This is the ultimate California road trip to take with your kids

If the words “California” and “road trip” are synonymous for you, then we might be related. Every time I look at a map of the Golden State — San Diego in the south, Crescent City in the north, and Highway 1 tying the two together like a string gone partially slack — that’s what I think. Road trip! My kids agree. Read more “This is the ultimate California road trip to take with your kids”

How to survive an RV vacation with your family

It happened on a hot autumn afternoon as we cruised south toward Santa Rosa, Calif., on Highway 101 in a 24-foot Coachmen Leprechaun recreational vehicle.

“THUMP!” the camper went. Not like the kind of thump you make when you go over a speed bump. It was the thump of hitting something. Read more “How to survive an RV vacation with your family”

These unwanted guests joined us on vacation. Here’s what we did about them

When it comes to vacation trouble, the worst is the kind that you don’t see coming. I’m talking about insects, rodents, and other creepy-crawlies that decide to join you on your getaway. Add kids to that mix and you have the soundtrack for a horror movie. Read more “These unwanted guests joined us on vacation. Here’s what we did about them”

Everything you need to know before you take a bucket-list drive

If you’re about to take a bucket-list drive up California’s Highway 1 to Monterey or down Florida’s Overseas Highway to Key West, you need to know this: These road trips are unlike any other drive you’ll take. And that’s especially true if you’re doing it with your family. Read more “Everything you need to know before you take a bucket-list drive”

Worst vacation ever? Here’s how to snap back

What’s your worst vacation experience ever? Was it a delayed flight, a missing hotel reservation, or maybe terrible weather that ruined everything? Or maybe it was someone who ruined it for you? Read more “Worst vacation ever? Here’s how to snap back”