About Kari Haugeto

Kari Haugeto is the editor and publisher of Away is Home and the founding curator of the USA Today New Media Awards. She made her operatic debut at Lincoln Center at age 7, has trained Naval Academy midshipmen how to Scuba dive, and has more postgraduate degrees than children. She's addicted to spirited arguments (especially ones she can win) and Ariana's adorable cat videos. Contact her at [email protected].

In Orlando, there’s a new challenge in the trees

Zip-line courses may be a prerequisite for any self-respecting tourist destination, but Orlando has a reputation for taking its

By |January 25th, 2015|Here we are|0 Comments

Yeehaw! See the sea cow roundup in Florida’s Citrus County

Every January for the last 28 years, Citrus County has commemorated the return of the sea cow — also

By |January 18th, 2015|Here we are|0 Comments

New year, new Away is Home

Welcome to the new Away is Home. Again.

If you’ve been following our adventures — and misadventures — for the

By |January 5th, 2015|Here we are|0 Comments

Season’s eatings! What to do about those holiday extras

I’ve been dreading the arrival of the winter holiday season, since early September when the first party invitations started

By |November 6th, 2014|What's my problem?|2 Comments

If you’re sick, stay home

Thank you for reading the Away is Home newsletter. We’ve spun off our destination site into a new blog and newsletter — and you’re reading it. Remember, you can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here.

By |November 2nd, 2014|Away is Home Newsletter|0 Comments

Would you wear one of these fanny packs? Honestly, now – would you?

The last thing I expected to see when I visited the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World was guests wearing fanny packs.

By |October 29th, 2014|What were they thinking?|4 Comments

Do sick travelers have more rights than healthy ones?

If you’re sick, stay home.

Unless you’re about to go on vacation. Then it’s OK to infect the rest of us.

By |October 27th, 2014|Don't go there|0 Comments

Airline misplaced my luggage, I want compensation

Question: My checked bags didn’t arrive at the airport with me. What’s the airline’s responsibility when there’s a one-day delay in receiving your luggage?

By |October 23rd, 2014|Question/answer|17 Comments

Does traveling bring out your fear of crowds?

When I’m traveling, nothing stresses me out more than a crowd. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

By |October 22nd, 2014|Don't go there|4 Comments

Betcha aren’t ready for winter roadways (I’m not)

The first flakes of snow are falling in the mountains of California, Utah and Colorado, even though we’re barely halfway through October.

By |October 20th, 2014|Don't go there|5 Comments