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The Seven Best European Attractions for Kids

I’ll never forget the time I visited the little mermaid statue in Copenhagen with my kids, then 3 and 5. Widely hailed as one of the top attractions in Denmark for children, it looked to us like a depressed girl sitting on a rock. About...

How to Pack Cables, Cords, and Chargers

No matter how lightly I pack, there doesn’t seem to be any way of minimizing the cables, cords, and chargers that I need everywhere I go. Phones, cameras, tablets, e-readers, back-up batteries, laptops… they all need power. In general, I have three rules when traveling...

Do You Need a Chip and PIN Card in Europe?

If it’s been a while since your last international trip, I have some unwelcome news: outside of the U.S., most credit cards and card readers are using a new technology. Old style magnetic strips are on their way out; embedded security chips are on...

A Funny Thing Happened at the Grocery Store

Ah, international travel! New people to meet. New places to see. New opportunities to make a complete ass of myself. © Anna Bizoń While overseas, I feel it’s my patriotic duty to behave in a way that will reflect well on...

Five Things to Do in Amsterdam with Kids

Of all the major European cities I’ve visited with kids, Amsterdam is easily my favorite. Yes, Amsterdam. If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re not alone. My friends did the same when I told them we were renting an apartment there...

Packing a Travel Medicine Kit

Even if you’re not quite heading out to the wilds of Papua New Guinea, a thoughtfully packed travel medicine kit can save a lot of time and worry. After all, would you rather be exploring a new place or exploring a pharmacy? ...

Five Reasons Kids Love Scotland

When I told people I was taking my kids to Scotland for spring break this year, I got one of two responses. “You’re going to freeze your butts off!” (we didn’t, for the record), or “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland!” ...

Twelve Things to Do Before Your Trip

If there’s anyone who needs a pre-trip checklist, it’s me. Not only do I have to pack for myself, I also have to oversee the packing efforts of my two kids, make all our travel arrangements, and prepare our house and pets to...

Hong Kong with Kids

If your family has never traveled in Asia, Hong Kong is a great place for a crash course. Whether you come for a week or just a few days, you’ll find a lot of brightness and bustle in one safe, fun package. My advice:...

Top Five Medium-Sized Cities to Visit in Europe

It’s difficult deciding where to go on a first (or second, or even tenth) trip to Europe. While undeniably exciting, big cities like Paris, London, and Rome can leave you flat broke and exhausted. Picturesque villages, by contrast, can be pretty to look at…for about...

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