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…

Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

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.

Chichagof Dream

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…

Dude ranch vacation

Join Our Traveling #Tags Summer + Win a Kids’ Dude Ranch Stay

Winning a massive vacation savings at an incredible venue has never been so fun or easy … simply tag Ciao Bambino on Facebook or Instagram this summer, and you’ll be entered to win a very discounted stay at one of our favorite dude ranches, Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana. This historic, family-owned ranch has specialized…

Kid-Friendly Hiking on the Children’s Adventure Trail in Mürren, Switzerland

One of the best summer activities in Switzerland is hiking through the Alps. You see people of all ages and abilities enjoying the endless jaw-dropping mountain scenery on foot.

It’s easy to set off with babies and toddlers in carriers or backpacks — more challenging is motivating school-age kids to go for any consequential distance. Fortunately, our Swiss friends have thought through this …


Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina Now Open for All-Family Pampering

Oahu’s West Shore is becoming increasingly popular for families who want a full resort experience off busy Waikiki Beach, with easy access to Pearl Harbor and the Honolulu Airport for multi-island Hawaii family vacations. And now that the beloved luxury hotelier Four Seasons has unveiled the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, this part of…

Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Want a Low-Cost Yet Enjoyable Flight to Europe? Book Norwegian Airlines

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience flying on Norwegian Airlines yet, you will soon. This fast-growing low cost airline has taken the industry by storm and has forced all the big carriers flying transatlantic routes to rethink the pricing and services that they’ve been offering consumers. Norwegian has more than 50 transatlantic routes and counting…

phum baitang resort

Sensational Boutique Hotel Experience for Families Visiting Angkor Wat

I get so excited when we discover a brilliant boutique hotelier who creates a fantastic product that is truly unique in the world. We have some favorites that fit this bill in popular destinations like New York and Paris … add Siem Riep, Cambodia (home of Angkor Wat) to the list! Phum Baitang is the…


History Comes to Life at Sofitel’s Legend Metropole Hanoi in Vietnam

Significant landmark hotels have big expectations behind them, and the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is certainly no exception. What’s remarkable here, and what distinguishes the Metropole in Southeast Asia, is the incredible preservation of its historic North Vietnam sense of place as the hotel of choice for writers, celebrities and diplomats since it opened in…