Sep 142016
 
The Best Reclining Umbrella Stroller for Travel and Home

“A light umbrella stroller with a reclining seat?!” I exclaimed to my husband, Colin, as I read the UPPAbaby G-LUXE description online. “I want it! This way we could stay out on the town during nap time instead of always having to go back mid-day. No more Nap Jail!”

“Isn’t our four year old hand-me-down stroller just fine?” Colin replied skeptically. “Sure, it’s about to fall apart and it doesn’t recline, but who needs one of [...Read More!]

Jul 122016
 
Block Island, Rhode Island: Wild Beauty and Relaxation

Block Island, RI has always seemed a fairy land to me: A mystical rock suspended just out of reach, moated by ocean waves. During the four college years I lived in Rhode Island, friends would periodically take weekend trips to the island, returning sun-smooched and salty, euphoric grins on their faces. I always yearned to go, but somehow just never organized myself to find the ferry.

When would I at last get to see this famed island? Why, [...Read More!]

Apr 172016
 
Mont Tremblant is Quebec, Canada's Family Playground!

Looking for a fun family vacation destination in Canada’s province of Quebec? Mont Tremblant blew our minds with the plethora of activities it offers year-round. Most people associate the town with skiing and hot cocoa, but summer amusements abound like crazy!

Want giant trampolines, climbing walls, and mountain luges? Mont Tremblant’s got ’em. Desire tranquil mountain nature and glistening swimming pools and lakes? Check and check. Crave sky-high gondolas to take in the scene? Tremblant’s got you covered!

What [...Read More!]

Dec 052015
 
Travel With a Toddler: 11 Tips To Make it Less Insane

If you ask anyone, “Is travel with a toddler hard?” the resounding answer is usually, “YES. ARGH, YES.” Don’t despair, however. By using the following tips that our family has learned the hard way, you do NOT have to be trapped at home for the entire youth of your munchkin. Ready? Let’s learn.

1) Don’t overthink it — just book your trip.

A person who thinks long enough about the challenges of having a child in the first place [...Read More!]

Jun 102015
 
How is Turkish Airlines to Fly, and Behind the Scenes?

Just look at the expansive leg room in the above photo from my Boston-Istanbul flight. That, my friends, is the seductive beast known as “Business Class,” and now that I’ve encountered it, t’will be mighty difficult for this 6-foot-tall woman to fly long distances any other way!

So, what led me into the arms of Business Class? Turkish Airlines! The airline is innovating and expanding rapidly, and as part of this leap forward, hosted several travel bloggers — [...Read More!]

May 112015
 
Beautiful Istanbul, Turkey at Night by Boat and Rooftop

“Why are you going to Turkey?” sneered the saleswoman I was chatting up in the store in the week before my trip. “There’s not much there, plus it’s really dangerous, and also oppressive to women.”

“Ms. Marshall!” yelled one of my seventh grade students when he learned I would be taking the next four days off of teaching to fly to Istanbul, “Don’t go. It’s a war zone over there!”

Readers, let me assure [...Read More!]

Mar 232015
 
Where in Ireland to Find the World's Best Rainbows

Before we left for our week-long travels in Ireland, our downstairs neighbor demanded we bring back a gift: at least one pot o’ gold from the end of a classic Irish rainbow. Little did I know how easy it would be to find those rainbows in Ireland! (The gold, not so much.)

Why does Ireland have so many rainbows? Because it has a lot of rain! Then sun. Then rain. Then sun. [...Read More!]

Feb 282015
 
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland: Drama, and 8 Visiting Tips

Wowza, are the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland ever stunning! That said, we had some major drama while visiting. Read on to avoid our mistakes so that you can savor your visit.

At 10am, we were speeding along the Wild Atlantic Way towards the cliffs, when we heard an odd sound from the back seat. “Bluuuuurg! Blurg-blurg-blurg!” I whipped around in my seat to observe the baby vomiting all over himself and the car.

“Find [...Read More!]

Feb 022015
 
My Cuba Travels: The Most Beautiful, Little-Known Town

If you only picture Cuba’s beaches, Havana, and old fashioned cars when envisioning your travels through the forbidden island, you’re missing a stunner. I, too, didn’t know about the town which became my favorite during my 2008 Cuba trip, until my travel partner steered me there. I hope I can lure you to its beauty, too!

“Viñales?” I asked my Cuba travel buddy, Oliver. “What’s so special about that place? I’ve never even heard of it.” [...Read More!]

Aug 102014
 
Is it Safe to Visit El Yunque Rainforest, PR, with a Baby?

This is the article I wish I’d found before my husband, baby, and I traveled to Puerto Rico last month. In the weeks before our trip, I agonized: “Will El Yunque be safe for our cute little son?” The park is famous for being the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System, but… is it dangerous? I pictured beasts, treacherous paths on slippery rocks, and pouring rain.

Thank goodness we decided to drive to El Yunque to [...Read More!]