Traveling With the In-Laws? 5 Tips for Easing the Tension

Tweet This article originally appeared in The Washington Post (Jose Soto/The Washington Post) “Jack, we should call someone. I don’t think he can do this. Do you have reception here? Let’s call someone. He can’t do this.” That’s my mother-in-law, Maureen. Jack is her husband, and I am “he,” lying underneath a rented Toyota Sequoia…

Japan skiing volcano scene

Powder, Sushi, and Hot Springs: Come Ski Japan

Tweet   In  the Japan Alps, daunting terrain culminates in a smoldering volcano. (John Briley) This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. By John Briley You don’t have to go to Japan to ski, eat sushi and soak in geothermal hot springs. But if you want deep powder without lift lines for $40 a…

Where Can You Go on $100 Worth of Gas from D.C.

Tweet Stop me when this sounds familiar: You’re at work, fretting that you’ve got nothing fun planned for summer vacation. Dates and places swarm your brain, but even the cheapest ­airfare is beyond your budget. Next you get a headache, then a haranguing email from your boss . . . . Okay, okay, I’ll stop. Even better, I’ll…

Family Skiing Is (Almost) Always A Blast At Steamboat Springs

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Dec. 3, 2015 View original publication Watching a pounding snowstorm from a chairlift at Steamboat ski resort, in northern Colorado, I feel the symptoms rising — shortening breath, furrowing brow, sulking self-pity. It’s a classic case of Parental Powder Anxiety Syndrome. I am sandwiched between my son, Kai (6),…

St. Martin, Featuring Family Dynamics

Tweet   Special to the Washington Post Oct. 15, 2015 View original publication “I am never going on vacation with you guys again,” my sister Rachel says. A curious sentiment, given the setting: We are at a beachfront restaurant on the island of St. Martin, 11:30 a.m. on a mid-December Monday, sharing a mojito while awaiting plates…

A Magical Night Under the Arizona Stars

Tweet                     Special to the Washington Post Aug. 24, 2015 View original publication A journey of 335 million miles begins at 6,875 feet. It does for me, anyway, as I stand on an Arizona mountaintop on a dazzling March night counting Jupiter’s moons. I am at…

Where ARE you from? Handling Anti-Americanism When You Travel

Tweet “Americans are so rude.” I received this bulletin some years ago, at a wedding feast in a hillside ristorante in Trieste, Italy, from a supremely self-assured Austrian journalist. Pots overflowing with purple and red flowers hung from an awning framing the Adriatic Sea. “The first question Americans always ask,” she continued, recovering her expelled…

The Lodges of Alta, Utah: Elevated Paradise for Skiers

Tweet Special to the Washington Post Feb. 12, 2015 View original publication The ski resort of Alta, Utah, basks in well-deserved accolades for burly terrain, massive snowfalls and a stoic devotion to a throwback vibe (chairlifts only, no snowboarding allowed). But skiers who hit the mountain on day trips from nearby destination resorts are missing…