travel insurance

Travel Insurance: When Should You Buy?

There is nothing sexy about travel insurance. But there is nothing sexy about the scene I flew over yesterday where part of Argentina and Chile were covered in a thick layer of volcanic ash. Learn how to make sure your trip expenses don't get wasted -- up in smoke with all the ash. read more...
travel with babies

When Things Go Wrong

It was the sound I was listening for when I put my 20-pound two-year-old to bed on the mattress next to me and fell asleep. But at 2:45AM, it came too fast for me to respond; the back of my head was now covered in vomit. read more...
avoiding malaria

Avoiding Malaria and Those Darn Mosquitos

Did I mention that I hate mosquitos? I'm especially violent when the little buggers bite my kids. Note to all mosquitos: Don't mess with a mama who has laid in bed too sick to remember anything other than you were at fault. In fact, just don't mess with a mama, or a dad, or any of our offspring. read more...
Benadryl Spray

Benadryl Spray: It Works Fast

I have yet to find the perfect repellent, but I never travel without extra-strength Benadryl Spray. It provides instant itch relief. When you have kids like mine who scratch and scratch, it's a must. read more...
lemons and limes for stings

Lemons and Limes for Stings

For the sudden bee or wasp sting, remove the stinger and apply lemons or limes directly to the skin. Also, drink as much of the juice as possible. read more...
family travel

Problems in Paradise

Even life in paradise has a few drawbacks. Here are some of the things I ought to know by now, and that I should have remembered in preparation for our trip. read more...