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Do You Know What Dangers Lurk in Your Cabinets?

Seventh Generation has sponsored this post to spread the word about reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act. Here at All Over the Map, we try our best to be good stewards of the environment, and we are also rather protective of our children’s health. So we were very surprised to learn, after the recent spill more »

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Toilets All Over the Map

During our travels, I have, to my children’s great horror, taken it upon myself to document toilets wherever we go. Some people do doors, windows, or funny signs; I chose toilets. They are such simple things, toilets, and often truly foul. But there’s no denying that they carry a great deal of importance in our more »

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Courtenay Strickland explains how to find the best short-term rental properties in Colombia... and beyond.

Three Keys to Great Short-Term Apartment Rentals in Colombia

Today’s post on apartment rentals in Colombia comes from Courtenay Strickland from the Barranquilla or Bust blog. Read more about her family’s adventures in Colombia below the post. If you’re traveling with one or more small children, you may have experienced a scenario like this: 9:30 PM - Attempt to put toddler to bed in your more »

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A Perfect Family Weekend in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

A recipe for comfort: The perfect family weekend in Berkeley Springs, WV

Sometimes travel can ground you. Every year since my eldest son was born, we take an annual trip to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. After so many years, this trip takes no planning at all—except for the cabin reservation, which needs to be made well in advance for a fall weekend. We pack up s’mores ingredients, more »

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A beautiful turquoise sea at Playa Blanca, Colombia

Instagram Beach Lust

The sun is so bright it sets fire inside your eyelids. You dig your feet under the scorching sand on the surface to the cool damp layer beneath. The waves, the birds, the giddy squeal of kids, join in a crashing, ecstatic lullaby. Ahhhh… if only it were not February, snowing for the umpteenth time more »

Updates from All Over the Map

  • If you love blogs as much as we do, you might know that it's hard to follow all the blogs you love. You forget the URL, or they move to a new URL, or you just forget to check in regularly. Bloglovin allows you to follow all your favorite blogs, and find new ones to love, all in one central reader. Follow All Over the Map with Bloglovin
  • The Musée Fin-de-Siècle opens its doors on December 6, 2013, to showcase the art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which was the heyday for Art Nouveau in Brussels. The museum offers an interdisciplinary look at creativity during the period, thanks to the collaboration of several institutions, including the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Royal Library, La Monnaie/De Munt, the Royal Museums of Art and History, Cinematek, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. The museum is accessible to all, and is located at Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3. Admission is 8 euros for adults, or can be purchased in conjunction with the Magritte, Modern, and Old Masters Museums for 13 euros. Like most museums in Brussels, it is closed on Mondays.
  • Marriott has added a fun feature for tourists to Washington, DC. Their Marriott Interactive tool highlights sites to see, things to do, and places to eat in the nation's capital. A pull-down menu highlights fun things for kids in DC. Marriott continues to be a good choice for traveling families.
  • Pinterest recently unveiled a new kind of board that allows you to match pinned images with locations on a map. It's a little quirky right now, only allowing pins to Foursquare locations, but with time and minor adjustments it should be a great tool for travelers. Imagine being able to zoom in on a map to check out meals from a local restaurant, or street art in a hidden alleyway, or playgrounds around a city. Check out our Pinterest map board "What to do on a rainy day in Paris with kids" and let us know what you think.
  • Hyatt has just announced that the Hyatt Regency Sulaymaniyah will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Iraq. The hotel, in the relatively stable and prosperous Northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan, will open in 2017. Will you be ready to take your family there by then?
  • We are thrilled to able to offer our readers a new service, where you can research and book tickets and hotels online right from our website. Try it out at this link.  Use Promo Code CHEAPOAIR15 and Get up to $15* Off on All Domestic and International Travel Deals at CheapOair. Book Now!
  • Paige just returned to the United States after 11 months of traveling around the world with her family, and she offered her reflections on travel for the website LiveDoGrow.
  • Well here's a nice thing to wake up to on a Monday morning! A very nice review of our ebook, Brussels with Kids, on Wandering Educators.

What we’re all about

All Over the Map is about experiencing the world as a family. We love family adventures, big and small, near and far. We seek cultural experiences through food, art, customs, and nature. We’re not about spending a lot of money on travel; we like to find creative ways to stretch the family travel dollar. We are independent bloggers and parents on the lookout for great experiences to inspire you.

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This Month: 2014 Fantasy Travel Escapes

It's bleak midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere, and our minds wander to hammocks and beaches and warm weather... and various other travel fantasies.

Next Month: How to cure the post-holiday, pre-spring break blahs

Hibernate with us and enjoy tales of adventures of the tropical variety.

Our latest e-book

We are thrilled to announce the release of our e-book, Brussels with Kids, a guidebook for families traveling to the European capital. With added bonus - a comic book just for the kids by illustrator Sharon Emerson!

Brussels with Kids

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