This is the ultimate California road trip to take with your kids

If the words “California” and “road trip” are synonymous for you, then we might be related. Every time I look at a map of the Golden State — San Diego in the south, Crescent City in the north, and Highway 1 tying the two together like a string gone partially slack — that’s what I think. Road trip! My kids agree. Read more “This is the ultimate California road trip to take with your kids”

These unwanted guests joined us on vacation. Here’s what we did about them

When it comes to vacation trouble, the worst is the kind that you don’t see coming. I’m talking about insects, rodents, and other creepy-crawlies that decide to join you on your getaway. Add kids to that mix and you have the soundtrack for a horror movie. Read more “These unwanted guests joined us on vacation. Here’s what we did about them”

Everything you need to know before you take a bucket-list drive

If you’re about to take a bucket-list drive up California’s Highway 1 to Monterey or down Florida’s Overseas Highway to Key West, you need to know this: These road trips are unlike any other drive you’ll take. And that’s especially true if you’re doing it with your family. Read more “Everything you need to know before you take a bucket-list drive”

Worst vacation ever? Here’s how to snap back

What’s your worst vacation experience ever? Was it a delayed flight, a missing hotel reservation, or maybe terrible weather that ruined everything? Or maybe it was someone who ruined it for you? Read more “Worst vacation ever? Here’s how to snap back”

How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room

There’s no quick answer to the question, “How do I find the best hotel room?” That’s because no two hotel rooms are exactly alike. They defy easy SeatGuru-ization, which is to say you can’t create a reliable online directory of room sizes and amenities. Read more “How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room”

You look like a tourist! But here’s how to blend in

You look like a tourist.

Yes, you, with the Hawaiian shirt, the sunburn, and the big camera around your neck.

Tourist. You. Read more “You look like a tourist! But here’s how to blend in”

This is how to vacation with a purpose

Take a vacation with a purpose.

Don’t waste your next trip by just sitting around your vacation destination. Do something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Read more “This is how to vacation with a purpose”

How to end your vacation the right way

One of the hardest parts of a vacation, if not the hardest, is coming home. The excitement’s over — now it’s back to work. But it’s even worse if you don’t know how to end your vacation. Read more “How to end your vacation the right way”

How to find yourself on vacation

Don’t bother trying to find yourself on vacation, most travel experts tell me. You won’t. Journeys of self-reflection, pilgrimages, and gap years are meaningless.

I beg to differ. Read more “How to find yourself on vacation”