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Halkidiki: The best place in Greece you've never heard of

Halkidiki: The best place in Greece you’ve never heard of

“So, which island did you visit?” asked the taxi driver in Athens. “We didn’t visit any of the islands,” I replied. “You’re American, no?” “Yes, we’re American.” Baffled, the taxi driver continued, “No islands? Then where did you go in Greece?” I’ll tell you where we went: Halkidiki. While there, we met no other American […]

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Weekend getaway to Grand Rapids, Michigan | Where to stay, eat, and drink

Weekend getaway to Grand Rapids, Michigan: Where to stay, eat, and drink

One day out of the blue, my friend and co-worker, Jamie, said to me, “I want to go to Grand Rapids. Take me there!” I’ve traveled to Grand Rapids a number of times over the last few years. After hearing me talk about it so much, Jamie knows that the city has become one of […]

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North Dakota Destinations | Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

North Dakota Destinations: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in Mandan, North Dakota, was a stop on our Legendary North Dakota road trip this past summer. Just south of I-94 and 13 miles outside of the capital of Bismarck, it was an ideal one-night stop for us as we headed back east towards home from Medora and Theodore Roosevelt […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Cape Town with Kids

Top 10 things to do in Cape Town with kids

Written by special contributor, Bianca Knauf Are you planning on visiting Cape Town, South Africa with kids in tow? It’s one of the best family-friendly destinations and many of the activities are perfectly aimed at children of any age. From seeing penguins, seals and sharks, to visiting the wave-less shores of the warm Langebaan Lagoon, […]

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ChicagoFamily Staycation | Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel

Chicago family staycation at Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel

I’ve said for years that Chicago is an exceptional place for travelers to live. With its diversity, top-notch art and entertainment, and world-class museums, Chicago residents like myself can “travel” without even leaving the city. Sometimes day trips to different neighborhoods quench the travel thirst. Other times, you just need an overnight staycation to really […]

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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park | Hamilton County, Indiana

Conner Prairie: Using the past to shine light on the future in Hamilton County, Indiana

Conner Prairie is an interactive history park in Hamilton County, Indiana, and is the state’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate. I mentioned in my Hamilton County overview that Conner Prairie is one of the best historical and educational attractions we have ever visited, and I still stand by that statement. Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres, Conner Prairie presents […]

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Ultimate Australia Road Trips for Adventurous Families

Ultimate Australia road trips for adventurous families

Written by special contributor, Nicole Noel Hiding some of the most spectacular sights on this humble planet of ours, the continent of Australia truly is every travel lover’s dream-come- true. Whether you enjoy a strong, urban vibe and plenty of picnic opportunities in Melbourne, or prefer to go somewhere off the beaten track such as […]

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Medora, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota: Gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Medora, North Dakota is the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). Founded in 1833 by French nobleman the Marquis de Mores, the small town in the valley of the Little Missouri evokes images of big adventures. Medora is located just off of Interstate 94 and right next to the South Unit entrance of TRNP. […]

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Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead | Overland Park, Kansas

A delightful day at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, Kansas

If it hadn’t been for my earlier visit to Assiniboine Park and Zoo in Winnipeg, I probably would have taken a pass on visiting Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, Kansas. Visiting Assiniboine and seeing all the wonderful work being done in the name of education and conservation changed how I think about zoos. […]

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Journey to Churchill | Assiniboine Park and Zoo | Winnipeg, Manitoba

How a visit to Assiniboine Park and Zoo in Winnipeg changed how I think about zoos

Let me start out by saying that I’ve never been a “zoo person”. It has always pained me to see majestic creatures penned in captivity. I realize many zoos do great conservation work and also genuinely care for the animals’ well-being. However, I made a personal decision several years ago to not support zoos in […]

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