Archive for December, 2007

I planned our first family cruise, a 4-night sailing from Boston to Nova Scotia. My boys were 14, 12 and 8, at the time. They were so thrilled and excited when they realized the ship was a floating resort hotel, fully equipped with miniature golf, game room, water slides and unlimited ice cream sundaes whenever they wanted!

Recently, I went on a 7-night Royal Caribbean Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. Although this trip was without my kids, I couldn’t help looking at the ship and experience through the eyes of a mother.

If you want to really relax on your Italy vacation, I think Lake Como is a great place to unwind. Find out more about shopping, dining and sightseeing options.

Not all Las Vegas buffets will have you returning from your vacation with an expanded waistline. The focus at these buffets is on home-style intimate settings and servings.

If the house now owns your house, these Las Vegas buffets still serve up smart food for a smaller budget. Go with the right expectations (champagne dreams and caviar wishes are best checked at the door), and you’ll leave happily sated.

So how will we all survive the holiday travel rush at the airports? Here are 10 of my best suggestions.

If you spend all your time on Ocean Drive, you might miss some of the slightly lesser-known attractions that Miamians have come to know and love. Here are a few of my favorites.

Since seeing the movie “Sideways,” I had wanted to explore Santa Barbara wine country. So on our recent California vacation, we set aside several days in Santa Barbara to get the “Sideways” experience.

Anyone showing a boarding pass, out-of-state ID and completed form can get a free same-day lift ticket to Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort or The Canyons Resort.

While it’s easy to find warm temps, sandy beaches, and beautiful vistas elsewhere in the Caribbean, Curacao stands apart for gay travelers with its “live and let live” attitude.

There are still plenty of places to absorb that wiseguy aura of yesteryear in Las Vegas.

The first-time Cabo visitor might think one beach is pretty much the same as the other. Not so. Here are four hidden favorites to explore on a Los Cabos Vacation.

Buffets are as much a part of Las Vegas vacations as blackjack tables. And while Vegas still has its share of old-fashioned buffets, we found many Vegas hotels have added quality to the already-existing quantity credo. And the Vegas buffet world is all the better for it.
In this series, we cover our favorite buffets in Vegas.

I joined up with a motley crew of like-minded travelers and travel writers to spend the better part of five days exploring the isles off the west coast of Ireland.

November was gift-testing month for me. Of the hundreds of products tried, these emerged as my favorites for the frequent traveler who already has it all.

It wasn’t easy to think “holidays” in a city with virtually no fir trees and whose neon-lit Strip easily outshines the most audacious Christmas-light display.
That changed when the National Finals Rodeo came to town in 1985.

These are the questions I ask when I’m looking to find quality child care on a family vacation.

Where’s everybody headed for the holidays? Mexico, Caribbean, Chicago and New York flights top our list this year.

Madrid has long been overshadowed, and undeservedly so, by more familiar cities like Rome, Paris, London and Barcelona among European vacation destinations.