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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 »

Review: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Overview Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor is a classic but fun hotel with a soaring lobby entrance just steps to Baltimore’s most popular attractions. Great family suites available with special perks for kids. Rooms The standard rooms are lovely, with a choice of king, double double, or double queen rooms. more »

Rent a hacienda in the Yucatan for a great family getaway

The flowers! A blush of red above, a carpet below of the falling flowers of the flamboyán trees that bloom with not wild but distinguished abandon. They offer just a hint of the spectacular warmth that guests receive when they rent Hacienda Petac in Mexico’s Yucatán. Hacienda Petac is a vacation destination somewhere between a more »

Books for People Who Love to Travel

We are fond of reading. We are fond of traveling. We are fond of opening a book at the beginning of a long flight and having nothing to distract us from said book until we land. Here are some books we’ve been eyeing lately. We think they’d be great books for people who love to more »

Summer Reading for Family Travelers

When I was a kid I loved getting my hands on the freshly-mimeographed (yes, I’m old) summer reading list full of books recommended by my teachers that I could find at my local public library, where I would then sign up for the summer reading challenge with the ultimate goal of writing my name on more »

Mindful Family Travel

Family vacations can be a great time for building memories, bonding with your kids and showing them the world, or they can be remembered for torturous days of such bickering and whining that work starts to sounds more relaxing than vacation. To try to avoid the latter, I’ve compiled a few tips for what I’ll more »

Do You Know the Emergency Numbers in Brazil?

911-112-110-155-191-999-191-997-998-999-115-114-113-119-118-117-111-000-120-119-110-999-110-119-911-115-116-105-107-100-911-123-15-17-18 Wondering what sort of odd coding appears above? These are the emergency numbers for each of the countries I have visited in the past 5 years. If you’re planning to attend the Olympic games this summer, do you know the emergency numbers in Brazil? When we were traveling around the world for 11 months, more »

Things to Know about Life on the Road

We left Alexandria, Virginia on August 1, 2015, in our 1985 VW Westphalia and spent nights in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas before finding ourselves at the U.S.-Mexican border in Laredo, Texas. When we crossed into Mexico on August 26, we expected to spend a month making our way to Belize more »

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