Why Travel with Children


Via the magic of the Internet, the children of today can — with just a few quick clicks of a mouse — “arrive” just about anywhere they want to in the world. Awaiting them there will be interactive websites, videos and sometimes even live cams. It is indeed a brave, new and easily accessible world […]

A Whale of a Shark Story


By our third encounter, we had complete confidence in Randy Renado, our Butanding Interaction Officer, and his ability to see into both the immediate future and the turgid gray-green waters of the Sibuyan Sea. “Now, look down” he would command shortly after my wife and I and our twin daughters had re-donned our masks, snorkels […]

One for the Money, Two for the Show: Nicaragua is now a Tourist “Go”


The view out over the expansive Pacific from the forested hilltop was vintage, travel-poster Central America – the beach-fringed, scallop-shaped Bay of San Juan del Sur, complete with its trademark 45-foot high fiberglass statue of Jesus de la Misericordia, glistening in the morning sunlight. Not that my wife, my 11-year-old twin daughters, and I had […]

Horsing Around in Kentucky: Mane Events with Kids


If you’re a horse enthusiast, sooner or later you’re going to have to make the pilgrimage to Kentucky. And if – like me – it’s your daughters who are the enthusiasts, then the odds are two-to-one it’s going to be sooner. So when spring break arrived last year and my wife couldn’t take any time […]

Vespa Virgin: Scooting Around Rome on a Scooter


Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no Gregory Peck.  But I just know they were staring at this American journalist as I motorscootered around the Eternal City on my own Roman Holiday.  And I didn’t have Audrey Hepburn joy-riding sidesaddle behind me! Of course they might have been saying to themselves “look […]

Maine Made Easy: The Boothbay Harbor Area


There’s a persistent misconception, especially among novice Maine-iacs, that a real Down East vacation must be spent way down east, that is to say as far up the Maine coast as possible, and at the very least, Penobscot Bay.  To be sure, there’s no place quite as dramatic as Mount Desert Island and few quite […]

Been There, Dune That


It’s  a scene right out of “Lawrence of Arabia”: enormous mountains of sand – some as tall as 300 feet — their surface sculpted into soft, geometric designs by the wind, and  extending as far as the eye can see.  My wife and I stand captivated, feeling the heat of the day rising up out […]