Best Five Tips for Experiencing Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland

In this past first year of retirement, Grandpa and I traveled several continents and finished those Wonders of the World Lists that are safe to visit, and some not so safe.  We left out only two, which are too dangerous for even us. Having completed our “travel bucket list,” we started on experiencing those places […]

The Big Five in The Perfection of An Intimate Luxurious Safari Experience At Ivory Lodge, Lion Sands Reserve and Lodges, Sabi Sands Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Our Boomer grandparent bucket list of seeing wonders of the world included Victoria Falls in Africa, so Grandpa and I headed off to experience all of the wonders of southern Africa.  We saw Table Mountain in Cape Town, now on a new wonders list, the New7Wonders list, and proceeded to a safari, before heading to […]

The Perfect 36 Hour Stopover Experience in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

We Boomers are way ahead of the Millennials.  We have known experiences trump possessions, as Millenials seem to have just discovered.  Experiences are what we crave and we know experiences will bring life fulfillment.  Since Grandpa and I went to India in 2005 and members of our group raved about an overnight stopover to Dubai […]

Our Enchanted 2017 Multigenerational Vacation in Sedona, Arizona at the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon: Part II The Best of Sedona and the Best of the Enchantment Resort

Sedona and the Enchantment resort have everything a family needs for a multigenerational vacation, and the location and amenities are perfect. Sedona, Arizona, is two hours north of Phoenix airport, and coming from different areas of the United States, our multigenerational family was able to coordinate arrival between 9 and 10 am, pick up two […]

Our Enchanted 2017 Multigenerational Vacation in Sedona, Arizona at the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon: Part I Top Twelve Tips for Planning

When a multigenerational family reaches an even dozen, and is still growing, preplanning for a vacation takes on a new dimension.  We planned in advance on how and when to experience the Enchantment Resort and the Grand Canyon and Grandpa and I previewed both ahead of time to see if it was worth the cost […]

Best Hotel, Food, and Other Local Secrets From a Local As To Why You Should Visit Fort Lauderdale in July

Standing on the beach watching the fireworks on July 4th, needing a light jacket, made me realize that July in Fort Lauderdale is a secret joy that this Grandma should share. There is a joke that we locals tell: What is the coldest state in the United States?  Florida.  We have the best air conditioning […]

Grandma’s Top Ten of “Travel and Leisure Magazine’s Thirty three Brilliant Ways to Actually Use Your Travel Photos” for Grandchildren to Remember Our Multigenerational Family Vacations

Yes, this Grandma is on Twitter.  Barely.  I do not know how to add anyone or anything.  All I have is what my son-in-law originally did for me and what my grandson helped me add. . . once.  I keep forgetting to bother them further.  When I am with grandchildren I am so busy that […]

Disney’s Magic Kingdom Best Tips for 2017 and Beyond

We are Florida parents and now we are the grandparents in Florida, so we have lost count of how many visits to Disney’s Magic Kingdom we have made in the last forty plus years.  Magic Kingdom remains the best park by far, especially for the youngest grandchildren.  Seeing Magic Kingdom anew in from each grandchild’s […]

The Best Tips for Universal Orlando Resorts and Parks, Reviews of Rides by Grandpa and Our Near Ten Year Old Grandson, and Why Grandparents Should Have the Parents Along For the Rides

Grandpa has always been a roller coaster addict.  When our children were too young in this Grandma’s opinion to go on upside down roller coasters, their father, Grandpa, was encouraging them to try them out.  The parents of our grandchildren, as children, loved the upside down roller coasters and the more outrageous and exotic roller […]

Tips on Giving The Gift Of Travel To Family and Grandchildren, Multigenerational, With Grandchildren, and Best Family Itineraries Around the United States and World

This year, more than ever, it seems that the gift of travel is the most important gift for the family and grandchildren.  The key is that everyone wants experiences, not things.  Even “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” now include massive amounts of travel specials, although the travel specials this Grandma saw for her favorites were […]

Exploring the MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a Hidden Treasure Destination for Grandchildren

Before Grandpa and I went to Easter Island, we took our grandchildren to the one place to see an Easter Island exhibit, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We marveled at the replicas of the moai, the  human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island  around 1300 AD.  Before Grandpa and I went […]

Navigating the Best Day Possible at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida

This was our second trip to Lion Country Safari with our second set of grandchildren. First, the park is not really in West Palm Beach, Florida, although it advertises itself as such. It is really in Loxahatchee, Florida, way, way out west. It is ten miles west of the Florida Turnpike, exit 97, or I-95 […]

Age 5 and up. Really? Grandma Wants to Know the Airlines’ Newest Unaccompanied Minor Policies

This Grandma would love to have the grandchildren travel unaccompanied to visit in Florida.  Researching this issue, I discovered that each airline has different policies and they change.  For example, beginning September 3, 2014, American Airlines extended the age at which it will charge a fee for children flying alone, $150 each way for unaccompanied […]

Hershey Park and Hershey Sticker Shock? The Sweet Pass Secret to a Perfect Hershey Chocolate Vacation

Our grandchildren just went to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. Every year, the mothers of the two grandchildren cousins close in age take them away for a weekend near their birthdays—they are 361 days apart. This year they went to Hershey Park for their birthdays.  When the parents of our grandchildren returned, they raved about Hershey […]

This Grandma’s Best Tips for Flying with a Baby

This Grandma loves Carolyn Hax’s advice – most of the time.  When responding to a mother flying with a baby, I do not think she was helpful.  Here is what she said June 20, 2014, published in the Miami Herald: DEAR CAROLYN: I’m flying with a baby and, three weeks out, am already losing sleep. […]

Can This Boomer Grandma Continue to Travel the World?

Grandpa and I have spent our adult married life traveling the world, concentrating on the man made and natural wonders of the world and world heritage sites.  We have climbed Machu Picchu and the rice terraces in rural China.  We have seen the sun rise over Anghor Wat and the Taj Mahal and the moais […]

Our Multigenerational Vacation 2014: Charleston and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. Part III: Kiawah Island, S.C. with Grandchildren

After our family returned from the Sanctuary Resort at Kiawah Island, S.C. we heard it is primarily known for its world famous golf courses.  We had heard it was the number one family resort in the U.S.  We agree that it is. The Sanctuary at Kiawah is all about children.  Although it is one of […]

Our Multigenerational Vacation 2014: Charleston and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. Part II: Touring Charleston, S.C. with Children

Charleston, S.C. has it all – history, beauty, and great food.  The trick for this Grandma was to bring Charleston down to the level of a seven and ten year old and do a special walking and driving tour that interested them as well as the adults. This Grandma did her research on the web […]

Our Multigenerational Vacation 2014: Charleston and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, S.C. Part I: Anticipation

The only time that all eleven of us could get together for our multigenerational vacation in 2014 was Memorial Day weekend.  It was unanimous that we wanted to go to Charleston and the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.  Whatever the interest, good food, golf, tennis, sports, nature, pool, beach, and a beautiful resort, this destination has […]

Busch Gardens Tampa with Grandchildren Part Two: The Perfect Itinerary

Grandpa and I took our older two grandchildren, ages ten and seven, to Busch Gardens Tampa over Spring Break 2014.  Busch Gardens is a wonderful combination of an interactive zoo and roller coaster park. We thought it might be crowded during a holiday weekend, and we were pleasantly surprised.  This park is most appropriate for […]