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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.

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Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

Touring the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia


The city’s medieval walls helped protect the city and there was tremendous international publicity decrying the bombing of this historic city and in favor of granting Croatia diplomatic recognition. more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


A visit to see the biggest Budda in the world


Not just any giant Buddha but the Tian Tan Buddha, the world’s largest outdoor sitting Buddha — some 98 feet tall and weighing 250 tons, his humongous right hand raised to deliver a blessing to all. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Lower Manhattan is New York’s must-see destination


We’re talking about Lower Manhattan — specifically the area south of Chambers Street that’s surrounded by water on three sides. In 2011, a record 9.8 million tourists visited Lower Manhattan — 800,000 more than the previous year. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | comments


A trip down memory lane for a pair of ski bum brothers


Years ago, they drove 18 hours from Texas, staying in the cheapest place they could find, eating greasy burgers and paying just $25 for lift tickets. Now they're back in Aspen with their kids. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a great and safe place for kids to learn


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention we’re less than a year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar forecasts will signal the end of all humanity. But experts aren’t convinced and I’m not worried. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 5 Comments


Learning to scuba dive with the whole family


diving | wreck diving | family travel
I’m just thankful to share this spectacular adventure in paradise with my husband and kids. It’s terrific — and rare — when you can find something you all enjoy, especially as the kids grow older more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


It’s not too late to plan a spring break — or think about summer


Spring Training
The good news is it’s not too late to plan a spring getaway (check the rest of my website for ideas) whether you’ve got just a few days or an entire week to spend and there’s still time to find a great deal. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


What you need to know about cruise safety


Norwegian Epic - one of the newer megaships
It is important to keep in perspective that the Concordia disaster was by all accounts an aberration in an industry that prides itself on its safety record. Between 2005 and 2010, cruise lines carried nearly 100 million passengers with a total of 16 deaths... more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Taking the Kids doesn’t mean leaving the romance behind


Wine tasting on an O.A.R.S river trip
I love traveling with my children, their pals and various other pint-sized relatives. I do it all the time. But there’s something deliciously decadent about an adult-only trip, whether you manage just a night away in a nearby hotel or a trip of a lifetime. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


The un-cruise: a sailing trip through the British Virgin Islands


The best part: There is no one telling us what time we have to eat dinner or even where we are going next. Welcome to the alternative to mega cruise ships and fancy resorts. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 3 Comments





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