Postcard from Canada: The Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World

We knew Churchill, Manitoba was the place to go for polar bears and beluga whale sightings, but there can be a tinge of doubt or concern when spotting wildlife is the inspiration for travel. It doesn’t matter how many months of planning you put in or the price you pay — Mother Nature offers no…

Colorful Trajineras in Xochimilco

Postcard from Mexico City: Cruising Canals in Colorful Trajineras

There’s more to Mexico City than a frenzied city center. Located at the southern edge of town, about an hour from the well-traveled historic district, the borough of Xochimilco knows how to delight families on the go. It’s hard to believe you’re still in the city as you quietly cruise down canals in brightly colored,…

Southern Thailand Islands with Kids

Island-Hopping Adventure in Southern Thailand with Kids

Thailand. Its name alone has an exotic zing. Although it’s long been a hot spot for honeymooners and backpackers, traveling families are realizing that this southeastern Asian gem has much to offer with kids in tow as well. The bustling metropolis of Bangkok — the point of entry for most families — is loaded with temples,…

10 Amazing Mother-Daughter Getaways Around the World

Memories of traveling as a kid have a way of affecting the memories you make as a parent. Born and raised on the East Coast, I remember the excitement of visiting California for the first time with my mother and the subsequent college choice that resulted. I remember walking through Venice’s St. Mark’s Square with…

Things to Do in Dominica with Kids

The Caribbean’s Best-Kept Secret: Why Families Should Go to Dominica

With soft sand and warm, bright blue water, the Caribbean has long been a family vacation favorite. Beaches may be the standout, but the Caribbean has much more to love — you just need to know where to find it. That’s where Dominica comes in. Often confused with the Dominican Republican, Dominica (pronounced “dom-in-EEK-a”) is…

Florida Spring Break Road Trip

A Florida Spring Break Road Trip Filled with Sunshine and Surprises

Spring break will be here before you know it. If you haven’t made plans yet, there’s no reason to panic, but it’s time to start thinking about how your family would enjoy filling those cherished days off from school. While road trips can sound intimidating to some, I’m a big fan of the flexibility they offer…

Whistler Activities with Kids

Family Adventure Awaits! Must-Do Whistler Activities in Winter

Snow-covered spots around the world go out of their way to woo parents these days, but Mother Nature makes it easy for families to love Whistler. With two mountains, more than 8,100 acres of slopes and a season that runs from November well into May, skiing and snowboarding at this famed British Columbia resort is…

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Best of Maui with Kids: Sun and Surf on Ka’anapali Beach

Mention Ka’anapali Beach to my teenagers and a smile immediately comes to their faces. In its simplest terms, this stretch of Maui is a happy place for traveling families. Its sand, sun and warm surf are all popular with swimmers and friendly sea turtles. A family could easily spend days along Ka’anapali Beach, either without a…