Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range

Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range

View of Glaciers in Alaska Range Originally posted 2012 By Eileen Ogintz Day 5 — In the Land of the Midnight Sun, the alarm rang at 5 a.m. to a grey overcast sky. Other mornings, we could see North America’s highest peak, Mt. Denali (20,300 feet) from the window...
Tips for traveling with babies and toddlers

Tips for traveling with babies and toddlers

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Forget spontaneous romantic dinners. Ditto for any big adventures. When you’re traveling with babies and toddlers, expect the unexpected. “Definitely there are a lot more logistics with little kids,” said Rachel...
10 ways to de-stress summer travel

10 ways to de-stress summer travel

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Take a deep, cleansing breath. Even if you’ve never been to a yoga class, you are going to need all the relaxation techniques out there to get through the hurdles (read that aggravation) that you must endure to travel this...
Eileen quoted in APNews on mask mandate

Eileen quoted in APNews on mask mandate

After a federal court order, which is being appealed, the TSA will not continue to enforce the Covid-19 mask mandate on public transportation. What should families do? The Associated Press turned to experts for advice: Still, tension among passengers over mask-wearing...
What The End Of Masks On Planes Means For Families

What The End Of Masks On Planes Means For Families

By EILEEN OGINTZ Tribune Content Agency Families flying with small children are rightly confused over this week’s lifting of the federal transportation Covid-19 masking mandate. A Florida federal judge ruled that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s...
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...
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...
What to know about travel with Omicron

What to know about travel with Omicron

By Eileen Ogintz What now? Just when we think we can start to plan a vacation, there’s a new variant (Omicron), new travel restrictions and enough different rules in different countries to completely confuse you. I’m an expert and I’m confused! Here is what we know...
Visiting SUMMIT One Vanderbilt in NYC

Visiting SUMMIT One Vanderbilt in NYC

By Karen Saltos, Taking the Kids Correspondent NEW YORK — Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan is a retail and dining destination on the east side. It serves five different subway lines and Metro-North commuter rail from upstate New York and Connecticut....