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Africa for Kids: Best Kenya Safari Camps for Families

When we asked Rothschild Safaris to design our family safari itinerary in Kenya, we requested to stay in a mix of high-end and midrange tented camps that would offer unique and varied experiences along the way. Longtime travel designer Kimi Cristopolous rose to the challenge admirably, giving our family an opportunity to see amazing wildlife and connect with new cultures…

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Our 10 Essential Tips for Iceland Family Travel

Iceland is one of the “it” destinations for family travel these days. After years of its appealing mostly to backpackers and solo travelers, families have discovered this varied land of ice and fire, and chances are, someone has told you that you should go. But outside of knowing that it is an out-of-this-world destination with plenty…

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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.

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Postcard from the Czech Republic: Sedlec Ossuary

On our recent family vacation in Prague, my husband and 10-year-old son insisted on a side trip to Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a. the “bone church”) in the small town of Kutna Hora. I wasn’t so sure … but thankfully, the experience was a lot less macabre than I expected. Commissioned by a noble family, the little chapel is lavishly decorated with…

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Parrot Cay: 1,000 Acres of Private Island Pampering in Turks and Caicos

It takes a bit of effort to get there — a plane, a taxi, a boat and a golf cart, to be exact — but Parrot Cay is well worth the journey. In a day and age when it is difficult to truly get away from it all, this 1,000-acre private island resort in Turks and Caicos is a sublime respite from…

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Best Kid-Friendly Wineries in Northern California Wine Country

There was a time when visiting Northern California’s wine country meant leaving your kids at home. It was a long time ago, but the bad reputation has been hard to kick. While wine country is certainly famous for wine, it’s important not to forget that many of those award-winning winemakers are also parents themselves. The…

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Sleep, Work and Play Among Elephants at a Unique Thailand Sanctuary

Founded in 2008 to care for sick, old, abused and rescued elephants, ElephantsWorld in Thailand has become a sanctuary of hope and healing. After decades of exploiting these gentle giants, the tourism industry of Thailand is now embracing a humane way for tourists to visit and support them. Family-Friendly Review of ElephantsWorld Meaningful Interaction ElephantsWorld is a haven of love…

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Gran Melia Rome: Modern Luxury with a Fabulous Pool on Ancient Villa Grounds

The Gran Melia Rome, within walking distance of the city’s most famous attractions, is perfectly situated for a fun-filled Roman holiday with kids. A relatively new luxury hotel, Gran Melia Rome is housed in the historic Villa Agrippina and pairs old-world charm with modern amenities, style and sophistication. The expansive garden and grounds, full-service spa and large…