How to avoid a bad vacation start

Of all the bad vacation starts, it’s almost impossible to pick the worst. But here’s a contender. Read more “How to avoid a bad vacation start”

These new Sun Valley hotels are the subversive stars of the snow

They’re sleek, stylish — and a little subversive. They’re the new Sun Valley hotels, the Hotel Ketchum and the Limelight Hotel, and they already have stories to tell. Read more “These new Sun Valley hotels are the subversive stars of the snow”

This contrarian travel advice could save your next vacation

Here’s a little contrarian travel advice: Zig when everyone else zags.

That’s my secret to a great vacation.

When everyone else heads in one direction, go in another. When they plot a course for the beach, climb a mountain. When they eat out, dine in. And when they’re rude, be polite.
Trust me on this. I’m not just a lifelong contrarian. I also spend 365 days a year on the road. Technically, I’m homeless. And this tried-and-true advice has not failed me yet. Read more “This contrarian travel advice could save your next vacation”

Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona

With its iconic painted deserts and vast, seemingly endless roads, Arizona is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path destination. But visit the Grand Canyon state during the off-season, when all the visitors have gone home, and it’s a special kind of quiet. Read more “Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona”

Travel planning 101: “Make sure there’s shopping! Lots of shopping.”

In episode 3 of our family travel adventure, our six-year-old explains how to choose an appropriate family destination. Topping her list: warm weather (after all, it’s January) playgrounds, and shopping — lots of shopping!
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