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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Safety first everywhere – except for babies on airplanes!


Everything on a plane — including coffee pots — has to be restrained during takeoff and landing and in times of turbulence--everything, that is, except young children sitting on a parent’s laps. more
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A guided trip through Montana and the Yellowstone — no better way to travel


This is the first morning of our guided trip to Montana and Yellowstone, arranged by Montana-based Austin Lehman Adventures, which has been guiding visitors to Yellowstone and beyond for more than two decades—several hundred families a year. The company sends adventurous families around the world but Yellowstone remains their signature trip and the Museum of the Rockies is a great place to start. more
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Five budget-minded tips for celebrating the Fourth of July


Which party are you going to? Across the country on July 4th weekend, everyone will be slurping ice cream cones, waving flags and having a good time -- hopefully. If you want to do more than attend — or host — a BBQ in your backyard, you certainly have your pick. Here are five picks guaranteed to please without busting the budget more
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On the road again — exploring America in a Recreational Vehicle


RVing may not be for die hard backpackers like my grown kids, but it’s still a great way to get kids outdoors and get some R&R. You don’t have to worry about what to do when it rains either. Sure gas prices are high, but some families park their RV in one spot rather than touring the region. What a great way to explore one part of the state or one national park, returning to the camp ground in the evening where you’ll find congenial neighbors, activities, Wi-Fi in many places and even swimming pools. more
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Despite high gas prices, families will hit the road this summer


This summer, with every electronic accoutrement and despite high gas prices — the current national average price for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.95, $1.04 more than last year — most of us will still hit the road, according to AAA, though nearly four in 10 of us will adjust our travel plans as a result, suggests a new survey from TripAdvisor more
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Staycation again? Families say ‘not so much’ in 2011


Let’s hear it for the good old American vacation. We deserve it. We need it. And we’re not going to let gas prices keep us home. AAA says nearly 35 million of us will be traveling this Memorial Day holiday weekend, most by car and despite gas prices that are more than $1 higher than last year. The national average price for regular gasoline is $3.91, compared to $2.85 this time last year. more
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Tripping through California with grown children leading the way


Reg and Dan set the itinerary and the pace, while we picked up the tab. It’s nice for a change not to be in charge and to be able to let grown children lead the way, catching up with them about their lives when we’re not distracted by extended family gathered for a big event or holiday. It’s also nice to be able to just focus on one child at a time too more
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Travel insurance can save your vacation when trouble strikes


/uploadedImages/images_upload/2011_Q1_Uploaded_Images/Travel insurance can save your trip.jpgI hate to tell you this wasn’t the first time I found myself in the ER on a vacation where travel insurance more than paid for itself in out-of-pocket expenses. You might think travel insurance is for those taking a cruise or an exotic vacation, but according to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, a growing number of families agree with me more
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Exploring the New Disney Dream That Ups the Ante for Family Cruising


Other cruise lines are also catering to the growing family cruise market (more than a million kids now cruise each year) with their megaships -- a smart move at a time when kids increasingly drive vacation decisions. A survey found that cruises top kids’ list of dream vacation destinations, right behind a trip to Walt Disney World. more
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When the best-laid travel plans go awry


For us, that meant enjoying a quiet “staycation” after Christmas instead of taking a much-anticipated diving trip to Grand Turk Island. Though our flight was scheduled two days after the Christmas blizzard that crippled the East Coast, we thought we were good to go and left our house that morning boarding passes in hand. But in the hour it took us to get to JFK our flight was canceled and we couldn’t get another for several days. Work schedules dictated we cancel the trip. more
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