How to make a road stop with your family like a pro

There’s a lost art to doing a road stop. And that’s a shame since road trips are a time-honored American tradition. Shouldn’t road stops get a little respect too?

But they are not. People don’t plan their road stops like they should, they show little or no discrimination about where they pull over, and it ends up being all about the destination, not the journey. It doesn’t have to be that way. Read more “How to make a road stop with your family like a pro”

Don’t let behavior problems on vacation ruin everything. Here’s how

Toxic people are everywhere — even on vacation. Or maybe I should say especially on vacation. Read more “Don’t let behavior problems on vacation ruin everything. Here’s how”

How long does it take before you run out of things to do on vacation?

Oahu is a one-week destination. As in, it takes one week before my kids and I run out of things to do and fall into a predictable cycle of visiting the beach, driving to Foodland for groceries, and coming home to make dinner and watch whatever’s on Netflix. Read more “How long does it take before you run out of things to do on vacation?”

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!”