“I have kids and I completely agree with Karl Wilder! There is always something god to eat on a plate. Not hungry? Fine. Not a problem and there won't be either an argument or a Battle Royale, BUT no junk food,special dishes, peanut butter,etc. Kids are smart! they won't starve.”
“I disagree! My son ate everything and I was the envy of all the moms. He turned two and it all went down hill from there. We are big travelers and it has turned into a huge burden to travel with my now 7 year old because he will just not eat rather than try something--even if he used to eat it. Trust me, it's not us--we've exposed him to many things and you'd think we were poisoning him after he tries a spoon of mashed potatoes! I wish I had a solution other than traveling with a jar of peanut butter, but that is our sad reality.”
benighted01 on Dec 1, 2012 at 20:17:02
“Leave the PB at home and see how long it takes him to eat what he's given. I'm currently in rural France with my 5 year old where there are no chicken nuggets, grilled cheese or spaghettios and it only took 2 days before she decided eating the perfectly normal cuisine was better than being hungry. It's not like I'm making her eat duck pate and snails or anything.”
Karl Wilder on Nov 25, 2012 at 14:56:13
“So what it seems you are saying is that if you did not give in to his whims, he would refuse to eat altogether and thus starve to death?
Because it would seem to me that like most two year olds he learned the word NO. And when he used it you gave in, and when you gave in you taught him that he had the power. Clearly he still does have the power, clearly he has no respect for you because you are still giving in.
“We often ask people what their last meal would be at dinner parties...makes for an interesting discussion topic for foodies. Cheese fondue would be mine, but from the sounds of the article, I wouldn't get it, so I better stay out of prison.”
Messy Eater on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:43:13
“And I bet my last meal would trump the calorie count of every other last meal ever given.”
Messy Eater on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:42:00
“It is slightly morbid dinner party question, but I would totally say, a whole roast peking duck, with a generous side of scallion and potato au gratin and a giant platter of deviled eggs.”
“I disagree with you Raine. I traveled the world and had my own business and when I had my son at 38 I was ready to devote myself to being a great mommy! When I turned 40, people asked if I was starting to feel "old" and my answer was absolutely not, I had a two year old and old wasn't an option. And now with an 8 1/2 year old, I'm an active hockey and soccer mom, plus my son is now traveling the world with us and I have no regrets from any of the chapters of my life.”
RainDance33 on Feb 16, 2014 at 20:35:42
“Great for you. However, you obviously have the means both physically and financially to be able to 'travel the world' and do what you do. That would certainly not apply to everyone.”
“Why does counting countries make me a snob? I'm proud of my travels and want to see as many new countries as possible. That being said, I have come across many snobs over the years...good ones like me and not so good ones. Great article!”
hp blogger William D. Chalmers on Jan 24, 2014 at 14:17:28
“Thanks for the note.
Hmmm...you must be referring to some other article?! I make no mention of country counting...although I do know more than a few travel snobs who do it.
“What to you suggest for someone like myself who isn't overly competitive, but I do have a sense of adventure? My partner is competitive, but thankfully doesn't like doing crazy stuff like jumping off cliffs. What would work for two people who travel great together, but sometimes a little more adventure?”
hp blogger William D. Chalmers on Jan 9, 2014 at 13:52:29
“Happy New Year and thanks for the note.
Hmmm...a soft active adventure. So-called eco-travel holidays are great. But if you are looking for adventure, authentic (meeting locals in their environs), participatory and challenging...give The Global Scavenger Hunt a try. It's all about active site-doing (not passive sight-seeing) and trusting strangers in strange lands. The format forces (no) encourages you to have to depend on the kindness of strangers.
“How did you garner that from this article. I read that it is about adults having consensual sex while traveling, not exploitation. And trust me, after traveling to over 40 countries with my husband, that writer is absolutely correct...it is more fun while traveling!”
“Wow! Never have heard of most of those and hoping I'm adventurous to at least try 2 or 3. My husband said it would be liberating to run naked through the streets, but I think I'm liberated enough, plus I already look funny when I'm running with clothes on!”
hp blogger William D. Chalmers on Dec 6, 2013 at 13:07:58
“In agreement...we do travel wrong! Sometimes the "been there, done that" motto works when you ask "what's next!" Don't get me wrong...I love Hawaii and I could eat food in Mexico on a regular basis, but there are so many amazing places to explore and discover. Thanks for the article.”
“Where have you been...traveling? Nice to see an article from you since it's been awhile. Read your book, "America's Vacation Deficit Disorder: Who Stole Your Vacation." Great read with so much sad reality, but I'm booking my trip for next spring...if they think they can get someone better to replace me, than so be it!”
“Thanks for the index...makes me feel a little more positive about traveling. I read there is a travel show in Long Beach this weekend, the Travel and Adventure Show, any chance you will be there because if there is a chance to speak with you in person? I'd like to. Thanks. (Don't worry, just a fan, I'm not a stalker or anything)”
“Great list...thank you! And I really want to travel on the Global Scavenger Hunt one of these days. Is there still time to go on this next trip because I have some time in the spring and it sounds amazing. Keep up the good work.”
hp blogger William D. Chalmers on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:49:56
“Thanks for reading...
Well, if you like adventure, culture, markets, art, food, and meeting local people while traveling and site-doing (as opposed to just sight-seeing)...then this is your 2012 travel adventure. It is Amazing Race (albeit real!)...
“So how old is too old to take a Gap year? I would love to ditch the carpool, daily peanut butter sandwiches, 10 loads of laundry a week and the most despised question of my day, "What's for dinner?!" How nice to leave it all behind for a year to travel. Is it just for 18 year olds? Great list, but I'm finding I'm all over it and seemed to have skipped a few junky steps.”