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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New Coasters Arrive To Thrill - Or Scare - Your Family Senseless!
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 lou...
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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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Escape the Weather Extremes with a Spring Break
Whether you have been experiencing the blizzards in the USA or the blistering heat of Australia, it's time for your family to relax and enjoy the milder weather of a spring break. But where to go?
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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.
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 OíHare, 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.
Mardi Gras: 5 lessons we all can learn
February 23, 2015
What's your first thought when you hear the words Mardi Gras? Do you think Bourbon Street? While that craziness might be what makes the national headlines each year, thatís not the whole story. I just got home from celebrating Mardi Gras in Louisiana, and the experience shattered my stereotypes! In fact, I think if we all adopted a little Mardi Gras culture, the world would be a far friendlier place! In no particular order, here are five lessons we all can learn from Mardi Gras.
Spring Break Ideas - Freelance + Travel
February 23, 2015
With a baby on the way, my husband and I struggled with choosing between taking a family trip with our 3-year-old, or a quick babymoon sans child. We take travel pretty seriously. Our time is limited, and we only want to spend our money and resources on experiences worth sharing. That means saying "no" to a destination just because it's easy or cheap. We want to create meaning around our family trips and create a tradition of valuing experiences over a mindless getaway.
A tale of two Tahoes: Bucolic scenery, glitzy casinos abut
February 14, 2015
This is a tale of two Tahoes - one outdoorsy, filled with exquisite natural beauty, and the other glam and glitz, with 24/7 casinos and fine dining. Take your pick. Tahoe has many facets and multiple personalities, offering a great range of activities for all. Whether you're a hiker, skier, nature lover or history buff, you'll find it all in South Lake Tahoe.
Family Travel Ideas for Spring Break
February 10, 2015
By now we know the groundhog saw his shadow, and six more weeks of winter are yet to come. If your family is anything like ours, the kids are getting cabin fever and itching for a change of pace. Below are some of the ways our family has enjoyed the vacation in the past. For even more spring break ideas, check out this detailed list from our friends at Taking The Kids. Don't see your favorite mentioned? Please share your own spring break travel ideas in the comments below.
Spring Break Ideas To Meet Every Family's Wish List
January 28, 2015
Does your gang wants to ride roller coasters all day? Maybe you want to join the grandparents on a cruise. Could your idea of a perfect Spring Break getaway be cheering on your favorite baseball players at Spring Training games in Florida or Arizona? Spring break is a terrific time to get away. Spring break clearly has moved beyond bikinis and beer kegs as growing number of families find it the ideal time to get away together.
Hotel Review: Omni La Costa Resort - Golf, Spa, Aaaah in Southern California
January 27, 2015
The development of luxury family resorts is a growing trend in family travel. Just because you're traveling with the kids, doesn't mean parents can't pamper themselves a little too. Take Carlsbad, California's Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as a prime example. With its expansive, manicured grounds, jaw-dropping pool and waterslides, Kidtopia Kids' Club, spacious family suites, and a world class spa, it's no wonder Condè Nast Traveler named the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa as one of the Top 20 resorts in Southern California.
Family Winter Getaway in Mankato, Minnesota
January 21, 2015
I'm not fond of winter, though I am resigned to it. Growing up in Iowa, moving to Minnesota, then returning to Iowa, it's obvious I've made my choice to deal with the harshest season. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. My kids love it, though. And, being a mom, I don't want to hold them back from experiences, regardless of my preferences.
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