When to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets at Disney theme parks (and when not to)

When buying Disney theme park tickets, families have the ability to upgrade to Park Hopper tickets. What does this mean? Instead of gaining admittance to one park per day, you have access to all four (plus water parks, if desired). Do you 'need' Park … [Read more...]

Guide to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with kids

On a recent tour through several California National Parks, I heard the same thing over and over again from fellow guests and even park employees: "We love Yosemite, but we've actually never been to Kings Canyon." Or, "We come to Yosemite annually, … [Read more...]

Home prep for holiday travel (STEP BY STEP GUIDE)

You're going away for vacation...yay! But what about your home when you're traveling for the holidays, sitting empty? We've all heard horror stories: the pipes froze and burst...the mail piled up, enticing theft...we really didn't leave our home … [Read more...]

Hiking Safety: How to keep kids safe in the outdoors

A ramble through the woods, a stroll across a mountain meadow, or a strenuous alpine hike with the reward of a breathtaking vista – it all sounds idyllic until something goes wrong. As a former search and rescue volunteer and EMT, hiking safety is … [Read more...]

Five outdoor travel experiences any family can try

Good news parents: Most kids' favorite vacations involve sleeping bags and campfires instead of five-star luxury and turn-down service. Traditional camping trips are a crowd favorite, but if you're looking for something a bit further off the beaten … [Read more...]

What you need to know about going through international travel customs with kids

To some parents, the thought of navigating immigrations and customs with kids is intimidating. For some, the first experience in customs will be during a trip to Mexico, or Canada. For all of us, it can be tiring, especially after a long travel day … [Read more...]

Summer in the Berkshires: Hancock Shaker Village

The Berkshires is a wonderful region in Massachusetts to explore with kids, and summer in the Berkshires can't be beat! Parents will appreciate the rural, countrified setting with farmer's markets, rolling hills, and quaint towns, and kids will find … [Read more...]

Golf vacations with kids: tips for a great resort golf experience

Our kids like to golf, but they're hardly miniature pros. They're kids, and they want to have fun on the links. We want them to have fun, too, but also appreciate that other guests may want to enjoy the course without distractions or delays. It's … [Read more...]

Santa Fe with kids: dining, shopping, and touring

When most parents think of Santa Fe, New Mexico, spas and art galleries come to mind. However, this small town in the high desert has its share of kid-friendly activities. Here where to go, where to eat, and where to shop if vacationing in Santa Fe … [Read more...]

Why study abroad: how to help your teen travel

As my children grow and become more experienced travelers, I've been thinking and writing more often about teen travel and study abroad experiences. Last year, our 15-year-old flew solo to Costa Rica to join an Adventures Cross Country trip, which … [Read more...]