A Southern Indiana Make-cation: Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards

Not every trip is a vacation. Visits to family often involve shoehorning into their space, their life and their activities. While you may not in fact be working, you are not necessarily footloose and fancy-free. Add to that the need to see everyone you have ever met who lives in town, and this “vacation” has…

Off the Beaten Path for an L.A. Vacation – Part 2

If the secret is out, I might as well go all the way. In my previous L.A. via Burbank post, I shared some favorite attractions, and a few choice dining and drinking spots. Here, I’ll focus on the unique shopping experience that Burbank offers. Retail tourism What fun is a vacation without a little shopping?…

Off (and on) the Beaten Path for an L.A. Vacation – Part 1

  Los Angeles is a great town for a staycation—and my staycation can be your vacation. If you’ve decided to say for Hooray for Hollywood, Burbank can be an ideal home base during your stay—as long as your priority is not maximum beach time. Burbank is central to the Northern LA/Hollywood area; it’s quiet but…

Five Random Thoughts That Occurred to Me on Vacation

No one enjoys a 10-hour plane flight more than a mom who rarely flies on her own. Watching mediocre chick flicks has never been so relaxing. I had to force myself to stop and sleep. I think I have an idea for the next historical biopic, and the perfect casting. (Hello, Poldark fans.) This statue…

Ten Days in the UK in February

My travel partner: Shannon, a mom of three and experienced traveler from Minneapolis. The route: London, then York, onto Edinburgh, and back to London for the final night. The goal: adventure, relaxation, escape. In short: Momspringa. Day 1: Hit the ground running Shannon and I met up before leaving Heathrow Airport. We found the Heathrow…

Being a Less Touristy Tourist

I find that one of my biggest priorities while traveling is finding the authentic experience. How do you know if you’re getting the true thing, or the thing designed to rope in tourists?  If I’m being honest with myself, my interests like somewhere in the middle. I like my host country to put on a…

I Promise Not to Get Political Here Too Often, But …

My Big Fat White Privilege Next week, I’m traveling internationally. And the world is a crazy place right now. But I’m not personally worried about it. That is my privilege. No one is going to look at me funny as I walk through the airport. I will make it through security with a minimum of…

My Travel Must-Haves

Spontaneity has never really been my jam. I like being prepared, especially when far from home. (I could blame motherhood, but who am I kidding?) So with that in mind, as I prepare for my next trip to the UK, I offer my list of travel must-haves. Smartphone. Considerations: do I get an international phone…

Scotch Whisky Tasting in Edinburgh

I’ve never been much of an alcohol connoisseur. Drinker, yes. Expert, certainly not. I like a few beers, generally in the wheat and blonde families. I enjoy wine when the time is right, but know nothing about it. So Scotch whisky tasting was a relatively new experience for me. It was a lot of fun,…

Traveling in the UK – Part Two

In early March, my friend Jenn and I spent a wonderful 10 days in the United Kingdom, exploring London, Bath, the Cotswolds and Edinburgh. It was an amazing trip and I am already plotting how I can get back. In the meantime, I’m sharing some experiences and lessons learned, and generally geeking out on Anglophilia….

Traveling in the UK – Part One

UK, You Take My Breath Away In early March, my friend Jenn and I spent a wonderful 10 days in the United Kingdom, exploring London, Bath, the Cotswolds and Edinburgh. It was an amazing trip and I am already plotting how I can get back. In the meantime, I’m going to share some experiences and…