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When Trips Go Wrong
Despite the best preparations, some vacations are terrible. These misbegotten journeys become the ones remembered for all the wrong reasons. In Australia, my son, daughter and I discovered how a four-day camping trip could morph into family legend, an experience funny now, but not then.
Washington, D.C., Winter Fun
Washington, D.C., is in the spotlight as the city readies for President Obama’s second inauguration, January 21, 2013. Whether you plan be in the District for the festivities or visit the city later this winter, there’s much that’s new and interesting.
Adventure Living and Travel
Adventures aren’t superfluous; these special experiences, whether high-end dream trips in Kenya tracking elephants and wildebeest or budget sleepovers exploring sea wonders at your local science museum, create important family bonds and bring more bonuses than the same old trips.
Adventures in Giving
‘Tis the season of giving, but most of the time during the holidays kids are consumed with thoughts about what they are getting. One answer: hand your youngsters Charity Checks so that they can give to others.
Lancaster, PA, Traditional Getaway
Farms, food and fine crafts are part of any Lancaster, Pennsylvania, getaway. Along with the city’s art galleries, vintage shops and theaters, Lancaster city as well as the county offer all the treats of a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Country getaway. And that’s part of the fun.
Lancaster, PA, Surprises
In Lancaster, PA, we enjoyed a mix of urban sophistication plus comforting rural landscapes. We expected—and looked forward to-- the farmlands since Lancaster County beats as the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. What surprised us: the galleries, vintage shops, boutiques and good restaurants.
Puerto Rico Adventures, Arecibo
Puerto Rico’s Porta Atlántico stretches west from Dorado to Camuy, 63 miles from San Juan. The region’s northern coastline and inland forests and farms lure adventurers with cave explorations as well as the chance to see the world’s largest single dish radio telescope at Arecibo.
Kiteboarding, Puerto Rico
Kiteboarding: can a middle-aged woman of average athletic ability and no previous experience snowboarding or surfing fly through the waves on a kiteboard? Absolutely. I discover this in San Juan on Puerto Rico’s Isla Verde Beach during a two-hour lesson with 15 Knots.
River & Barge Cruises, Europe
When you cruise Europe’s rivers and canals, you wind through farmlands and medieval villages, past terraced vineyards, and historic castles and sometimes straight to a city’s heart. You can choose from luxury ships that accommodate 100-150 passengers to small boats and barges carrying 6-12 people.
D.C. Surprise: Mansion on O Street
What do a log cabin, 20,000 books and a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen have in common? They’re all part of the Mansion on O Street’s surprises. The Mansion not only offers hotel rooms and event space, but hosts teas, brunches, treasure hunts, blue grass jams and drag shows.
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