| Jul 30, 2014
| 7:17 AM
This time of year, local families tend to spend their down time outside — camping in parks, relaxing on the beach, dining al fresco, and attending outdoor concerts. But with the arrival of Great Wolf Lodge New England, a 40-acre destination resort...
| Jul 25, 2014
| 11:25 AM
The best way to toast the end of a long, hot summer is with a special family trip during the Labor Day weekend. It’s the perfect time to get serious about back-to-school mode, remember good times past and plan for all the good times yet to come....
| Jul 8, 2014
If you're a senior about to shove off on your vacation, here are a few notes on the current state of senior travel.
AIRLINES. Forget any special senior deals. The only airline with meaningful senior fares is Southwest, and its senior fares are good deals...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Which one will be the next baseball superstar?
We're sitting on the grass with several hundred parents and kids on a balmy summer night in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod watching the Falmouth Commodores play the Orleans Firebirds....
| Jul 15, 2014
Ten years ago, I compiled a list of some of the travel industry's false and misleading pricing techniques, using the metaphor of a man who observed various promotions as he walked along a city street.
First, he saw an appliance dealer featuring a "side-...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Palo Alto in his rear-view mirror, Keith Orchard and the Fam headed down Highway 101 in their SUV, Santa Barbara-bound. They were off to vacation with two other families, take in the cool ocean breeze, soak up the city's chill vibe and catch the city's...
| Jul 15, 2014
If you're planning a long-distance overseas trip -- one of those 18-hour marathon nonstops, or even worse, two 12-hour flights with a connection, you might want to take a stopover at an intermediate point, especially when the normal itinerary is back-to-...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sometimes it's not your kids or your traveling partner that make your vacation plans expensive; it's your dog.
Traveling with a dog — and 80% of respondents to a recent Petplan Pet Insurance survey say they want to travel with a pet, an increase...
| Jul 18, 2014
"Do you want to take a trip? You can say no." Tim Bannon, my editor at the Chicago Tribune, stood at my cubicle on an August day in 2001. Back then, he ran the daily features section. Tim knew I liked to travel for stories, and that if the story took me...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Interstate Highway 43 is the fastest way for Chicagoans to get to Door County, one of Wisconsin's best-known summer vacation destinations. It's also the best way to miss out on Lake Michigan's more rural and budget-friendly shoreline.
Just south of...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Until recently, I didn't know it was possible to talk to God via voice prompts. Now I'm not so sure.
My religious epiphany occurred in the midst of trying to locate the concierge at the Grand Wailea hotel, a Maui vacation destination that will play...