View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the visitor's center

How to Make the Most of a San Francisco CityPASS with Kids

On my family’s first trip to San Francisco, we wanted to see and do as much as our kids could handle in five days. We purchased a San Francisco CityPASS and visited every attraction in the booklet, especially taking advantage of the free transportation options, which include cable cars and trolley cars. CityPASS can be…

Westin ST Francis, San Francisco

An Elegant Escape in the Heart of San Francisco Action at The Westin St. Francis

San Francisco’s Union Square is a hub of trendy and mainstay shopping and restaurants located in the heart of the city. The Westin St. Francis has anchored an entire city block on the Square since 1904, and today is a mix of updated elegance and modern convenience in an excellent location for sightseeing. Families often…

Sunset at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: A Peaceful Seaside Retreat Just an Hour from San Francisco

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an elegant yet beach-casual resort on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, an hour from San Francisco. Bordered by a walking path with ocean views and the green rolling hills of a golf course, it’s a destination hotel that feels worlds away from busy schedules yet is packed with…


How Not to Visit Versailles with Kids

A recent trip to Versailles with our 5 and 8-year-old was a disaster. I had just finished reading “The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette” by Carolly Erickson and had visions of strolling in the gardens with the fountains on full display and playing with the kids in Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.

This idyllic vision took a darker turn filled with tantrums and whining and felt more like a mini-French Revolution than the lovely family adventure I had planned.

Relax by the pool after a day of outdoor adventure

Evergreen Lodge: Simple, Old-Fashioned Family Fun in Yosemite with Kids

As electronics consume more of our kids’ time, many families are searching for a way to incorporate nature into the mix. Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite National Park is like family camp, with comfortable accommodations, good food and a recreation department that makes it easy for families at all activity levels to experience the beauty of the…

Machu Picchu in Peru. Photo by CHeitz/flickr

South America Family Travel 101: Our Best Insider Tips

South America is a rewarding travel destination for families because it offers a diverse range of experiences. On one hand, it’s a cultural treasure of colonial architecture, indigenous communities and natural beauty. On the other, it feels far outside of most families’ comfort zone, with the challenges inherent in visiting developing countries. The following tips and guidelines…


A Simple and Chic Boutique Aparthotel Near Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona is an easy destination to recommend for families: It has rich history and traditions that blend into daily life, famous architectural buildings, a food scene that excites even the pickiest eaters and a generous selection of kid-friendly accommodation choices that provide space and convenience. Eric Vökel Bcn Suites, a boutique aparthotel, is a win for…


10 Must-Know Tips Before Booking a Family Cruise

Kristi Marcelle is Ciao Bambino’s resident expert on family cruising and has cruised on ships of all sizes with her kids since they were babies. After her first multigenerational cruise with 15 family members, she was sold on the ease of the experience and the flexibility and convenience of cruises with kids. And as the dedicated trip…

View of Llafanc from the Camino de Ronda cliffside trail

Essential Tips for Exploring Spain’s Costa Brava with Kids

Spain’s Costa Brava is an area of rocky coastlines, blue-green coves, and outdoor and gastronomic pursuits that begins an hour north of Barcelona and meanders its way to the French border. The region, whose name means wild or rough coast, lured famous artists like Dali, Miro and Picasso decades ago, and they left their artistic mark…