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Luxury in the English Countryside: Cornwall’s Bosinver Farm Cottages

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as an American expat living in England for the past year is that the English countryside seems to be very under appreciated. I adore London, but I sense that many Americans hop the pond on vacation and only see the city, without venturing into the scenic and equally…

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Family Fun and Sun at Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel may be the new kid on the beachfront, but it’s already established itself as a hot home base for sun-seeking families. Right across the street from the Santa Monica Pier, plus bike paths, walking trails and one of California’s most iconic beaches, it puts the city’s highlights at your feet — literally.…

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Review of Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon Cruise in Peru

The Amazon rainforest has been in the news quite a bit lately as more “uncontacted tribes” — communities without significant contact with modern civilization — have been identified. Given the pace of globalization in 2014, I’d find this fact unbelievable … if I had not just visited this region on my winter break trip with…

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Kensington Tours Top Family Trips for 2014

Regular readers of the CB! blog know that we love Kensington Tours. I’ve traveling through Morocco and Costa Rica with them, and we’ve now connected our Family Vacation Consulting Team clients with Kensington Tours for different trips … the reviews continue to be fantastic! Kensington Tours is one of our Smart Parents Guide to Family…

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Alaska Up Close and Active: A Family Tour of the Kenai Peninsula

“We should go to Alaska!” Our son, age 11, wouldn’t drop the idea. The concept of the 49th state—partially frozen, bigger than Texas, teaming with wild animals and all the way up there — seized his imagination. Our family’s problem: We had limited time to travel over the summer, and we are not particularly fond of…

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Schloss Elmau Cultural Hideaway and Luxury Spa in the Bavarian Alps

Our family traveled to Schloss Elmau in February, a luxury family-friendly hotel located 90 minutes from Munich in a valley of the Bavarian Alps. This was our first journey to a locale so remote. As a family with young (ish) children, we are constantly trying to find a balance in our vacations; we seek destinations…

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Tips for Planning an Age-Appropriate African Safari

In the not-so-distant past, a family safari vacation was limited to families with teenagers given that the bush camps and guides didn’t allow or encourage younger children. Times have changed! Africa is a hot destination for families with kids of all ages in 2014 and tour operators are partnering with lodging companies to offer focused…

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Why Northstar California Earns a Family Ski Vacation Gold Star

Northstar California is a consistent family ski vacation favorite with kids of all ages. This fact is not surprising given that Northstar is also one of the resorts that has made a significant investment in quality everything over the years, thanks to its parent company Vail Resorts. The exceptional on and off-the-slopes guest experience is…