Uncruise review of Costa Rica and Panama: Why small ship cruising is great for families

Every so often, we are lucky enough to experience a trip that sets our bar higher for family travel excellence. Before we embarked on our Uncruise adventure through Costa Rica and Panama, the bar was already pretty darn high...we had experienced … [Read more...]

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Central America packing list and gear picks

Heading to Central America? You're going to need to pack smart, for both sun protection and insect protection. And of course, you'll want to be comfortable in humid and tropical weather. We just returned from Panama and Costa Rica, where we stayed … [Read more...]

Teen travel checklist: Preparing your teen to travel abroad

Last week, our teen departed for three weeks in Italy, without his parents. He traveled with a small group of student ambassadors for a cultural exchange and school program, and while chaperones will be available, they won't be with him 24/7. Because … [Read more...]

Grown Up Getaway: Eureka California wine and cider weekend

A wine weekend in...Eureka? Yes, California's rugged northern 'lost coast' can make for an ideal grown-up getaway, provided you know where to go. Parents will feel completely away from it all, with cell service cutting delightfully in and out with … [Read more...]

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort: winter recreation headquarters of Central Oregon

Families used to the crowds (and prices) at California ski resorts will be in heaven in Central Oregon, where Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort reigns. There are many Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort reviews for a reason! Located above Bend, Oregon (named one of our … [Read more...]

Skiing in Utah: Eagle Point ski vacation planning

When planning a ski vacation in Utah, families are spoiled for choice. There are over a dozen major resorts in the Salt Lake City area alone, and many of them are probably on your radar. We love Salt Lake ski resorts, but before you make the decision … [Read more...]

How you can get Disney Vacation Club points for less

What family hasn't dreamed of a magical Disney vacation? The characters, the rides, the enchantment...and oh yeah, the cost! Planning a family getaway to Disney is not only expensive, but it can also be stressful and difficult. These days, there's … [Read more...]

Bryce Canyon National Park in winter

If you’ve been to Bryce Canyon in summer, you know this national park is incredibly scenic, and also incredibly crowded. Even the ‘shoulder’ seasons of late spring and early fall are becoming congested with tourists. But come in the heart of winter, … [Read more...]

Zion National Park in winter

Before I visited Zion National Park in winter, I pictured the famed slot canyons and rock formations of the park buried in snow, with park amenities shuttered for the season and the adjacent town of Springdale hard to access on wintery roads. I could … [Read more...]

How to find the lowest airfare for any trip (and every trip)

I hate the process of securing low airfare. It's frustrating, stressful, and sometimes feels futile. So many elements are out of the traveler's control: oil prices, airline policies, and other reasons for day-to-day fluctuations in the market. But … [Read more...]

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