Top 5 Multigenerational Vacations for Every Budget
According to findings from the 2015 MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers survey, more than 40 percent of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year. And demand continues to rise, with MMGY Global forecasting multigenerational trips to increase by 7 percent in 2016.
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Taking the Kids -- an important history lesson through baseball in Kansas City
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They were among the best baseball players in the United States, traveling cross-country to play the game they loved before cheering fans. But they were often forced to sleep on their bus and eat peanut butter crackers. "They could fill up the ballpark but couldn't get a meal or a place to stay from the same fans that had just cheered them...
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Good Bones: Waco Mammoth National Monument
On July 10, 2015, President Obama created three new National Monuments. One of these sites protect some of the most important paleontological finds in American History, Waco Mammoth National Monument. I visited the site a few months ago and was amazed at the number and condition of the preserved fossils.
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Christmas over the top in the Big Apple
Christmas in the Big Apple is in a league of its own. It's over the top. You can feel the contagious excitement in the air. I'm in the midst of it all as I write this - swept up in the irresistible sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season. Dancing, singing and subway-riding Santas, concerts, extravagant holiday windows, lavish deco...
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Top 3 Reasons Kansas City, MO should be on your Family Travel radar
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When I arrived in Kansas City, Missouri, I expected to find good barbecue joints and plenty of jazz. What I didn't expect to find is a lovely metro mecca brimming with opportunities for family travel fun! Though my time in the city was limited, thanks to the Kansas City xx and TMSKC conference, I was able to experience a good range of act...
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Check out the Turkish fiddle and Buddhist sand art
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Featured in the 7,000-square-foot exhibition are fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Israel, a large stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jewish devotional objects taken into space by former astronaut David Wolf; the trunk Mormon leader Brigham Young carried from New York to Utah, a piece of the Kiswa (a gold-embroidered fabric, w...
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This Is Africa
Christopher Riley
Travel Media Showcase is proud to share "This Is Africa: A journey from Kenya to Uganda," a spectacular photo essay by New Jersey-based landscape and portrait photographer Christopher Riley. We want to encourage this talented young man to follow his dreams of being a journalist and hope that everyone enjoys this sample of his work.
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Deb Thompson

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The Bear Facts
January 6, 2016
The American Black Bear has a wide range. They are found along the eastern seaboard of North America from Alaska to Northern Mexico and in parts of western United States. They are very adaptable so they have learned to survive in closer proximity to humans than many other wild creatures. This very trait that helped them survive for millions of years, now is putting them on the path to extinction.
Party Like it's 1565
January 6, 2016
When it comes to throwing a big birthday bash, nobody tops Saint Augustine. Then, no other city in the country has been around for 450 years. For the big 450 Celebration they pulled out all the stops. When the planning started they asked all the usual questions. Bands? Let's get some of the best names. Stage? How about five? Weekend festival? No let's carry it over for four days from the Friday of Labor Day Weekend until Tuesday, September 8, the actual birthday.
Time Tripping at Mayborn Museum
January 6, 2016
Mayborn Museum in Waco, Texas is filled with interesting things for young and old alike: a place for the scholar or the fun seeker. It's a fun trip back in time, It has indoor exhibits and great outdoor historical village. It opened in 2004 as a blending of the former Strecker Museum, a Children's Discovery Center and the Outdoor Village all situated at different places originally.
Stay and Play
January 6, 2016
Planning a vacation to Louisiana in the future? When you are choosing a hotel consider staying at a casino. You say you don't gamble. Still casinos are a good choice for several reasons even for family vacations. They offer reasonable prices and all the advantages of a resort. There are always restaurants for every taste and budget. Shops and entertainment abound in casino. The ever important swimming pool is usually offered in several versions. For those who do wish to indulge in the gaming the opportunities are limitless. You will have a confortable visit, you can bet on it.
LeBleu's Landing
January 6, 2016
If you're looking for a real Cajun food experience, you can find it at LeBleu's Landing in Sulphur, Louisiana. The restaurant is named for the earliest settler of this southwest corner of Acadiana, Bartheleme Blaise LeBleu. The family history includes a lot of Jean Lafitte lore. Obviously Lafitte loved good food. I can be sure of that since he was French. Have you ever known a Frenchman who didn't love good food?
Cajun or Zydeco?
January 4, 2016
Is it Cajun or Zydeco? That's the most common question folks ask when they hear Louisiana music. Well, Cajun music is the "folk music" of the Arcadian people exiled from Canada who settled mostly in southern Louisiana. It will usually have fiddles along with an accordion, and guitars. Modern Cajun music has borrowed some from County and Western.
Delicious Diners
January 4, 2016
Diners were the American fast food joints of the early 20th century. They began in the 1870s and were the most popular eatery of the middle class until the 1970s with the coming of the fast food chains that are so popular with younger people who think a McBurger is high cuisine.
Little Piece of Heaven: Oliver Winery
January 4, 2016
What would you call a place that offered great wine tastings, tours, music, a beautiful garden and even some pet friendly events? No, I haven't discovered Nirvana. It's Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana I'm thinking about. I visited it with Travel Media Showcase and was thrilled with both the beauty and the fruits of the vine found there in equal parts.
Broadway's hottest shows for holidays and beyond
December 18, 2015
Broadway never ceases to amaze and dazzle me. You can feel the electricity and excitement in Times Square, the best people-watching spot on earth. There's nothing like a good old fashioned Broadway musical to get your adrenaline pumping. Fabulous costumes, great choreography, and terrific sets are set against a backdrop of historic theaters.
Noshing around New York City
December 18, 2015
You can eat surprisingly well without breaking the bank if you know where to go in New York. I'm a fussy foodie and these are some of my favorite eateries.
Top 5 Multigenerational Vacations for Every Budget
November 17, 2015
According to findings from the 2015 MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers survey, more than 40 percent of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year. And demand continues to rise, with MMGY Global forecasting multigenerational trips to increase by 7 percent in 2016.
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