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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Why all-inclusives are great for kids
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New Yorker Angela Manna's family typically wouldn't choose an all-inclusive resort, but suddenly she's seen the light. "It's great," she acknowledged. "Everything is so effortless." Her family, including a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old, were relaxing at the beachfront Now Amber resort in Puerto Vallarta for a family wedding. The kids coul...
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Temecula Old Town Walking Tour And Wine Adventure
I recently attended a day of fun in this great city! Our tour began at the Temecula Visitors Center. This visitors center is so beautiful and is a visually enhanced, interactive visitors center. The staff is amazing. They will help you book your room for the night and make sure you get reservations at the best restaurants in the area. The...
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Exploring Allerton
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I used to love watching America's Castles on A&E. The grandeur, the extravagance, the undisguised abundance of wealth that the late 19th and early 20th century 'robber barons' had to work with was simply unimaginable. One of these 'robber barons' in Chicago, a man by the name of Samuel Allerton, made his money by purchasing pork cheaply i...
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Recorre un destino de vacaciones de ensueño
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Recientemente estuve de visita en el Tesoro del Pacífico Mexicano, me refiero a Riviera Nayarit, un destino que se extiende a lo largo de más de 300 kilómetros de playas, cuenta con una amplio ramillete de opciones para todos, ha sido reconocido por su industria hotelera y se ha colocado como el destino de mayor crecimiento en México.
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La Tovara National Park Is for the Birds
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Riviera Nayarit's La Tovara National Park might not look like much to a first-timer. The entry sign is a little worse for wear, and the parking lot is perfunctory and mostly empty. But this is probably how the birders prefer it. Set some 100 miles north of Puerto Vallarta near the colonial town of San Blas, La Tovara is a premiere destin...
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Straight talk on terrorism
June 16, 2015
Not so long ago, when the subject of terrorism and its effects on international travel came up, we weren't usually talking about Europe. Unfortunately, the horrific Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris on Jan. 7 and the subsequent foiled attacks in Belgium, Germany and even the Vatican, have changed the conversation. Not surprisingly, safety is especially concerning to family travelers, according to Adrien Glover, vice president of content for ItaliaRail. Glover presented her findings on travel safety to media and travel trend analysts at the recent TMS Family Travel Summit, held in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Kia Sorento Adventure in Lake Tahoe
June 8, 2015
Lake Tahoe is one of my new favorite spots in California. It is not only a great weekend getaway, but also a wonderful place for families to visit. I was invited to experience the 2016 Kia Sorento as part of an all expenses paid visit to Lake Tahoe. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to Kia for the amazing adventure.
Descubriendo el paraíso de la Riviera Nayarit
May 28, 2015
Del 23 al 25 de abril tuvo lugar en Riviera Nayarit el TMS Family Travel Summit 2015, en cual tuve la oportunidad de participar y poder conocer los encantos que ofrece este sitio como destino turístico para las las familias. Este evento fue posible gracias a la facilidades otorgadas por Iberostar Playa Mita, sede de la reunión y el área de Relaciones Públicas de la Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de la Riviera Nayarit. Y a los creadores de esta evento internacional,TMS Family Travel Summit.
Been There, Do This: Las Islitas Beach in San Blas, Mexico
May 27, 2015
There are plenty of reasons for travelers to stay put in Puerto Vallarta, from raucous bars to shiny all-inclusive resorts overlooking the Pacific. But those in search of a quieter scene with more locals than tourists might consider driving north about 100 miles to San Blas, a Spanish colonial town in Riviera Nayarit that's rife with history and natural beauty.
Camping in New Orleans' French Quarter
May 26, 2015
When you think of visiting the French Quarter in New Orleans, camping is probably the last activity to cross your mind. But if you have an RV (sorry, no tents allowed), you can comfortably glamp within blocks of Bourbon Street and laissez les bons temps rouler - let the good times roll.
Inside Scoop From TMS Family Travel Summit
May 19, 2015
The third annual TMS Family Travel Summit convened at Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit region in April, and more than 20 news outlets, social media leaders, family travel experts and data analysts were in attendance. Over the course of the two-day conference, participants discussed trends in international family travel, from the power of brand partnerships to trends among Latino travelers.
Lake Charles blends the old with the new to create a great getaway
May 14, 2015
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 the city's growth, now offering a diverse selection of dining options, in addition to a distillery cooking up Louisiana rum products.
TMS Family Travel Summit Riviera Nayarit
May 8, 2015
At you can learn all about the spring time TMS Family Travel Summits for the travel trade, and the fall TMS Family Travel Conferences for media. Until you can join us, here's a quick look at the #TMSRivieraNayarit focused on "Opportunities in International Family Travel" and what went on in this little slice of paradise on the Pacific coast on Mexico.
The Big Spring Trip - Louisiana and Texas
May 7, 2015
The big spring trip. It's become a family tradition we all look forward to after our long Midwestern winter. This year's route took us more than 2000 miles in 10 days - from Florida, through southern Louisiana, into the heart of Texas, and back home to Iowa. After collecting R'Velle from the consignment company that cared for her over the winter, we restocked with groceries and our belongings and hit the road, our excitement for the trip ahead overriding the exhaustion of the late night flight the evening before.
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."
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