Once, at a job interview, I was asked to answer an impossible question. I had no way of knowing the “right” answer, but I knew there was no choice but to take a moment of honest self-reflection and keep it as real as possible. “Which Golden Girl would you be?” asked the executive producer of…Details
I often joke about my dad’s trust fund, which goes a little something like this: he trusts that I will fund him. Helping my dad, who still works part-time as a public school classroom assistant, isn’t too difficult. He’s a man of few needs, a man who lives in what I will lovingly refer to…Details
Experiencing majestic travel moments through the eyes of your children — from the views atop the Empire State Building to the cacti dotting Saguaro National Park — enhances travel in ways large and small. That being said, if you’re traveling with little people, and in charge of their very survival 24/7, that’s so less than…Details
You’ve probably heard of and experienced “anticipatory dread.” Or maybe I invented it, that’s how close a personal friend I consider this flavor of discomfort and fear. But, fear not! Or, dread not! Fantastic news. There is a corollary. Just as ruminating about something you predict will be a nightmare wastes your time and unnecessarily…Details
Guidebooks You know what I’m about to say. You can read PDFs of guidebook chapters from your devices. You can Google just about everything imaginable. If you want to party like it’s 1999, that’s fine, but don’t travel like it’s 1999, the year I trekked through Europe with my 27 pound “Let’s Go Europe” book…Details
It’s got to be one of the top travel nightmares not involving maiming, abduction or getting sucked into another dimension without a sweater for the kids. I’m talking about the dreaded LOST ID. If you’re like me, you check and double check for that license multiple times before even leaving the house. Before a trip,…Details
Teresa Strasser is Best Western’s Family Travel Expert. See all of the essential items that she takes on every trip with her kids. From band-aids to bluetooth to bug spray, every parent should be ready with these tips.
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Teresa Strasser is Best Western’s Family Travel Expert. In this video, she shares an easy way to keep kids entertained in the backseat during a road trip. All you need is a glove and a few dry erase markers. Do your kids have a favorite activity during long car rides? Tell us all about your…Details
* IF you haven’t stopped by the TSA’s official blog lately, I highly encourage you to do so. For one thing, the writing has an unexpectedly jaunty tone. For another, photos of the random weapons they confiscate across the country (“I was just going to carve the turkey with those nunchuks!”) are fascinating. Moreover, because…Details
Leave it home. It’s that simple. Repeat this to yourself: when it doubt, leave it out. That extra pair of pajamas, those six bedtime books, that game of Yahztee, you won’t really need any of it. Pack the minimum. Whatever else you end up needing, we live in a world of very cheap goods, readily…Details