By Melanie Haiken on February 28, 2014
Toronto fights bed bugs with signs Once almost completely eradicated from the U.S., bedbugs are back with a vengeance. First spotted in hotels on the east coast, they’re now making themselves at home in movie theaters, office buildings, apartments, public buildings, and college dorms all over the country. Recent bedbug attacks: • New York: Abercrombie […]
By Melanie Haiken on January 10, 2014
Ice climbers ascend a frozen waterfall in Jasper Whether you ski, snowboard, or prefer to gaze on the beauty of snow through well-insulated plate glass, there are many ways to celebrate the beauty of winter. In a recent feature for Delta Sky magazine I did just that, highlighting a host of ways to get outside […]
By Melanie Haiken on December 6, 2013
Can a spoonful of dirt transmit a miracle of healing? The more than 40,000 people who make a pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó near Santa Fe, New Mexico believe it can.
By Melanie Haiken on November 10, 2013
Jet lag, too much good food, nowhere to exercise – there are lots of barriers to staying healthy when you travel, and it’s all too common to arrive home tired, achy, and ready to pull out your “fat jeans.” So how do you avoid health setbacks when you travel? Every time I speak at a […]
By Melanie Haiken on June 8, 2013
Have you spent years wishing you knew how to surf? Golf? Kayak? Mountain bike? It’s time to stop wishing and start learning. Here, tips from the pros for how to pick up a new sport with minimal pain and maximum fun.
By Melanie Haiken on February 25, 2013
When you travel, you want to bring things that weigh almost nothing, take up little space in your suitcase, and do double-or triple-duty as part of a multitude of different outfits.
By Melanie Haiken on July 29, 2010
Chicago’s a famously family-friendly town, but many of the top attractions, like Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium, are best for school-age kids and lack the “cool” factor that commits something to a teen’s memory banks. Here are ten things to do with teens in Chicago that they a) can’t do anywhere else b) won’t […]
By Melanie Haiken on March 24, 2010
Wish your kids were a tad more — well, active? Want a surefire weapon to combat couch potato syndrome? A great way to tempt kids outdoors and keep them active and engaged is to plan a family getaway around a hotel with a great kid-friendly pool. Add features like water slides and lazy rivers and […]
By Melanie Haiken on July 29, 2009
In my opinion, absolutely the best vacation for a family with teenagers is an adventure-soaked trip full of unexpected challenges. Nothing helps parents and teens overcome the distance, dissing, and disrespect that divide us like clutching each other and screaming down class 3 rapids, or trying together to translate directions on a local bus in […]