100 Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe – Out Soon!!

100 Tips Cover for social media fullOur new book will be available within weeks!  Look for updates and links to review articles at this post.  Thanks to everyone who has supported the project along the way.

An extensive collection of practical tips. This book will help both new and experienced travelers make their family journey overseas unforgettable” – Kirsten Maxwell, Founder and Publisher, www.kidsareatrip.com

“Essential and incredibly useful guide…inspired ideas on helping kids engage with the magic of Europe” – Elisa Murray, Out & About Editor, ParentMap Magazine

 Ready, SetGo!  Jam-packed with tips and ideas, this book will help you with every step of planning and enjoying a European family vacation: designing a kid-friendly itinerary, booking fun and interesting lodging, choosing the best ways to get around, packing light, saving money, enjoying the airplane ride, staying safe, and immersing yourself and your family in the many cultures of Europe.

From the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Spain to the Hay Festival in Wales; from Eyjafjallajokull to the Jungfraujoch; from musical street buskers to the Mona Lisa; and from cricket to Calcio Read more »

5 Ways to Promote Multiculturalism through Travel

MasqueradeAs a part of their on-line summit on Raising Global Citizens, Multicultural Kids Blog invited me to share my thoughts on how traveling with kids can cultivate multiculturalism.  Being a true global citizen involves more than simply respecting and knowing about other cultures; it requires skills, experiences, and attitudes that help a person engage with and cherish as wide a variety of cultures as they are lucky enough to encounter.  Traveling with your kids can help them gain these skills, experiences, and attitudes.

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Ready to Visit Vietnam?

Vietnam 100 Travel Unusual Tips coverI recently had the opportunity to read a new book about Vietnam.  Part travel guide and part love letter, “Vietnam: 100 Unusual Travel Tips and a Guide to Living and Working There” is an eclectic combination of travel tips, culinary insights, and cultural information.  It is peppered with so many glorious photos that every reader is transported, just a little bit, to bustling cities and lush rice fields as they learn and discover the real Vietnam.

 

 

This is a book that attempts the nearly impossible – explaining Vietnam to an outsider. The country is a fascinating mix of old and new, urban and rural, Communism and capitalism, with wafts of Chinese and French influence.

 

 

 

 

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Boston’s North End – Family Travel at Its Best

 

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Stunning and delicious, Boston’s North End is a family-travel paradise.  Wander Hanover Street to enjoy Italian sweets such as canolies, anise cookies, and luscious gelato.  Find gourmet coffee, fresh-spices, and imported delicacies down busy, narrow side-streets.  It’s simply fun to walk around Read more »

Kids, Culture, and Europe: 5 Tips for a Great Trip

KidsCultureEuropeOur new book, 100 Tips for Taking your Kids to Europe is at the editor!  Read 5 of our favorite tips in this article we wrote for Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Coffee and Kids – Touring the Janson Coffee Farm in Panama

interiorcolorpalettesWe arrived in the Chiriqui Highlands in the early-afternoon.  By the time we had enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, rented an SUV that could actually hold a family of four, and navigated our way through the sprawling town of David, it was a bit later than we had expected.  Instead of heading to Boquete with it’s lively ex-pat scene, we went straight to Volcan, on the south side of the volcano, Volcan Baru.  With just a few “upscale” restaurants and tourist attractions, we expected Volcan to provide a more authentic Panamanian experience.  And it did! After settling into our hostel, we were eager to see the mountains and the coffee before our entire day evaporated into logistical doldrums.

There isn’t a sign or map to be found in Volcan.  A faded poster at the hostel indicated that there really was a coffee farm and, with the loan of a cell phone from a women who just happened to be nearby, we reached Leif at Janson Coffee Farm.  It was getting late he said, but if we hurried we could get a nice view and quick tour.

He provided some minimalist directions and we were off.  Through town, to a side road, a fork in that road, and then a long stretch of smooth dirt road sloping gently upward.

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Maybe that first timeshare sales pitch is why we ended up writing a book?Check out our new one-stop shop for cool travel products! There’s books, toys and games for road trips, fun little gifts that make great plane presents, infant gear, safety stuff, packing resources and more.  We’re adding new products all the time so check back regularly.

The Pancake Blog

The Bunny Pancake

The Bunny Pancake

I first started making pancakes when the kids were really little, in animal shapes with chocolate chips melted in for the eyes, nose, and mouth. There was Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny, and Clifford the Big Red Dog, but they were basically variations on the same theme. Over time I tried all the various kinds of pancake mixes, and “won” the pancake basket at one of the kid’s preschool fund-raising auctions. I used white chocolate, mint chocolate, dark chocolate, and butterscotch chips. We quickly tired of basic “syrup” and became conversant in the various grades of maple syrup. One Christmas some friends gave us a waffle maker which further diversified my repertoire. Every Saturday morning I was ritually mixing batter. Sometimes there was bacon. Read more »