Posts in category "travel"

Minivan = Mom Identity Crisis

Minivan = Mom Identity Crisis
It all started a few weeks ago when we bought a crib for the new baby. We were so excited to find a great deal until we realized that the huge crib box would not fit into my husband’s mid-size sedan. Crap. Again we are calling good friends to help us deliver a large purchase,... Read more »

Camping is for Girls

Camping is for Girls
A few months ago a friend and I were sitting on my couch brainstorming what type of bachelorette party our mutual friend would enjoy most. Our friend is an artistic type, so we were brainstorming all of the most creative things to possibly do. “What about a camping trip?” my girlfriend suggested, “With a lazy... Read more »

Camping With Kids, Part 1

Camping With Kids, Part 1
Last Friday, I loaded the token suburban minivan with enough food, clothing, sunscreen and bug spray to survive in the wilderness for a year. After three summers of camping, I really should know better. The three hour drive to Holland, Michigan from Aurora, Illinois did give me plenty of time to think about these last... Read more »
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5 Family Road Trip Tips

5 Family Road Trip Tips
I used to tremble with fear when I heard certain words put together: Kid-Friendly Budget-Buy Licensed-Character Road-Trip Those words were giant flashing lights to AVOID Until I joined the motherhood sorority. Now, you may have noticed that my motherhood sorority is not capitalized. It is not some fancy Tea-on-Tuesdays-at-the-Clubhouse Sorority. Nope, my motherhood sorority is... Read more »

Cruising with Kids, Part 3: Top 5 Lessons I Learned Aboard the Cruise Ship

Cruising with Kids, Part 3: Top 5 Lessons I Learned Aboard the Cruise Ship
After waging a campaign worthy of the military, I finally convinced my family to take a cruise over spring break. And it was a disaster. Here are the top 5 lessons that I learned (the hard way) aboard the cruise ship: 1. If the running track on your cruise ship has a mini-golf course in... Read more »

Cruising with Kids, Part 2: Party Atmosphere Mixed with Lack-Luster Kids' Programs Equals Stressed Parents

Cruising with Kids, Part 2: Party Atmosphere Mixed with Lack-Luster Kids' Programs Equals Stressed Parents
In last Thursday’s post, Cruising with Kids, Part 1: Exhausted and Overwhelmed Before the Ship Left Port, I detailed my Ellis Island-esque experience of boarding the cruise ship. Today, I continue my account of life aboard the cruise ship. After being corralled into a series of never-ending lines, answering repetitive personal questions by strangers and... Read more »
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Cruising with Kids, Part 1: Exhausted and Overwhelmed Before the Ship Left Port

Cruising with Kids, Part 1: Exhausted and Overwhelmed Before the Ship Left Port
I told my kids it would be a fun vacation. I told my husband it would be a relaxing vacation. I told my family that a cruise vacation would be the best vacation ever. I was wrong For years, I’ve been lured by the cruise industry commercials: Giant glossy ships floating in pristine clear-blue waters,... Read more »

Going Solo: Road Trips Suitable for Time Alone

I’m sick of being connected. Between emails, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and Google +, I need a little peace and quiet from the constant conversation of the world. I have been trying to turn off my phone and log off of my social networks periodically throughout the day. After all, no one will die if... Read more »

All My Heart In Seoul

I am proud to introduce Mary Choquette, my dear friend and PWAP guest columnist, who has an amazing story to tell about her time in Seoul, South Korea. Her tale will certainly bring a smile and a few tears. Enjoy! About a year and a half ago, Andrew’s career took us to Seoul.  We were... Read more »
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Surviving holiday travel...with children

The holidays are upon us, bringing with them the promise of large get-togethers with friends and family.  And unless all of your friends and family live within throwing distance, chances are that gathering also means traveling. If you are the lucky one that gets to hit the highway or the skyway this season to visit... Read more »