Daily Travel Tips
Weekly Column
Eileens Blog
Travel Diary
In the Media

Daily Tips

Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

Eileen's Favorites


Passports with Purpose





Destinations

Interacting with rescued marine mammals at Atlantis in the Bahamas


The facility serves as the best marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in the Bahamas—the sea lions here were also rescued. Corbett shows us the lab which she proudly says is one of the most medically advanced in the Bahamas — for creatures or people, she jokes -- complete with ultra sounds equipment, digital x-rays, anesthesia machines and more. Experts here have the ability via the internet to consult with experts around the world. more
Beach Vacations, Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors | 1 Comment


Exploring in and around the historic Adriatic city of Dubrovnik


Everyone says Dubrovnik is the “jewel of the Adriatic” and it’s easy to see why--it’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site with its cathedral, monastery–including the oldest drug store in Europe, operating continuously since 1317 and the second oldest synagogue in Europe dating back to 1652. Today, there are few Jews left in the Old Town and no Rabbi, we learn. more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | comments


Unexpected sights and eats in Korcula Croatia


I thought a friend who is a local guide was going to meet us—miscommunication that often happens when you are traveling. Instead, we joined a local walking tour learning that this tiny town—just 3,500 people live here—“You can walk around naked and no one will even notice or see you because everyone is home,” promises our guide Katija Tedeschi. more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | comments


Where would you take the kids on vacation if money is no object


Travelocity and TakingtheKids collaborated on a new poll asking families just that — where they’d take their kids on their “dream trip,” if money was no object. According to the results from the 1,500 people polled, it’s clear that no matter how bad the economy, when it comes to our vacation wish list, we dream big. more
Backyard Vacations, Beach Vacations, Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Following the chef ashore to the local market in Rovinj Croatia


It’s the most unique shore excursion I’ve ever seen and it doesn’t cost a penny. We’ve just arrived at our first Croatian port, Rovinj, aboard the 315-passenger Wind Surf—one of Windstar’s distinctive sailing yachts and the largest in the three-ship fleet. The Ship’s executive Chef Ronald Waasdorp has invited guests to follow him to the local open-air market and 28 of us have taken him up on his offer. more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | comments


Scavenger hunt in the Doges Palace? Why not?


You wouldn’t think Venice’s Doge’s Palace—arguably the top site in this city along with the Basilica San Marco—filled with centuries-old art would be a good place for a scavenger hunt but it is. We’re joined by guide Luisella Romeo who says with kids, it is important to “pick and choose what you see. “You can tell them all the dates and the history,” she adds, “But they won’t remember any of it without the stories.” more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary | comments


From Venice to Croatia, Sicily and Rome in 10 days


I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of city where there are no roads, where people keep their cars in large lots outside and get around either on foot or by public boats—kind of like subways on the water. “Everyone walks and you meet people you know everywhere you go,” Rodigheiro says. In the old days, wealthy families had their own gondolas. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | comments


Memories of a kayaking adventure off the tip of Cabo


Welcome to Lover’s Beach. No it isn’t so named because of affectionate couples. Apparently Jacques Cousteau so named this spot in Cabo San Lucas after watching the Pacific swells pound the calmer Medano Bay on the other side. He said the Pacific was making love to the Sea of Cortez. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics | comments


Let the kids take the memorable photos on your next vacation


Just hand the kids a simple point-and-shoot camera and then look at the way your kids see, suggests Mike Nolan, a National Geographic photo instructor and well-known wildlife photographer aboard the Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Explorer. “When you have kids along, everything is interesting to them,” he explains. “Their minds are so much more open. We could all use that child-like wonder.”... more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 7 Comments


Fun and adventure atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge


Climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge clearly isn't just for the rich and famous. On the contrary, For Australian kids, I’m told, it’s become a kind of rite of passage. (You have to be at least 10 to climb.) Hundreds of couples have gotten engaged on the climb. A group of New York City firefighters and police officers climbed the bridge after 9/11, flying an American flag at the top.... more
Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics | comments





Connect

Facebook Twitter YouTube Follow us with RSS