Travel

  • Our recent family safari trip was by far the best trip I’ve ever taken. And while the planning and logistics of getting to South Africa were mildly stressful, putting together a safari packing list proved to be the greatest source of angst. We were traveling shortly after the hype of the pandemic when lost luggage was the headline, so we all committed to travel with pack light with carry-ons only, despite traveling during the winter …

  • I FINALLY made it to Capri! I’ve spent a lot of time in Italy but never made it to the Amalfi Coast or Capri (shameful, I know). So after our recent Windstar Cruise from Barcelona to Rome, we decided to tack on a few days and visit Capri. We had one experience on Capri that was truly the highlight of our 2-week European trip. You’ll have to read on to learn what it is – …

  • Hopefully you’ve read my article on planning a South African safari, so now I want to tell you about the best safari lodge in South Africa, Arathusa Safari Lodge. My brother and SIL had stayed at the lodge a few years ago so why reinvent perfection? I’m a bit OCD when it comes to trip planning, and especially about where I’ll be staying. I’m a homebody because I love my creature comforts (and my creatures) …

  • I’m a bit of an expert on this topic. St. Augustine is where I live. My backyard. My home base. My playground. And I hang out with my friends here all the time. The city is full of history, amazing food, great craft cocktails, quaint hotels and an overall charm that makes it the perfect getaway for families or a group of friends traveling together. If you’re wondering what to do in St. Augustine, I’ve …

  • When my kids were young, just 7 and 9, we moved to Italy because I wanted them to see the world and realize that there is so much beyond the U.S. In our 2+ short years there, we traveled extensively throughout Europe seeing so many countries and experiencing so many cultures. I spent a lot of time looking for the best family vacation ideas. People, including the headmaster at my kids’ school, could not understand …

  • True confession: an African safari was not on my bucket list. Not because I didn’t want to go, but the logistics of planning such a trip were dizzying for me. Long (and expensive) flights. Health and vaccination requirements. Logistics of getting around in a foreign country. Not knowing the African safari hunt cost. Not to mention finding someone to mind the pets for an extended period. But when my brother suggested this as a special …

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