This is the ultimate California road trip to take with your kids

If the words “California” and “road trip” are synonymous for you, then we might be related. Every time I look at a map of the Golden State — San Diego in the south, Crescent City in the north, and Highway 1 tying the two together like a string gone partially slack — that’s what I think. Road trip! My kids agree. Read more “This is the ultimate California road trip to take with your kids”

These unwanted guests joined us on vacation. Here’s what we did about them

When it comes to vacation trouble, the worst is the kind that you don’t see coming. I’m talking about insects, rodents, and other creepy-crawlies that decide to join you on your getaway. Add kids to that mix and you have the soundtrack for a horror movie. Read more “These unwanted guests joined us on vacation. Here’s what we did about them”

Everything you need to know before you take a bucket-list drive

If you’re about to take a bucket-list drive up California’s Highway 1 to Monterey or down Florida’s Overseas Highway to Key West, you need to know this: These road trips are unlike any other drive you’ll take. And that’s especially true if you’re doing it with your family. Read more “Everything you need to know before you take a bucket-list drive”

Worst vacation ever? Here’s how to snap back

What’s your worst vacation experience ever? Was it a delayed flight, a missing hotel reservation, or maybe terrible weather that ruined everything? Or maybe it was someone who ruined it for you? Read more “Worst vacation ever? Here’s how to snap back”

How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room

There’s no quick answer to the question, “How do I find the best hotel room?” That’s because no two hotel rooms are exactly alike. They defy easy SeatGuru-ization, which is to say you can’t create a reliable online directory of room sizes and amenities. Read more “How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room”