Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Who hasn’t had a travel nightmare when taking the kids? The worst I’ve heard is having a plane of angry passengers booing your family as you try to calm a child on the autism spectrum. “People are very quick to judge,” explained...
Where the kids can blast off without leaving Earth

Where the kids can blast off without leaving Earth

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Ready to blast off? Very few of us can afford to be space tourists. But we’ve got more opportunities than ever to explore from Earth and to see what’s ahead for future space tourists. According to a survey by ValuePenguin last...
Planning a road trip as gas prices reach record highs

Planning a road trip as gas prices reach record highs

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Now what? Just as we feel safe planning for spring and summer trips, gas prices reach record highs. And they may get higher despite crude oil prices dropping at the moment, AAA says. “This war is roiling an already tight global...
How road trippers can cope with high gas prices

How road trippers can cope with high gas prices

By Eileen Ogintz We’re all hurting as gas prices rise over $4 a gallon — $5 in some parts of the country. That may make us change our vacation plans, but they won’t keep us home AAA and other surveys of travelers suggest. (Check out gas prices where you...
Should you splurge on travel this spring and summer?

Should you splurge on travel this spring and summer?

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Talk about being spoiled. We have a chef, assistant chef, two butlers, two housekeepers, a lawn crew (there are beautifully landscaped grounds, the beach is meticulously raked) and a manager who oversees it all. Our biggest...
Why a vacation rental is great for family trips

Why a vacation rental is great for family trips

By Eileen Ogintz Got your cast iron pan? Your favorite spices? My husband Andy, who loves to cook, has brought his cast iron skillet and his favorite spatula to our Vacasa vacation rental in Park City Utah.  Vacasa is the leading vacation rental management...
Slope Side Lodging for families, pooches too

Slope Side Lodging for families, pooches too

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Where would you go for an après ski treat?A snow beach or ice bar? S’mores made at a fire pit overlooking river ice floes. Perhaps a sleigh ride dinner. Definitely for s’mores said Lauren Ikeman,10, staying with her family at...
Taking the kids on spring break safely

Taking the kids on spring break safely

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Got your backpack? Reusable water bottle? Especially this year, consider getting outdoors for spring break. The more time you can spend outdoors, the safer you’ll be, public health experts suggest. But that doesn’t necessarily...
How to explore the Underground Railroad

How to explore the Underground Railroad

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The Underground Railroad wasn’t underground nor was it a railroad. There were no tickets, guides or maps. It consisted of secret routes communicated by word of mouth and a network of safe houses for escaped slaves. These “stops”...
How to chase your own Olympic gold in the USA

How to chase your own Olympic gold in the USA

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Speed or figure skating. Alpine or Nordic skiing. Ice hockey, snowboarding, bobsled or luge. What’s your favorite sport as the Winter Olympics get under way in Beijing? I’m not talking about your favorite sport to watch. I’m...