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Quit Your Job – Travel the World – Meet, Plan, Go

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Travel the world before the sunsets on your dreams

Quit Your Job – Travel the World

Many of us who love to travel have read Elizabeth Gilbert’s  book Eat, Pray, Love.  Of course, we’ve dreamed of quitting our jobs to travel the world. So what’s holding us back from our travel dreams?

Meet – Plan- Go

Travel writers, travel bloggers, financial and travel experts are coming together on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at thirteen different locations throughout the United States and Canada for the global event titled Meet, Plan, Go.

Capitalizing on the soon-to-be-released movie Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts, the Meet, Plan, Go event is meant to help you realize your travel dreams and put them into a plan of action.

Heaven in Alaska

Follow Your Passion - Meet, Plan, Go. Photo taken by Nancy D. Brown while cruising in Alaska.

13 Meet, Plan, Go Locations

The Meet, Plan, Go Event, on September 14, 2010, will take place in thirteen locations:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New York, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • Toronto, Canada

Career Break Travel

Call it a sabbatical, mid-life change or gap year – the bottom line is that some of us are looking for a career break involving travel. If you are looking to temporarily hang up the briefcase and put on the backpack, you’ll want to reserve a free spot at Meet, Plan, Go.

Article written by and Alaska photo courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip.

Unusual stays: Five museums with camp-in programs

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

If you’ve ever wondered what happens in a museum after it closes, try sleeping in one. Slumbering in a museum is possible thanks to the museums that offer overnight stays. Keep in mind that this might not be the quietest night you’ve ever spent. And in most cases, you’ll have to bring a group of kids with you.

Outside COSI at night

Case in point: I spent a night at COSI, Columbus, Ohio’s Science museum with more Girl Scouts than I probably had seen in my life up to that night. Scads.  As a person who frets about not getting to sleep if it’s loud, I did okay tucked into my row of sleeping bag clad ten and eleven-year-olds. As an adult in the mix, I recognized the sleeping sounds of the other adults scattered throughout the large hallway where we slept on the floor above the lobby.

Part of the fun of staying in a museum is being in a place after everyone else is ushered out the door. At COSI, an Extreme Screen movie is included in the price of the Camp-in Overnight. A bonus of COSI’s overnight experience is access to Adventure, an interactive treasure hunt of sorts. This exhibit was closed to the general public a few years ago.

Here are four other museums that offer overnight experiences:

The Museum of Science in Boston has an overnight  program for youth, grades 1-7 and their adult chaperones. Groups can be as small as 10 in number, but must be connected to an organization like a school, church or scout troop.  As with all overnights, the available dates are limited and specific. People who are members of the museum and their families can stay overnight on other days a couple times a year. Here’s the link to the overnight page.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has an Overnight Adventures program for both organizational and family groups. In order to participate in family night, you don’t have to be a member of the museum and the group can be less than 10 people. Overnight group programs are divided into boys nights and girls nights. Smart.

The Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago offers Snoozum, an overnight for kids, ages 7-12. This one also requires that a group be at least 10 people with one adult for every five children. The next overnight is October 12.

Explora! in Albuquerque

From September to May, Friday and Saturday nights, Explora!  in Albuquerque, New Mexico is open to overnight guests. Like most of these stays, this camp-in is for kids and their chaperones.  The age range for the overnight programs is 1st to 8th grade. Explora! combines sciences with art and music. Unlike the other overnight programs listed, certain nights are geared towards specific programs in order to help scout troops earn badges.

Helpful Tips: If you do head to a museum overnight, bring an eye mask with you. The lights don’t  go out all the way. I didn’t have one and sure wish I had. 

Also, all these programs require reservations and claim to fill up early. Plan ahead.


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Red Sox Game Day Packages at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

One thing I learned about Boston when I was there is that Fenway Park may be one of the most loved baseball stadiums in the country.  And because it is so close to the historic North End it’s easy to take in a game and get a dose of Boston’s history.

The Red Sox Game Day Package at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston, overlooking Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, includes:

  • Superior Plus Accommodations with step-out balcony view of Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Two Right Field Box tickets within 20 rows of the field
  • Red Sox Welcome Bag including, walking map to Fenway Park, Fenway Park fun facts, information about Fenway Park Tours and a Red Sox souvenir.
  • Two $25.00 breakfast vouchers to North 26 Restaurant and Bar, the Millennium Bostonian Hotel’s new dining venue featuring contemporary New England cuisine (including tax and gratuity).

Prices for this package begin at $459.  To book you’ll need to call Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston directly at (617) 523-3600.

While you’re in Boston you’ll want to see the sites.  If time is short here are some tips on how to see Boston in one day.  If you have a bit more time I recommend a whale watching cruise and the New England Aquarium, dinner and live music at The Black Rose and a ride in a horse drawn carriage (the drivers are witty and know their history).

Jody Halsted shares family travel tips
and destinations at Family Rambling.
Her family explored Boston for 3 months
last year and can’t wait to retunrn

A walk through Revolutionary War-era Boston

Saturday, March 31st, 2007
With warmer days upon us, it's a great time to get outside and enjoy a guided tour by Boston by Little Feet. Operated by Boston by Foot, this 60-minute tour is geared especially for 6 to 12 year olds. Knowledgable guides lead children (and their families) on a walking tour of Boston's Freedom Trail...a collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, and historical markers that tell the story of the Revolutionary War. Learn about the architecture and stories behind some of the country's most historically significant sites.

General - $8
(Children must be accompanied by adult)

Mon & Sat - 10am
Sun - 2pm
May 1-Oct 31