Hearting Our Art at The Blackstone, Hotel in Chicago

Checking out the Art and Architecture in Chicago has been in my travel wishlist for quite sometime.  Now that Sneha (can’t call her teen anymore! the girl just turned 20 this month) has taken a keen interest in creative studies – while pursing a major in Genetics at the University! Read More …

Road Trip : One week Itinerary for visiting the Spiti Valley in India

Spiti Valley is a desert valley at a high altitude in the mountains of Himalayas, in Himachal Pradesh, India. Spiti means “middle land” gets it name since it separates India from Tibet. Located at an altitude of 12500 ft, Spiti Valley is a part of Lahaul and Spiti district, and Read More …

Mozart, Klimt, Getting lost in Schonbrunn Palace maze : Best Things to do in Vienna with kids

Vienna, the capital city of Austria has a lot of history, music and a great cafe culture.  If you are travelling with kids like us – be it toddlers or teenagers, don’t miss out on the museums – they have a variety of museums in Wein (Vienna in German).  See Read More …

Family Weekend Getaway Ideas in some of the Best US Cities

With kids in school and balancing all their activities, it is not always easy to getaway for long trips but that does not mean you can’t take a break from routine and go on a little holiday.  With direct flights and access to loads of kid friendly activities – there Read More …

10 reasons why we Love Living in Plano

15 years ago if you had asked me why I love or rather why I live in Plano – I would have given you just two reasons, good schools and easy to travel from. My Blog is called Outside Suburbia for a reason!  We loved getting out of the suburbs…. it Read More …

Shortest Road Trip : A drive around the heart shaped Moorea Island

This heart shaped island with its verdant mountains, turquoise waters and friendly Polynesian people was our last stop in the French Polynesia after spending a few days in Tahiti and Bora Bora.  The island is a true reflection of the laid back Tahitian lifestyle and the warm, welcoming character of Read More …

A Staycation exploring fun things to do in Frisco Texas

Thanks to the boys baseball schedule we had to stay home this Spring break, no trips to exotic beach destinations not even driving trips to the the hill country which has been the norm for us all these years.  But between all those games practices and tournaments we managed to Read More …

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Review

We were spoilt with wildlife viewing and bespoke luxury safari tent experiences in Masai Mara, so when we made our way to Serengeti, we were a tad bit concerned if Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is going to be worth the long hike. We had to take a small 13 seat Read More …

Provence and French Riviera : A 10 day Itinerary to see the Sunkissed Southern France

So you have been to Paris a few times but can you really check France off your list if you haven’t visited Southern France?  Called Région Sud or PACA, Southern France includes Provence, French Alps and Côte d’Azur. You most definitely heard of the lavenders of Provence and the glitz and glamour of Read More …

Gaudi, Picasso, Getting lost in El Born : Best things to do in Barcelona with Kids

Barcelona has some of the most unique and inspiring architecture in the world, masters like Gaudi and Picasso have left their mark in this vibrant city.  Our daughter was so inspired by this city that her Extended Essay for her International Baccalaureate program in High School was based on this Read More …

3 day Itinerary and Best Things to do in Venice with Kids

Venice is one of those places that transports you to another era, and is best experienced without any itinerary or plan. Some call it touristy, stinky, pricey, unreal – I say it is romantic and whimsical.  No matter how many times we have been we always try to spend 3 days Read More …