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Kalahari Resort Poconos – A Splashy Escape from the Ordinary

Looking for indoor water park fun and family-focused adventures on the East Coast? The Kalahari Resort is sure to thrill kids and parents alike with its African-themed decor, plentiful activities, delicious dining and luxurious amenities. My 6-year-old daughter and I were recently invited to check out this new hotel in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Here’s why you’ll have […]

Why Take Your Kids to Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica

When I first arrived at Dreams Las Mareas in Costa Rica, it just seemed like a very nice resort. But after a couple of days, I realized there is something special about this place. Located in Guanacaste in the northwest corner of the country, this hotel induced that blissed-out-living-in-the-moment feeling that can be hard to find, even on […]

5 Things You Must Do in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste with Kids

If your family loves animals, sun and sea…Guanacaste, Costa Rica is the place to be! Not only is Costa Rica renowned for its beauty, but also it is home to the world’s happiest people. With beautiful scenery, a laid-back vibe, and outdoor adventures galore, there’s plenty to be happy about. Located in the northwest region of […]

Hyatt Regency Maui with Kids ~ A Fantastical Place to Stay

Long before I became a travel blogger, I chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with my husband and baby girl on one of our first-ever trips as new parents. Nearly nine years later I returned to this idyllic hotel, this time with my second child (our son, now 6) and my mom. Poor Daddy […]

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 […]

Why to Visit Aquatica – SeaWorld San Diego’s Water Park

Did you know that San Diego has a new water park? Neither did I…until SeaWorld San Diego‘s Aquatica asked me to come take a peek at their splashy offerings. Previously named Knott’s Soak City, the water park was purchased from Knott’s last fall and it reopened as Aquatica San Diego in June of  2013. Located in […]

Sheraton Waikiki – A Bustling Hotel in the Heart of Waikiki

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu feels like the epicenter of the Hawaiian hotel universe. There are so many hotels and resorts stretching along the length of Waikiki Beach, the choice of where to stay in Honolulu can be a dizzying one. If you’re looking for a central, reasonably priced resort on Oahu with lots of amenities and […]

Where to Stay with Kids in Palm Springs – The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa

You might be surprised by the number of activities for kids in Palm Springs. I know I was. There’s the Living Desert zoo and botanical garden with its maze of miniature trains, Knott’s Soak City Water Park with its abundance of waterslides and a gigantic wave pool, and the Aerial Tramway’s spinning ascent to Mount San Jacinto State Park. But I […]

Is Disney Cruise Line for Teens and Tweens Too?

My family set sail for the first time seven years ago on a multi-generational Caribbean cruise on the Disney Magic and fell in love with cruising. As of this past fall we had sailed on a total of five cruises on four different lines in the Caribbean, Alaska, the Baltics and the Mediterranean, but we had not […]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas at a Discount

I felt like a little kid discovering colored eggs and a basket filled with toys on Easter morning as I stood on my balcony and spotted giraffes sauntering past. And…over there…it’s a gazelle! Oh, what’s that…a wildebeest? And a zebra! I couldn’t stop texting photos of my animal finds plus pictures of the pimped out pool and my swanky […]

Best Hotel Pools for Adults

Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, girlfriend getaway, guys-only trip, or just a few hours of kid-free poolside relaxation during a family vacation — the right hotel pool can be an oasis of vacation bliss. Sure, it’s fun to swim and splash with your kids, but sometimes parents just need a break. I have written about the Best Kid-Friendly […]

Disneyland Hotel Pools, Restaurants, Rooms & Special Touches

Of Disneyland’s three hotels, I know many Disney-lovers prefer the more upscale Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with its woodsy detailing and grand lobby. Those on a budget might enjoy the beach-themed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel (or one of Disney’s Good Neighbor hotels). I, however, like the traditional Disney elements of the Disneyland Hotel best. Located at one end of Downtown Disney with a nearby Monorail stop, this hotel […]

Why Cancun Should Be on Your Bucket List

Visiting Mayan ruins in Mexico had been on my bucket list ever since I watched a TV special as a teenager about this fascinating culture and their monuments to Mayan gods. (Yes, I was obsessed with travel even back then.) This desire increased when, during the eighth month of my first pregnancy, my husband was sent on a sales reward trip to Cancun. […]