Reflections

Must GO Destinations

Grab Your Group at Sunrise & 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 & 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…

Animals & Adventure in Ecuador

My philosophy when going on big trips with the tween set (ages 9 to 12) is to throw two things at the situation: animals and adventure.  Animals offer an immediate connection that raises the cortisol levels in our brains which equals warm happy feelings.  Adventure provides adrenaline and meaningful activities that keep their traveling brains and bodies busy.  Our 3 part tour of Ecuador a few years back offered animals and adventure in copious amounts…

Final Thoughts on Africa… plus consolidated trip information

Five years ago, we made a list of must see as a family destinations.  Africa was at the top of the list, but we had to wait for the kids to grow up a bit to make the trip.  Before I get down to the business of summer, I wanted to close the loop on our journey…

Grab Your Group & TRAVEL (Strategically)

I like to think of myself as an original thinker.  And maybe sometimes I am, but other times I come to find out otherwise.  That is what happened when I read this NY Times article last weekend…

Grab Your Group and Go to Morgan’s Rock: An Eco Lodge in Nicaragua

For spring break this year we went to Morgan’s Rock on the West Coast of Nicaragua. As the person in charge of keeping her finger on the pulse of this family I sensed we were in need of a vacation where we got to return to our same beds every night. Our last few vacations had involved A LOT of moving and while that is ideal for seeing and experiencing destinations it is not ideal for completely unwinding…

GO ACTIVE in Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons with Backroads!

Backroads, the “active” travel company, has been on my radar for a couple of decades. I remember my friend Leslie coming back from her Backroad’s trips. She returned: positively glowing, more fit then usual and energized from the experience. A memory like that stays with you…

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