Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share the reasons for our transition from a compact travel stroller to a full-sized UppaBaby Vista when on the road.
While there are a few exceptions and places where smaller & compact almost always wins out for the majority of use cases (thinking of Southeast Asia), we’ve generally found that our UppaBaby is a preferred stroller for most types of trips and terrain.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share the gear we brought with us to Southeast Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia) on a three-week trip. We are believers in the power of less-is-more when packing, even with a little one in tow.
Reading Time: 5 minutes In this post we share photos from Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa, in Menaggio, Lake Como, Italy.
Set on the lakeshore, the Grand Hotel Victoria is the crown jewel experience in the area.
Visitors, whether staying at the hotel or taking a day trip to Menaggio, can enjoy a leisurely drink on its front lawn sitting and dining area. The pool and lounge area are dreamy, and the spa may be the best in the world.
Consider making Menaggio as home base when in Lake Como due its natural beauty, proximity to other villages by ferry and luxurious hotel.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In this post we share photos from Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.
The French government named the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme with a five-star classification of the highest distinction. It has been named one of eight official palace hotels in France, thought of the tourism version of the Pulitzer Prize.
Reading Time: 4 minutes This is a high level overview of travel throughout Switzerland over a 14-18 day period.
We present two itineraries for intra country travel – one that begins in Zurich (east side of Switzerland), and the other from Geneva/Lausanne (west side of Switzerland). Most travelers will enter the country through one of these places, either into Zurich or Geneva by way of Paris.
Switzerland is a small country that is easily navigated by fast trains to major hubs with local trains to get to precise locations. The itineraries below use a blend of train and private car to access some of smaller villages and afford the traveler increased flexibility in their plans. We provide details around options are for those who choose to use public transport only.
We also include a third itinerary that includes travel from the Swiss Alps into Northern Italy, including Lake Como and Milan.
Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post we share a rough outline of how we organize our time day-over-day when we travel with a toddler.
As children thrive on routine and structure, this overall plan allows us to be adventurous but also be mindful that we are with a little one whose moods, behaviors and energy can change on a whim, and very much depend on a nap.
Note that we are morning-oriented and the schedule reflects this.
Reading Time: 3 minutes In this post we share our approach to getting ourselves, our families, and our homes organized ahead of a trip.
Juggling the hum of normal life with travel-related preparation with all of the errands, tasks and to-dos before departure can easily become overwhelming.
To set you up for success ahead of travel day, we recommend creating a list of everything you need to do to prepare, and then sort the items on a day-by-day basis, starting 1-2 weeks before departure. We have found that taking this approach allows us to feel stress-free, giving us the a a positive start to a trip.
Reading Time: 2 minutes In our many years of travel we’ve experienced our fair share of travel mistakes, mishaps and disappointments.
In this post we share two areas that significantly improve travel: having a plan for transition moments & a general idea of what a day on the road entails.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share photos from Xochimilco, Mexico City’s famous canal system that dates to Mesoamerica’s PostClassic period (A.D. 950-1521). This area is significant for its ingenuity in agriculture that enabled pre-Hispanic people, and later the Aztecs, to create a food surplus.
In present day Xochimilco continues to be used as a source of food and vegetation, with visitors enjoying rides on the flower-garlanded boats through the canals.
Reading Time: 3 minutes In this post we outline how to spend three, four, or five days in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mexico City is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the world and its 16 alcaldías (boroughs, officially designated as demarcaciones territoriales) are home to nearly 2,000 colonias (neighborhoods) each with their own history, culture and flair. For this reason, we consider three to five days in Mexico City as the briefest of introductions to this city.
Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share photos from Andaz Costa Rica Resort on Peninsula Papagayo. Architected by Costa Rican Ronald Zurcher, this property’s inspiration comes from cocoons and seashells, drawing together natural beauty and thoughtful design.
This 1,400-acre ecoparadise is located on a private peninsula, where tropical forest meets stunning coastal beauty with connections to local culture.