Planning and Budgeting

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What kind of travel insurance do I need?

People ask me this question all the time and the answer, as with most important things, is, “It depends.” It depends on what you want it to cover. I used to only buy travel insurance during seasons when there was a possibility of extreme weather (snow, hurricanes) that might delay a flight. If I’m going more »

New for 2015 – Travel Coaching, New Writers, New Website, and More Travel Ahead

In my book, the new year (and thus the new year’s resolution) doesn’t really start until all the holiday cookies and candy are gone. And by “gone” I mean “eaten.” Generally by me. So that’s why I am 10 pounds heavier than a month ago, and just now getting to our new year’s announcements here more »

Interactive Packing List for Long-Term Travel

One of the most frequent questions I am asked about our 11-month round-the-world trip, is “How did you pack?” And when I tell people that I packed everything I needed into one carry-on bag and a daypack, their eyes widen. Frankly, I used to pack more than that for a weekend away, so I understand more »

Trips that make the whole family happy

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 »

Staying Connected on the Road: World SIM Card roundup

We’re getting ready to be away from the U.S. for a year beginning in, um, just a few days, and we’ve left this until the last minute. As I sit in a coffee shop with my two daughters and a niece, all of us perched in our comfy chairs and tucked into our electronics, I more »

8 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Family Vacation

Planning a family vacation is fun. Budgeting for one can be pure agony. With the price of airfare, hotels, and food shooting through the roof, it’s tempting to turn on the sprinkler, send the kids outside, and call it a summer (and believe me, we’ve done plenty of that!) Here are our tried and tested more »

Volunteer Vacation Resources pt. 1 – Earn Your Keep

When you imagine taking your family on a volunteer vacation, what do you envision?  Do you imagine yourselves feeding hungry orphans, seeing a look of undying gratitude in their eyes, instilling in your kids a deep sense of appreciation for what they have and a lifelong dedication to helping those in need?  Do you see more »

All You Need Is a Plan, Right?

There’s a great New York Times article this week about how to just drop everything and travel.  The trick seems to be that you have to make something called a “plan,” which might also include something called a “budget.” Hmmm.  I could use some of those.  But really, the article, and the links therein, do more »

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