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13 things to do in Taos with kids

Taos, New Mexico, is a fantastic place to visit in summer as a family. We used to go every year when I was young, and I wanted my kids to experience what I loved as a child: gorgeous scenery, yummy food, an artistic, counterculture way of life and the natural world. It may be known as a ski resort during the winter but here are the things no family should miss when visiting during the summer. 1. Spend the day in...

My latest dream destination: Hawaii

Over on BritMums we’ve been running the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge with IATA on one of my favourite topics: dream travel destinations. I can’t officially enter but this is a topic I could write on and on about. IATA is celebrating 100 years of commercial flight and that just reminds me of all the long-haul places to which I’d like to hop a jet: New Zealand, California, Japan (again),...

Massachusetts: A girls’ weekend at Canyon Ranch

When 4 of us university friends wanted a reunion weekend, we decided against reenacting one of our old camping trips (too soggy and cold), skiing (too end-of-season) or hitting Spain again (logistical nightmare for friend from Seattle). In the end we settled on visiting Canyon Ranch, a spa resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, a few hours drive from New York City. “A weird place” “It’s kind of a...

2 secret places you need to visit in Mississippi

There’s practically nothing that travellers love more than a secret — a secret spot, a secret hotel (not so coincidentally, the name of a Budget Travel book I contributed to), any hot tip or insight that has the whiff of insider knowledge. Plus, if you’re asking the right people, the places you discover tend to be really really cool. The truth, of course, is that there is rarely anything actually...

Returning to Taos

Nobody in my family can agree what age I was, or any of us kids were, when we stopped coming to Taos, New Mexico for the summer. My dad taught graduate art school there, so every summer my parents would load up the station wagon with everything we’d need for 6 weeks. We rented a house from a local woman or stayed in a condo in the ski valley and had the kind of experience people complain kids don’t get...

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