Parents of toddlers – stop limiting your vacations to staycations. This is coming from a mom who has raised a ddler into a traveler once, and is doing it all over again. If you have a toddler, you have anarchy on your hands … trust me, I know! But you don’t have to stick close to home if you [ ... ]
It may not be Daniel Day Lewis walking the streets of Springfield, Illinois, but there’s likely someone who looks a lot like him. OK, it will be someone who looks a lot like Daniel Day Lewis when he looks a lot like Abraham Lincoln.
Looking for the perfect summer vacation? Dreaming of something tropical and exotic, yet Tahiti just isn’t in your budget? San Diego’s dise Point Resort feels like it’s a world away, yet there’s no passport required. Paradise Point sits on a 44-acre island on Mission Bay, just minutes fr [ ... ]
Great summer vacations start with planning. Where are we going to go? Where are we going to stay? For my kids one of their all time favorite trips was a road trip through South Dakota.
Our first trip to South Dakota was going to be a quick drive through on our way to somewhere else. Fortunately, we [ ... ]
It's always refreshing to see a new choice of hotel property near the San Francisco Airport -- and the options have gotten even better recently. Just a half mile from the airport, the hip and ultra modern new Aloft hotel is a great choice for a comfortable stay before or after flying or when vi [ ... ]
Although summer vacation in Massachusetts will start later than usual due to many snow days, it's time to start planning those summer family vacations in Massachusetts! For a small state, Massachusetts boasts some fabulous summer vacation spots - here are a few of the best, along with some insider t [ ... ]
The thought of driving an electric car always seemed a little intimidating to me. Is there a learning curve? What happens when you are in the middle of the highway and the battery runs out? When it comes to the technology of electric cars I am a bit of an auto-techno peasant but I recently had a cha [ ... ]
When Travel Guard North America named Dr. Gary Feldman, the “World’s Unluckiest Traveler,” he won $10,000 towards a dream vacation. His misadventures have a pot of gold at the end--and so can yours if a disaster strikes your family vacation.
This is what we tell ourselves every time a flight is canceled, a reservation is lost, a bag is waylaid. We try to look on the bright side, though getting flat tires have yet to yield a positive result.
Take flight cancellations. If it means our family vacation is delayed and we unexpectedly have another night at home, we go out for a nice dinner, see a movie, and start our vacation at home. If we are ‘stuck’ on vacation, we focus on the fact that our vacation has just been extended, and try not to worry about what awaits us at home.
If snow at home means we can’t get out of New York, we grab our sleds and head to Prospect Park.
When Disaster is a Good Thing
When our reservation was lost at a huge, sold-out resort, my youngest daughter, then ten, laid down on the floor in the middle of the lobby crying. It was midnight and she was exhausted. But I persevered, demanding a manager check our confirmation number. Magically, a three bedroom villa was available, instead of our one cramped room for 5. The next day, the manger apologized for the mix up and insisted we stay in the villa for the next 4 days, at the same price.
My bag was lost going to the Caribbean, and a Jet Blue representative said that was impossible, since I was on a non-stop flight. Nevertheless, I had no bag. Jet Blue had to give me money since my bag couldn’t get to the island till the next day, at the earliest. I bought a new bathing suit for myself and my daughter, and outfits for the evening, courtesy of Jet Blue.
I got my bag the next day, as promised. And we didn't get one flat tire the whole trip.