Welcome to my website and blog! I am Lynn Fenster. I have been traveling most of my life starting with trips back and forth from Orlando to New York and New Jersey when I was three years old. Back in those days, the airport in Orlando was called McCoy. You walked out of the gate and onto the tarmac to board the plane. As I got older, my family started making the trip by car. I still remember laying on mattresses in my parents’ station wagon and the smells of oil from the ships in Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, that meant we were less than an hour from my grandparents’ apartment in Hackensack. Spending time up north didn’t just mean visiting family, it also meant trips into New York City, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the department stores, Central Park zoo and chasing the pigeons, the New York World’s Fair, hot pretzels from the street vendors, and ice skating at Rockefeller Center.
As I got older, our family car trips expanded to stopping along the way in Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and Atlanta. We took a boat tour on the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, crossed over the Suwanee River, and stopped in Tallahassee. Other trips included Miami’s South Beach and the Everglades, and Sarasota and the Ringling Brothers Museum.
One year we traveled to Texas. We went to San Antonio to see the Hemisfair and the Alamo and took a side trip to the LBJ Ranch (now a part of the Lyndon B Johnson Historical Park). I still remember the San Antonio River Walk and the boat cruise we would take each morning from our hotel to the entrance of the Hemisfair. That trip we also stopped in the French Quarter of New Orleans for a few days. There we stayed at an amazing hotel, the Royal Orleans, now owned by Omni. That hotel had a doorman who looked to be 7 feet tall (at least to the eyes of a 10-year old who never grew past 5’1”)! In New Orleans, I experienced my first praline, my first Napoleon, my first beignets, and my first fancy restaurant (Brennan’s).
All of this leads me to why I have chosen family travel as one of the areas I specialize in as the owner of TLC Travel. While I have continued having wonderful experiences as a teenager and as an adult, the experiences with my family will always be remembered fondly. They are experiences that we still talk about to this day.
I know that parents today are looking for adventures you can experience with your children. Parents now have many, many more opportunities to take transformative vacations, things like hunting the Northern Lights, hiking the Inca Trail, African Safaris, expeditions to the Galapagos, or just having fun on a cruise or at a resort.
Over the coming weeks, months, and years, I will write more in this blog about traveling with your family. I will introduce you to new experiences, provide helpful tips and hints, and help you discover ways to create wonderful, lasting memories with your family.
I will also introduce you to my other specialty, that of romantic travel. If you would like to learn more about family or romance travel or receive my monthly newsletter, please click here for my Contact page.