I’m always desperate to get away to somewhere warm for the February break…but really, who isn’t? Which is why pretty much every year we end up going somewhere that isn’t warm, but maybe has an indoor pool, and lots of good indoor activities in close proximity. (Last year it was Philadelphia.) Because as much as […]


From the Momfilter archives  As an East Coast transplant living in Southern California, I recently decided it was time my Los Angeles born and raised daughters Kit, 10, and Olivia, 6, experience a real winter season and learn to ski. We packed our bags and flew to Aspen, Co. for four days with daily passes to […]

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It’s easy to see why people make such a fuss about The Olde Bell Inn—all rush matting, pewter pitchers, colorful Welsh woolen blankets, local high-backed chairs handcrafted in nearby High Wycombe, and a flock of sheepskin throws tossed in every direction. Plus, it’s only 45 minutes from central London. With a makeover by Ilse Crawford (the […]

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Several years ago I went to Greece with the family for UK Traveller, doing a story on the Peloponnese. (I happen to love the Peloponnese–so many people think Greece means island hopping, but while I love many of the islands, I don’t love planning flights, ferries, and the time it takes to get there and back. […]

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Our friend Adrian Gaut is an amazing photographer and contributing editor for us at Conde Nast Traveler. He recently went to Okinawa with his family, and sent us this pic of his son in his travel uniform! (Shirt and pants from Muji, knapsack from Hoshinoya Resort.)

summer in jaffa

Jaffa (Yafa in Arabic, Yafo in Hebrew) is an ancient, complicated, and beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast directly next to Tel Aviv. Jaffa not only boasts a Biblical history (it is where Jonah set off on the adventure that would eventually result in the whole whale incident) but it also carries a lot of significance politically, […]


Posting a vacay photo on Instagram is great, but when was the last time you sent a postcard while traveling? Or the last time you got a postcard from someone on vacation? In her new children’s book, Julia and the Art of Practical Travel (Alfred A. Knopf) out this month, Lesley M. M. Blume, the […]


As a child, I did not fly anywhere except to visit India, the country from where my parents emigrated to the United States. Air travel in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s was inconvenient and expensive and, as immigrants, any travel was a luxury. On those trips to India, in 1982, 1987, 1990, and 1996, […]

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I gave one of these travel sketch doodlers to my sister-in-law on her last trip that she took with two kids age 3 and 2. She said they were complete sanity savers, and I now recommend them to everyone to keep in their travel arsenal. You never know, one trip it might be a roll […]


Paris might be our favorite place to travel to as a family–we’ve been going there since our daughter Clara was a toddler–and are lucky enough to have work bring us there regularly. So last year when the mapmakers at Herb Lester asked me to make a map for families, I was so pleased to have […]

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