Weekly Column


Eileen’s weekly column has been syndicated nationally since 1990. It has been read by millions in newspapers and news websites . Eileen’s column covers family travel topics including unique and popular destinations, tips for avoiding travel hassles and much more.

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With our partners at The Family Travel Forum, we present our 51 Great Ideas for Your Best Summer Vacation. Our Annual Cruise Guide has been updated with the latest reopening news. We have guides for Fall, Winter, Spring… plus where to see the Best and Brightest Holiday Lights.

Our Latest Travel Diaries

Heaven for dogs and humans

Our 10-year-old pooch Jake, a 14-pound poodle mix, was greeted at check in with a packet of treats and is lazing on the couch in our room

Families connect at White Stallion Ranch

Dolores Day and her husband had gathered her two daughters and three grown grandchildren for the first time in four years from all over the country

Family activities and, of course, horses!

The Mattsons were so fearful this trip would also get derailed that they didn’t tell their daughters until they got to the historic White Stallion Ranch

The White Stallion Ranch experience

If you thought a dude ranch was just about horses, think again—even a historic one like the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, owned by the True family for decades

The Cactus Garden at The Phoenician

They may sound like a mixologist’s drink names. But they are some of the different cacti here in a unique two-acre Cactus Garden at The Phoenician Scottsdale.

Mellow Monarch Gives Families a Place to Chill

Don’t worry about buying new ski gear. Just pull your old ski gear out of the box in your garage; you’ll feel right at home at laid-back Monarch Mountain.

Chiles and yogurt: family dining in Albuquerque NM

New Mexican cuisine is as much a part of Albuquerque as the museums and heritage, and there is no shortage of delicious places for families to dine when visiting the area.

10 family friendly things to do in Albuquerque, NM

Here are ten activities and destinations you will find in Albuquerque that are ideal for families traveling with children.

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Walking on a cloud

Have you ever made the mistake of going sightseeing in uncomfortable footwear?

Taking The Kids Blogs

JetBlue and the Terrible Day at JFK

What should have been a simple 3 ½ hour direct flight from JFK Airport in Queens, NY, to Montego Bay, Jamaica, turned into an all-day and night travel odyssey

Cruises Returning for Summer 2021

The US cruise industry is moving quickly to resume sailings with a flurry of announcements that some cruises to Alaska will resume in mid-Summer from Seattle

The Kids Guides, city-by-city, week by week: Orlando

Featured on ABCNews.com: The Kids Guide to Boston

Trip Advisor survey: 75 percent include kids in travel planning

A new Trip Advisor poll of more than 2,700 U.S. respondents fielded between March 26 and March 28, the vast majority said the kids were somewhat influential in planning family trips.

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Weekly Syndicated Column

Celebrating Dads cooking prowess

Is the dad in your life suddenly waxing eloquent about camping trip meals? Has grandpa become an oenophile during the pandemic?

What’s ahead for summer

If you are thinking about renting an RV or a car, heading to popular national park lodges or camping, you need to book or you may be out of luck

To Moab: an outdoors-oriented vaxication

I wanted a place where we could cook with distance from other families. And with my outdoors-loving gang, it needed to have plenty of hiking and biking

A late pandemic trip to Walt Disney World

We’re talking about the masks you’ll see adults and kids buying and wearing throughout the parks and Disney hotels, often with mouse ears to match.

Five places for your kids to get up close and personal with dinosaurs

You don’t have to be in New York or at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to get your dino fix, as wonderful as those museums’ exhibits are. Here are four others museums I’ve visited that are guaranteed to please.

Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl (not Linnea) led the way

From the time we told Melanie we were going to France that summer, she insisted we must visit Monet’s Garden. It wasn’t that far-fetched an idea.

The secret to vacation happiness — ask the kids to help planning!

The lesson: Take the kids’ opinions into account when planning a family getaway, whether it’s a big-ticket adventure, a trip to Orlando, a camping trip or a weekend exploring a city. Believe me, if the kids aren’t happy, you won’t be.

Take your family to an art museum and explore it in new ways

At the Denver Art Museum you can borrow a backpack. These days you’ll find plenty of activities to engage kids and the adults who accompany them to art museums across the country

Keeping your children safe around vacation pools and beaches

As many of us head off to warm climes and cruise ships on spring break, it’s especially important to be mindful of water safety, particularly if young kids are along for the trip.

As spring breaks grow in popularity, how to plan one on the fly

Spring break these days is more for families than for college kids, as parents find it easier to grab a few days off in spring rather than summer when the kids have jobs, summer school, camp, sports practice and everyone at work is vying for the same vacation days.

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Daily Travel Tips


Pike Place Market and Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington have collaborated to present Wild at Heart


Illuminarium Wild Safari Experience will open in Atlanta, Georgia on July 1, taking visitors on a virtual tour of Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa


Gibson Garage, the ultimate guitar experience, recently opened in Nashville, Tennessee.


Little Island on the Hudson River in New York City is open to the public. The 2.4 acre park features more than 350 species of flowers, trees, and shrubs.


The Jacada Costa Rica Family Explorer is a Latin American adventure tour with wildlife, zip lining, volcano hikes, beach excursions and more


The Ven at Embassy Row is a new hotel in Washington, DC. its “Soak up the Sun-Rooftop Package” starts at $199 per night.

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New Survey Shows Why Moms and Kids are Gaga for Glamping

Camping these days isn’t all work either at places like Jellystone Park with creature comforts for parents (stay in a cabin, yurt or RV!) and plenty of activities for the kids.

How to Prevent & Treat Hiking Blisters

Blisters are more common than most people think. For example, women who wear high heels are likely going to have to deal with a blister situation every week.