Wrapping Up Sicily, Salzburg And Vienna

Places are sections of a quilt. We make that quilt bigger the more we travel. Some sections, or squares, have vivid pictures. Others, just an abstract of a long-ago memory. They’re all wonderful. My kids’ happiness won’t necessarily be the size of their quilt, but rather the detail. I can’t wait to add some more squares.

Just Pretend This Is A Normal Daily Post

I really love writing for my readers.  The blog is exciting, challenging, disappointing, thrilling.  I recently shared virtual high-fives with a reader who’s been getting bonus points on one of her credit cards she wasn’t expecting.  She and I met at a Frequent Traveler University event I was speaking at a couple of years ago.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, I commiserated today with a really good friend of mine who missed her systemwide upgrade clearing on a looooong flight from the West coast to Europe.  Bummer! But, […]

It’s Time To Book Winter Holiday Vacations

While there may be 262 days left to get Christmas shopping done, the time to be thinking about vacations for the holidays is now.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or another holiday, the end of the year is a very popular vacation time.  And, if you have school-aged children, you’re generally a slave to taking vacations in these short breaks from school. We got lucky last year and snagged rooms at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe for the week after Christmas and even managed a 1-bedroom cottage using a Diamond suite […]

For Pete’s Sake! Help Me Help Folks Affected By Cancer

I recently ran into an organization that has an interesting mission to help people with cancer.  The best way to describe it is a sort of “Make a Wish” for folks like you and me.  But, it’s a bit more nuanced than that. I’ve been a LIVESTRONG supporter for quite some time.  That hasn’t always carried the most positive vibe, but cancer is something that’s affected me and my family and LIVESTRONG has been there to support me.  Recently, they gave me a different sort of opportunity to support them by […]

Sheraton Sand Key Summary

Part 1 of my Sheraton Sand Key review. Part 2 of my Sheraton Sand Key review. This is where the travel game can get the best of you.  Our family has been spoiled.  Because we keep a big pile of points we can afford to go to top-notch resorts in exotic places.  The Sheraton Sand Key is neither of these,  but it is a nice, serviceable property for families. You’re not going to find great food here, but you will find pretty good service.  When our daughter got sick on […]