Oct 172013
 
Fall Foliage Photo Tips and Inspiration 2013

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 [...]

What do the British do for a Family Holiday during Christmas?

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Oct 102013
 
What do the British do for a Family Holiday during Christmas?

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 [...]

Best Things to Do on a Family Vacation to Maine’s Mid-Coast

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Oct 062013
 
Best Things to Do on a Family Vacation to Maine's Mid-Coast

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 [...]

Ideas for Family Sun, Fun and Adventure in Benidorm, Spain

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Sep 302013
 
Ideas for Family Sun, Fun and Adventure in Benidorm, Spain

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 [...]

More Hidden Gems Along Maine’s Mid-Coast

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Sep 292013
 
More Hidden Gems Along Maine's Mid-Coast

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 [...]

Sep 232013
 
Malia, Crete Offers Off the Beaten Path Adventures for Families with Older Teens

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 [...]

Sep 182013
 
Five Things to Do Now to Ensure Successful Family Ski Vacations with Teens and Tweens this Winter

The temperatures are cooling off and the teens and tweens are heading back to school.  Before we know it snow will be falling in the mountains of New England and the Rockies and ski resorts will be open for business.  Planning ahead is a great way to get the best deals.  When it comes to families with teens and tweens, blocking out time for family ski vacations is about the only way to make sure that these trips really happen at all. We talk to many families who lament that once their kids hit high school and middle school, the demands of sports, part time jobs, school work, and college searches can really limit time for family fun.   Don’t give up! Family fun doesn’t have to take a back seat [...]