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Forget charging for bags. Airlines can profit big time from customers’ boorishness. How?  By issuing in flight etiquette citations for bad behavior. To make the travel experience more tolerable, we recommend a bag of tricks--rescue remedies--that can make getting from A to B slightly less chaotic...

ONE DAY IN BUDAPEST: FAMILY CULTURE-BLITZ VACATION You really need a week for a family vacation to fairy tale-esque Budapest, Hungary. But if you’ve only got one day, here’s how to delve into the incredible European culture, cuisine and castles with the kids. READ FULL STORY HERE ...

Packing is a pain. To do it efficiently takes time and focus. With each extended trip I take with my family, I challenge myself to halve what I think we need.  Fashion decisions are the most difficult. I want to take all of my frocks...

HOW TO MAXIMIZE FUN FACTOR & MINIMIZE MISHAPS I had so much fun shooting a segment with Mark and Christina for Hallmark Channel's Home & Family last week. The topic? How to focus on family fun and minimize mishaps by preparing for every conceivable (in-transit) situation. WATCH VIDEO HERE! BEAUTY Flying...

It’s no secret. I have wanderlust. My grandparents ignited my passion with a quickie Paris/London tour when I was 15. The next year, I headed to Spain for a summer exchange program. After college, I Euro-railed through Europe for two months delighted to lodge at...

Overwhelmed by planning your family vacation this summer? Join me for a Twitter chat this Wednesday at 8pm EST to chat travel resources, budget friendly destinations and my strategies for nipping in-transit chaos in the bud #travelrewards   Twitter Party Giveaway Terms and Conditions: No purchase necessary to enter....

10 APPS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT!  Travel is my opiate. Especially family vacations. But, planning and keeping track of all of the trip details can be overwhelming. Here are some of my favorite cost- cutting, time- saving, chaos reducing apps.    STAY ORGANIZED Trip It TripIt organizes travel plans...

ATK spotlights what to do in Chicago with kids for Four Seasons Magazine Parks, culture, history, sports and a culinary scene that runs the gamut from old-fashioned hot dog stands to haute Michelin-starred cuisine—Chicago has no shortage of activities. If you’re looking for the kid-friendly variety,...

Travel is my opiate. But once I had kids, I had to shelve my inner nomad and stick to easy-to navigate with a 20 pound diaper bag and stroller locations. That offered child care. But, I kept a journal of all of the places that I...

Feature in the Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH Travel Issue February 17-23, 2013 Feature in the Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH Travel Issue February 17-23, 2013...