The Big Apple is back!

The Big Apple is back!

By Eileen Ogintz Shops and restaurants are packed again in New York City. So are museums like the American Museum of Natural History with the new Discover the World of Sharks exhibit (love the touchless interactives!) and the renewed Northwest Coast Hall showcasing...
So much to see in Washington D.C.

So much to see in Washington D.C.

Welcome to America’s front yard!  We’re talking, of course, about The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Consider that The National Mall typically gets more than 25 million visitors a year — more than to Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks. Good...
This is the year to cruise to Alaska

This is the year to cruise to Alaska

By Eileen Ogintz Calving glaciers, bears, eagles, and just-caught salmon and halibut. Welcome back to cruising to Alaska! Yes, Alaska cruising is back—big time now that the Centers for Disease Control has removed COVID-19 warnings for cruise ship travelers. The cruise...
It’s easy to travel more sustainably

It’s easy to travel more sustainably

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Who really needs clean towels and sheets every day on vacation? Ditto for super-long showers. It’s not hard to travel more sustainably. “The amount of energy and water that travelers use negatively impacts locals far more...
How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

How to ease the Disney experience with small kids

By Eileen Ogintz Who said vacation would be easy with kids? Certainly not at Walt Disney World, especially when it is crowded and over ninety degrees. Certainly not when you have toddlers “It’s hard,” acknowledges Sara Weakley here from Michigan with her husband and...
Get out and smell the wildflowers this season

Get out and smell the wildflowers this season

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Purple or yellow. Green, red, pink, or orange. What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite wildflower? Wildflowers come in so many colors and whether you are hiking, biking, camping or visiting a city, the coming months are...
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...
Touring Athens like a local

Touring Athens like a local

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency What’s on the menu this busy Friday night in Athens? A traditional menu says Katia lordanidou. An eggplant salad, fried cheese, Greek salad followed by stuffed tomatoes and peppers and a traditional dessert — mini fried donuts...
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...
Celebrating women when you travel this spring

Celebrating women when you travel this spring

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Women have always known what matters most when you are traveling. Good food, a comfortable place to sleep and practical advice. It’s time to celebrate them! That’s certainly been true at America’s national parks. Jennie...