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A few missed opportunities in San Diego — and a hit or two

These shacks at the end of Crystal Pier on Mission Beach were among the highlights of my visit to San Diego last week. You can actually stay in one of the larger cottages right on the pier, which is something I've never seen.

Travel planning 101: “Make sure there’s shopping! Lots of shopping.”

In episode 3 of our family travel adventure, our six-year-old explains how to choose an appropriate family destination. Topping her […]

The adventure begins …

It’s been five weeks since we returned to the mainland from Hawaii and the kids are getting a little

Outwitting hotels’ maximum occupancy rules

Although he sometimes feels "a little dishonest" about it, Jeremy Reed says he doesn't have much choice: With seven children, from an infant to a teenager, and on a limited budget, he often reserves only one hotel room when he's on vacation.
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