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How, When and Why to Use a Travel Agent to Book a Family Vacation

When I tell people that I run a fast-growing travel agency, you can see the doubt and wonder in their eyes. After all, didn’t travel agents go extinct when the Internet became ubiquitous? The answer to that question is yes and no. Travel agents had to radically shift how they help their clients and where they…

The Verdict is In! 2016 Ciao Bambino Family Vacation Planning Testimonials

I’m thrilled to share that Ciao Bambino’s Family Vacation Planning Service experienced explosive growth this season. We’ve planned hundreds of trips all over the world for families with kids of all ages and have subsequently earned our place in the coveted Virtuoso network, enabling us to offer incredible perks to our travel agency clients. I’ve grown…

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One of Earth’s Most Extraordinary Places: Chile’s Atacama Desert

Chile‘s Atacama Desert is truly something else. It’s one of the highest and driest places on earth, and the landscape is literally and figuratively out of this world. The fact that life exists here at all is a miracle given that the most important resource, water, is in very short supply. Despite the arid and inhospitable landscape…

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Postcard from Tahiti: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

What is the ultimate tropical paradise? Although there is some stiff competition on our glorious planet, few beach destinations come close to Bora Bora in Tahiti. Remote, exotic and surrounded by water in surreal shades of blue, the tiny archipelago of Bora Bora is expensive but worth every penny. Its magic is one of the reasons Bora Bora…

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Paris Perfect: A Trusted Family-Friendly Apartment Rental Agency in Paris

We are a family who doesn’t like giving up amenities, even for space, so when it comes to renting a family-friendly apartment in Paris — a city filled with incredible hotel experiences — the apartment must be worth it. This comes down to the quality of the rental, which in turn is directly related to working with…

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Found! A Kid-Friendly Barge Vacation in France on the Athos Du Midi

A big part of the joy of a barge cruise in Europe is the time spent onboard the boat itself, not just the excursions. To that end, choosing the right ship and setup is important. Barge Lady Cruises is a service dedicated to barge vacations and works with a vetted list of options throughout Europe. After…

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Tips for Planning a Trip to Morocco with Kids

If you followed my recent trip to Morocco on Twitter or read Morocco Family Adventure on Mother of All Trips last week, you know our experience in this North African country was tremendous.

International trips that include multiple stops in remote locations, however, require meticulous planning. Add kids to the trip and there’s a new layer of vulnerability and complexity to consider. There are things …

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One for the Family Vacation Bucket List: A Catered Barge Cruise in Europe

I’ve always wanted to take a barge cruise in Europe and finally had the opportunity to do so with kids in tow after finding the perfect resource, Barge Lady Cruises. I’ve researched family barge vacations for years now and always came away frustrated, as most operators don’t offer kid-friendly catered options, meaning a barge that…