Family Travel

There’s a saying that traveling with kids is not a vacation… it’s a trip. But there are so many ways to increase the joy and cut down on misery. Start building anticipation and a fuller connection with the destination by listening to audiobooks in the car, podcasts while you cook or clean the house, watching…

Business Travel… with a side of Leisure?

People who don’t travel for business tend to romanticize it, but those who travel routinely for work know: it can get awfully tedious, and people generally just want to get back home as soon as possible. But what if you could sacrifice almost nothing and vastly increase the gratification of such travel – and even look forward…

Interested in a Sabbatical?

I’m amazed at how many people who express a desire to live abroad someday but think it’s impossible. A little creativity and some legwork can go a long way. Planning our own sabbatical was not easy – finding useful resources is a challenge – but it’s been worth every effort. It’s true that some jobs lend themselves more…

Romantic Travel

So many ways to create a romantic trip! Whether you are honeymooners or just looking for a reconnection, I can help you create a great getaway that fits your budget and time constraints. A week in Paris? Be sure to get a bottle of wine, a baguette and some cheese to enjoy on the banks…

Solo Travel

Empowering and a little scary, a solo adventure takes bravery and motivation but can be incredibly rewarding. Certain destinations are easier than others, especially for a woman. There are a lot of online communities that can be great resources – if you know how to separate the wheat from the chafe. Learn a few local…

My Travel Essentials

These are all products that have proven their value to me over and over! Insect repellent. NPR ran a story on how most products that are effective mosquito repellents contain DEET. But one was just as (if not more) effective – without the harsh chemical, especially for those of us who are concerned about our kids…

Travel Inspiration: Switzerland

As one of the most expensive countries in the world, I never even considered planning a trip to Switzerland in the past. Circumstances led to my family spending a year in French-speaking Switzerland, and now I know that budget travel is possible! You just need to know some tricks. It is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous country…

Travel Inspiration: Yellowstone National Park

One of the best family trips we’ve ever taken, Yellowstone – along with its smaller but spectacular neighbor Grand Teton National Park – should be high on any nature lover’s list. Due to forces out of our control, we were there at THE most crowded time… and yet, even so, it is easy to get…

Travel Inspiration: Guatemala

Central America is one of the best travel bargains around. Guatemala provides an excellent “bang for the buck” in terms of being a (usually inexpensive) short flight away, almost no time difference, and an incredibly rich, exotic culture to explore. With delicious food, gorgeous colonial towns and ancient villages, and a variety of climates, you…

Books & Movies for a Family Trip to France

Taking the kids to France? My favorite way to get my family in the traveling frame of mind is to stock up on great books that take place in our destination and have family movie nights. Here are some of my favorites for Paris and France. I really encourage you to try some films with…