The Glasgow Patter

The Glasgow Patter Every year we try to visit a country for the first time. This year, that will be Scotland, with just a few days in Glasgow before we head on to Ireland. The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few...

Managing Travel Panic

Managing Travel Panic People assume that when we take a trip to Mexico for 3 months, it’s a trip of tacos and relaxation and beaches and margaritas. I’m not going to lie, those things exist. But the stresses you experience at home don’t magically disappear once you venture out. You can’t...

Hostel: Like a Castle, Only Different

Hostel: Like a Castle, Only Different In a few months, we’ll travel to Ireland. Mike and I took a trip there in 2010, but this will be our first trip to the land of green and Guinness with our children, who like the color green but do not appreciate Guinness nearly as much as I do. One of the most...

Behaving Badly Abroad

Behaving Badly Abroad I’m certainly not shy when it comes to calling out bad travelers. What follows is a section from an early draft of Vagabonding with Kids: Spain. This took place at a flamenco show: Also, you should not read this if you have sensitivity to language. Because it’s about...

Prague Calling

Prague Calling Of all the places we’ve visited, Prague is the city to which I’d most like to return. We were working in London on a movie set and had two weeks of vacation over Christmas and the New Year. We spent the first week traveling in Italy. During the second week, we met up...

Fear & Its Cousin, Moral Irresponsibility

Fear & Its Cousin, Moral Irresponsibility São Paulo in the middle of the day, I held six-year-old Ivy’s hand while Mike walked up ahead with eight-year-old Emilia in bright sunshine and heavy heat. A man dressed in suit and tie walked toward us on the sidewalk. As he neared, I noticed something on his...