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Connection ~ It’s What Vacation Is All About

What motivates you to take a vacation? Maybe you want to explore someplace exciting and new. Or perhaps relaxation is your primary vacation motivation. For me, a true vacation is all about connecting with the people I love through memorable experiences. This story is brought to you in partnership with Vail Resorts. Craving connection while […]

5 Ways Disney’s Aulani Makes You Feel Like ‘Ohana

At Disney’s Aulani, families bask in an elusive blend of cultural enrichment, relaxation and all-out fun. As parents, we pride ourselves on doing a good job preparing our kids to leave the nest someday. But when they grow from sweet-cheeked babies to big kids and then pre-teens seemingly overnight, it can be hard to let them stretch their […]

How to Choose the Best Hotel for Your Family Vacation

Selecting the right hotel is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a vacation. Book wrong and you could wind up overspending, staying in a sketchy part of town, or feeling overtired and just plain blah throughout your hard-earned vacay. If you choose the best hotel for your family vacation, however, you’ll […]

Luxury Cabin-Camping at KOA Ventura in California

Camping has become an annual affair for my family. We love nature and outdoor activities. All of the work involved, however, can put a damper on our trips. Can you imagine enjoying the fun of camping with kids without the effort? No setting up huge tents, lugging blankets, mattresses, linens, pots, pans, chairs, coolers, barbecue grills or propane? […]

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Around the World

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around each year, everyone wants to be Irish! Also known as the Feast of St. Patrick, this holiday was originally a religious event but it has evolved into a world-wide secular celebration of Irish heritage and culture. While much of the merry-making on March 17 seems to revolve around drinking pints of green […]

Reasons NOT to Stay with Relatives this Holiday Season

Of course you love your relatives, quirks and all. There’s your great-aunt with her affinity for squeezing your cheeks, your boisterous uncle sipping his bourbon-laced coffee all day, your weepy sister who cries at every sappy movie and any mention of her recent weight gain, and then there’s your mother-in-law giving lectures on how to do everything […]

Confessions of a Family Travel Blogger

The life of a family travel blogger may seem super exciting, and in many ways it is. I get to travel A LOT. You might think I have got this travel thing 100% down…that my children are always well-behaved, seasoned travelers and that I sail through airports with a smile. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, my friends, […]

Fort Worth Family Fun

When you’ve got a kid who’s as obsessed with horses and cowboy culture as mine, it only makes sense to head to Texas. Fort Worth, named the #1 value-friendly destination in the United States by Hotwire.com, was a no-brainer for us. Originally a lawless western outpost, it’s now known as much for its world-class cultural amenities […]

Where to Stay on Maui with Kids – Kaanapali Alii

So you’re trying to figure out where to stay on Maui with kids. You want a place that has lots of space to spread out, incredible views, pools for swimming, a beach for water activities, a fully equipped kitchen and a separate bedroom for privacy…is that asking too much? Kaanapali Alii in Lahaina doesn’t think […]

Give Kids the Gift of Travel at Christmas and All Year

As expats in Europe, trying to live by the mantra of “collect moments not things” isn’t always easy. You can imagine all of the fun and unique keepsakes that we stumble upon during our various European excursions. The biggest challenge is keeping our three young children on board with this mentality. For every birthday and […]

Family Beach Vacation Tips for a Fun-Filled & Mishap-Free Getaway

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

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 […]

Glamping at the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley in Colorado

I am often torn between two worlds when my family stays at Colorado’s ultimate luxury resort, the Broadmoor. I love to be pampered but I’m also an outdoor lover; those worlds just don’t often mix. Until now. Set on 15 acres deep in Pike National Forest, the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley offers glamping at its finest. […]