Florence Italy at Christmas

Last holiday season, we made a last minute decision to add Florence, Italy to our European family vacation. We arrived in Florence on December 24, Christmas Eve, and left December 27. While planning, I worried that perhaps, spending Christmas in … [Read more...]

Gift-free holiday: Why we opted for no presents at Christmas

Last year, we began planning a bucket-list two-week vacation to Europe. When we decided the best time for our family's trip was Christmas break, we, as parents, realized how unrealistic it would be to buy Christmas presents on top of the cost of the … [Read more...]

Guide to Paris Christmas markets

One of our favorite memories of a Paris Christmas was touring the many Paris Christmas markets across the city. Some Christmas markets pop up fairly spontaneously from year to year, but there are a few staples you'll find to be consistent. Here's … [Read more...]

Five family weekend getaways after the kids are back-to-school

September, October and November are the perfect months for short family weekend getaways. Kids (and parents!) are ready for a break from the busy back-to-school schedule, and hotels and resorts are less crowded and keen to offer fall discounts. Where … [Read more...]

Dog sledding and snowmobiling in Breckenridge

The town of Breckenridge Colorado is known for its epic skiing and snowboarding, but there are many other ways to enjoy the snowy mountains here. Whether you want to plan a day away from the slopes during a longer vacation or have non-skiers among … [Read more...]

Holidays away from home: Tips for preparing kids

At least every other year, we travel during the holiday season. This means my kids are pretty accustomed to celebrating holidays away from home, and as a parent, I'm pretty good at making Christmas special...wherever we are. This year, we'll be … [Read more...]

Fun holiday events at favorite hotels this season

Will you be celebrating the holidays on vacation this year? If so, we have a round-up of holiday events at hotels, with deals and and happenings at some of our favorite resorts and family vacation hot spots. Read on to learn where to book your … [Read more...]

Travel Gifts for Kids: best electronic travel accessories for kids

Will you be hitting the road or flying long distance on a trip this year? Slip one or more of these electronics' accessories into your kids' stockings this holiday season! Below, best electronic travel accessories for kids who log some serious travel … [Read more...]

Exploring Christmas markets in Belgium

For our upcoming European vacation on a budget, we researched Christmas markets in France, Italy, and Belgium. While the country is still on high alert as officials ensure safety following the Paris terrorist acts, sources from both Flanders and … [Read more...]

Five holiday gifts for travelers who have everything

Have an avid traveler on your gift list this year? It's a no-brainer to pick up something travel-related, but what if she already owns all the latest travel gear, or you have no idea where he's planning to vacation next? No worries: the following … [Read more...]