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 [...]
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 [...]
Maine’s intricate coastline is filled with hundreds of small harbors, inlets, pocket beaches and rocky cliffs that were formed by powerful glacial activity at the end of the last ice age. First, rising sea levels flooded the coastlands and carved out bays and islands where there were once valleys and mountain tops. Following this period, the land mass rose slightly, resulting in today’s rocky, hard to navigate and wild coastline. Today, the mid coast area between Portland and Bar Harbor, is home to a few major cities such as Freeport, Bath and Rockland but still houses many small villages and isolated landmarks. During our recent visit to Maine’s mid-coast we veered off Route 1 to explore Pemaquid Point in Bristol. Just 20 minutes down Route 30 we found Bristol’s Pemaquid Point Lighthouse [...]