Travel Gear We Use: Best day pack for international travel

I've been conducting travel bag reviews here and at Practical Travel Gear since 2009 and 2011 respectively. That's a lot of reviews! I've tried crossover bags, messenger bags, backpacks, totes, and roller bags. Finally, I think I've nailed it. I … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: GoTenna review

When we visited Paris last winter, we spent a wonderful day in the Louvre. At least, it was mostly wonderful, except for the two hours we spent looking for each other. My husband had our two older sons in one section, and I had our youngest in … [Read more...]

The best countries for family vacations: where to go now

The best gift every parent can gift to his child is the ability to travel. But to travel anywhere without much of the thought giving is not really considered being an excellent way to do it. To gift your children all the best, you should, at least, … [Read more...]

What terrorism won’t take from me

As many readers know, we plan to travel to Paris next month. I’ll be very honest: current events have us unsettled and saddened on many levels, including, of course, the impact on our trip plans. Here is why we’re still going. Terrorism won’t … [Read more...]

Understanding the ESTA Application process for travelers to the US

We’ve talked a lot about how US families should go about getting passports for international travel, but what about those from other countries wanting to travel to the US? When do you need more than just a passport, how do you avoid the hassle of a … [Read more...]

Travel Medicine tips: What you need to know before traveling internationally

Every parent knows the mantra that goes through one's head before any major trip with kids: please stay healthy, please stay healthy... No one wants a family vacation ruined by illness, and just as important, no one wants to risk their children's … [Read more...]

Facing serious concerns when traveling with kids: how to get past the ‘fear factor’

  Any parent traveling with kids off the beaten path has fielded questions from nay-sayers: “Are you sure it’s safe to travel to Mexico?” “You’re taking your kids how far along what trail?” “How long will you be gone?” “Solo, … [Read more...]

Family Travel To Amsterdam

Among many people in the world, Amsterdam is a city best known for its adult attractions. The Red Light District is legendary, and it's a well-known fact that the famous coffeehouses dotted around the town serve a great deal more than coffee and … [Read more...]

Children-Friendly Activities around Lisbon

If one had to choose a single word to describe Lisbon, the amazing capital city of Portugal, chances are that, that word would be “charming”. There are many other words that spring to mind, such as romantic, picturesque, sunny and striking, with this … [Read more...]

Europe with Kids: Free things to do in Stockholm

Northern Europe is notoriously pricey. Countries like Sweden enjoy excellent standards of living, but for visitors, this can mean that things like transport, hotels and eating out can come at a premium. However, there are ways to off-set the costs of … [Read more...]