10 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Kids

10 Best Indoor Hotel Pools for Kids

Especially when the weather is frightful, an indoor hotel pool provides a fabulous retreat from rain, wind, snow and cold. It doesn’t have to be winter, however, to enjoy these spectacular indoor watery havens. Grab your bathing suit and dive in to this list of the best indoor hotel pools for kids. Best Indoor Lazy […]

Hofsas House Review – A Carmel by the Sea Inn for Romance, Families and Fido

Bavarian-themed mural at Hofsas House

You can tell when someone has the right job and is living the right life. People like Hofsas House Proprietor Carrie Theis exude an easy happiness. She welcomes guests with a genuine smile and asks if there is anything she can do to make your visit to Carmel by the Sea more pleasant. She doesn’t do this […]

Tips for Visiting Rome with Kids in Winter

Tips for Visiting Rome with Kids in Winter

Prices, crowds and temperatures drop in Italy’s famed capital city during the off-season. Got your heart set on a Roman holiday, family-style? Here are some tips for visiting Rome with kids in winter. Take advantage of winter crowds and prices. Crowds of tourists in Rome are next to nothing during winter. Additionally, many lodging and […]

Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

Small World Express Peek-A-Boo Bucket (Available in the Travel Mamas Store)on

Any journey can be do-able, and even enjoyable, with the right stuff (and the right attitude)! Here’s a list of the best travel toys and diversions based on the advice of Tracyn Thayer of Kids Travel Happy, as well as my own experience and that of other Travel Mamas.

Play with Raggs the Dog at the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

Raggs the Dog at the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort

Amidst a seaside stretch of Riviera Maya’s green lushness is the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa, an oasis of pampering surrounded by untamed foliage in Mexico. Although monstrous in size, it blends into the natural world like a gecko—precisely where the hotel ends and the wilderness begins is sometimes ambiguous. The Grand Palladium has honed […]

Which Disneyland Character Meal Is Best for Your Family? (Updated 2014)

Best Disneyland Character Meals

Each of the five Disneyland character meals has its own feel, special touches, and star character. But how do you know which character meal is best for your family? Let me break it down for you…

Exploring the Mediterranean with Kids

Parthenon Acropolis Athens Greece

Sunny skies, beautiful beaches, historical sites, delicious food eaten at outdoor cafés, art and culture—what’s not to love about the Mediterranean? And there’s no need to worry about feeling out-of-place on your family vacation because people in this Southern European region seem to genuinely love and welcome children. From Turkey and Greece to Italy and […]

Family Beach Vacation Tips

Family Beach Vacation Tips

Who doesn’t love a family beach vacation? (Especially if you’re stealing away in the heart of a chilly winter!) There’s the sand, the sun, the sea…and sunburns, unexpected rainy weather, and potential dehydration. Here are five family beach vacation tips to make sure your holiday is as fun-filled and mishap-free as possible! Choose the right […]

Center Parcs Park Bostalsee, Germany – A Family Focused Vacation Destination

Walking up to one of the playgrounds at the Bostalsee Center Parcs

My American family has fallen in love with Europe’s Center Parcs. In fact, if we let our three young boys plan every vacation, I’m pretty sure they would choose to visit nothing but Center Parcs for the rest of our time overseas. And why not? As far as I can tell, they’re the best thing […]

Holiday Gifts for Travel Families

Lonely Planet's Not for Parents Series

Got a travel-loving kid or adult on your gift list this year? Have we got some wonderful travel-inspired gift ideas for you! From presents for children on the go, to gifts for global tweens and teens, to ideas for Travel Mamas and Travel Daddies—here are our picks for the best holiday gifts for travel families. […]