER the train. You can visit prior to the train ride, but it feels more like the Polar Express experience to do it afterwards.
  • Parking costs $10 and must be cash. Parking can be challenging if your train has a departure before and after your time slot. There are limited parking spots.
  • You must arrive at least 45 minutes before your departure time. The location can be hard to find, especially at night. Give yourself plenty of time and check the highway conditions well in advance. It took us an extra hour to get to Squamish because of the heavy snow.
  • For more info, visit this website – http://wcra.org/

Have you visited the Polar Express in Squamish?

Share your experience in the comments section below.

Polar Express Train, Squamish, British Columbia

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Surprise! I’m Moving to Paris

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sunset over the Eiffel Tower and the rooftops of Paris
Posted: 1/14/19 | January 14th, 2019

Ever since I first set eyes upon it, I’ve wanted to move to Paris. It was everything I’ve imagined it to be. A city that oozed sophistication and history from its cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, cafes, restaurants, and Parisians strolling down the street.

I loved the lights, the food, the music, the people, that special je ne sais quoi.

I know I idealize Paris.

I know living somewhere is a lot different than dropping in for a few weeks at a time.

But I’ve always wanted to be the clichéd American travel writer who wakes up, has his coffee, and writes on his balcony or in some café while lingering over wine for hours.

I’ve always wanted to immerse myself in Paris. To learn the language and everything one could possibly know about the city.

And so, since there is no time like the present, it’s time to finally do it.

I’m moving to Paris!

Not forever. Just until June.

Maybe “moving” is a strong word. Maybe an “extended stay” might be a better term.

I don’t care.

I feel that is long enough to say I’m (temporarily) “moving” to Paris.

It will be my base of operations. My sole domicile. My home.

Next month, I’ll return from Colombia, pack my things, and by the end of the month, be ensconced in the City of Lights.

The Arc de Triomphe lit up in the evening, in Paris

I know my time there will fly by. I remember the summer I spent in Stockholm and how quickly that came to an end. Right as I started meeting people, it was time to go.

Luckily, Americans get to stay six months in France, so I’ll have a longer time to play with.

I have a lot of plans for that time:

I am going to write — a lot!

I’m going to find a ’20s swing dance group.

I’m going to seek out all the best jazz the city has to offer.

I’m going to visit every tourist attraction in town. Just because.

I plan to learn French.

My 2019 mantra is “do less but better.” I plan to cut down the number of things I do — but go deeper into them.

I’m going to focus on living. I plan to work in the mornings, sightsee in the afternoon, check in with the team, and have long dinners.

Nomadic Matt posing in front of the Eiffel Tower

Paris is the first step in making that happen.

I’m not over New York. Just over living there.

New York City will always be a part of me, and I’m glad I was here so much this year, but I don’t have good habits in the city: I’m out too often and too late, and I don’t find myself sleeping a lot. I don’t have a productive workspace or a kitchen. Many of my friends have started to move away or are planning to have kids.

The life I want to lead is not found there any longer.

My time there has come to an end.

And I’m OK with it. Since I decided to do this, I haven’t had one moment of regret.

So before June brings TravelCon, July brings my next book and a giant book tour (more on that later), and the fall brings my permenant to Austin, I feel like this is the perfect window to live out all my Paris writer dreams.

It’s only a few months in Paris but at least it’s something.

Opportunity is knocking.

If you don’t answer the door, it will move on to the next person.

So I’m doing it.

I’m finally going to live in Paris!

And I’m pretty damn excited about it!

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Book Your Trip to Paris: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels. I use them all the time. Some of my favorite places to stay in Paris are:

  • St. Christopher’s Canal – Comfy spot on the canal. During the summer months, the terrace is hopping!
  • 3 Ducks Hostel – This hostel has one of the cheapest bars in the city, and it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower.
  • Les Piaules – Fantastic chimney lounge, a cool bar, and a rooftop space. It’s a great place to meet people!

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. I’ve been using World Nomads for ten years. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

Looking for the best companies to save money with?
Check out my resource page for the best companies to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save money when I travel – and I think will help you too!

Looking for more information on visiting Paris?
Check out my in-depth destination guide to Paris with more tips on what to see, do, costs, ways to save, and much, much more!

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Gulliver’s Travels

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The 2010 re-imagining of the Jonathan Swift classic novel. The main title sequence features tilt-shift photography techniques with each actor’s name composited into unique NYC landmarks. In addition, the sequence was delivered in stereoscopic 3D, which enhances the illusion of depth and scale. Credits: Studio: Rokit (rebranded as Method Design) Executive Producer: David Garber Coordinator: […]

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Sherwin-Williams – Color Travels

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March Wind, Pressed Flower, China Doll, Dragon Fruit, Lantern Light, City Loft, Golden Gate. The Sherwin colors take us on a journey though the world of color, literally. We visit the tulip fields of Holland, the Red Square in Russia, a Mexican village, a Chinese temple, the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge. […]

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MAQUINIT HOT SPRINGS – CORON – PHILIPPINES

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Maquinit Hot Springs – Coron – Philippines

We visited this place called Maquinit Hot Springs on our Philippines trip. This place is located very close to Coron town. It’s natural hot springs, be careful water is very hot.

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Mexico through the eyes of a 6 year old boy

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Braydon’s photo story from Mexico

Last Christmas, Braydon got his first digital camera. It’s a durable kid’s action camera with all the accessories (here’s the model). He was excited to bring his little camera to Mexico to capture his vacation, just like Mommy and Daddy do when we travel. It was super cute.

We returned to the Mayan Riviera earlier this year to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary (more on that here). He brought that little camera with him everywhere. As he was taking photos, we thought, “wouldn’t it be fun to post his photos on the travel blog?”

Unfortunately, after we returned from our trip to Mexico, he lost his camera.

We were at a friend’s house and he insisted he bring his little camera to the party. Braydon is known to lose things, so we knew it was a risky move. The following morning, he went looking for his camera and it was gone. Doh! Not again!

We excepted that his camera was lost. He was disappointed, but, like most kids, he got over it quickly and moved on. We had not transferred the photos from the SD card, so those were also lost.

Before our trip to Whistler a few weeks ago, I pulled out our winter gear. The weather is changing, so we need our sweaters and jackets. I put on my favourite sweater and felt something heavy in the side pocket. It was his little camera! It had been in my sweater pocket the whole time.

I transferred his photos to our external hard drive and was reminded we had not yet shared his photos on the blog. He is very excited to have his camera back and insisted we still make a blog post about his trip to Mexico. So, that’s the purpose of today’s post.

Keep in mind, he captured these photos on a cheap kid’s camera, so the image quality is VERY low.

I’m impressed by the ‘leading line’ in this photo. Pretty good composition for a 6 year old.

The pool at the resort. We stayed at the Iberostar del Mar.

Braydon wanted me to take a photo of him meditating. Okay, then.

Connor playing in the sand on the beach.

Huge iguana sitting under our pool chair. It scared the crap out of me!

So many coati on the resort property. Watch this short video to see over 50 of them!

Traffic jam. Peacock on the road.

Selfie with Daddy.

Selfie with Mommy.

View from our beachfront balcony. It’s hard to beat those views!

Who’s filming who?

Okay, maybe I took this one with his camera.

Rose petals on our bed on the night of our vow renewal ceremony. Nice touch.

This was the location of our vow renewal ceremony in Mexico.

Nice framing little man! And the horizon is almost perfect.

Flamingos in the lobby of the beach resort

Monkey see, monkey do!

He watches us take photos of food, so why not capture his hamburger and fries?

“Eewww! You’re eating octopus, Daddy? Let me take a photo. That’s weird.”

The beach at the resort. Below is a photo of him capturing this photo.

Connor pretended to take photos with the camera’s waterproof case. Too funny.

We watched the Super Bowl at the resort. Braydon thought these guys were hilarious, so he asked to take their photo. They were enjoying the game (and the unlimited beer), so they happily obliged.

He captured these macaw’s at Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park in the Riveria Maya.

Hammocks at Xel Ha Park, also located in the Riveria Maya.

Apparently you can edit photos directly on this camera. Braydon went with the sports frame.

This is the dolphin section at Xcaret. The camera was not able to capture the dolphins in action.

We also stayed at the Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun on this trip to Mexico.

Brother selfie in the resort lobby

Braydon lost his first tooth while we were in Mexico. He was afraid the Tooth Fairy would not be able to find him because he was on vacation.

He wrote a note and left the tooth on a plate on the table, instead of under his pillow. Fortunately, the Tooth Fairy was able to find us all the way in Mexico. Phew!

We often take photos of restaurant signs as a point of reference for when we write blog posts. It’s easier than typing the restaurant name on our phones. We ate at this restaurant while at the Grand at Moon Palace, so Braydon decided to take a photo of the sign, just like his parents.

I thought this was pretty funny, so I captured him taking the above photo. See below.

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We visited with Diana this place on the top of the hill in Coron, Philippines. It is very similiar to the sign on Hollywood hills.

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