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...
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...
Away from the crowds in Park City UT

Away from the crowds in Park City UT

By Eileen Ogintz PARK CITY, UT — Crunch…Crunch. Crunch… The only sound out here in the Uinta National Forest outside of Park City, Utah is our snowshoes on the snow. We’ve signed on for a guided snowshoe with All Seasons Adventures, a local company that also...
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...
Dude Ranches: A Different Kind of All-Inclusive Resort

Dude Ranches: A Different Kind of All-Inclusive Resort

By Eileen Ogintz You can relax without worrying about planning, cooking, cleaning or entertaining the kids at an all-inclusive dude ranch resort. All you need to do is get there and others will do all the heavy lifting, whether you want to ride, sit on the porch with...