Smarter family travel

Vacation rental Paris

Why vacation rentals are best for a family trip to Europe

I've long been a proponent of renting apartments on vacation, especially when traveling in Europe. In fact, I've only rarely ever stayed in a European hotel. So when the vacation rental company HouseTrip asked me to write a post where I extol the …

Hanging out in our favorite Vermont spot - the river.

Summer travel: Make the most of it

It's that magic Friday, halfway through June. School is done for most of us and the summer months stretch out like one long beautiful dream. Today I'm itching for the summer travel that's about to begin, but before I go I thought I'd offer a few tips …

Castelnau Bretenoux castle

“Smarter” family travel: A tale of two castles

“I don’t think we can drive across that!” Matt stared through the windshield at the narrow suspension bridge, glinting in the summer sun. The car would fit – just – but the bottom of the bridge was made of wooden slats. Could it possibly have been …

Tracing a Metro map in Paris

Smarter family travel: Using MiniTime to plan

This post was sponsored by MiniTime, and I was compensated for writing it. You can always count on me to share both when I've been paid and my honest opinions. I don't know about you, but I find that weekends make a great time for travel dreaming …

Williamsburg Residence Inn fireplace

Smarter family travel: The importance of relaxation

Happy Martin Luther King and Inauguration Day. We're still in Williamsburg, Virginia ensconced in a super comfortable suite at the Residence Inn where I have my own bedroom and bathroom (each with a door). I have a gas fireplace that I can turn on …