The Classic Travel Quandary: Checklist in Lisbon? or Linger by the Sea?

On our recent trip to Portugal we chose to stay in the lovely seaside town of Cascais, 40 minutes outside of Lisbon.  We had a pretty swish HomeAway overlooking the hills and sea of our quaint fishing town.  My favorite part of the home was that we could depart on foot and hike for hours in the hills in front of our house exploring the various trails that criss crossed the cliffs. BUT, we were in Portugal and you can’t go to Portugal without seeing Lisbon, right?

Learning to Follow, By Leading

If I had a plane ticket for every time someone said, “Thanks so much for organizing!” I would be forever on a plane.  My family, my friends and some perfect strangers are more than happy to let me assume this role and I am grateful for their trust and subsequent gratitude.  It is from these experiences of leading, coordinating, masterminding and organizing that I have learned to be a better, maybe even an expert, follower.  And following can be a whole lot of fun…

Grab your Group and Go to Porto… Aim for June 23rd!

On our three hour tour of Porto we learned many things, among them that Porto, the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe, has only become a viable tourist area in the last 6 to 8 years.  When Ryan Air added Porto as one it’s mainstream stops, access to the city grew.  Poof, a tourist destination was born…

Grab Your Group at Sunrise and Run through Kyoto

Kyoto is rightfully a full fledged tourist attraction. Throngs and throngs of people from all over the world flock to this gracious and beautiful city to visit it’s many temples and shrines. Our approach to Kyoto was more experiential…

A Traveler’s Take on 15 Things to Grab your Group and Do in Tokyo

Tackling your Tokyo itinerary can be a daunting task. I made lists and lists and more lists. All that list making and we still only did a cursory tour of this remarkable city. So without overwhelming you with the why’s I give you our master list. May it be a useful springboard as you plan your time in Tokyo…

Let’s Talk TOKYO!

I am guessing you have a perception of Tokyo already in your head: fast moving, crowded, busy, bathed in neon, and a tad overwhelming. All of this is true to a degree, but the beauty of Tokyo is that all of this is coupled with an impressive order that gives the city a peaceful and gracious air. I am not going to regale you with a list of where to go and what to do (at least not in this post). The internet is chock-a-block full of this information, but I will provide a primer of sorts…

3 Reasons to GO on a Guided Group Trip for BIG Family Vacations…

Nothing makes me happier than pondering and planning the details of our next trip or adventure.  Plan a ski trip for 5 families? On it!  Take 12 moms and 20+ kids to Hershey Park? Put me in charge.  Monthly Theater Group for 240 and growing? Bring it on!  That being the case you would think I would run screaming away from any kind of pre-organized travel managed by a tour group, but that is not the case…