For all of its kitsch, exaggerations and pratfalls, the 1985 film National Lampoon’s European Vacation still works as a cautionary tale on how not to behave during a trip abroad, with the fictional Griswold family experiencing the consequences of breaking every common sense rule on avoiding the “ugly tourist” stereotype and being oblivious to the locals’ reactions.
The annual Independent Beauty Expo presents industry professionals, retail operators and influencers with the newest beauty and grooming products — many made from natural ingredients rather than synthetics — and this year’s Los Angeles edition of the show showcased many age-appropriate things for busy teens on the go that are now available to the general public.
Several high-end resorts in Hawai’i now offer families customized yoga and wellness programs in glorious natural settings. Deborah Koehn and David Blehert extended the concept — and options for different kinds of families — through their company Yoga Adventure. While the couple opens their home, Hale Kai (a Robinson Crusoe-style oceanfront yoga center) several times a year, they also organize and lead retreats in other destinations, including Bali, Morocco, India and Peru.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.