27 May Family Travel Advice This Summer During COVID-19
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Family Travel Advice From Expert Travel Blogger – Eileen Ogintz of takingthekids.com
I can not tell you how excited I am that school is finally over!!! I don’t know that I’ve ever been this excited about Summer break, but after having to be the teacher for all this time, I can honestly say I don’t care if I don’t see another 1st-grade math problem, I’m relieved that the kids can get a break and so can I.
But on the flip side of that coin, I’m also like shoots, what am I going to do with these rug rats now that they have all of this time! Like most families, this is our busy time of year with but with this whole COVID thing there are so many rules that we have to know so I decided to call in the help of an expert.
Today we’re talking to Mrs. Eileen Ogintz who was a national correspondent for the Chicago Tribune then (1987), covering news stories around the country. The travel editor, hearing her tale of woe about the cat and the goldfish pond, encouraged her to write a story about the trials of traveling with young children. That story led to others. “We realized there were a lot of people like me, parents who wanted help planning trips now that they had kids.” The award-winning syndicated column Taking the Kids and this popular website grew out of those stories. The award-winning syndicated column “Taking the Kids” and TakingtheKids.com grew out of those stories.
Ogintz is also the author of the Kid’s City Guide series from Rowman & Littlefield. There are now 12 Kid’s Guides to places like New York City; Washington DC; Orlando; Los Angeles, and Chicago, with more in the works.
Ogintz is considered a leading national expert on family travel and is often quoted in major publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times as well as parenting and women’s magazines on family travel. She has appeared on such television programs as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah,” as well as dozens of local radio and television news programs. Ogintz is also often asked to speak to corporate groups about family travel, including Governors Conferences on Tourism.
Ogintz holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and is a 30-year veteran of the news business, reporting for The Anniston Star, The Record in Hackensack, N.J., and Des Moines Register as well as the Chicago Tribune, where she created the paper’s family-issues beat. She has also taught journalism and writing at Northwestern University, New York University, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University.
Eileen is going to share some insight with us on some cool new ideas we can do to keep the kids busy this summer without having to travel all over the place.
If you’re anything like me they have got to be busy or else mommy is going to have a hard summer, lol.
Listen in to what Eileen has to say about keeping the kids busy and share your thoughts and ideas on what you’re planning for the kids this Summer.
A few more articles from Eileen You Might Enjoy
- Latest Summer Travel Trends
- The New Normal: Is it Safe for Families to Travel this Summer
- Staying sane: Helping your kids cope as the pandemic continues
- The Best Virtual Family Vacation Ideas while we practice social distancing