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!
Our European family travel partners continue to send us some great ideas for family friendly travel destinations across the continent. Today’s suggestion features Benidorm on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. This beautiful seaside city is a good choice for families with older teens who want to spend some time relaxing together in a chic urban setting that combines great weather, beaches and food. Featuring the most high-rise buildings per capita in the world, which include a great deal of hotels, there are several accommodation choices for cheap holidays to Benidorm in 2013. Both teenagers and those young at heart can take advantage of the continuous program of activities available at this popular Spanish resort. With white sandy beaches, 3,400 hours of sunshine a year and numerous package deals available, Benidorm [...]
We’re are always excited when our worldwide travel partners send us new ideas for international family travel with teens and young adults. Our latest inspiration suggests that Malia, Crete – on the Mediterranean coast of Greece – has all the makings of a fabulous holiday for families with older teens. Malia is known for being a high energy destination that college age teens and young adults might find appealing although quieter, more family oriented accommodations and activities are widely available as well. It is also a great base camp for exploring some of the Mediterranean’s oldest Bronze Age Ruins. Malia is definitely a destination to consider if your family is getting a little tired of more traditional US destinations like Florida and European locations like the Maldives. If you and [...]
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