What to Pack for a Maui Vacation

Black Sand Beach near Kihei, Maui what to pack for a maui vacation

Starwood Preferred Guest's "SPG Amex Stars" were recently featured in Gothamist; we were asked what we'd pack for a weekend getaway to our favorite vacation destination. One of my favorite places in the world in Hawaii, and because I live in Los Angeles, I’m [Read more]

Living Abroad for Less as a Family

daughter-parade-guanajuato-mexico Living abroad for less as a family

Some people dream of living abroad for a year or even permanently. This dream can seem insurmountable to those who haven't dome any research, but expatriates are usually happy to share what they've learned. Living abroad for less as a family, especially, [Read more]

Semester at Sea: Highlights of Norway with Kids

On a ferry, exiting a fjord near Bergen

The last time I wrote about my family's experience on Semester at Sea, it was mid-July and we were in Ireland --  a joyous, laughter- and adventure-filled time in Ireland. Then my job on the ship got really busy, and the countries kept coming: Norway, Russia, [Read more]

Walking Around Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Faces in Cambodia (Jennifer Miner)

Angkor Wat is not only the most famous temple area in Cambodia, it’s also, by far, the most popular travel destination in the entire country of Cambodia. Suffice it to say, almost everyone who includes Cambodia in their Southeast Asia vacation is going to [Read more]

Charge the FAA: Lap Baby Petition

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My friend and former flight attendant Jan Lohr-Brown has been spearheading a campaign to change the lap baby policy.  You can read the post I wrote on the topic a few years ago, begging the airlines to change the lap baby policy since most parents assume it's [Read more]

Encouraging the Reluctant Skier: How To Make Your Kids Love Skiing as Much as You Do


The Vacation Gals are happy to take part in the third annual Back to Ski Week, which includes tips on planning a family ski vacation as well as chances to win prizes. To learn more visit the Back to Ski site and sign up for the newsletter, follow @back2ski on [Read more]

Family Travel: St. Louis Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch

I can recall the very first time I saw the 630-foot-high St. Louis Gateway Arch. It was 1981 and my family was on a road trip from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Omaha, Nebraska where my parents were going to drop off us kids at my grandparents' house before going [Read more]

A Historic Family Adventure at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia

Pretty view from the restaurant at Kingsmill Resort.

At the tail end of the summer, guest contributor Erin Gifford and her children vacationed at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia -- home to a myriad of historic, educational attractions. Here's her report.  – Ed. It had been a number of years since [Read more]

Family Travel to Panama City Beach: Our Bucket List

Panama City Beach Florida - Swashbuckling with pirates in Panama City Beach during Pirates of hte High Seas Fest

When family travel fans think of Florida, their minds usually go to Orlando. The theme park capital of the world is only one city in Florida, though, and there are other fun parts of the state for adventure travel, family getaways, and (obviously) beach [Read more]

Top Ten Hawaii Luxury Resort Hotels

Pool area at Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay

Snow dusted the mountain peaks around my Colorado home the other day, and this morning I'm wearing fleece, leggings and wool socks as I work on my living room couch. Temperatures are dropping in my neck of the woods and naturally that's got me thinking of [Read more]