Editorials

Your Preschooler is Your Fastpass to Joy or How Disney thawed my Frozen Heart

Your Preschooler is Your Fastpass to Joy or How Disney thawed my Frozen Heart

When to take that Disney vacation At what age do you take your kids to Disney World for the first time? Don't wait until they are older. You'll get so much more from the trip if you can see the experience through a preschooler's undoubting eyes. Most of my friends don't go to Disney World, and they have no interest. They perceive chaos, crowds, and ...

Hotels With Lazy Rivers Deliver Family Bliss

Hotels With Lazy Rivers Deliver Family Bliss

When you book your family vacations, do you intentionally create moments of play? Sitting under an umbrella beside a pool, I was enjoying the sensation of a wet swimsuit sticking to my skin, providing an air conditioner for my body in the Florida heat. The weight of a damp towel wrapped loosely around my legs and waist felt like ...

Heavy family baggage: what are you carrying?

Heavy family baggage: what are you carrying?

Getting away isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes it bolsters the strength to solve problems, work it out, or face truths. There are real stories of real families behind every picture at Luxe Recess. While exploring the best family-friendly luxury hotels and resorts, there are numerous pictures of incredible design, spectacular views, and delicious plates. Travel and travel planning have ...

When the Best Family Vacations Fail

When the Best Family Vacations Fail

I think every mother or father has had that moment when they feel like they’ve been pranked for a reality show. It’s inevitable that a family who travels will acquire some legendary parenting stories.   While traveling with kids, just when you think you're safe, you can be hit in the face by cream pie. Before his first traumatic ...

Can You Spoil Kids With Travel?

Can You Spoil Kids With Travel?

This Christmas, we surprised my children with a day at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom while I checked out the newly renovated rooms at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin for a feature. I thought through how to surprise them and tied a large Mylar dolphin balloon to a beautiful glass swan Christmas ornament. I set the camera ...

Hidden Dangers of Paris Playgrounds

Hidden Dangers of Paris Playgrounds

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“I want to go to the Eiffel Tower! I want to visit the Louvre!” my kids chanted as my husband offered up every tourist attraction for our upcoming trip to Paris. I, however, cringed at visions of long queues and sharing these experiences with people from every country but France. When I suggested a few Paris playgrounds, a ...

Lovely Hotels & The Motherless

Lovely Hotels & The Motherless

I launched Luxe Recess on September 14, 2014, my mother’s birthday. She died unexpectedly in 2011 while I was ten weeks pregnant with my second child. My incredible mamma Those who know me well know that my mother is responsible for my love of travel and hotels. She read me Eloise to sleep from age five until I didn't want ...

Tales from Southwest Airlines

Tales from Southwest Airlines

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Last weekend I headed home on a crowded Southwest flight, squished between a large middle-aged man wearing headphones and a little elderly woman who needed help fastening her seat belt. I was tired and had been away from my family for what felt like weeks, so I'm not sure exactly how our conversation began, but for the next ...

Why I want to raise solo travelers

Why I want to raise solo travelers

Yesterday on my return transfer to O'Hare, my son fell asleep, and I was able to have an uninterrupted conversation with the cab driver, Willis. We spoke of deep and powerful things like death, grief, love and the raw experiences that shaped us in the darkest days after losing our mothers. We laughed at the sometimes-comical ways we each tried ...