Category: Travel

Yes, Americans need to learn English before traveling to London

Whenever we visit new countries, we try to learn at least a few words to use in our daily interactions with the people we meet and encounter. Whether it’s “hello” when walking into a store, “pardon me” when moving past people on the sidewalk, or “thank you” when being served a meal, it always adds... Read more »

5 reasons why a hotel breakfast buffet is always a good idea

Whenever my family stays at a hotel, we always select the room option that includes breakfast – if that means we get to indulge in a breakfast buffet. No matter if we’re in Athens, Greece or Sofia, Bulgaria, we’re always ready to select and enjoy the breakfast buffet. And, we’ve never been disappointed to start... Read more »

Family travel: Coming to terms with choosing to eat at chain restaurants

At home in Chicago, my husband and I are always on the search for new, local restaurants to eat at with our family. We seek out ones offering new ethnic cuisines. We seek out ones in new neighborhoods. We seek out ones with healthy, local fare on their menus. So, when we travel, we often... Read more »
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My sons' favorite English king is King George III - thanks to Hamilton

I never thought I’d say it. But, my American sons have a favorite English king: George III. And, it’s all thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. For months, my sons have absorbed the story of Alexander Hamilton, as they’ve heard the Broadway musical soundtrack played over and over again by my husband. In... Read more »

We need a big "thumbs up" statue in the U.S., too

These days, it can feel like you’re drowning in the news or in your social media feed. Based on the “news” of the day, it’s easy to be disheartened. To be pessimistic. To be jaded. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We can fight to stay positive. To stay upbeat. To stay hopeful.... Read more »

What side of the sidewalk should you walk on in countries around the world?

As a family of four, we are always conscious of not blocking the sidewalk when walking down busy streets. We try to stay to one side and let others pass – especially when approaching us from the other direction. Typically, at home in Chicago, we walk on the right side of the sidewalk – the... Read more »
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8 reasons to visit Athens, Greece in the winter

A lot of times, when you picture a Greek vacation, it’s easy to conjure up images of people soaking in the sun on the Greek Islands or seeing the sunlight glint off of the startling white domed roofs of homes in Santorini. I’d say you probably don’t think if people bundled up, eating at cozy... Read more »

Six ways to save cellular data during international travel

At the end of December, my family headed to Europe for a family holiday. Like usual, we switched to an international cellular data plan so we wouldn’t incur exorbitant data charges when using our iPhones there. Since we knew we’d be spending a few days driving through Greece, and glued to Google Maps and Waze... Read more »

The popularity of licorice in Europe - Or, why I always stock up on it when I travel abroad

If I had to choose one European city to visit just to eat its local treats, it would have to be Amsterdam. Not for Dutch pancakes or even stroopwafel. No, it would be just for the licorice (or drop). For me, even a Dutch supermarket is a gourmet delight. All I need to do is... Read more »
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Historic Route 66 starts and ends in Chicago - Find the landmark signs in the city's Loop neighborhood

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