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, […]

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 […]


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 […]

Chicago Splash Park

The next time you’re in Chicago, take the kids to Crown Fountain in Millenium Park. It’s our absolute favorite water spot in the city, and it’s totally free. The fountain has a large splash area and is right downtown. It’s bordered by Michigan Avenue and the city’s skyscrapers – you can even see the building […]

A Music Fest Fit for Kiddos

Allow me to utter what’s likely been said a thousand times already today – I am so over this winter. Okay? Okay. But while we are all commiserating in the freezing slush together, let’s start planning summer – which, to me, means music fests! The sun is peeking through the gray skies more regularly, I’ve […]

water park

Last month, my husband and I were itching to travel somewhere with the kids. But – naturally – we hadn’t made any sort of game plan. And given this never-ending winter, we preferred the instant gratification route, if at all possible. Our goals: somewhere catered to families and somewhere needing little to no planning. Enter […]


Michelle Matsui, one of our contributors, just emailed us about this bag from a Canadian company called Rise & Hang Travel Gear: “I came across this awesome travel bag that keeps clothes super organized. Cause you know me, love organized everything! Ha ha! Could be shipped in time for March breakers?” Well, we love the […]


I’ve been wanting to do a post on Paris for ever. It’s my hometown after all, and although I have not lived there in almost 20 years (20!!), I know it inside out because I love it. And I hate it. Isn’t it always like this when we’re in love? Paris est tout petit pour […]


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 […]


I know the Tuscany rental house is practically a cliché. But it made a perfect family vacation for us last summer. We traveled to Italy in August, dividing our time between Rome and Tuscany. First we spent a few days in Rome to get acclimated to the time-zone change and see a few iconic sites: […]

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