Back in the air but pandemic rules still apply

Back in the air but pandemic rules still apply

By Eileen Ogintz The United flight was packed, including with many kids and infants—not surprising that we were headed from Denver to Orlando in late April. United, like other airlines, is adding flights as demand grows for summer travel. It was my first flight in 13...
Managing some romance this pandemic year

Managing some romance this pandemic year

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Allison and Mark Jonez had to postpone their February romantic getaway to Mexico, but it was not because of the pandemic. The Colorado couple discovered their passports were expiring (they must be valid at least six months after...
Planning for ski season during the pandemic

Planning for ski season during the pandemic

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency As if family trips to the snow aren’t difficult enough! All of the gear, the risk of bad weather, getting kids to and from ski school on time, and planning meals. Having raised three snow-loving kids, I can honestly say there is...
Professional advice on Preparing for a Pandemic Holiday Season

Professional advice on Preparing for a Pandemic Holiday Season

By Eileen Ogintz As if the holidays aren’t stressful enough for families. Just the hosting or being a guest… the inevitable squabbles are enough to make even the most even-tempered person despair. Now we have something new—and far more serious to consider: Is it safe...
Family dynamics, safety concerns upend pandemic gatherings

Family dynamics, safety concerns upend pandemic gatherings

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Like a lot of other kids, the four Beatty kids were excited about getting together with their cousins for a theme park vacation complete with a hotel stay this summer. Then their dad pulled the plug. “It wasn’t the right time,”...
On the road this pandemic summer

On the road this pandemic summer

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Enough with the dirty looks. “People are so judgy whatever you do,” said Missy Yelton, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her husband and three kids on a road trip from Minnesota. “Those who aren’t wearing masks are annoyed by those...
Pandemic Summer reunion in Crested Butte CO

Pandemic Summer reunion in Crested Butte CO

By Eileen Ogintz CRESTED BUTTE, CO. (July 16-19, 2020) — It’s nice to have such well-informed tour guides. We’re hiking  through the wildflowers—red and purple, yellow and pink–up to Beckwith Pass, outside the tiny (year-round population 1650)...
More masks everywhere – including Jackson Hole WY

More masks everywhere – including Jackson Hole WY

By Eileen Ogintz JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING (July 5, 2020) — What a difference a couple of weeks makes. When we began our three-week Pandemic Summer road trip from Denver in Jackson Hole (we started on June 16), few were wearing masks around the Town Square–famous...
How to make the most of the pandemic summer

How to make the most of the pandemic summer

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency What a roller coaster! No, not the newest theme park ride, though theme parks are starting to reopen with reduced capacity and stringent health care rules. (Yes, you will have to wear masks; more in an upcoming column.) We’re...
A look at summer travel under COVID rules

A look at summer travel under COVID rules

By Eileen Ogintz What a roller coaster! And we’re not talking about this summer’s latest theme park attractions. We’re talking about the havoc the COVID-19 Pandemic has wreaked in lives. That includes, of course, any travel plans we might have had for this summer....