We’re back in the USA after our coronavirus lockdown. This is what happened to us

My family got stuck in France during the coronavirus lockdown. It happened in slow motion. First, the museums closed. Then, about two weeks later, they shuttered the cafés and restaurants. And a week after that, authorities blocked access to the beach. Read more “We’re back in the USA after our coronavirus lockdown. This is what happened to us”

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”

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!”

The ultimate Hawaii road trip with your family

When you think of the ultimate Hawaii road trip, places like Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation probably come to mind — all of which are on the most-visited island, Oahu. That’s just lazy journalism, which is why I headed to another Hawaiian island with my family. Read more “The ultimate Hawaii road trip with your family”

Think vacation rental management companies aren’t worth it? You’re wrong

If you think vacation rental management companies aren’t worth using, then I have a story for you. Two, actually. Read more “Think vacation rental management companies aren’t worth it? You’re wrong”

Don’t get bored on vacation: Tips to keep the kids engaged

Climbing to the top of Sugarloaf Loop Trail in Sedona, Ariz., for a round of Uno easily ranks as one of the strangest things we’ve done as a family. Then again, there’s almost nothing I wouldn’t do to keep the kids from getting bored on vacation. Read more “Don’t get bored on vacation: Tips to keep the kids engaged”

Family travel in 2019: Where to go and what to do

Thinking about family travel in 2019? Same here. I haven’t had time to catch my breath from last year, but here I am, ready for more.

My family and I traveled nonstop in 2018, and this year is shaping up to be even busier. We had some ups and downs last year. But my pain is your gain: I have travel tips for you if you’re thinking of taking your family somewhere — and a preview of what to expect from my family in 2019. Read more “Family travel in 2019: Where to go and what to do”

Want a warm-weather vacation with your family? Read this first

If you’re reading this, you’re probably cold. You’re thinking of a warm-weather vacation with your family. You deserve one.

And you can have one — but it’ll cost you. Read more “Want a warm-weather vacation with your family? Read this first”

Here they are: The best family vacations of the year

The best family vacations of the year are in places you’d least expect. They’re out-of-the-way destinations you might not even consider for a family getaway. Read more “Here they are: The best family vacations of the year”

Legal travel questions every family should answer before their departure

Before you go on vacation, maybe you should ask yourself a legal travel question or two.

I’m not just talking about your passport or visa paperwork. A legal travel question could be something as simple as whether or not you’re allowed to pack a radar detector. The answer: In the United States, it’s legal except in Virginia and Washington D.C. Most Canadian provinces don’t allow radar detectors. Read more “Legal travel questions every family should answer before their departure”