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…

The Celtic Manor is the perfect base from which to explore South Wales

Celtic Manor Resort: A Luxe Wales Retreat for Outdoors-Loving Families

Celtic Manor Resort is a luxury modern hotel complex that literally stands at the doorway of Wales. Just a few minutes’ drive from the border with England, and two hours from London, the resort is Wales’ answer to Scotland’s Gleneagles, without the history. You might associate the word ‘resort’ with seaside hotels. But with two properties onsite —…

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A Montana Dude Ranch On a Gorgeous Lake Just Outside Glacier National Park

Located in northern Montana just 45 minutes from Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake Lodge has all the dude ranch vacation perks with one big difference: The lodge is located on the shores of a beautiful alpine lake with all of the associated waterfront joys. This Montana dude ranch vacation feels like two different summer trips wrapped into…

Le Sentier des Ocres, Provence

Postcard from Provence: Le Sentier des Ocres, Roussillon

The port of Marseille was our first stop on a 10-day European cruise aboard Carnival’s new ship, Vista. It was the port my teenage daughter had been most looking forward to during the entire trip, as she had chosen the day’s family adventure: a boat trip to the Calanques. When we found out the night before the…

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When and Why to Use Rail Europe

Despite living in Europe for the past 5 months, I still get confused when I’m trying to figure out where and how to best buy train tickets. Given that every country has their own train websites, when and why should you use aggregate distribution sites like Rail Europe?

I asked Rail Europe for an e-interview to answer some of the critical questions for families.

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An Incredible Kenya Safari Adventure: Hot Air Ballooning Over the Maasai Mara

As I was planning our recent safari with Rothschild Safaris, I realized our travel dates would fall over my daughter’s 14th birthday. I thought, what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a once-in-a-lifetime experience like a hot air balloon ride over Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve? Kenya Hot Air Balloon Ride: What to Expect…

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Why Choose The Experiment in International Living for a High School Summer Abroad Experience

Our focus at Ciao Bambino is helping families plan leisure vacations together, but our larger brand mission is about enabling kids of all ages to grow and learn through travel. We are interested in understanding more about companies like The Experiment in International Living, who provide opportunities for teenagers to engage in meaningful immersion experiences around…

Parco degli Acquadotti, Rome

Postcard from Italy: Ancient Aqueducts in Rome

Just outside of Rome lie freestanding aqueducts that were built in the first century to transport water to Rome. Aqueduct Park, or Parco degli Acquedotti, is full of locals walking their dogs or jogging, but it is also a nice place for visitors to enjoy a picnic. Ancient Rome flourished because of its access to running water, and…

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Paws Up: An Extraordinary Venue Where Independent and Extended Families Connect

Does The Resort at Paws Up sound familiar? Conceived, owned and operated by the Lipson family, this luxury guest ranch in Montana is a truly extraordinary venue for independent and extended families alike to connect and have fun together.  Paws Up pioneered the brilliant term and product “glamping” — tented camping with glamorous creature comforts — and over…