A Week in Maui

We found an excellent deal via WestJet to fly to Maui, Hawaii, in late June. The three of us could get there and back from Vancouver for $1,200. We couldn’t not go! Those of you with teens know how much easier a vacation is if there’s a friend along. Our girl would have been bored out of her tree just …

A Trip to Portland by Train with a Teen

“Will there be wifi?” is a question any parent with a teen is familiar with. Happily, and to her delight, I was able to answer, “Yes, the train will have wifi.” Train travel is relaxing while driving can be super-stressful. Given a choice between a six hour drive and an eight and a half hour train ride, it’s the train all …

Cuba Family Getaway

The Iberostar Ensenachos Resort, 90 minutes from the Santa Clara airport in Cuba, is a sprawling property that takes up its own cayo (a small low island), on Cayo Ensenachos. Never having visited Cuba before, I didn’t know what to expect. I like to do a lot of research before I go somewhere, but this time the best reason to go was …

Orlando Theme Parks and trick-or-treating in the Florida Keys

view of our rental florida

After much (much!) pestering by our then 11 year old daughter, we decided to go to Orlando, Florida and then to the Keys. The main draw being The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure. This actually worked out quite well as friends of ours with a 9 year old girl wanted to get away as well. …