Vacation rental mistakes every family makes (but you shouldn’t)

From booking the cheapest place to ignoring the fine print in the property description, I’ve made so many vacation rental mistakes that I could write a book about them. For now, an article will have to do. Read more “Vacation rental mistakes every family makes (but you shouldn’t)”

A fruit picking vacation with the kids? Why not!

A fruit picking vacation may be among the most adventurous and creative family getaways. I know because I’m looking at a cluster of ripening bananas on my kitchen counter that we harvested. Our visit to Hilo, Hawaii, just turned into what my eldest son calls a fruit safari.

It’s way too many bananas for a family of four, and I’m not entirely sure what to do with them. Read more “A fruit picking vacation with the kids? Why not!”

How do I sit with my kids on a plane?

If you haven’t heard about the infamous airline separation algorithm yet, here’s what you need to know: It’s a seat allocation program that allegedly keeps families apart on the plane, prodding parents into paying more for advance seat assignments. Read more “How do I sit with my kids on a plane?”

The best family travel advice for the year ahead

One year ago, Away is Home launched as a weekly column. (Happy Birthday, Away is Home!) And in that time, one question keeps coming up from readers: “Chris, what’s the best family travel advice you have?” Read more “The best family travel advice for the year ahead”

The ultimate Hawaii road trip with your family

When you think of the ultimate Hawaii road trip, places like Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation probably come to mind — all of which are on the most-visited island, Oahu. That’s just lazy journalism, which is why I headed to another Hawaiian island with my family. Read more “The ultimate Hawaii road trip with your family”