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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sheraton Kauai Resort Review – Oh What a Beach!

Kauai may be an island surrounded by water with loads of beaches, but few Kauai hotels are located literally right on a fabulous beach. I define a fabulous beach as: uncrowded, litter-free powdery sand, clean water with decent but not pounding surf, good for swimming and snorkeling, with incredible sunsets. It’s a tall order. The Sheraton Kauai Resort is, and […]

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club – A Place for the Simplest & Best Pleasures

The sun begins to tilt toward the sea, stretching shadows and hinting at cooler temperatures and evening’s approach. It’s time. Carts and coolers are loaded with ketchup and mustard, bratwurst and shish-ka-bobs, a tray of brownies, triangles of watermelon. There’s an unspoken buzz of excitement of what’s to come at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. […]

Kauai’s Spirit of Aloha, Family-style

Just saying the word Hawaii evokes sighs of happiness and fond memories for anyone who has experienced the land of Aloha. As the oldest of all the major Hawaiian islands, Kauai (also known as the Garden Isle due to its lush flora), represents the vision of what many people imagine Hawaii to be; green rainforests, […]

LEGOLAND Hotel Review – It’s All About the Kids

Looking for a hotel where everything (and I mean everything!) is all about the kids? Then head to Carlsbad, California for a stay at the world’s first LEGOLAND Hotel. Even before you enter, as you walk beneath a giant dragon built from Lego bricks, you can tell this hotel is going to be different. Purchase discounted LEGOLAND […]

Paradisus Palma Real – An All-inclusive Resort for Families Who Crave Relaxation

Set on the Dominican Republic’s gloriously wide stretch of beach in Punta Cana, Paradisus Palma Real is a luxury all-inclusive resort that feels like a boutique hotel, right down to the Thierry Mugler designer bath products. Catering to families in need of a bit of pampering, head here if you want to experience more than […]

Skiing with Kids in Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler was already well-known prior to its debut as a co-host for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, but that event really brought the world’s focus onto this relatively small village, two hours north of Vancouver. If you’ve never been, you might wonder, what’s the draw? The number one mountain resort in North America seems […]