All posts by Shelly Rivoli

Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.

South Tahoe Snow Story – In Photos

There was no telling what the weather would do next the week leading up to our recent family snow trip to South Lake Tahoe. Flooding, ice, avalanche advisories followed by a blizzard known as “Snowpocalypse 2017”–and a complete shutdown of Interstate 80 leading from the Bay Area to Tahoe for a time. But over the … Continue reading South Tahoe Snow Story – In Photos

Tips for Travel with Kids of Every Temperament

This year our contributors gave recommendations for travel to more than a dozen new destinations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Dallas-Fort Worth,  London, Catalina Island,  Kyoto,  Zion National Park,  Havana, and Philadelphia, just to name a few. If you’re looking for travel inspiration for 2017, remember you can always browse our recommended destinations in the left … Continue reading Tips for Travel with Kids of Every Temperament

The Best Travel Purse for a DSLR Camera I’ve Found

For years, I’ve tried to find ways to travel less conspicuously with a DSLR camera and a healthy-sized lens. Of course, when the camera is out and working, the jig is up. But for all the times between point A and B—sitting in restaurants, walking through unfamiliar neighborhoods, or taking city subways—you don’t always want … Continue reading The Best Travel Purse for a DSLR Camera I’ve Found

Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

“Get those darn things off right now!” our driver grumbles over his shoulder. My daughter, still confused by the breach in safety protocol, shoots me a worried look—her safety belt will not budge. Captain Cliff’s seat swivels around as he reaches out toward my firstborn, jabbing a calloused thumb into the stubborn square at the … Continue reading Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

Ten DEET-Free Ways to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

Zika, West Nile, and Dengue—oh, my! These mosquito-borne illnesses are especially on the minds of family travelers these days. Before grabbing any traditional repellent in your pre-trip shopping frenzy, be aware that different insect repellents contain differing concentrations of DEET—ranging from only 4% up to a whopping 100%. Children should only use formulations created with … Continue reading Ten DEET-Free Ways to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites