17+ things for your next road trip

17+ things for your next road trip

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency There’s always one thing – one desperately needed thing – I’ve forgotten. A first-aid kit for the time one of my kids fell into a cactus while hiking, a rain jacket in a downpour, miles from the trailhead, cleaning supplies on...
Heading (safely) to a fall festival

Heading (safely) to a fall festival

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Let’s party! Safely, of course. Outdoors and masked up, especially if you’ve got not-yet-vaccinated kids with you. The good news — and we all certainly could use some — is that fall festivals are back celebrating everything from...
Windstar Day One – Cruising through a pandemic in Greece

Windstar Day One – Cruising through a pandemic in Greece

By Eileen Ogintz ABOARD THE WIND STAR, Aegean Sea — Jeannie Argatoff isn’t concerned about cruising through a pandemic. “I’m not worried,” the grandmother from British Columbia declared. Not only is she vaccinated, but she has had a bout with COVID-19—after a...
Are you ready to cruise again?

Are you ready to cruise again?

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Ready to get back on a cruise ship? “We see an incredible demand from our Cruise Critic readers and great interest in returning to sea. Cruise lines have been reporting the same, reports Colleen McDonald, editor-in-chief of...
Returning to the (not always friendly) skies

Returning to the (not always friendly) skies

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Long lines, delayed flights, unpleasant interactions, required COVID-19 tests and masks. Air travel, unless you were fortunate to fly first class, hasn’t been fun for a long time, but as we return to the skies it seems worse....
JetBlue and the Terrible Day at JFK

JetBlue and the Terrible Day at JFK

By Matt Yemma Special to Taking the Kids June 14, 2021 The last time my fiancée and I had flown was late February 2020, right before COVID exploded into a global contagion. My fiancée and I, freshly engaged, trying to grapple with what to do with our wedding and keep...
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...
On an adventure this winter

On an adventure this winter

By Eileen Ogintz Taking the Kids Can’t wait? I know how you feel. After summer and holiday trips were upended, after juggling remote school and work for months, you may feel — for your family’s mental health — that you cannot wait for the COVID-19 vaccine to get away....
BLACK FRIDAY/ CYBER MONDAY — 49 travel deals for 2021

BLACK FRIDAY/ CYBER MONDAY — 49 travel deals for 2021

By Eileen Ogintz Ready to play “Let’s Make a Deal?” With promising news on the vaccine front, this is an opportune time to book great travel deals for 2021. Black Friday/Cyber Monday (Nov. 27 & 30) traditionally offer some of the best deals of the year. Check...
Fall road trip: exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase

Fall road trip: exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Witch or princess? Monster or dog? No, we’re not talking Halloween costumes, though they are likely on every kid’s mind wondering if they can even go trick or treating this year. We’re looking at the famous tall, red and pink...