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5 Things You Don't Understand About Working on Cruise Ships (Unless You've Worked on One)

Thrillist | Posted 06.08.2015 | Travel

If you've ever watched (reruns of) The Love Boat, then you know that working on a cruise ship is about the best job ever. But what's it really like to work aboard a cruise ship? Do they put in crazy hours? Hit on passengers? We asked three cruise industry veterans for the dirty details about real life on the high seas.

Frozen in Time: 6 Great Dive Spots in the Pristine Marine Ecosystems of Cuba

Scott Norvell | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Scott Norvell

It's often noted that one of Cuba's most seductive aspects is the time capsule-y feel of the place. The old cars. The lack of traffic -- and the horse-drawn wagons -- in Havana.

Tips for a Family Fun Ski Trip in New Hampshire

Tara Settembre | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Tara Settembre

I recently discovered that west isn't necessarily best when it comes to skiing. New Hampshire receives an annual average of 80 inches of fresh snow every year and offers a number of off-the-slopes activities that include snow shoeing, dog sledding, snow tubing, zip-lining and much more.

Involving Kids in Family Vacation Planning

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Learning about actual costs involved in the average family vacation can be an eye-opener for kids. By planning all or part of the trip, kids can gain an understanding of how to bargain hunt, budget and save money. Here are a few ideas to help involve the kids in family vacation planning.

5 Spectacular April Getaways

MiniTime | Posted 05.13.2015 | Travel

April is shoulder season for many North American destinations, so this can also be a wonderfully affordable time for a carpe diem-inspired break. Here are five great family destinations that beckon in April.

Best Hotels for Large Families

MiniTime | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel

Hotels that offer kid-focused amenities and cater to your whole group - from young kids to teenagers to adults - will offer peace of mind and enjoyable travels for all. With these tips, you're sure to find the best family-friendly option for your groups' needs and budget.

Embracing The Unexpected On Family Vacations!

Allison Carmen | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Allison Carmen

Many of us have read articles and posts about gratitude, acceptance and "making the best of a situation," but we find it hard to actually do it.

5 Reasons You Will Love Exploring Singapore With Kids

Inga Batur | Posted 05.04.2015 | Travel
Inga Batur

From the first view of Singapore with the beautiful harbour and tall skyscrapers in the background, my kids loved it. And after days spent discovering what is also knows as the Lion city, the magic still didn't wear off. Because exploring Singapore with kids is fun and here is why...

Family Spring Breaks Without the Crowds

MiniTime | Posted 04.14.2015 | Travel

The season provides plenty of solid, but lesser known family vacation alternatives to the banner Spring Break spots. Here are five places where you can get some sand, snow and space to yourself for the whole week--and maybe even save some money, too.

10 Hotel Water Parks Your Kids Will LOVE

Oyster | Posted 03.30.2015 | Travel

We scoured the country for hotels that have on-site water parks that are fun for both little splashers and thrill-seeking teens. From Wisconsin to New York to Tennessee, there's a waterslide -- or surf simulator -- with your family's name on it.

Top Vacation Strategies for Families

U.S. News Travel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Anyone with kids has wondered if a weeklong vacation sleeping in the same room as a newborn or toddler can even be counted as a vacation. The fact is, when you have little kids, the word "vacation" tends to take on a whole new meaning.

5 Awesome Holiday Traditions to Start Now

Shayla R. Price | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Shayla R. Price

Family holiday traditions bring us together to share a common bond. From caroling on the weekends to baking gingerbread cookies with grandma, it's a...

God, Miniature Golf and Happy Holidays

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

'Tis the season for wishing folks a Merry Christmas, but during this joyful season there is always that noisy, Scrooge-like crowd who are offended and outraged at the simple cheerful greeting Happy Holidays.

For the First Time in Forever... I Did Not Enjoy My Vacation to Disney World

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 02.02.2015 | Travel
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Just so we're clear, I've been a humongous Disney fan ever since I was a kid. I've probably visited Mickey's playground three dozen times in the past several decades, and for so long it really did seem like the most magical place on Earth. But no more.

That Moment When a Pilgrim Proposes to You

Oral Fixation | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy
Oral Fixation

And that realization snapped me out of this pilgrim-induced haze. I cannot do that. I'm not sure how much my dignity is worth, but it's worth more than a couple dozen no-teeth babies. I did let him down easy. For after all, this ship had sailed and it took the mussels with it.

10 Most Important Travel Documents When Traveling With Kids

Aimee Chan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Travel
Aimee Chan

Unlike business travel or backpacking, travel with kids requires quite a bit of pre-planning and paperwork. Sadly, you cannot just arrive at the airport with your passport and an e-ticket on your phone.

'Country Road, Take Me Home'

Christi Guthrie | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Christi Guthrie

"Glamping" is what I am told by my closet friends that I did this past weekend. Apparently, it is camping glamorously! If that is what it is, then that is indeed what I did!

How to Survive Travel With Kids Or ... How to Plan the Perfect Family Holiday

Aimee Chan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Travel
Aimee Chan

The best way to survive any sort of family vacation with kids is to plan it well. If you get the plan for the holiday right, it will actually be enjoyable for everyone.

Toronto: Touring Around the 2014 International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.21.2014 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The unique blend of locals and visitors stops the Distillery District from being a tourist trap like New York's South Street Seaport. The place feels organic, authentic, warm and inviting. It's steeped in history.

Whatever Happened to Those Folks Who Checked Bag Tags?

George Hobica | Posted 11.15.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

When I was a kid, back when everyone checked bags because there were no overhead bins at all (just racks for the coats and pillows, if you recall), there'd be someone at bag claim whose sole job it seemed was to compare your bag check tag with the claim check issued by the airline.

7 Ways Vacations Get Better As Your Kids Get Older

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.01.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Teenagers, with the fastest texting thumbs in the world, were able to flag flight delays before the airline announced them, book an airport hotel room on the spot, and have Siri tell them which pizza place delivered to the middle of nowhere. Toddlers? You still must entertain them for hours and their stuff weighs more.

How To Have The Perfect Vacation, According To Kids

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 08.29.2014 | Travel

A sandy beach, a seaside location and no trip to the airport necessary... sounds pretty ideal, right? That's not the description of some fabulous ...

A Modern American Family Vacation

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 10.25.2014 | Travel
Arthur Hoyle

This August our blended family got together for a vacation in the great outdoors at Mammoth Lakes, California. My wife Mimi and I, along with my eleve...

Diet Derailed? How to Get Back on Track After Vacation

Jeff Hyman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

Go ahead and enjoy that extra cocktail while on vacation. It is very important to not agonize over unhealthy choices made on summer holidays. Compassion, positive thinking and an "I can" attitude is what will ultimately act as the motivation to tip the scales back in the right direction.

Miami Summers: Pure Luxury and Hidden Gems

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.15.2014 | Travel
Dwight Brown

Conventional wisdom says book a room in South Beach. But if you want a different look at Miami, head downtown.