Hot Off The Press: Luxury Family Travel Trends for 2018

I’m just back from my annual trek to ILTM in Cannes with fresh insight on what’s hot in luxury family travel across the globe. The big trend that is driving everything is the massive shift away from valuing the acquisition of “stuff” toward coveting experiences. This phenomenon is good for our children and good for…

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AmaWaterways Review: A Logistics-Free Way to Explore Normandy with Kids

Although we’ve been all over France as a family, we never figured out how to easily integrate Normandy into an itinerary. So when we decided to experience river cruising with AmaWaterways, we jumped on the chance to see this coveted corner of northwest France using a logistics-free setup. It was a good call! Our multigenerational…

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Alaskan Dream Cruises: Glacier Bay & Island Adventure Itinerary Review

Alaskan Dream Cruise itineraries offer a wonderful opportunity for families to experience southeast Alaska in an intimate small-ship format. Guests trade a long list of onsite amenities for convenience onboard, a highly personalized service experience, and excursions to places that the larger ships can’t access. This last point is really the crux of the difference…

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10 Great Places to Take Kids … While They Are Still Kids

Every parent is keenly aware that kids grow up quickly. I’ve found that if we don’t live with intention at each stage, kids change before you know it. There are places to enjoy with children while they are still children, either because kids will appreciate the destination in a certain way while they are young, or the destination…

Thinking About a River Cruise with Kids? Say Hello to AmaWaterways

River cruising is one of the hottest travel trends right now and the brands that cater to this market are developing their offerings like crazy … making the fact that AmaWaterways just won Virtuoso’s 2017 award for the Cruise Line of the Year — across all categories — even more remarkable. My family had the…

Family Vacation Success! Love Letters from Our 2017 Trip Planning Clients

Not everyone can say this, but we get great joy from what we do at Ciao Bambino. Let’s not mistake joy for cushy … Planning a well-constructed trip that is individually tailored for every family takes time and effort, but the sweet reward for our work is that our clients truly appreciate what we do…

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Best Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Hiking is a wonderful all-family activity. When kids are very young and can fit in a backpack, any hike is fair game as long as you pack food and don’t overestimate your endurance to carry the extra pounds. When kids start walking, selecting kid-friendly hikes is essential, although it’s amazing how far motivated school-age kids can go.

I’ll never forget the Dutch family we ran into in Banff National Park a few years ago with 5-year-old twin boys who were hiking the same 6-mile-loop we were with some serious vertical.

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Alaskan Dream Cruises: See Alaska with Alaskans

A family vacation in Alaska holds a steadfast well-deserved spot on the travel with kids must-do bucket list. Between the spectacular pristine scenery and close encounters with exciting wildlife, all ages are enthralled with America’s 49th state. However, we’ve learned that there’s more to understanding Alaska than what you see, and that’s through the people you…