Recently I found myself packing up cold-weather gear and heading west to Calgary. Yep. Calgary. Forget a vacation of sunning myself under an umbrella and listening to the sounds of the waves while I snooze…No. This mom took her husband and two kids for an all-inclusive week of visiting friends in Calgary in the winter. Here are a few of my fab #momfinds.
Ixtapa and its neighbouring towns on Mexico’s West coast has serious cred. Artists Damien Hirst and Julian Schnabel are spotted in the beachside village of Troncones and luxe hotel chain The Viceroy has an outpost in Zihuatanejo. We, however, were going on our first trip with a group that included 6 parents and 4 kids, so a surfer inn without a kids’ club or a haute boite for grown-ups only wasn’t on our hit list. For our first trip with vacation buddies, here’s how we made Ixtapa fit our multi-family squad.
After a two-hour drive through sleepy fishing villages, valleys and coastal terrain, we reached the city. Our first stop was the traffic light on the city’s outskirts, where we got into a car accident. After checking a dented door and our shaken nerves, our driver swiftly negotiated his mistake with a handshake, a smile and an apology to the other driver. That’s how we were jolted into the happy chaos of Havana.
Accessory designer Minling Pan, the creative brains behind MIN, a line of chic and whimsical bags, is regularly jetting off across the globe. However, if a trip takes her more than 10 days she’ll often bring Gloria, her toddler along for the ride. While it can be stressful there are a few things that she relies on to make the journey with her mini as comfortable and tantrum-free as possible.
It’s safe to say that I’m not one to rough it. After our first-ever family camping trip I was exhausted, which is why I was looking forward to our weekend invite to Viamede Resort. Situated in the Kawarthas on Stoney Lake, the resort was laid-back and rustic making it a perfect fit for my outdoorsy huzz. For me they had a buffet breakfast and fresh towels every day. Now that’s what I call compromise.
Daniel MacKinnon has gone everywhere from Detroit to Tahiti for his blog jetlegs.net and for his job as a magazine creative director. Here are his thoughts on how to make modern travel more comfortable and convenient. They’re especially handy for families with older kids who are ready to explore the world and most importantly, are able to carry their own knapsacks. So get ready, get set and get going.
Veronica DiSanto, is a managing partner at Ines DiSanto Bridal (yup, she works for her designer mom but we’ll tell that amazing story another time). She travels a few time a month and she’s not shy to admit she brings every drop of skincare she can. ““I pack up almost everything…I need it all because I like to be at my best from head-to-toe at a trunk show and if my skin feels dry on the job, it’s going to stress me out and bother me all day.”
When it comes to camping, meals are simplified. I get it. Not worrying about food means you have more time to hike and swim and enjoy the great outdoors. But for this next camping trip I want to eat food that’s still easy to prepare, but suited to a more sophisticated palette. Now I’m not talking gourmet (I don’t even do that at home), just different options to the traditional hot dogs and pasta.
Meet our guncle (that’s short form for gay + uncle). He has no kids but plenty to say about modern parenthood. This month’s guncle has something to say to a mom he met on a plane. He understands traveling with kids is hard, but he says if you don’t keep them in check, it makes the flight hard on everyone. Read on, if you dare.