Stresses & Successes Of Family Vacations With A Child Who Has Autism

I consider family vacations the most important thing our family does for itself. But these outings have never been without complications, and having an autistic child in the mix makes everything a bit more challenging. Although Noah is now 20 years old, vacations are still something to which we give great thought, and through the years, we’ve learned a lot, struggled at times, and racked up some pretty spectacular memories.

I recall the first time we took Noah on a plane. He was about 4 years old, and we took him and his older brother, Sam, to Florida. About 15 minutes into the three-hour flight, Noah was ready to de-plane. It was not a pretty sight, but my husband and I did our best to distract him, and we got to our destination not too much worse for wear.

The author's three children in Copenhagen. Nina Mogilnik

Skipping The Line At Ben-Gurion — Without Breaking The Rules

New biometric passport system allows passengers to bypass customs, streamlining the process during what is predicted to be a busy summer.

07/05/2016 - 16:21
Editorial Intern

Ben-Gurion airport has introduced a new border-control system for holders of biometric passports, which will allow these lucky passengers to bypass the lines at passport control entirely, Yedioth Ahronoth reports. 

The new biometric passport systems at Ben-Gurion Airport. Israel Airport Authority

Beating The Growing Crowds

09/23/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

The claustrophobia might peak along the Ramblas, Barcelona’s fabled boulevard, in a shoulder-to-shoulder jostle of tourists and pickpockets. Or it might flare up amid the congested alleys of the Gothic Quarter — alleys that would feel romantic if there were room to breathe.

Carrer Blai in the Poble Sec neighborhood of Barcelona. Wikimedia Commons

A Room With A Few (Kids, That Is)

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

When I wrote recently about the difficulty of finding appropriate lodgings with a child in tow, I figured I wasn’t alone. What surprised me was how few resources address the pressing needs of what is — let’s face it — an enormous travel demographic.

The Golden Tulip Mangosteen Timeshare Resort in Thailand. Time-shares were a popular reader suggestion. Wikimedia Commons

‘Roots’ Journeys Getting Ever-More Specific

The Internet has opened up a world of information for a ‘very emotional adventure.’

Travel Writer
06/16/2015 - 20:00

After a career traveling widely and often, Marshall Katz retired from the U.S. Air Force and a series of high-level government posts — and embarked on a new odyssey of sorts: researching the lost Jewish heritage of Sub-Carpathia, his ancestral homeland. Katz now makes regular trips between Pennsylvania, where his father was a kosher butcher near the West Virginia border, and Eastern Europe, where the Katz family’s forbearers had lived in what is today part of Hungary.

A JewishGen heritage traveler in Ukraine. Courtesy of JewishGen

The Italian Trifecta, Through A Jewish Lens

Venice, Florence and Rome: An ideal family adventure (an even a kosher carbonara).

Travel Writer
06/16/2015 - 20:00

If kids could invent a perfect vacation spot, chances are it would have pizza at every restaurant, along with ice cream on every corner. There would also be royal palaces, super-cool ruins where the gladiators once caroused, fountains convenient for splashing younger siblings, and canals with singing gondoliers.

The Grand Canal in Venice. Wikimedia Commons

The Rhode Less Traveled

07/14/2014 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Heading off Interstate 95 just north of the Connecticut border, I drove recently along curving, two-lane byways through a thick summer forest, with little more in view beyond the occasional road sign. I kept heading south, and gradually the forests thinned out a bit; seagulls began to appear, along with wild pink roses and those bushy, stunted oaks you see near salt water.

The scenic Watch Hill cove is a popular summer vacation spot along the southern Rhode Island coast. Hilary Larson/JW

Where Leisure Finds Its Sweet Spot

06/02/2014 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Eat, drink and gaze.

These are essentially the only activities that matter in Sorrento. The quintessential seaside resort town of Southern Italy does not have a real beach, and the cultural touchstones of Campania are elsewhere: classical ruins in Paestum, volcanic vestiges in Pompeii, archaeological marvels in Naples.

The view from a cliffside terrace overlooking the Mediterranean in Sorrento.  Hilary Larson/JW

Lost and Found: Midwestern Kindness

08/01/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I've been on the road a lot lately. In addition to traveling to Israel for the Rabbinical Assembly convention in late June, I've spent at few days at the Jersey shore, and as I write this late on Thursday night, I'm actually in Buenos Aires for the second time this year, participating in an international conference of the Masorti/Conservative movement.  And while I'm here– the conference was scheduled around this other event– it was my great privilege this evening to participate in the Tekkes Hasmachah, the rabbinical ordination ceremony, of the graduating rabbis at the Seminario Rabbinico Latino Americano, the Conservative Movement's sister seminary in Argentina.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

El Al Again Says It Will Honor Tickets Sold At Wrong Price

08/08/2012 - 20:00

Ending four days of uncertainty, El Al Israel Airlines on Thursday declared that all tickets purchased on travel sites during a glitch that caused unplanned lower fares will be honored.

Danny Saadon: Enjoy the flight.
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