Our Very Best Summer Vacation Ideas
Our annual summer roundup of favorite family vacations will help you plan that perfect getaway, one with time to relax, reconnect, and refresh yourself and your loved ones with great memories. Will this summer be for mountain hikes and canoeing? Beach and sandcastles? Shopping, shows and food truck tours? Perfecting your Spanish, horsebac...
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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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Family Fun in Illinois: 7 Reasons to Visit Champaign County
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Located in the heart of Illinois - just a couple hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis - Champaign County is a perfect family getaway for a long weekend or a mid-week break. The central cities of Champaign-Urbana, or Chambana, as the locals call it, are a funky mix of Midwestern values and hip urban life. Filled with cultural an...
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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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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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Our Very Best Summer Vacation Ideas
August 17, 2015
Our annual summer roundup of favorite family vacations will help you plan that perfect getaway, one with time to relax, reconnect, and refresh yourself and your loved ones with great memories. Will this summer be for mountain hikes and canoeing? Beach and sandcastles? Shopping, shows and food truck tours? Perfecting your Spanish, horseback riding? Whatever your pleasure, we know you want to make the most of your time and travel budget.
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.
Exploring Allerton
June 4, 2015
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 in the Midwest and selling it for a profit to the Union Army. While growing his agricultural and land holdings, Samuel Allerton became involved in finance, becoming a founder of the First National Bank of Chicago.
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.
Our Very Best Summer Vacation Ideas
May 8, 2015
We know everyone's schedule is jam-packed and every vacation day - every vacation minute - really counts. That's why we've partnered with Family Travel Forum to come up with the best 2015 family summer vacation ideas. These ideas will help you take the kids - and the grandkids and any other kids in your lives - and give all of you the best bang for your vacation buck and, more importantly, create lifetime memories.
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