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Fall means crisper temperatures, the changing of the leaves and a perfect time for outdoor activities. Here are some top spots to bring the fall season to life. On Labor Day, I chatted with Good Day LA about this topic. Video below.      1. Montana: Whitefish, Glacier During the summer, Glacier National Park sees over 1 million visitors. After August, the park becomes less congested so the chances seeing wildlife increases.  Stay in Whitefish  (25 miles to West...

Countdown to Japan, this year's pick for our annual 3 week family getaway. On the docket: Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima, Niseko (Alps) and back to Tokyo for a few final days of eating, karaoke and absorption of a culture I have been intrigued with for well over a decade. I would love to bring half my wardrobe, especially since we are staying at swanky hotels. But, experience dictates what a massive pain it is to lug...

Piling in the car and heading out for a road trip is the most classic of family vacations.   But, hang on. Why should mom and dad do all of the work? Last summer, we gave our teen and tween aged daughters the responsibility of back-end construction and execution of  the 2.5 week itinerary.  Suddenly, they weren’t tolerant back seat participants but pedal- to -the- metal drivers. The goal? An entertaining road trip that gives kids...

Traveling with small kids in no picnic. I spoke to U.S. News & World Report about hacks to make airline flights more tolerable. One of my favorite maxims is that, to parents, "spontaneity is the devil." This is especially translates into packing, snacks, entertainment and tantrum busting. Here are the topics discussed: Log on to the full story above for full explanation of tips.     Pack Smart Prepare for Boredom Use Bribery Get The Kids Involved Pick The Right...

Nobody has time to get sick. After years of practice, I have tried and true methods to nip a potential cold in the bud.  The trick is to catch the illness before it blooms into a full fledged snot fest. The moment I feel the signs- body ache, sniffle, scratchy throat- I have a variety of potions that I start swigging, spraying and shooting up my nasal passages. 1. Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex Throat Spray Schpritz this broad spectrum...

We decided to go to Sweden by default. In late September, I still had not planned anything for winter break. A swift online search revealed that all of the predictable spots-skiing in Colorado, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico-had been already booked by parents more conscientious than me. So, I looked at less popular vacation options. Flights to Scandinavia on SAS were reasonable and activities abundant.  Off we went. The first thing that blew me away about Stockholm was the...

After conducting a few interviews this week, I had an epiphany: I've been wasting a lot of money on travel. It's not that I had crap experiences. Au contraire. It's that I haven't been doing enough homework on how to best use awards dollars to offset the hard costs of travel. Brian Kelly, the miles maestro behind The Points Guy, reminded me that earning miles is not limited to butt-in-seat airline travel. A flexible-use credit...

Since I travel so much with my family, I field a ton of questions from fellow parents on how to navigate the travel process. Here are some answers to common challenges of travelling on an extended trip with kids. Q: What are your travel must haves? kid travel must haves? In order to aim for a stress free trip, kids need to be equipped with activities to get them through transit and  potential lulls in activities and...