International Travel

Harmony of the Seas: World’s Largest Cruise Ship!

Harmony of the Seas! The world’s largest cruise ship! Harmony of the Seas Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship recently moved to the US to begin cruising out of the port of Ft. Lauderdale and we got a sneak peek! Known for it’s size, the Harmony of the Seas also provides more adventure activities than any other cruise ship on the ocean! Ziplining, rock climbing, FlowRider surfing, multiple water slides, and much more await you on this spectacular ship. Of course, you also have the amazing shows and performances that you come to expect from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. There’s...

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A Beautiful Day in England at Bodiam Castle

In mid-summer 2016, my family spent three weeks traipsing around the U.K., going from London to Ireland and then back again to England for a drive around the northeast, Wales and southern England. On the second to last day, just before we kicked off the ’16-’17 English football season at Craven Cottage in West London and before we explored A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin’s real life Hundred Acre Wood, we spent a beautiful day in England at Bodiam Castle. This ended up as one of the best days of our entire vacation. Not only is Bodiam, with its...

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24 Hour Layover in Beijing, Why Not?

A Quick Layover in Beijing On a recent business trip to Malaysia, I chose a flight option with a stop in Beijing, China. The layover was just under 24 hours, so I decided to go that route to stop by  and visit for the 2nd time to the capital of China. My flight arrived around 6p and left the next day in the late afternoon. I had to plan strategically to get the most of my pit stop. Due to some phenomenal pricing, I reserved a hotel at the St. Regis in Beijing. Converting Chinese yuan to US dollars,...

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The Intersection of Family Travel and Live Music

It only takes a short stroll through my small office to get a sense of my musical taste. I have records on display from Frank Sinatra, Kamasi Washington, Dawes, Santigold and Superchunk, just to name a handful, and on the other side of the room is a mountain of concert tickets, lanyards and signed posters from other bands I’ve seen and have adored listening to for many years. So, and to be perfectly honest, when I think back on my oldest child’s first concert, it’s not exactly the way I’d have drawn it up. As a child who grew...

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Voluntourism in the Dominican Republic

How can we teach our kids about giving back? Or, how to help those in need? One way we did so, recently, was through an impact cruise and voluntourism. What is Voluntourism? Voluntourism can mean a lot of different things, practically. The definition is “a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity.” How that voluntary work is executed is what takes different forms. For us, we went on a Fathom cruise to the Dominican Republic where we participated in several “impact” activities (the volunteer part of voluntourism). Our ship, the Adonia, was...

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Why London is great with young kids

When my wife and I think of cities in other countries we love, London always nears the top of the list. We enjoyed visiting the city a great deal before we had kids. Of course, after we had kids, the question was, can we handle taking them overseas? For parents considering testing the waters with traveling overseas with young children (or even parents who travel overseas with their kids all the time!), London remains an excellent option. Here are some of the reasons I think London is great for kids – with some caveats. Travel options make London convenient...

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Travel to Malaysia, Yes a Muslim Country

A journey to a Muslim-majority country – like Malaysia – is probably one of the furthest thoughts for most Americans, and the greater West for that matter. The media portrays the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia as terrorist havens on the brink of destruction and violence. So why on Earth would you want to go to Malaysia? Inter-religious Friendships Formed Almost a decade ago in New York City, I met Kamran, my first friend with Pakistani roots. He was born in New Jersey, and his father was from Pakistan. He and I grew very close and took...

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