Sun, Snow And Sea Spring Break Vacation Ideas
The perfect spring break getaway is one of the easiest and best value vacations to plan. Tucked between the pricey winter holidays and the crowded summer ones (or vice versa in some parts of the world), vacations between February and April are easier on your budget, too.
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A memorable feast of mangrove-grilled Snapper - last day in Mexico
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The town of San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico's Pacific Coast has more than 20 miles of beaches. We started our beach day at El Borrego where Mexican families sit in the shade under thatched talapas while the kids splash in the warm, water. We sip coconut water—right from a fresh coconut just off the tree, and when we're do...
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Lake Charles blends the old with the new to create a great getaway
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There’s a real buzz in Lake Charles, La., these days. Two energy-related companies-Cheniere Energy and Sasol-are moving in and spending billions in infrastructure and hiring thousands of workers. Last December, the Golden Nugget Lake Charles opened, the newest addition to the city's gaming industry. The culinary scene has expanded with th...
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Fun and games on Carnival cruise
I was craving some fun in the sun. The gloomy, gray, grungy winter weather was getting me down. I desperately needed a break and some sunshine to cheer me up. I decided to escape and cruise down to Mexico out of Galveston. I opted for a five-day cruise aboard Carnival Magic, one of the fleet's newest ships and an easy getaway from San Ant...
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The Outback: 180 miles of interesting
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The Outback: any remote or sparsely populated region (not just in Australia). Most people think Australia when they hear the word... but you don't have to travel that far to see spectacular scenery, unusual creatures or expansive marshland. Tucked away in Southwest Louisiana, the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers 180 miles of q...
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Leaving Las Vegas: The best casinos outside Sin City
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While Las Vegas is famous for one of the nations top gambling and party scenes, you don't have to travel to Sin City to see some of the world's best casinos. Scroll through our gallery to find the 10 best casinos located anywhere but Vegas that are also travel destinations in and of themselves.
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Family Vacation IOU: A Mother's Day Gift Guaranteed To Please
May 7, 2015
No Mother's Day candy, please! Honestly, do you know a mom who isn't trying to shed a few pounds? (Me included!) This Mother's Day, give the moms in your life something they will really appreciate. My friend, Nancy Schretter, managing editor of Family Travel Network calls it "Me Time for Moms with a Bow."
A Bird-Watchers Paradise on Mexico's Pacific Coast
May 6, 2015
How many birds can you count? Different species of birds... on a good day, 120 species, says our naturalist guide Francisco Nombre, who happens to hold Mexico's title this year for seeing the most different species in a 24 hour period.
On The Riviera Nayarit Along Mexico's Pacific Coast
May 5, 2015
Thirteen year-old Win Cooper has been busy trying archery, playing ping pong and water polo. "I like that there is so much to do and I don't have to go with my parents," he said. His two younger sisters, meanwhile, are happy to spend all day in and out the pool and getting ice cream any time they like. "Even for breakfast," said nine year old Ruby.
Day 3 - Dolphins and Art Galleries in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 4, 2015
Meet the cutest sisters you have ever seen. Quetzalla is two and Barlaam is three and-a-half and their antics certainly will keep you laughing. They are among the seven dolphins at Puerto Vallarta's most popular family attraction: Dolphin Discovery Aquaventuras Park.
Day Two - A Tour Around The All-Inclusive of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
May 3, 2015
Puerto Vallarta is known for its galleries and its food but it is probably known more as a cruise ship stop and for those visiting the all-inclusive resorts. We're staying at Now Amber that is designed for families - check out the swim up suites where families can play just outside their rooms!
Three Days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Day One Taco Tour!
May 1, 2015
Who knew? Who knew tacos aren't typically served with crispy stand-up tortillas or smothered in cheese or that a freshly made tortilla topped with some specially prepared meat could taste so delicious? Ricardo Lopez - they call him LOBO - is our guide on a Vallarta Food Tour, which is a company started by American Lindsay Prime.
'Taking the Kids,' for Nearly 20 Years
April 28, 2015
Family travel blogs may be ubiquitous today, but the subject of family travel was relatively virgin terrain when the journalist Eileen Ogintz, then on the staff of The Chicago Tribune, took her first assignment on the subject in 1987.
Sun, Snow And Sea Spring Break Vacation Ideas
April 7, 2015
The perfect spring break getaway is one of the easiest and best value vacations to plan. Tucked between the pricey winter holidays and the crowded summer ones (or vice versa in some parts of the world), vacations between February and April are easier on your budget, too.
New Coasters Arrive To Thrill - Or Scare - Your Family Senseless!
April 2, 2015
Love them or hate them?Maybe your family is divided on the subject of roller coasters; my family has been for as long as I can remember. From the time they were just tall enough, two of my kids couldn't wait to ride the fastest, biggest coasters in the park; the third preferred other attractions. Me too, especially since I screamed so loud on one coaster that I not only embarrassed my kids, but also lost my voice.
Making Lemonade on an Emergency Airport Layover
April 2, 2015
I got a pound of lemons: an air traffic delay in Fort Lauderdale, a flight cancellation, being rerouted to Chicago O’Hare, an accident at LaGuardia, emergency airport closures, and a snow alert that forced me to spend 26 hours at an airport hotel. If not for that, I might never have "made lemonade" in Rosemont, Illinois. Seemingly a suburb of the world's busiest airport (measured by flight operations), Rosemont is home to the DES Convention Center and an aggregate of family activities, despite there being "no there there."
Where to eat, play, stay in Galveston
March 21, 2015
Galveston's colorful past is filled with tales of scoundrels, bootleggers, mobsters and high rollers. Jean Lafitte, the notorious pirate, was the town's first known European settler. This small island, 32 miles long and two and a half miles wide, packs a big punch. You'll find lots of family-friendly attractions to keep you busy.
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