From Guatemala to Boston: The Risks and Rewards of Seeing the World

About a year ago, I got it in my head that our family had to go to Guatemala during Easter break. I wanted to experience the week-long Semana Santa celebration in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site with lovely colonial charm. I wanted to feel the heat at the top of Antigua’s nearby Pacaya Volcano and touch the clouds from one of the ancient Mayan temples at Tikal.

Antigua is known for its Spanish colonial architecture.

Antigua is known for its Spanish colonial architecture.

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Doing it All . . . Or Nothing in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is our family’s go-to getaway for spring break. We stay at the same, time-honored location, La Quinta Resort, where we’ve been going for years, and where my girls want to get married someday. On our latest visit, we even brought our dog. I guess at this point you could call it a family tradition.

Even our dog loves La Quinta.

It’s a dog’s life in Palm Springs!

Our daughters have been coming here since they were babies.

Our daughters have been coming here since they were babies.

Each time we visit though, we’re faced with a dilemma. Do we venture out to experience all the attractions in the Palm Springs area, or do we guard the pool all day? It’s a tough call because in general, we’re a “go-go-go” type of family, and all of our trips usually involve a jam-packed agenda of sights and activities. Continue reading

Why Our Family Won’t be Riding Elephants in Thailand

Photo credit: ElephantVoices.org, Petter Granli

Photo credit: ElephantVoices.org, Petter Granli

The idea of travelling to Thailand conjures up many romantic and exotic images – from the frenetic streets of Bangkok, to gilded temples and giant Buddhas, to palm-fringed islands, and of course, elephants, Thailand’s national symbol. All of these scenes in one way or another make the “Land of Smiles” a bucket list favorite for many, including our family. This summer, we’re heading to Southeast Asia for three weeks, with most of our time being spent in Thailand. Continue reading