Costa Rica

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Looking for an eco-friendly vacation for your family?

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I was recently walking along the National Mall in Washington, DC, when I saw a family leaving the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. As they passed a trash can, the mother tossed in her empty water bottle. Her son stopped in his tracks and his eyes grew wide. “But Mom! That’s recyclable! You can’t put that in more »

Trips that make the whole family happy

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When they were toddlers, my children’s level of enthusiasm for a destination largely mirrored my own, whether fake or real. I don’t want to brag, but I could shamelessly promote just about any trip and make them believe it was their idea. How about an awesome long drive up the entire New Jersey Turnpike!? I more »

Family Farm to Table Vacation in Costa Rica

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There’s something uniquely gratifying about waking up on a misty morning to a rooster’s crow, tumbling out of bed, slipping on some rubber boots, and heading down to the barn to feed pigs, milk a cow, and collect eggs. An hour later, as you pour thick, fresh milk into a cup of local coffee and more »

Plan B: When a change of course saves the vacation

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This post is reprinted from my August 30, 2011 column in Mount Vernon Patch. I’m writing this week’s column sitting on the breezy patio of Mango Moon, a charming boutique hotel outside Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  It’s no easy task, as the sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean more »

What makes a good family travel partner

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      “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain What seemed like a good idea at the time: going up to San Francisco from our home in L.A. to spend a weekend with more »

Animal Sanctuaries Help Foster a Passion for Conservation

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This post was first published on June 5, 2011 as a guest blog on World School Adventures. One of the greatest educational travel experiences we’ve had as a family (three boys plus mom and dad) has been to visit animal rescue centers.  The staff members and volunteers we’ve encountered have been universally friendly and knowledgeable more »

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Instagrams from All Over the Map

  • That full moon yall Blue moon Continue reading raquo
    4 hours ago by alloverthemap That full moon, y'all. Blue moon. Continue reading »
  • There is nothing like a summer night twilight dusk atardecerhellip
    1 week ago by alloverthemap There is nothing like a summer night.  #twilight   #dusk   #atardecer   #crepuscule   #ilovethatword  Continue reading »
  • Steve Tobin sculpture at the US Botanic Garden in Washingtonhellip
    1 week ago by alloverthemap Steve Tobin  #sculpture  at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC - this one, titled Romeo and Juliet, is a bronze cast of tree roots washed out from a riverbank on the artist's property. The U.S. Capitol dome, under scaffolding for renovations, is just visible in the background.  #art   #sculpture   #garden   #dc   #igersdc   #nofilter   #iphoneonly   #summer   #travel   #travelgram  Continue reading »
  • I could eat a cupcake Or three Theyre so cutehellip
    1 week ago by alloverthemap I could eat a cupcake... Or three... They're so cute and small! Cupcakes from The Sweet Lobby Continue reading »
  • Good morning wild summer rose! I love these sticky morningshellip
    3 days ago by alloverthemap Good morning, wild summer rose! I love these sticky mornings that start with dew dripping and cicadas cicading and doves cooing and chickadees cheeping. Some people hate it but to me it is not summer without a nice long period of sticky stillness. Continue reading »
  • The pink chair stands alone on a Bangkok street throwbackhellip
    3 days ago by alloverthemap The pink chair stands alone on a  #Bangkok  street.  #throwback   #noreason   #justbecause   #thailand  Continue reading »
  • Saying Hasta la vista to the Vanamos family as theyhellip
    1 day ago by alloverthemap Saying "Hasta la vista" to the Vanamos family as they drive off into the sunset tomorrow to start a year-long adventure through Central America via Volkswagen van is bittersweet. We have really enjoyed getting to know this family over the past year, and we know they are going to have the adventure of a lifetime. We're going to miss them immensely, but we are going to love reading Paul's missives about their voyage on All Over the Map. Buen viaje! Continue reading »
  • The US Capitol dome is under scaffolding but the Stevehellip
    1 week ago by alloverthemap The U.S. Capitol dome is under scaffolding but the Steve Tobin sculpture at the U.S. Botanic Garden next door is prettier, anyway.  #igersdc   #dmv   #usausausa   #bluesky   #dc   #travel   #summervacation   #summer   #gardens   #sculpture  Continue reading »
  • How many frogs can you spot in my pond? ribbithellip
    2 weeks ago by alloverthemap How many frogs can you spot in my pond?  #ribbit   #nature   #frog   #pond   #summer   #garden  Continue reading »
  • Some days the sky is so blue and the cloudshellip
    2 weeks ago by alloverthemap Some days the sky is so blue and the clouds are so perfect and the sun is just stretching its lazy afternoon rays out in front of you and it gives even the dullest highway exit the possibility that something really good is about to happen.  #Happy   #weekend  to you. Yes, you. Continue reading »
  • Wednesday night lights dusk crepuscule atmosphere belle Continue reading raquo
    1 week ago by alloverthemap Wednesday night lights.  #dusk   #crepuscule   #atmosphere   #belle  Continue reading »
  • Having a moment with the pieman Rodney Henry from Dangerouslyhellip
    1 week ago by alloverthemap Having a moment with the pieman, Rodney Henry from Dangerously Delicious pies, reminiscing about guitars and rock and roll back in the day.  #mrright   #hiilikepie   #pie   #Innthemix   #foodie   #fun   #arlington   #dangerouslydeliciouspie   #yum  Continue reading »
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