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Costa del Sol is an extremely popular tourist destination for the Europeans at any time of the year. It is true that this part of Andalusia also has its own peak and off-peak season just like other destinations in Spain. But in general, the mild temperature makes it an ideal […]

April in Costa del Sol — Events, Weather and Travel ...


I started this blog on February 10, 2006 at the recommendation of journalist friend and tech expert Dwight Silverman;  I was retiring from the Navy and planning to be a writer, and he said, “If you’re going to be a writer, you need to have a blog.” Hmmm, well alrighty, […]

It’s been a great run, but it’s time to go


Looking for a local place to get some Western-style boots for the kids during your visit to Austin? Try Allens Boots on South Congress Avenue; the area is often referred to by the trendy term SoCo and when you’re ready to kick up your boot heels, there are fun, funky and […]

Shop local in Austin and Round Rock: Allens Boots



My first (short) visit to Las Vegas was to help run the Tourism track at BlogWorld and New Media Expo, but I tried to scope out a few family travel angles in Sin City while I was there. Here are my thoughts about this surprising place: 1)  Even though the campaign […]

8 tips on taking the kids to Las Vegas


Welcome to the December 2, 2010 edition of the Carnival of Cities, where we tour the world in a single blog post.  We were supposed to publish yesterday but ran into some technical glitches; thanks for your patience. Thanks as well to the host of the previous edition on Byteful Travel, […]

Carnival of Cities for 2 December 2010


Welcome to the September 22, 2010 edition of the Carnival of Cities blog carnival, where we tour the world in a single blog post. Thanks very much to the host for the previous edition, Let’s Do Something Different, and we look forward to the next host, Netherlands-based Guido with Absolutely […]

Carnival of Cities for 22 September 2010



This is the flamingo area at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Citrus County, Florida (south of Tampa.) It’s a wonderful place for the kids to see West Indian manatees year-round. Nope, no oil spill problems there as of this writing, so check it out!

Photo of the Week: Florida flamingo gathering at Homosassa



For tips and insights into Hawaii with keiki (kids) you can look at the visitor’s website for Hawaii, but also consider some kamaaina local bloggers who live right there in the islands with their families. We met many of them during the So Much More Hawaii bloggers tour, when they served […]

For Oahu and Maui travel tips, say Aloha to local ...



Way back in 2006, I wrote a post on this blog entitled “Why the bleep would I want to go there?” In it, I wrote about taking the kids to visit places that seem crummy, but really aren’t, and how you can’t have an opinion about seemingly crummy places unless […]

Psyched to visit Lubbock, Texas. Really.