Since I was about 17 years old I have been consumed by the planning of my next trip. This has involved making a lot of choices over the years, including living at home through university and working overtime at jobs I hated, in order to pay for a plane ticket. Fortunately, I married someone who shares my passion for seeing the world, and our children were predestined to come along for the ride. Despite the fact that I work as a travel blogger, I am still often asked the question ‘How are you able to travel so much?’. Since you have not seen my face on the cover of Fortune, and my husband is not a pilot, I thought I would share how we make this happen.
You would be hard pressed to meet someone on the lifts at Silver Star who has not been visiting this B.C. interior ski resort for decades. It’s the kind of place that creates such great memories, you find yourself booking next year’s trip before you’ve hit the first curve on the road home. With our family the story is the same. We first visited almost 30 years ago when I was a child. Now we visit as 3 generations, my own children hooting and hollering with their cousins down the Peanut Trail as I once did, (while I now struggle with my longer skis behind them), and grandparents meeting us at the trail exit.
As if I needed yet another reason to want to visit NYC with the kids.
Did you know that the American Museum of Natural History (of Night at the Museum fame) offers sleepovers for children 6-13 years and their accompanying parents? If you are raising a family in NY, of course you probably know this already, but to visitors like me….this is news! Now quite frankly, my city also offers all kinds of sleepover experiences, but none that I have actually been willing to lose my precious sleep over. What a way to make a family adventure to New York more memorable ! And quite frankly, with the sky high cost of a Manhattan hotel room, the cost of this experience doesn’t seem too bad.
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The mosquito-borne illness dengue (also referred to as ‘dengue fever’ or ‘breakbone fever’) seems to hover around my vacation plans like the plague (no pun intended). From a trip to St. Barths a few years back where we arrived on day seven of a yet unreported outbreak, to our upcoming plans for Panama, where an epidemic was declared on Jan. 2nd…..it just always seems to be lurking about. It is an unfortunate fact that we both thrive in tropical climates.
The fact is, however, that the number of worldwide cases of this severe flu-like illness is on the rise. Did you know, for instance, that there have also been recent outbreaks in the following popular travel destinations: Mexico, Costa Rica. St. Martin, Thailand, Fiji, French Polynesia, and Singapore? Cases have even been showing up in Texas and Florida.