This is the most dangerous thing I’ve done with my kids on vacation

Kids do the darndest things on vacation. Their antics include dangling off cliffs in Utah, immersing themselves to the icy waves of the Gulf of Alaska, and braving some of the world’s most hazardous roads in Africa. I know because that’s what my children have done — and it scared the living daylights out of me. Read more “This is the most dangerous thing I’ve done with my kids on vacation”

What staying home can teach you about a vacation

Staying home may not be your idea of a vacation, but more people are reportedly considering a “staycation” this year than any time since the Great Recession.

To which I say: Go for it! Staying home can teach you so much about having a better vacation. Read more “What staying home can teach you about a vacation”

You can always go back. But should you?

Our return to Paris was all but a sure thing. We had our passports. We’d spent weeks brushing up our French in Duolingo. We were even arguing about the best apartments on HomeAway.

And then life happened.

It wasn’t one thing that sunk our summer plans in Paris. Instead, it was a lot of little things, including some paperwork issues, school schedules and, of course, the funds. In the end, it’s always about money, isn’t it? Read more “You can always go back. But should you?”

Can you keep this vacation secret about free museum day?

Hey, can you keep a secret? It’s free museum day. That’s how you save a few bucks while you’re on vacation, and maybe even see another side of your destination. Read more “Can you keep this vacation secret about free museum day?”

Read this before you make a vacation mistake

You’ve probably read one or two travel stories that advise you to become a vacation contrarian. By zigging when everyone else zags, you can save money and avoid crowds, they claim. But that could be a serious vacation mistake.

I know because I’ve taken that advice. Read more “Read this before you make a vacation mistake”