How to survive the first day of your vacation

If you can answer “yes” to the eternal question, “Are we there yet?” then you probably need a survival manual for the first day of vacation. The 24 hours after you arrive are among the busiest and most stressful — the unpacking and settling in, the arguing, and the inevitable chaos. Read more “How to survive the first day of your vacation”

These tips will help you survive your vacation countdown

It’s T-minus 12 hours before we leave. In some ways, it’s the worst part of the vacation countdown. Everything’s half-done.

Millions of other travelers will experience the same thing this summer in the agonizing hours and minutes before their departure. Read more “These tips will help you survive your vacation countdown”

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

Kids do the darnedest 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”

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?”