Nancy Sathre-Vogel’s Book “Changing Gears”

  I admit I was surprised when I was asked to review Nancy Sathre-Vogel’s current book “Changing Gears: A Family’s Odyssey to the End of the World”  that chronicles her family‘s biking journey. By any standard, I am not the outdoorsy type—I can’t even ride a bike. Nevertheless, I have to say I’m happy I agreed since… Read More

Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries

  Exploring a cemetery may seem like an odd option to pass a morning or afternoon, but in the past decade, a growing number of families have discovered the benefits of becoming budding taphophiles*. In fact, visiting a cemetery can be the perfect budget friendly way to interest school-age children in a city’s history and dignitaries… Read More

Five Common Problems On Shore Excursions

  Many people plan and prepare for the actual cruise, but may forget to plan appropriately for the shore excursions. Taking guided tours can be great ways to explore islands or cities safely without having to worry about making it back to the ship on time. But like everything else, these guided tours present certain… Read More

Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge

All executive hotel lounges are not created equal. Some offer plentiful food and beverage choices while some can be extremely bare bones, so unless the upgrade is free, it is wise for travelers to educate themselves on what to expect before making a decision to pay an additional fee. A good place to start is,… Read More

Autism Travel Safety Checklist

For the past decade, we have traveled as a family, but since our son has become a  young adult, I realized it would be only a matter of time before he will need or want to travel with friends or on his own. Trying to plan ahead and start teaching my son with autism valuable… Read More

Review of the Westin Palace Madrid Spain

    Over the years, the Westin Palace in Madrid has established itself as one of the city’s top hotels, receiving of numerous travel awards and accolades. Located on the prestigious boulevard Paseo del Prado in front of the world-renowned Prado Museum and across from the Thyssen Museum, the Hotel could not have been any… Read More

Family Stay at The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo

  The Sheraton Miyako Tokyo is located in the Shirokanedai district in Tokyo, which is well known for it’s lush greenery. The hotel is also located within walking distance of famous landmarks such as Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Institute for Nature Study, and Platinum Street. It is also within minutes from Shirokanedai Station… Read More

Review of the Swissotel Chicago

Location The Swissotel  Chicago is on Wacker Street within walking distance to the city’s main attractions like the Art Institute, Miracle Mile and the Navy Pier.The location provides convenient access to restaurants, including fast-food joints, mini markets and local drugstores to purchase water and snacks for the room. Hotel The building itself is a high… Read More

London’s Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel

This 237 bedroom establishment is a five-star hotel that is run by the Marriott hotel chain. The refurbished former private mansion is located at Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair, very close to the US embassy. What makes it family worthy?  The centrally located and luxurious hotel has wonderful family rooms. These suites can… Read More

Taking the Kids to Madurodam Park

    Maduorodam’s  History The Netherlands is a beautiful country that, despite its size, holds many wonders and activities for all ages to enjoy. From the traditional tulip fields to Turkish shawarma, The Netherlands is a lovely mixture of classic and modern.If you decide to visit The Netherlands with your family, one place, you must… Read More

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