Friday, January 30, 2015

Motion Sickness Remedies (Redux)

Whether you are flying, driving, or taking a cruise, your trip can be miserable if you suffer from motion sickness.  Here is a list of remedies to make your travels more comfortable:
  • Dramamine is the classic cure for motion sickness.  There are special formulations for children and for those who want to be less drowsy.
  • Bonine and Antivert are also popular medications to counteract the unpleasant effects of motion sickness and are similar to dramamine. 
  • The Transderm Scop patch is placed behind the ear and contains medication that is released over a three-day period.  It is available by prescription.  It also tends to make people drowsy.
  • Ginger and peppermint are home remedies and may be effective for some people.
  • Accupressure bands (like those from Sea-Band) are another well-known motion sickness remedy and worked well on two 7-day Caribbean cruises.
  • Ginger gum is another proven winner, as was a bag of candied ginger from the supermarket.
  • Nauzene chewables (wild cherry flavor) were not such a big hit with the seasick-prone members of our family: they seemed to work, but the taste and chalky consistency were turn-offs.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Visiting NYC? Here are several possible itineraries.

If you are visiting New York City for a short time, perhaps just a day or two, it can be difficult to chose what to do from the plethora of options that the Big Apple offers. To make the most of your time, it can be useful o to organize your itinerary by location, by theme or by some combination of the two. Here are some ideas:


The vibe: edgy (wear black)

To do:

  • SoHo shopping
  • Chelsea art galleries
  • High Line


The vibe: sophisticated chic

To do:

  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Bergdorf’s
  • Tea at the Plaza

Dept. Store Shopping

  • Macy’s
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Saks
  • Barneys
  • Bloomingdale’s

  • Tiffany
  • Burberry
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • Prada
  • Yves Saint Laurent

Discount Shopping

Art Museum Extravaganza


The vibe: hipster (we’d need goatees if we were guys)

To do:

  • Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Flea
  • Eat and shop for all things artisanal 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Look Great in Your Vacation Pics

These 22 tips for looking better in photos (see are meant for social media posts, but they are also good rules to follow to make your vacation photos the best they can be!

Update: for even more tips, see

Friday, August 16, 2013

Top 10 Islands in the United States

Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Awards for top 10 islands in the U.S. includes (not surprisingly) many of the Hawaiian islands (see

Monday, July 22, 2013

Great National Park Lodges

We've loved visiting the amazing lodges at Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.  These historic hotels are elegant and rustic all at once.  Here's a list of great places to stay:

Monday, July 01, 2013

Greek Food in Astoria

Our new favorite Greek restaurant:

Agnanti Meze
19-06 Ditmars Blvd., Queens, NY 11105
at 19th St.  (near Astoria Park)


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Another Family Cruise?

My family took a Carnival cruise around the Caribbean in December -- and we all loved it.  Since there haven't been that many vacations in recent years that we all have adored equally (I love sight-seeing city trips; DH likes to relax at the beach; my tween and teenage sons most emphatically don't like either), we've talked about doing another.  I don't like the idea, however, of simply repeating what we've already done.  For one thing, it is never as wonderful the second time around.  And life is too short to simply repeat oneself again and again -- there is just too much to see and explore!

So I was intrigued to read about the Sapphire Princess, which departs from Vancouver, British Columbia and sails to Whittier, Alaska (May to August).  Here's the description that caught my eye:
"Explore Alaska's wild frontier with onboard naturalists on Voyage of the Glaciers. Ice thunders into the sea as you glide through Glacier Bay National Park; otters, seals, orcas and other whales splash in pristine waters. Ports offer one-of-a-kind shore excursions: Snorkel in Ketchikan through kelp forests (triple-ply wet suits keep you toasty), combine whale watching with a guided glacier hike in Juneau, and drive the dogsled at a musher's camp. The newly renovated ship is especially popular with multigenerational families and features a slew of group activities (Movies Under the Stars, family karaoke, American Idol-style contests) as well as teen clubs and adult areas. Optional add-ons include a land tour to Mount McKinley in Denali National Park."

Another good options might be the Norwegian Breakaway, which conveniently departs from New York City and sails to Bermuda (May to October) or the Bahamas, Florida and southern Caribbean (October to April).  Here's the story: "Norwegian prides itself on flexibility and takes that to the max on its newest ship, launching May 2013. Freestyle cruising means no dress codes or rigid schedules; you dine when and where you want (choose from 28 options) and have multiple opportunities to catch Broadway shows, like Rock of Ages. Amazing Aqua Park features five waterslides, including double Free Falls (the floor breaks beneath you!); the three-story sports complex offers mini golf, rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, ropes course with zip track and a walk-the plank that extends 8 feet over the side of the ship! Teens can chill at ultra-private Entourage club (ages 13-17); tweens (ages 10-12) can hang at Splash Academy, with dance parties, sports camps and theater programs. You'll have plenty of chances to check out the gym's Black Light Spinning Classes or chill at the Spice H20 outdoor deck lounge."