Again this year, over 100 travel bloggers are banding together during the holiday season to raise money for a good cause. Last the year, this group raised over $110,000 for Water.org! This year, the goal is to raise $115,000 for buildOn to construct three schools and fund three adult literacy programs in the Sikasso region of southern Mali, Africa. The Passports With Purpose program selected buildOn for its 2 decades long track record of mobilizing rural communities in some of the poorest countries in the world to build 567 schools. The fun part for you travel blog readers is the way this fundraiser works. Simply visit the Prize Catalog page on the Passports with Purpose website to see all the great prizes that travel bloggers and their sponsors have donated for the fundraiser. [...]
Many teens play on club or select sports teams in addition to their high school squads. In sports like ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, teens who aspire to play in college pretty much play their main sport year-round. Many club and select teams lean hard on parent volunteers to help out with fund raising, supply snacks, and coordinating team travel. In our case, this season we volunteers to coordinate tournament travel for the Princess’s club ice hockey team. So far, since September, we’ve been to upstate New York, Vermont and Toronto (twice!). If you are wondering why things have been a little quiet on the blog – work, school and the need to play travel agent for 20 teen hockey players probably explains it. In theory, getting the team from point A to point [...]
Many American college-age teens opt to study abroad in the United Kingdom. The availability of world class academic and cultural experiences, plus the familiarity of the language, makes it a natural choice whether your student is interested in economics, political science, mathematics, humanities or any range of topics. Many families find that their college student’s semester abroad offers an opportunity to create a special family vacation with parents and siblings meeting up with the college student during a holiday break or at the end of the semester. For families planning to connect with their traveling college students in the United Kingdom, finding the right accommodations can make the difference between a run of the mill vacation and a cherished family memory. But where to start? Our U.K. based travel partners [...]
Its been a couple of exciting weeks here in Boston with the Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series last night. We’ve been focused on cheering on the team, catching up at school, researching colleges, getting a driver’s license and going to the rink so are sorry we haven’t been able to post too much lately. We hope to have more updates soon, in the meantime, Happy Halloween! And for everyone working on early decision college applications, take time out for a candy bar!
We recently made a quick getaway to Vermont to check out that state’s classic fall foliage season. Finding time in between work, school and sports can be challenging in the fall but we are glad we took the family time to enjoy this special season that only comes once a year! As usual, Vermont did not disappoint with the tree showing all manner of colors. We particularly enjoyed the views along the back roads. Despite somewhat overcast conditions, the colors around lakes and rivers stood out. Our quick trip inspired us to reach out to some of our favorite family travel bloggers to see what they have been doing during foliage season. As usual they have great ideas for foliage destinations and tips for getting the most fun out of your family [...]
It is getting to be that time of year when families need to start planning where to go for a winter holiday. Time with the kids and extended family members including grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles is a must, but, finding a place where everyone can get the right mix of activity, privacy, sun, fun, and food can be challenging. Whether yours is a small family that wants to keep it simple and cook your own meals in a housekeeping apartment or lodge or a larger group that wants to stay at a themed oceanfront hotel with all the bells and whistles during the UK Christmas break, all-inclusive resorts can be a great affordable way to keep everyone happy. Our European travel partners tell us that beachside resorts operated by [...]
Maine is a beautiful state and the mid-coast section between Portland and Bar Harbor has some of the best scenery, lighthouses and things to do with on a family vacation. Unfortunately, many families drive right through without stopping in their rush to get to Acadia National Park. Acadia is great, but, there is much more to Maine’s coast. Whether its a long weekend getaway from Boston, Montreal or New York, or a stop along the way on a longer New England family vacation, here is our list of the best things to do on a family vacation on Maine’s mid-coast: Visit the lighthouses. Each lighthouse has its own story to tell and offers unique insights into Maine’s nautical past. We enjoyed the historic grounds around Portland Head Light in Fort [...]