travel etch

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 […]

denim crayon kit

Our friend Cindy came to visit us with her 17 month old daughter Scout, and she had the cutest travel crayon kit. It comes from Non-Perishable Goods in Portland (using reclaimed denim), and has 8 Stockmar color blocks inside. It isn’t cheap at $38, but consider the sanity saving–you can always have it in your […]


China, perhaps, doesn’t strike families as the ideal vacation destination. China isn’t family-friendly, as we in the West define that term, with our insistence on high chairs or children’s menus. Rather, it’s literally friendly to families; those traveling with children are welcomed and treated with extraordinary and humbling graciousness. Our week-long sojourn took us to […]

fly by baby

On a recent Seattle to New York flight I did a mid-air double take when I noticed this happy baby sitting on a tray table, staring intently at the surface below her. I had to take a closer look at this magically mesmerizing swathe of green. Her serene mother (wouldn’t you be serene if your […]


July 3, 2011, I boarded the Caledonian sleeper train out of London headed to Fort William, Scotland, with my husband, my 21 month old son, a folding push chair, a car seat, and a formidable amount of baggage (physical, not necessarily emotional). This was a trip made in the middle of a three week vacation […]

design tripper

Meghan McEwan has impeccable taste, and shares her super-well-curated travel finds on her blog Design Tripper. It’s not a site that is specifically geared towards families, which is probably part of the appeal (we find most family travel sites to be so dumbed-down.) But there is a Kidtripper section, so in the event you don’t […]


I’m very particular about travel, having covered family travel at Cookie for years, and working as a travel writer for a long time. So when I find someone that is like-minded, who can give me ideas, instead of me being the one who everyone always asks for ideas, I’m over the moon. Well, that is […]


(Dedicated to Irene) When I was pregnant, most of our friends with kids told me and my husband that we would never travel again. Or, if we dared to go someplace interesting, it would certainly be no fun at all. These naysayers inadvertently planted a seed of rebellion in me, which not only inspired me […]

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