Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

Understanding Autism and celebrating differences

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Who hasn’t had a travel nightmare when taking the kids? The worst I’ve heard is having a plane of angry passengers booing your family as you try to calm a child on the autism spectrum. “People are very quick to judge,” explained...
Should you splurge on travel this spring and summer?

Should you splurge on travel this spring and summer?

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Talk about being spoiled. We have a chef, assistant chef, two butlers, two housekeepers, a lawn crew (there are beautifully landscaped grounds, the beach is meticulously raked) and a manager who oversees it all. Our biggest...
Taking the kids on spring break safely

Taking the kids on spring break safely

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Got your backpack? Reusable water bottle? Especially this year, consider getting outdoors for spring break. The more time you can spend outdoors, the safer you’ll be, public health experts suggest. But that doesn’t necessarily...
Making time for romance on vacation

Making time for romance on vacation

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Imagine sitting in your private hot tub overlooking the jungle, listening to howler monkeys and birds. Consider a hilltop alfresco couples massage or bespoke just-for-you cocktails under the stars made from a variety of infused...
Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

Cooking with a local master over an open hearth

By Eileen Ogintz We’ve signed on for an Open Hearth cooking lesson at The Lodge at Chaa Creek and there’s a lot of chopping to do, says our teacher and chef Marco Yuk.  Marco has been cooking here for years and is working to become a master chef. He...
Two Belizean Spas – all about nature

Two Belizean Spas – all about nature

By Eileen Ogintz The Naia Resort & Spa, about 15 minutes from Placencia is all about relaxation. It has private beach-front bungalows (many with their own pools).  The spa is inspired by nature. Imagine bridges over freshwater lagoons, palm trees and...
Can’t see monkeys? Hear the howling!

Can’t see monkeys? Hear the howling!

It’s still fun and you always learn something new By Eileen Ogintz We could hear the howler monkeys—boy could we hear them howl—on a jungle walk on the Monkey River near Placencia, Belize. But they were hard to spot in the tree canopy above, sun blazing through. The...
Vacation with ease – in Belize

Vacation with ease – in Belize

By Eileen Ogintz PLACENCIA, Belize — Conch carpaccio or shrimp fritters? We are having lunch on the terrace at Naia Resort and Spa on the Placencia Peninsula of Belize. It’s a private 200 acre reserve where we’re ensconced in our own bungalow. We step out onto...
Coconut Bay St Lucia: Multi generational haven

Coconut Bay St Lucia: Multi generational haven

By Nicky Omohundro, Taking the Kids Contributor We all know that vacations are important for families. Finding the right destination and resort to accommodate everyone in your clan – from the youngest to the oldest – can be a daunting task, but it’s...
Grab a Black-Friday-Cyber Monday travel deal

Grab a Black-Friday-Cyber Monday travel deal

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Beach getaway or snowy adventure? City lights or a remote adventure? Perhaps a cruise… What’s your pick for a 2022 vacation? With kids 5 to 11 eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and a growing number of adults able to get booster...