If you haven’t heard about the infamous airline separation algorithm yet, here’s what you need to know: It’s a seat allocation program that allegedly keeps families apart on the plane, prodding parents into paying more for advance seat assignments. “How do I sit with my kids on a plane?”
One year ago, Away is Home launched as a weekly column. (Happy Birthday, Away is Home!) And in that time, one question keeps coming up from readers: “Chris, what’s the best family travel advice you have?”
I’ve spent an hour talking about that subject on NPR. I’ve corresponded with other family travelers for hours. But more importantly, in the years that I’ve been on the road, my kids — ages 12, 14, and 16 — have shared their best family travel advice with yours truly. Lucky me! “Here’s the best family travel advice for 2019”
If you think vacation rental management companies aren’t worth using, then I have a story for you. Two, actually.
Using a vacation rental management company, as opposed to dealing directly with the owner, may not save you money (it’s usually more expensive), but it can save you headaches and hassles. From rebooking nightmares to difficult owners, a vacation rental management company can protect you from the most common problems renters are likely to face.
“Why vacation rental management companies are worth it”
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. “Don’t get bored on vacation: Tips to keep the kids engaged”
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. “Family travel in 2019: Where to go and what to do”