Eight reasons to visit Ireland this year

Eight reasons to visit Ireland this year

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I hope you’ve got your green handy, especially if you are going to Ireland this year. St. Patrick’s Day—Ireland’s biggest holiday—is upcoming, of course. Legend has it that wearing green makes one invisible to the mischievous...
How to explore the Underground Railroad

How to explore the Underground Railroad

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The Underground Railroad wasn’t underground nor was it a railroad. There were no tickets, guides or maps. It consisted of secret routes communicated by word of mouth and a network of safe houses for escaped slaves. These “stops”...
Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

By Eileen Ogintz We’ve signed on for an Open Hearth cooking lesson at The Lodge at Chaa Creek and there’s a lot of chopping to do, says our teacher and chef Marco Yuk.  Marco has been cooking here for years and is working to become a master chef. He...
Chaa Creek: Wildly civilized romance in Belize

Chaa Creek: Wildly civilized romance in Belize

By Eileen Ogintz There’s a totally private hot tub overlooking the jungle and an outdoor shower. Can you hear the birds chirping? The bed is big and comfy with a mini-bar and coffee set up nearby. The hilltop spa offers alfresco couples massages. The bar offers all...
Next Trip – Pack a Pound of School Supplies

Next Trip – Pack a Pound of School Supplies

By Eileen Ogintz Are you ready for a challenge before your trip to Belize? All you need to do is pack a pound less in your suitcase. The Lodge at Chaa Creek, whose owners Mick and Lucy Fleming pioneered eco-tourism in Belize some 45 years ago, take giving back to the...
Meeting locals the best way to explore

Meeting locals the best way to explore

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency One visit to Athens won’t cut it. “You’ve got to come back for a second visit,” says Spyros Kagkas. Because meeting locals is the best way to explore. The native Athenian runs This is Athens with a Local, a volunteer program...
Memories of South Africa Before Omicron

Memories of South Africa Before Omicron

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Can this be real? From our thatched-roof suite, we were able to watch a bull elephant happily splashing in the river, a lioness and her cubs out for a morning stroll, and hippos and cheetahs. Yes, we feel like we’ve stepped into...
Sustainable gifts for your favorite travelers

Sustainable gifts for your favorite travelers

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Are the kids and grandkids bugging you nonstop? Not about what gifts they want most. They’re concerned about climate change and what we all can do about it — from not using plastic water bottles to taking shorter showers to...
Holiday lights everywhere!

Holiday lights everywhere!

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency They’re back! Holiday lights are everywhere from theme parks to zoos to resorts to city centers across the country and abroad. With our partners at Family Travel Forum we’ve compiled Our Annual Guide to the Best and Brightest...
Kids, COVID-19 vaccines, and holiday gatherings

Kids, COVID-19 vaccines, and holiday gatherings

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency No, you’re not being rude. “It should be the new normal this holiday season … it’s important to ask for the vaccination status of hosts and invitees,” said Dr. Mobeen Rathore, an infectious disease expert, professor and...