Taking kids out of school to travel

There has been a debate raging within the education community recently. It seems many educators, policy makers, and even some parents feel that taking children out of school to travel is a bad idea. Some have even gone so far as to say traveling with children during school time should be banned and parents who ignore the ban should face consequences. Did you know that many states in the United States actually deem it “illegal”? After hearing so much about this I had three main questions bouncing around in my head. 1. When the heck did spending time with your… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | February 26, 2015
Category: Youth Travel

The rising popularity of river cruising

A record 23 million passengers are expected to take cruises around the globe in 2015, according to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which recently made the projection in its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report. Admittedly, I have never been a fan of ocean cruising. As a long-term, independent traveler who immerses in the culture of the countries I visit, the idea of being trapped on a ship that visits ports of call for a few brief hours is more than a little off-putting. To that, add the issue of seasickness. During the two specialty ocean cruises I have… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 24, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel, Vagabonding Styles

Getting my Open Water in Thailand

Learning to dive was in the front of my mind when I started planning my trip to southeast Asia. Friends had learned in Thailand and I had heard that it was one of the cheapest places to get certified. After some research, we headed towards Koh Tao, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. I was keen to get my Open Water certification, but my husband was not. He agreed to stay on shore and I signed up for the three day course. My brain was stretched and challenged as I did my homework each night; I enjoyed learning new terms… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 15, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel, Asia

Ways travel enhances education

Families traveling the world with their children get asked a whole lot of questions. Topping the list are questions about their children’s education. It seems everyone wants to know what these traveling kids are learning, how, and with whom. And these questions don’t really stop as the kids get older. Ask any young adult taking a gap year abroad and they will inevitably tell you that one of the biggest fears expressed by those closest to them was a fear that they would “miss out” on a year of college or other form of higher education. However, travel in itself… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | February 12, 2015
Category: Family Travel, Youth Travel

How young is too young to travel?

How young is too young to travel? It’s a question that comes up whenever the subject of family travel arises. Some worry about the risk of illness for infants on the road. Others have fears that their child will reject every food option that isn’t chicken fingers and starve. Concerns about water, weather, and boredom keep lots of families from traveling with young kids. Of all the reasons, the reason most often cited as the reason for not traveling with young kids is, “they won’t even remember.” Are these concerns, any of them, justified? In my experience, not really. There… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 29, 2015
Category: Family Travel

Should terrorism keep Americans from traveling overseas?

In the wake of recent terror attacks in Paris and an article in an Al Qaeda magazine that provided instructions for making a bomb that is undetectable by current airport security technology, the U.S. State Department issued the following travel warning for Americans traveling abroad: “Recent terrorist attacks...serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness” On face value, the alert might seem a normal precaution, however a week later the Department of Homeland Security said, “there is no specific, credible threat of an attack… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (7)  | January 27, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel, Vagabonding Styles

Solo travel when you’re not traveling solo

Traveling slowly with my husband across Southeast Asia has been a great way to leave our jobs and lives in Canada behind to explore the world on a small budget. It also means we spend a lot of time together. Every meal, every walk, every bus ride to a new city, is together. Where once we saw each other only in the evenings and on weekends, we now see each other all the time. Where we once had schedules and habitual activities alone, there was now a much more shared and aligned schedule. This is fine, really, but we don’t… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 18, 2015
Category: Asia, Family Travel, General, Solo Travel

The brotherhood of traveling children: on friendships

We are asked, on occasion, what we “do” about the social needs of our children. Granted, the question has never been asked by anyone who’s actually met our children.  Spend an hour interacting with them and you’ll know a few things: They love to talk. YOU are their socialization of the moment. They have friends all over the world (get out your note pad so you can keep track of names and places, they’ll expect you to remember later!) They don’t really know they’re kids. Well, they do know they’re kids, obviously, but they don’t really see why that matters. They have friends of… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 6, 2015
Category: Family Travel

Independent travel – not just for twenty-somethings

Not long ago I was asked to write an article about the differences between traveling independently as a senior and a twenty or thirty-something. Admittedly, I bristled. I replied that the essence of travel was the same regardless of our age. We all visit new places to satisfy our curiosity, to experience something different, and to learn about cultures different from our own. The myth that independent travel is only for the younger crowd needs to be debunked. Since then, however, I have not been able to get the question out of my mind. When I left corporate life to… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 30, 2014
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel, Vagabonding Styles

What adults can learn when traveling with their parents

[caption id="attachment_22666" align="aligncenter" width="500"] My dad returning to Yosemite Valley, a place he knew well as a teenager in the 60's.[/caption] While not everyone grew up in a traditional family structure, this article can apply to anyone who has a loving relationship with a family member who was part of your upbringing. For me, that was my parents, but I recognize that some people were raised by foster families, the parents of your childhood friends, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or siblings. This article still applies no matter who was an integral part of your childhood or who you consider a parent… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 21, 2014
Category: Family Travel, North America