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Parents Receive Shockingly Judgmental Letter On Vacation

Dad On The Run | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Dad On The Run

We can choose every day whether to let life's little inconveniences make us miserable, or to smile and carry on. Better still, we can decide to try to make the world a better place -- to lend a hand instead of pointing a finger.

How to Negotiate For Your Next Family Vacation Rental

Tom Gilmore | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel
Tom Gilmore

As a father of two boys, we often travel during their school vacations, and I wanted to share my insight as someone who has worked in the travel industry for more than 10 years on the best ways to negotiate the price of your next vacation home.

5 Spring Break Beach Escapes for Families

Joy Pecknold | Posted 04.16.2014 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

'Tis the season when the kids are let out of school and looking to be entertained. Making it easy on moms and dads are these breezy-to-reach beach des...

The Real Reason Moms Need Vacations

Lisa Oppenheimer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Lisa Oppenheimer

Common wisdom has it that moms need vacations to recover from the exhaustion that accompanies regular life. Nooooo.

Be A Conscientious Traveler

Adrian Kamalii | Posted 03.30.2014 | Travel
Adrian Kamalii

I am reminded that how we travel and interact is a reflection of one's conscience self.

How to Pick a Destination When Traveling With Kids

Inga Batur | Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel
Inga Batur

The two of us have always loved to travel and we were determined that bringing kids into our life will not change that. But it did. I was so scared wh...

A New Kind of Family Vacation!

Crawford Hill | Posted 03.18.2014 | Travel
Crawford Hill

What we are talking about is maximizing the diminishing opportunities we all have to be together as a multigenerational family in a unique and stimulating setting.

Did You Suffer From Theme Park Dementia This Winter Break?

Jenny Isenman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

There are no rules in Disney about what you can and cannot say, but I'm gonna guess if there were some set of commandments -- screaming "Mickey's dead?" in a crowded line would be get you sent to some jail-land where the guards have oversized heads and the bars are soft yet, non-penetrable.

It's Florida Manatee Time: How to See the Gentle Giants

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.11.2014 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

These gentle giants head for warmer climates in the winter, much like their human snowbird counterparts. Here are our tips to having a manatee-filled getaway.

America's Most Highly Taxed Destinations

MiniTime | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

You may think you scored a deal on your hotel and rental car -- but have you really come out ahead? In some popular destinations, tourism taxes are adding big bucks to your daily vacation spend.

Don't Let Your Family Photos Fade Away

Heather Spohr | Posted 02.22.2014 | Technology
Heather Spohr

If you're anything like me, you're the type of person who wants to preserve family memories (and your record of family road trips) for posterity. And of course, if your family is anything like mine, you're also likely to find that easier said than done.

Traveling Over the Holidays? Don't Miss These Tips for Smooth Sledding!

Christina Pesoli | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel
Christina Pesoli

Don't despair. I've developed some travel rules to help ensure that all is calm for air travelers this holiday season.

Bradenton Area: Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

Richard Bangs | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The Bradenton Area, on Florida's Gulf Coast, is the enemy of the artificial. It includes the town of Bradenton, Palmetto right across the Manatee River, Ellenton, the barrier island of Anna Maria, and a portion of Longboat Key, all part of Manatee County.

The Big Car Years

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

As our family prepares to grow from four to five, we've decided my little sedan will just be too cozy and that we are reluctantly somewhat forced to graduate to the land of three rows.

The Good-Karma Guide to Holiday Travel

Stash Hotel Rewards | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel
Stash Hotel Rewards

The best test of whether your meditation class is paying off is seeing how you behave on no sleep and when you're late for a flight after the mustachioed, wrestler-turned-TSA agent tells you to follow him for a pat down.

Learning About Grapes and History in the Champagne Region Near Paris

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

I always knew champagne was for celebrations but until now, I didn't know why or appreciate how much effort -- how much sweat, tears and family history -- it takes to create that bottle of bubbles.

6 Dreamy Christmas Hotel Packages

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Here are six luxurious resorts pouring on the Christmas cheer for families with festivities ranging from cookie decorating and elf tuck-ins to visits with Santa.

All Aboard the Polar Express!

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

This year, maybe it's time to skip the mall Santa in favor of a fabulous new Christmas tradition. All around the country, railways are getting decked out for the season and offering families a great way to combine a visit with Santa and a fun family outing.

All Of The Lights

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Want a surefire way to brighten your holiday season this year? Some of the best zoos around the country are upping the merrymaking ante. Here's a look at some of the best of the bunch.

12 Fab Hotel Deals: Black Friday Through Cyber Tuesday

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort) Attention, vacation shoppers! The post-Thanksgiving shopping days aren't just for scoring deals on holid...

What Kids Really Learn From a Family Vacation

Sally Black | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Sally Black

As a young parent, I simply viewed family vacations as a time for fun. If they learned something new along the way, it was a bonus. Now that my kids have grown into young adults, I can fully appreciate the impact our family vacations had in changing their perspectives.

San Diego's Most Amazing Hotel Pools

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(Photo credit: La Costa Resort) Don't pack the kids' swimsuits away just yet. In balmy San Diego, the onset of fall and winter doesn't mean the ...

7 Easy Thanksgiving Weekend Escapes

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: Wild Dunes Resort) Have you vowed to make the most of the four-day Thanksgiving weekend this year? For a growing number of families, that m...

Sizzling Deals at Kid-Friendly Beach Resorts

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: The Landings St. Lucia) There's nothing like cooling temperatures to make families start yearning for the sand, surf and sun. Here are five...

The Disney Magic Gets a Makeover

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

The Disney Magic, the ship that launched Disney Cruise Line 15 years ago, has just emerged from a five-week, stem-to-stern makeover with more Art Deco dazzle and family appeal than before.