Sometimes the best trips are the most laid back. In a city like London, random wandering can yield the stuff of Dropbox memories. Here, a regular visitors shares the discoveries she made by taking it slow on her last visit to London with kids. I’ve hustled my kids to every London landmark. This year, I decided to ditch the psychotic sightseeing and live in the moment. My master plan was to have one destination per day and spend the rest of the time wandering the high streets and hidden mews. Museum Hopping in London with Kids The Museum of...Read More
Amy Tara Koch is an author, journalist and television personality. Koch contributes to Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal and Food & Wine. She has appeared on Today, Access Hollywood, Fox & Friends, CBS Early Show and Steve Harvey. Her first book, BUMP IT UP (2010) has retained its position as the gold standard in pregnancy style. She is currently working on her second book, a memoir.
Washington DC is like the Magic Kingdom of culture. But instead of rides and make believe characters, the city serves up activities that make living history the star attraction. The city’s bounty of world class museums, iconic monuments and landmarks define it as one of the most exciting destinations in America. Here are five spots not to miss when you visit Washington DC with kids. With so many museums and activities in Washington D.C., it’s important to do some research before the trip so you can plot everything out efficiently. A nice way to get an overview of the...Read More
Paris? With Kids? Mais OUI! While many people think of the City of Light as a romantic destination, it’s also ideally suited for family travel. From crazy, cool carousels and private scavenger hunts in the Louvre to youth cooking classes at the newly opened Ritz Hotel in Place Vendome, these 10 things to do in Paris with kids can transform your brood into lifelong Francophiles. 10 Things to Do in Paris with Kids 1. Jardin de Tuileries 2. The Louvre 3. Palais de la Decouverte 4. Jardin d’acclimatation 5. Eiffel Tower 6. Bateaux Mouches boat ride on the Seine 7. Eat...Read More
What do you do when your dreams to see the Northern Lights in Sweden are dashed? When you travel, kids in tow, all the way to the perimeter of the arctic circle to find that your accommodations in no way resemble the “comfortable,” “cozy” images proffered on the website? When the property in question had received rave reviews from Vogue, The Guardian and Treehouse masters’ Pete Nelson? You log into the spotty wifi and figure it out. DREAM VACATION IN SWEDEN It was supposed to be the killer family trip of 2016, a Nordic wilderness adventure sandwiched between stays...Read More
Skiing ranks high on the vacation hot list. But, which resorts are the best for families? Snow is only part of the equation. Parents need to think about lift lines and crowds. Whether ski in/ski out accommodations are a possibility. And, the quality of the ski school. Professional instructors that can charm your kid into sailing down the slopes are the special sauce of a family ski trip. Also of value is a base town with an apres ski scene; ice skating, fire pits and cozy spots for mom and dad to enjoy a few glasses of wine. Bonus...Read More
Though it’s enticing to pack a variety of outfits, shoes and grooming products for a vacation, a checked bag could ruin your trip–and not just because checked bags sometimes get lost by the airline. Here are six reasons why you should forego that pretty party dress and extra pair of heels in favor of packing light and traveling with a carry on — only and always. Committing to the Carry On I almost never deviate from carry-on luggage. Black dress, black pants, a few shirts and two pairs of shoes. That is, unless I am headed to France. Somehow,...Read More
In Chicago, engaging with art doesn’t require entering a museum. A fabulous fun and free activity for the family? Checking out the many public sculptures that enliven the city’s spectacular skyline. And, yes, you’ll want to take a selfie in the Chicago Bean. Public Art in Chicago In Chicago, world class museums abound. But, thanks to the presence of more than 7,000 pieces of public art displayed throughout the city, Chicagoans and tourists alike can interact with creativity on a daily basis just by walking around the city. Even better for kids, many of the sculptures are made for...Read More