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Canada

O Canada! Canada has so much natural beauty to enjoy.  From snow-capped mountains that surround you, to teal blue glacier-fed lakes, to actual glaciers you can touch, Canada has so much to experience and appreciate. Here are a few amazing places we visited.

Chabot Space and Science Center and Roberts Regional Recreational Area, Oakland, CA

If you are interested in learning about anything space related, Chabot Space and Science Center will let you learn more. From a model of Mars with the largest known volcano and canyon in the solar system, to a Live feed from the International Space Station, to models of mankind's many spacecrafts, Chabot will give you a better understanding of the Space around us as we know it. 

Family Travel Budget Tips

In order to travel often, we try to keep costs as low as possible, while trying not to miss out on worthwhile experiences. We travel on weeklong holidays as a family about 3 to 4 times a year.  Our typical trip nowadays usually involves a destination within United States for a week totaling $1000 or less for accommodations, flights and car rental for our family of five. Here are some methods we use to achieve a low cost but awesome travel experience.

Mammoth Lakes, Long Valley Caldera and Mono-Inyo Craters, California

Long Valley Caldera is a 20x10 mile caldera located in Eastern California. It is a result of a super eruption 760,000 years ago, estimated to be more than 2000 times the eruption by Mount St. Helen’s in 1980. This eruption released more than 150 cubic miles of magma from a depth of 4 miles beneath the Earth’s surface. The Earth's crust sank more than a mile after the magma was ejected, forming the large caldera.

Castles of Bavaria, Germany

Castles of Bavaria

Germany is full of castles. In our month long adventure in Germany, we saw 5 castles, 4 in and around Munich and 1 castle two hours away. We purchased the 14 day castle pass for 2 or more people for 44 EU, which covered entry into all castles in the state of Bavaria. There is also an annual pass for 65 EU. Kids are admitted free into castles. So though it sounds like a no brainer, you might want to calculate whether it is a good deal for your situation. On our visit to castles, we saved about 15 EU to 20EU with the Castles Pass, since my husband was not always able to accompany us. Admission into the castles that we visited ranged from 6 EU to 12 EU per person. Here are the Castles we visited: