Traveling smart during hurricane season

Traveling smart during hurricane season

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I feel your pain. I know what it’s like when weather derails your plans. Nearly 10 years ago, I was in Orlando when Tropical Storm Andrea messed up our theme and water park plans. But that was nothing like Category 4 Hurricane...
Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

Turtles and more on Hawaii’s North Shore

By Eileen Ogintz They were oblivious to the paparazzi, alternately splashing in the water and sunning on the rocks as adults and kids alike gathered around snapping photos. Welcome to Turtle Beach on the north shore of Oahu. Laniakea Beach so nicknamed because of the...
Family Travel Doesn’t Mean Always Taking the Kids

Family Travel Doesn’t Mean Always Taking the Kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The friendly, English-speaking bus driver on the Greek island of Patmos points us toward a local beach taverna where we eat with our toes in the sand. The Wind Star as night falls over Monemvasia, Greece I checked another...
Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

Beauty and fun at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

By Eileen Ogintz Lei making, hula lesson jumping in the big waves or racing down a water slide? “I love the big waves,” says Zeke Smith, 7. “And shave ice.” Shave ice, for the uninitiated, is the quintessential Hawaiian treat, with a mound of chopped ice covered with...
Checking out the food scene on Kauai

Checking out the food scene on Kauai

By Eileen Ogintz Taro Burger anyone? With a kombucha chaser? We’ve signed on for a Tasting Kauai food tour in the tiny North Shore town of Kilauea. Kilauea is about a half hour drive from where we are staying at the idyllic Hanalei Colony Resort, where our condo unit...
Taking the kids to a fall festival

Taking the kids to a fall festival

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Trailing sheep, mating elk, or maybe tarantulas? They are the subjects of popular fall festivals, along with apples, pumpkins, cranberries, brats and beer, pirates, starry skies and even covered bridges. Fall festivals are back...
At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

By Eileen Ogintz We’re nearly at the end of the road—literally. The Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s pristine North Shore is past the quirky town of Hanalei with its mix of surf shops, shave ice stands, galleries and restaurants like Bar Arcuda that require...
To Orlando in fall with young kids

To Orlando in fall with young kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency If you think Orlando with toddlers and preschoolers is a nonstarter, think again. “The Magic outweighs the temper tantrums,” said Melanie Reynolds, here with her 20-month-old from Wisconsin. “There are so many moments when I’ve...
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Originally posted Nov 1, 2010 By Eileen Ogintz It’s well below freezing, and the air is so thin that we have to stop every few steps to breathe. I’ve never been more tired. Childbirth was easier. We haven’t showered in days. Our clothes are filthy, and this is...
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...