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Jul 9, 2015
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More and more very upscale resorts begin catering to families


A growing number of ultra deluxe resorts around the world, which once never saw kids or barely tolerated their presence, have changed their tune as more wealthy parents are bringing their kids along. The good news for those of us without unlimited resources: Choose your dates wisely and you may be able to vacation like the rich and famous more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Finding a Beach Bargain in the Caribbean and Hawaii This Summer


This summer, if you are willing to fly, you may find a better deal in the Caribbean or even Hawaii than in traditional beach resort towns like Newport, R.I., or Cape Cod, Mass. In fact, when Travelocity named summer’s Top 10 family destinations, after Orlando, they included Cancun and Puerta Vallerta, the Hawaiian Islands, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Dominican Republic. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Lodging, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Taking your kids to Orlando for the first time? Here’s how to make the most of it


According to recent polls from Travelocity and Orbitz, Orlando is the number one destination for families this summer. It is affordable with some of the summer’s best room rates (plenty of hotels and condos under $100 a night and special deals for those in the U.S. military) and flights. And we all know you won’t run out of things to do more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 4 Comments


Among East Coast cities, Baltimore is sometimes an afterthought — WRONG!


Sometimes in our rush to take the kids to see major museums and historic sites, we skip smaller cities like Baltimore — ideally located 40 minutes north of Washington, D.C., and 90 minutes south of Philadelphia — that are not only easily navigable (even free buses) but can be easier on our wallets. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


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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It’s the era of boutique hotels — and they’re getting family friendlier


Across the country and even abroad, such small unique hotels are gaining a following among families who appreciate the intimate atmosphere, the service and the fact that they have, well, more personality than big chain hotels. Small hotels don’t necessarily cost any more and in some cases they cost less. more
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San Francisco — a museum-goer’s paradise


Whether your kids are science geeks, future engineers or artists, or you just want them to have a unique experience, San Francisco’s two-dozen museums deliver. The California Museum of Sciences — one of the city’s top tourist draws since its move to Golden Gate Park — is the only place in the world to combine a natural history museum, aquarium and planetarium in one building. It’s the greenest museum in the world. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Taking the Kids — On a Cruise to Europe


Aboard a cruise ship you can relax and meet families from around the world, instead of schlepping from city to city. And after an exhausting day of touring, you return to a place where most everyone speaks English and there are big swimming pools, familiar food and, with morning-till-night youth activities, a welcome break for mom and dad.. more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


On a Safe and Green Trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya


Locals and tourists scoff at the notion that they might not be safe here or along the Riviera Maya (www.rivieramaya.com), which stretches south of Cancun to Tulum. “Mexico is a big country and the violence is so far away from here,” explains cab driver Fernando Morales, who has lived in this area all his life. “Once people get here, they relax.” 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
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Getting There, Lodging, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | 1 Comment





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