5 Tips for Traveling like a Local vs a Tourist this Summer

Summer is just around the corner and I have been counting down the days for our summer trips. We have an excursion to cross through the Canadian Rockies and a few beach vacations this summer. I love having a trip to look forward to, even if it’s just a weekend getaway. When I think back to when Ian and I took our first trip together five years ago, I have to laugh about how much we’ve learned about traveling since then. Not to say we know a great deal, but we have come along way from those tourists carrying our rolling luggage through the cobblestone streets of Italy. We’ve learned you can go on vacation to see and experience everything a place and culture has to offer, or you can stay in your comfort zone, only visiting tourist sites and not truly taking in much at all. In our opinion though, there are really two kinds of trips: Vacations and Expeditions. Vacations are where you visit somewhere with the intention to relax somewhere beautiful, take your time and breath. Expeditions are when you visit somewhere with…

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Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

I hope you all are having a great week! We stole some time away from home and work to visit the lake with some friends. We had such a restful weekend, even though Cove partied so hard he didn’t want to sleep at night… It was amazing how even with little to no sleep, you can still feel rested by just being in a different environment. I have been working really hard to keep an open mind every time we travel with Cove. Things can be really unpredictable, so it’s so much better to have a good perspective going into it or your expectations will let you down every time something doesn’t go as planned. The past few trips we’ve taken have really helped with it. Traveling and day trips are one of our favorite hobbies so it’s been great to see Cove adapt and learn to love it too. Snacks can be your best friend when you are traveling with a toddler. When we’re on the road with Cove, sometimes we have to pull over to stretch our legs and fill…

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Nashville and Birthday Musings

This past weekend I turned 26 and got to spend the weekend roaming around Nashville with my love to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary. I have to say, I felt super spoiled and loved on by so many. I really appreciate all your kind words, messages and thoughts. This year has probably been one of the first birthday’s I haven’t been super thrilled about turning another year older. I wanted to be 25 forever. (cue all the laughs) Now that I have gradually started accepting the fact I am in my late twenties, I am embracing more and more that these years will be some of the best of my life. We visited Nashville about three years ago and fell in love with it. Since it had been a while, and we didn’t want to drive too far for our getaway, we decided to visit again and see all the new things the city had as well as a few things we weren’t able to see last time. Ian booked us a suite at the Hutton and it was divine. The…

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Stay for the Sunsets

I promise, I will stop posting about California after this. (Until our next trip…) But, I did save the best for last. On our last day, we enjoyed soaking up the beaches around where we were staying in Dana Point. We didn’t really make plans to see anything in particular. We knew on the last day we would want some time to just soak up the things we loved. After lunch in Laguna, we drove up the coast a ways to Newport Beach to enjoy the scenic drive and let Cove sleep. On our way back, Ian told me he had a surprise for when we got back. A few months before our trip, I had mentioned how I wanted to dedicate Cove on the beach at some point. A little after Cove was born, we dedicated him formally at our church in front of friends and family, but I still wanted just the three of us to do something special together. Ian, being the gem of a husband and father he is, had remembered me mentioning it and surprised me by taking us to one of…

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Victoria Schneider The Southern Trunk

Three Reasons Why We Love Airbnb

As I look back over the past few years of traveling, it’s pretty evident Ian and I choose Airbnb more often than not for our accommodations. When we began using Airbnb, it was a rather new concept, so in the beginning I was a little weary… Looking back at all our great experiences, it’s now the first place we look for lodging when booking any trip. Airbnb is not always be the most practical though, so I can’t say we choose to stay only with them. Hotels can be in a more central location, we have points to use, or we want a more resort-like atmosphere. In most of cases though, Airbnb fits our needs. With that being said, I wanted to put together a few reasons why we love it so much.

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Victoria Schneider The Southern Trunk

Beaches with Special Names

If you know our family to any extent, you understand we have a deep deep love for the beach. I love the places that make you realize how small you are and how great God is. The beach is one of those places that constantly reminds me of that. The irony here though is I am actually afraid of the ocean and all its vastness. But I guess that’s part of what makes me love it so much. When we decided to name our son Cove, part of the meaning behind it comes from Crystal Cove State Park. We visited the park in 2014 and had an overwhelming amount of peace, wonder and awe. It was such a beautiful experience and we still treasure that memory. The definition of “cove” is a small sheltered inlet bay often surrounded by mountains. Ian and I were completely unaware at the time of the mountains we would face the next year and how much we would need a sheltered inlet to come and rest. I pray that Cove knows that same truth in his life. There will be rough…

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Tava Travels

Adventure and traveling is something we hold dear in our hearts. It challenges us to think outside our comfort zone, to learn other cultures and capture the absolute beauty of creation through more than just a picture. Traveling is something that has created beautiful memories for our family that will last longer than any ‘thing.’ When I came across Tava, I fell in love with their adorable passports and mission to inspire children to always search for the next adventure. Tava makes adorable childrens passports with cards that explain and have games about where they are traveling. We picked up a San Diego passport and a USA Road trip passport for Cove. It was so fun to go through with him on all the places we visited like the San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines and Balboa Park and read about all the fun facts about San Diego. The idea of teaching kids about where you are taking your adventures as well as giving them a fun keepsake is something I want to do for every trip. It would be so…

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Victoria Schneider

Why We Chose To Travel With Our Baby

After we left San Diego, we spent a day driving up the coast to Malibu. Traffic was a beast, and when you’ve got a baby crying in the backseat, it can make things feel ten times worse. After an hour or two, we made it to El Matador Beach. I fell in love with this place when we went to Malibu two years ago, so I knew it would lift everyone’s spirits that day. It was overcast, but the sun started peaking through the clouds when we got there, which made it even more magical. Cove was so happy and kept waving at the ocean. As we walked around it started to sprinkle, but instead of running to our car, we just decided to dance in the rain (literally). It was such a fun memory and it helped put the traffic / travel trauma behind us. Afterwards, we had dinner at Malibu Farm, which was right on the pier and had such a beautiful atmosphere. It was a perfect way to end the day. Some days traveling with a baby can…

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