Found: A Kid-Friendly Halong Bay Junk Cruise in Vietnam

UNESCO-protected Halong Bay had been on my bucket list ever since I first watched the movie Indochine and I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience a Halong Bay cruise this year over our recent Vietnam family vacation. I’m happy to report that the visuals were all beyond expectations — the 1,600 rainforest-covered…


Hotel Zeppelin: Urban Cool for Families Visiting San Francisco

San Francisco is the usual starting point on our popular California Road Trip for families, and we get excited every time a new family-friendly boutique hotel with a new personality opens in the city, as a big part of the fun in town is the massive visual and cultural diversity within a small geographic footprint.…


Norway in Winter: An Incredible, Action-Packed Adventure at the Arctic Circle

When I told people that I was taking our ski week vacation in northern Norway, I got more than a few questionable stares … but those who followed our trip on social media could not believe all the amazing things we experienced in one action-packed visit to the Arctic Circle. We paired a few days in Oslo with…


Why The Thief Hotel is a Fantastic Luxe Base for Families Visiting Oslo

Feeling like you’ve found a home away from home in Oslo in the middle of winter is not easy or even expected … but this is exactly what we found during our recent stay at The Thief Hotel on the first stop of our winter in Norway family vacation adventure. Located in the lively Tjuvholmen area (formerly…


Hello Basecamp, A New Family-Friendly Boutique Hotel in Tahoe City

California’s Tahoe City was in need of an upscale accommodations brand in town, and the new Basecamp Tahoe City hotel is filling this void with fun year-round option for families with kids of all ages. The old Aviva Inn has been reborn as Basecamp, a 24-room boutique hotel located just across from the main Lighthouse Center shopping…


Antarctica: Read All About a Journey to the White Continent with Lindblad Expeditions

Now that I’ve tried expedition-style travel to visit the Galapagos and Antarctica with Lindblad Expeditions, I’d never go back to anything else for adventure destinations in particular. Many of Lindblad’s experiences take place on a ship, where maximum ground can be covered with minimal logistics, and although the ship itself is just the means of…

Tips for Europe with Toddlers

Essential Tips for Traveling in Europe with a Toddler

I started Ciao Bambino in 2004 to help take the fear out of traveling to Europe with young children. It’s not easy, but thoughtful planning will help ensure that the gain outweighs any pain. Despite the hardships of flights, time changes and inevitable travel snafus, the vast majority of brave families who embark on a…


Why the Canal Du Midi Makes a Great Venue for a Family Barge Vacation in France

Our barge vacation in southern France with family and friends was one of our favorite holidays to date in Europe. Our vessel, the lovely Athos du Midi, is a moving home base that enables seeing a variety of destinations without unpacking and repacking — it’s like a floating villa with a personal staff (including a…

Italy Family Vacation Tips

10 Tips for Travel to Italy with Kids

With a name like Ciao Bambino, it’s no secret we log many hours sharing not-to-be-missed insider information on how to best travel to Italy with kids. Families from around the world have been relying on our portfolio of thoroughly vetted Italy family hotels, resorts, and villas for close to 10 years now! There are a few Italy family travel tips we share continually with those who use our booking service that help families plan the best trip possible.