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





Weekly Column

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

What Parents Say About Family Vacations


You need a vacation now more than ever, and you shouldn't feel the least bit guilty. In fact, you've got lots of company, according to a new family-travel poll for which I partnered with Travelocity.com. more
Families & Groups, Getting There, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Touring Rome When All Doesn’t Go as Planned


The alarm doesn't go off.Forget about our plan to leisurely stroll through Rome's famous Borghese Gardens to get to the Borghese Gallery in time for our reservation to see the fabulous collections of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and bas-reliefs from the 15th to 18th centuries. Reservations typically are needed at this small gem of a museum. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Traveling Greener as We Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day


Little things really make a difference.That's why on vacation, just like at home, we should all do our part to protect the environment. It's as simple as turning off the lights and AC when you leave. more
Families & Groups, Getting There, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Taking the Kids — on a New-Style Trip with the Grandparents


My nearly 3-year-old son Matt was methodically smashing coconuts on the stone terrace next to the pool of our rented villa in St. Martin early in the morning just under the window where my sister and brother-in-law -- still kid-less -- were trying to sleep. We thought it was hilarious; they weren't amused. My parents just wanted to enjoy the sunshine and the grandkids -- Matt and his baby sister, Reggie. more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Being a Princess for a Day at Disney World


I forgot my tiara and kept misplacing my wand. After all, it's not easy being a modern-day Disney princess. You need to keep that tiara firmly on your head; you need to be kind to everyone -- even annoying younger siblings. more
Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 8 Comments


TO BERMUDA


The iconic pink Fairmont Hamilton Princess with spectacular gardens that overlook the water and well-stocked Koi ponds is THE place for a traditional English Tea in the oh-so-British-feeling Bermuda. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


To a Place American Families Haven’t Yet Discovered


In a desert oasis beside a roaring river, the handsome young Chilean reaches for my hand to help me over the rocks. He smiles. "Gracias," I say. It's not a dream. The long-haired, 29-year-old Chileano is Max Vera, our guide on a challenging uphill hike along the canyon floor. We scramble over rocks strewn along a sandy trail, large "fox tails" and cacti that are 12 feet high with needles so sharp that local Indian women use them to sew and knit. We're in the Atacama Desert in South America, walking along the River Puritama. Our goal: seven pools of hot springs. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


To a Totally Kidcentric and Affordable Ski Resort This Spring


Sorry, Cinderella. Five-year-old Hannah Sitzman has forsaken all things princess to be a Winter Queen, she announces as she makes her way to the huge ice throne in a castle at the top of a ski mountain that took more than 75 tons of snow and two full weeks to build. more
Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Fishing in Alaska


"The fish must hate us," moans 13-year-old Miles Singer. We are on the world-famous Kenai River in Alaska with one of the river's best guides, Steve Fickes, who jokes that he's been guiding "ever since I got my accounting degree" -- more than two decades ago.It's like Grand Central Station on the Kenai this morning more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Taking the Kids — On Spring Break


Who says college kids have all the fun? I've spent spring breaks hunting for the "perfect" Sand Dollar on a Sanibel Island beach, watching major leaguers at spring training games, along with my little leaguers, and exploring the Grand Canyon with a couple of young hikers who were thrilled to become Junior Rangers. more
Beach Vacations, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments





Connect

Facebook Twitter YouTube Follow us with RSS