You’ve probably read one or two travel stories that advise you to become a vacation contrarian. By zigging when everyone else zags, you can save money and avoid crowds, they claim. But that could be a serious vacation mistake.
I know because I’ve taken that advice. Read more “Read this before you make a vacation mistake”
If you’ve ever lost someone on vacation, you probably know it’s disruptive, if not disappointing. And by “lost” I don’t mean you can’t find junior at the beach. I’m talking about losing a member of your party for days — or longer — to sickness or injury.
I’ll never forget the winter we tried skiing at Kirkwood Ski Resort in Northern California, one of the most challenging mountains in America. My son Aren exited on a stretcher on the first day after a bad landing on an almost-vertical slope. He was out for the rest of the season.
Read more “What to do when you’re “lost” on vacation”
My kids are pet magnets when we’re on the road. They’re constantly adopting dogs and cats and other animals we encounter in our vacation rentals.
If you don’t know what that’s like, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans who vacation with their pets. You bring your own animal companions, you brave souls. A recent poll of pet owners found that 27 percent are planning one or two trips with their pets; 37 percent are planning three to five getaways; and 31 percent plan to travel with their pet six or more times this year.
Read more “Everything you need to know about traveling with animals (and kids)”
Ever visited a place that you liked so much that you didn’t want to leave? Me too.
I have a short list of destinations that we were so enamored of, we would live there. Some of them might be on your list, like Hawaii and Southern California. Others, like Fort Collins, Colo., New Orleans, and Ketchum, Idaho, might come as a surprise. Read more “What to do when you never want your family vacation to end”
If you hate to plan, your last family vacation probably was filled with chaos. I know a thing or two about that.
Here’s a memorable scene: It’s New Year’s Day. I’ve just boarded a flight from Phoenix to Denver with three kids. Everyone’s a little nervous because we have no place to stay in Colorado and nothing to do while we’re there. I’ve just downloaded the Airbnb app on my phone and am frantically searching for places with the help of a travel agent, who is so frustrated with me that she’s about to quit.
Read more “The family vacation planning guide for families who hate to plan”