How to avoid a bad vacation start

Of all the bad vacation starts, it’s almost impossible to pick the worst. But here’s a contender. Read more “How to avoid a bad vacation start”

These new Sun Valley hotels are the subversive stars of the snow

They’re sleek, stylish — and a little subversive. They’re the new Sun Valley hotels, the Hotel Ketchum and the Limelight Hotel, and they already have stories to tell. Read more “These new Sun Valley hotels are the subversive stars of the snow”

This contrarian travel advice could save your next vacation

Here’s a little contrarian travel advice: Zig when everyone else zags.

That’s my secret to a great vacation.

When everyone else heads in one direction, go in another. When they plot a course for the beach, climb a mountain. When they eat out, dine in. And when they’re rude, be polite.
Trust me on this. I’m not just a lifelong contrarian. I also spend 365 days a year on the road. Technically, I’m homeless. And this tried-and-true advice has not failed me yet. Read more “This contrarian travel advice could save your next vacation”

Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona

With its iconic painted deserts and vast, seemingly endless roads, Arizona is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path destination. But visit the Grand Canyon state during the off-season, when all the visitors have gone home, and it’s a special kind of quiet. Read more “Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona”

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 list: warm weather (after all, it’s January) playgrounds, and shopping — lots of shopping!
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Any 10-year-old can plan a trip, right?

Last week, our middle son tried to hit the road by himself. He didn’t make it very far. In episode two of our Away is Home family travel blog series, his big brother explains that it takes more to plan a trip. And he takes him everywhere while trying to explain it.
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The adventure begins …

It’s been five weeks since we returned to the mainland from Hawaii and the kids are getting a little antsy. Family travel may be an addiction.

Here’s what happens when the kids go stir crazy. It’s episode one of our adventure. I hope you’ll follow along by signing up for the Away is Home channel and tuning for the next episode on Friday.

What will happen next? I’ll give you a clue: Our son Iden didn’t get very far.

Oh, and there were no cats in the bag in the final scene.

Happy New Year! So where are you going in 2013?

Here’s wishing you a very happy and adventure-filled 2013. We shot a little video of the Elliott family and our New Year’s travel wishes, and since our sites are undergoing some routine maintenance over the weekend, we wanted to share it with you now.
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And now, a few words from the kids …

Greetings from Chattanooga, Tenn., our first stopover on our month-long road trip out to Oregon.

We spent yesterday packing, cleaning the house, and making this video (above) about how we pulled everything together. Aren narrates.

And today after we checked in at the Holiday Inn Express, Iden shared his road trip “rules.” We’re still laughing!

I hope you have as much fun watching these videos as we did making them.

Remember, you can always follow our family travel adventure at Away is Home.

Safe travels!