How to survive an extreme weather vacation

Extreme weather can happen at any time. But when it interrupts your vacation, you’re in real trouble. Consider my recent misadventure when my oldest son, Aren, and I hiked up our favorite trail during Arizona’s famously unpredictable monsoon season. Read more “How to survive an extreme weather vacation”

How to play these road trip games — and win

When you think of road trip games, “I Spy” or the “License Plate Game” probably comes to mind. Forget those. The games you really want to know about are the mindgames your fellow travelers play with you. Read more “How to play these road trip games — and win”

How to take a vacation in your hometown

You can take a vacation in your hometown, and it can feel like a vacation, not a cop-out staycation. I know because I’ve been exploring my hometowns with my kids for most of my career.

You won’t believe what we’ve found. Read more “How to take a vacation in your hometown”

What’s the best time of year to take a vacation?

What’s the best time of year to take a vacation? For a select few places, it’s any time.

I just drove through Breckenridge, Colo., on my way back home to Arizona. I’d visited this Colorado mountain resort in the fall (in the 90s and 00s), in the winter (every decade since the 80s), and in the spring (almost every year). But never in the summer — until now. Read more “What’s the best time of year to take a vacation?”

Why the National Parks Pass is worth the cost

When I tell people I have a National Parks Pass, they usually ask: Is it worth the cost?

My answer? Yes, the $80 a year I spend on my America The Beautiful card, which offers unlimited access to the National Parks, is worth every penny. Read more “Why the National Parks Pass is worth the cost”

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