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Time to Giggle! An Off-Road Buggy Tour in Iceland with Kids

One of the best things about a vacation in Iceland with kids is that everything about it feels one-of-a-kind and unique, with endless opportunities to embark on thrilling activities as a family. We had an epic 7-day tour of Iceland that included an off-road buggy tour with Buggy Adventures, located just outside Reykjavik, where we drove open-air vehicles through the rugged landscape…

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Flytographer Strikes Again: Amazing Extended Family Vacation Photos in Hawaii

Nothing makes me happier than sharing and savoring incredible family vacation photos. But as the head family photographer, I find that I’m rarely in the photos, and I’m just picky enough that handing phones and cameras to strangers is unlikely to produce the results I want … the exact reason why we used Flytographer for our family trips to Florence…

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Why Expedition Travel is the Ultimate Educational Adventure for Families

Expedition: A journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, scientific research or war. A true expedition, a journey of discovery with a mission to educate and inspire exploration, makes a powerful family vacation. Expeditions are more immersive than just observing a place as a tourist…

10 Family Vacations That Will Change Kids Forever

Ciao Bambino’s tagline is Inspiring Families to Explore the World, and we take this challenge very seriously, as we understand that great family vacations aren’t just about fun. Travel experiences change lives and transform developing minds in unbelievable, lasting ways. We are a founding member of the Family Travel Association, a new organization within the…

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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…