Rainer Jenss

Hyper-Local Tours in NYC

Having already done the Circle Line cruise, all the major museums, a city bus tour, and even a bike trip through Harlem, I was looking for a new take on the city I’ve spent most of my adult life working in. Cue Turnstile Tours.

Kids Night On Broadway

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Knowing that our first family vacation would have to wait until spring break, I reminded myself that you don’t have to board a plane or cross a state border to experience the joys that travel brings. That sense of exploration can be found right in your backyard, if you have the right attitude.

All Aboard! Multigenerational Cruising

The key to planning a successful multi-generational trip is making sure the itinerary offers something appropriate for everyone involved. After all, it can be quite a challenge finding a destination that satisfies both a slow-moving senior and a high-energy preteen. That’s precisely what makes cruises such an attractive option.

The Best Resort Rec Programs for Families

There are a slew of lists about the best places to go and the best things to do while traveling. But there’s one list you may not have heard about: the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association’s annual awards for excellence.

Tour Story

We’ve all witnessed groups of tourists following the raised voices and flags of tour guides as they make their way toward a row of awaiting buses. If a scene like this makes you vow never to be one of “those people,” you may want to avoid rushing to judgment. There are some very good reasons why “tour” isn’t always a four-letter word.

Post-Newtown Priority: Family Time

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The past week has been a profoundly sad and somber one for all, but perhaps more so than for the parents of young children. If something positive could possibly be taken away from the Newtown tragedy, it’s that we’re probably hugging our kids a bit tighter and appreciating them just a little more.

A Colonial Christmas in Williamsburg

Experience an 18th-century Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg.

A Post-Sandy Reflection

Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people in myriad ways. Not having electricity, school, or reliable mass transit for a few days seems like a minor inconvenience compared to some of my neighbors who suffered much greater hardship. With the aftermath of the storm all around me, was this an inappropriate time to be thinking about traveling?

Traditional Japanese Bliss (in NYC)

Why is it that with each passing year, it seems to get more and more difficult to think of a cool gift idea for my wife’s birthday? Maybe it’s because in 2008, we spent her special day walking around Kyoto, Japan in traditional kimonos and stayed over at an authentic 19th-century ryokan. So, there I was, having a drink at the Kitano Hotel in New York City, plum out of bright ideas, when I learned that the property had a special tatami suite that offered guests what it was calling authentic Japanese culture and hospitality.

Take Time Off to Travel: Meet, Plan, Go!

Taking a career break to travel is becoming a popular trend. Find out more about how Meet, Plan, Go! can help you make the leap from dreaming to living the dream.

Leprechaun Luxury

Confession: I’ve seen Shrek with my boys at least a half-dozen times, bought them every Harry Potter book in the series, and, if I had a daughter, would relish the chance to dress her as princess on Halloween. So I decided to take my family to Ireland to recapture some of the magical innocence of childhood while exposing my kids to a country steeped in both history and folklore.

Emerald Isle Escapism

We’ve all experienced how hard it can be to transition from vacation mode to everyday mode. That’s why I decided to tack on a few days of downtime to my family’s summer travels to help us ease back into our routines. After spending a hectic week in London navigating the Olympic games, I figured Ireland was the perfect place to decompress before our return flight dropped us back in reality.