Where to Stay in Paris for the First Time

Eiffel Tower and Seine River in Paris, France

"Where to stay in Paris" must be a common refrain for first-time France travel planners, even before thinking about other aspects of their itineraries. Somebody recently asked me that question about travel and Paris, and after writing her back, it occurred to [Read more]

Giving in to the “Minivan Mom” Title

honda o

Never say never. That phrase is one that I've learned to repeat over and over. No matter how stubborn I can be, life experiences tend to twist and turn my opinions, decisions, and plans as unexpected courses take place. This past weekend I once again muttered [Read more]

Balancing Travel and Social Media

maddie itouch

It used to be that friends, family, and neighbors would go on vacation and we would have to wait for their return home to hear about the trip. As for photos? Those might be produced days or weeks later after a trip to the photo shop. Today, that's certainly [Read more]

4 Things Not to Let your Kids Try on Vacation

Cruise ship pool

Travel is all about possibility and exposure and trying new things - right? Well, yes. Mostly. Sampling foreign dishes, taking on adventurous feats, and exploring unseen (to you and your family) territory is all part of the joy of travel. Did you read my story [Read more]

Tips for Cruising Pregnant

beth cruise pregnant

Speaking from personal experience, cruising is one of the best vacations for an expectant mother. That is assuming the pregnancy is non-eventful and mom is feeling well. I found myself cruising pregnant at 14 weeks when my family boarded the Carnival Magic for [Read more]

King Cake Delivery Brings Mardi Gras to You

King Cake 500

Last week I was anticipating the arrival of a King Cake delivered by UPS from Delicious DonutsĀ in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The excitement was too much to handle. When the cake I arrived, I was ecstatic. It was topped with purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras [Read more]

Best Free Travel Apps for 2014

Skyscanner travel app

With so many travel apps available on the market, consumers may feel justifiably overwhelmed. Which travel apps are most popular? Which are most reliable? And which of them are travelers most likely to actually use? The best free travel apps for 2014 are all [Read more]

The Vacation Gals Top Travel Destinations for 2014

Near Poipu Kauai (Jennifer Miner)

The Vacation Gals top travel destinations for 2014 is our first such list, but presumably not our last. After all, a short list of five recommended travel destinations leaves a lot of great places off the list. Nevertheless, five is a manageable number; [Read more]

Map Your Travels: Wall Art for your Home

Map Your Travels

Travel destinations have been piquing my children's interest lately. Questions like, "How far is..." or "Where is..." or "How long would it take to get to..." I suppose it's no surprise considering they are learning and memorizing geography at school. That's [Read more]

ABS by Allen Schwartz: Dresses for Travel

Beth in ABS dress

Ahhhh, formal night. It's one of the details I love most about cruising. If you've never cruised before, let me explain. Depending upon the cruise line, there are normally two dress codes for dinner: casual wear and formal wear. Casual is basically "look [Read more]