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WHY DOES FLYING FEEL SO AWFUL RIGHT NOW, AND HOW TO STAY SAFE WHILE TRAVELING: Eileen Ogintz, Nationally Syndicated Travel Columnist & Expert
– By Eileen Ogintz
Before you plan your family’s next Big Apple excursion, get some help from a professional . . . and from your kids! The Kid’s Guide to New York City lets the kids help plan the trip and guides you as you explore the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. Inside you’ll find kid-tested tips on where to go, where to eat, what to see, and where to get the best souvenirs. Along the way the kids will be engaged by sharing fun New York facts and cool tips. Awesome games will keep everyone busy as you crisscross the city on foot, by subway or bus, or in a cab.
Award-winning author Eileen Ogintz is a leading national family travel expert whose syndicated Taking the Kids is the most widely distributed column in the country on family travel. She has also created TakingtheKids.com, which helps families make the most of their vacations together. Ogintz is the author of seven family travel books and is often quoted in major publications such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the 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 The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as dozens of local radio and television news programs. She has traveled around the world with her three children and others in the family, talking to traveling families wherever she goes.
Taking the Kids all started with her son, a cat and a goldfish pond.
Eileen’s then 3-year-old son, Matt, pushed a hapless kitty into a pond at a Wisconsin cottage that her family had rented for the weekend. The furious owner insisted they pack up and leave immediately. The embarrassed parents drove home three hours to Chicago in a downpour.
“I thought the kitty wanted to eat the goldfish,” Matt explained.
Ogintz 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.