By Jason Snell
July 31, 2018 8:47 PM PT
Notes from the travel desk
Earlier this summer my family and I spent a couple of weeks in Europe. After spending my first three decades tethered to North America, since 2000 I’ve traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on many different occasions, and it’s given me a chance to reflect on just how much advances in technology have changed (and, on balance, improved) the travel experience.
This year’s trip was very much a greatest-hits anthology. Since we were bringing our kids along for the first time (or at least, for the first time as active participants who we weren’t carrying from place to place), my wife and I decided to revisit places we’d enjoyed in past trips and come up with an itinerary that wouldn’t make our kids spend the rest of their lives reminiscing about that awful trip their parents dragged them on in the summer of 2018.
My daughter expressed vague approval of the idea of Amsterdam—I think she had a friend who went there and said she liked it?—so…