Family Volunteer Vacation: The Prequel

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How I decided to take my family on a family volunteer trip to a Holler in West Virginia to celebrate my birthday. If you’ve ever read anything on my blog, you know this is the year I’m turning 50.  For my husband’s 50th, a few years ago, we went on a family trip to South Africa.  (You can read Continue Reading

Iceland: Greenest Family Vacation Ever

1Getting Ready to Snorkel in a continental rift
2"Hot" River, created by underground HotSprings
3. Hallgrímskirkja Church
4. On the Second Largest Glacier in Europe.

Last week, my family and I vacationed in Iceland. It wasn't icy at all. As a matter of fact, temperatures in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, and the city you'd be most likely to visit, are generally mild year-round.  They're less cold in winter, and get less snow than NYC, plus, they have milder Continue Reading

Tips for Adventure Trips with your Kids

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Costa Rica. The Canadian Rockies. South Africa.  These are all places I’ve taken my kids.  I have nothing against Disney World.  I’ve taken them there, too. (Once.) But Disney offers a perfectly fabricated adventure – and they do it better than anyone – and I want my kids to know all about the Continue Reading

Paris: Loopy for the Louvre

R&A under the Pyramid

So it's day four in Paris, and the kids have finally, thoroughly, shocked me:  their favorite thing so far was not the Eiffel Tower, not the hot chocolate at Angelina's, not the patisseries or the bookinistes along the Seine.  Nope.  They're favorite thing was visiting The Louvre. Really? Not that Continue Reading