Category Archives: Family Travel

Happy to Announce My New Book!

  As many of you are aware, I’ve been working on a book project for the last few years based on this blog and much additional research. For those of you who’ve offered feedback and suggestions to my blog posts … Continue reading

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Alaska Impressions

    “Mama, I’m going to walk in front with the ranger!  I want to hear her tell which berries I can eat.  Oh, and did you see how big the bald eagle’s nest was?!  I spotted the baby birds … Continue reading

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Subways, Buses, and Backpacks: Teaching Kids Frugal Travel Skills

This is a guest post I just wrote for the Center for a New American Dream website. I bumped into my friend Sarah the other day.  As we stood in the hot, dry Colorado air I asked about her summer.  … Continue reading

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Mountain Goats and Spiderman: Using the Tools of the Mind Program

Over Spring Break our family visited two National Parks in Utah, Arches and Canyonlands.  We stayed in the small town of Moab, where an interesting mix of ex-uranium miners and twenty-something mountain bike enthusiasts live tucked in between towering red … Continue reading

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Starfish One By One: An Amazing Guatemalan Non-Profit

Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, has been very inspirational reading for me.  It demonstrates the creativity people use to make ends meet when given a leg up, via a small business loan or scholarship. Prior to … Continue reading

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Spanish Language Immersion in Guatemala

(Names of our Guatemalan friends have been changed.) As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, our family has traveled to Central America for Spanish language immersion two summers in a row.  Initially we went to Costa Rica which was a fitting … Continue reading

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Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica: Unexpected Highpoints for My Kids

If you read last week’s post about our family’s experience learning Spanish in Costa Rica for a month, you no doubt got the impression that it was a fairly trying adventure, but an adventure nonetheless! My summary at the time … Continue reading

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Learning Spanish as a Family in Costa Rica

Two summers ago our family traveled to central Costa Rica for a month to live with a local family and learn Spanish at a language school.  Our kids were 11, 9 and 6 at the time. I’d conceived of the … Continue reading

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Family Train Trip

When we stepped up onto the California Zephyr in Denver one hot July evening, my family had no idea what to expect. I’d booked the trip on the strength of fond childhood memories of chugging up the Northeast Corridor in … Continue reading

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