Tag archives for Rainer Jenss

Endless Winter: Utah

A good rule of thumb for the best spring skiing is to “head high.” The altitude of the Rockies makes the western U.S. especially attractive this time of year. While Colorado might be more popular, Utah can be just the place to go, particularly if you want to do more than just ski!

Venice Carnival With Kids

I wanted to introduce my two sons to the concept of Carnival. But was there a way to do it without subjecting them to the lewd drunkenness and nudity that often accompany such celebrations? And with so many world-class cities hosting bucket-list worthy festivities, where would we go? Venice.

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For the past three years, we’ve driven north to Quebec, where the locals not only embrace the cold, they celebrate it. We’ve partied at the city’s Winter Carnival, gone dog sledding through winding forest trails, ice-climbed at Montmorency Falls, and even stayed at the famous Hôtel de Glace. This year’s adventure? Cross-country skiing.

Father-Son Bonding on Grand Teton

I’ve always wanted to give mountain climbing a try. But then I’d start thinking about how risky it was, and how much suffering seemed to go with the sport. There was always a reason to put it off. But when my eldest son became old enough to start looking at colleges, I realized that this was the perfect chance to try something new together. And what better place to give it a go than Grand Teton?

Wild and Wonderful: Estes Park

Last weekend, I would witness the effect two recent front-page events are having on travel: The flooding in Colorado and the shutdown of the U.S. government.

The U.S. is a great country to explore, but if you don’t have the proper paperwork, popular family-friendly destinations like Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and most of the islands in the Caribbean are off limits. With or without a passport, however, there exists a place where American families can go to experience a culture much different from their own: Puerto Rico.

Is Jamaica Kid-Friendly?

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Plenty of my friends have traveled to Jamaica for romantic getaways, some R&R, and yes, to party and have a good time. But is this a place I could visit with my children without trepidation?

Glamping With the Family

If you’re intrigued by the idea of reconnecting with nature with your family, but cringe at the thought of sleeping on the ground with nothing but a thin tent between you and the ground, let me introduce you to one of the hottest new travel trends: glamping!

Cruising to Bermuda

There’s no denying the impact the cruise industry has had on how families travel. Cruise lines have not only increased capacity by more than 2,000 percent since 1970, they’re working overtime to appeal to kids of all ages.

After returning from a recent trip with my family, I’m more convinced than ever that South Africa is a top-notch destination for adventurous families. If you’re planning a trip to this diverse country, here are some of the places I’d recommend adding to your itinerary.

As I prepared for my sixth visit to South Africa (the second with the entire family in tow), I wanted to move beyond what we’d already seen while keeping it age-appropriate. So we decided to spend a few days in Durban before heading into the bush.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

A Different Kind of Summer Camp

If you’re one of the millions of parents who enrolled their kids in summer camp this year, the biggest decision you probably faced was whether to send them to a day camp close to home or an overnight camp farther afield. In the past, my wife and I always opted for the former even though our children are old enough to leave the nest, but this year we discovered an interesting option that combined the two: joining the kids at a sleep-away camp.

If you haven’t yet finalized your family’s spring break plans, chances are you might not be going to that beach resort, theme park, or cruise ship you’ve been contemplating for months now. Unless you don’t mind paying the big bucks to book last-minute deals to popular family destinations like Florida, the Caribbean, or California, you…

Celebrating Winter a la Quebec

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Many of us in the Northeast, and across the country for that matter, have been wondering what happened to winter this year. Not that I’m complaining, but there’s been almost no snow and daytime highs have been well into the 40°s, and even 50°s in New York. So to get a taste of the season…

Family travel writer Rainer Jenss shares his New Year’s resolutions when it comes to planning trips with his family. For 2012,  instead of making my usual bucket list, I’m concentrating mostly on which places and activities are going to benefit my kids and enrich their lives. With that in mind, here are a few questions…

Winter Family Getaway in New York

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With winter now officially underway, the northeast is bracing for what could be another very snowy season.  For those of us with kids in the New York City area, traveling this time of year is often focused on the nearby ski resorts and slopes of New England. There are alternatives, however, for parents (like my…

Southern Hemisphere Beach Gems

Because we’ve got sand on our minds these days, I’ve compiled a list of five more amazing beaches from around the world that can serve as inspiration for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere who may be longing for some surf and sun once the weather turns cold here.