Eileen Ogintz is a leading national expert on family travel and the creator of the syndicated newspaper column Taking the Kids as well as www.takingthekids.com. She is author of the The Taking the Kids regional series of travel guides for children, as well The Kid’s Guide: Cruising Alaska and The Kids Guide: NYC, published by Globe Pequot Press. Ogintz was the recipient of a Parents’ Choice honor for the Taking the Kids series, which highlights the Southwest, Southern California, Northern California, the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies. She is often is quoted in major publications from USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and parenting and women’s and parents’ magazines on family travel. She has appeared on such television programs as “48 Hours,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Oprah,” as well as dozens of local radio and television news programs.