2017 Family Travel Ideas

2017 Family Travel Ideas: Where We’re Going This Year

Happy New Year! We can’t wait to help families create amazing travel memories in 2017 … and while we’re at it, we’ll be creating a few of our own. Here are some of the places we’re looking forward to visiting this year. What’s on your 2017 travel wish list? Family Vacation Inspiration for 2017 I’m kicking off the…

canal-du-midi-family-enjoying-locks

Why the Canal Du Midi Makes a Great Venue for a Family Barge Vacation in France

Our barge vacation in southern France with family and friends was one of our favorite holidays to date in Europe. Our vessel, the lovely Athos du Midi, is a moving home base that enables seeing a variety of destinations without unpacking and repacking — it’s like a floating villa with a personal staff (including a…

Best Oslo Museums with Kids

Postcard from Norway: Museum Day on Oslo’s Bygdøy Peninsula

When visiting Oslo with kids, a day out at the museums on Bygdøy Peninsula is a must-do activity. Some of Oslo’s most popular and kid-friendly museums are located on this stretch of land adjacent to the city center, reachable by boat and bus. The museums combine Norway’s maritime history and culture of exploration with a look…

Italy Family Vacation Tips

10 Tips for Travel to Italy with Kids

With a name like Ciao Bambino, it’s no secret we log many hours sharing not-to-be-missed insider information on how to best travel to Italy with kids. Families from around the world have been relying on our portfolio of thoroughly vetted Italy family hotels, resorts, and villas for close to 10 years now! There are a few Italy family travel tips we share continually with those who use our booking service that help families plan the best trip possible.

Photo by Le Guanahani

Best of 2016: Our Favorite Family Hotel Discoveries of the Year

After a dozen years (and counting!) of helping families plan amazing trips at Ciao Bambino, we’re pretty adept at discerning whether a hotel will truly be a great fit for families, even before we set foot on the grounds. Still, there’s the occasional gem that turns out to be even more delightful than we’d anticipated —…

siwash_bc_horses

Rustic Luxury in Canada’s Cowboy Country at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

Tucked deep in the British Columbia backcountry, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort is a boutique-style guest ranch run by husband and wife Roy Grinder and Allyson Rogers and their fabulous team. It’s the ideal spot for families to get away from it all yet still be pampered in the middle of the wilderness.  Surrounded by wide-open skies, rolling grasslands…

The Court St. Giles

Walk-Out Access to the Best of New York City at The Court — A St. Giles Hotel

“Hello, Eliza, how was your trip here?” Upon our arrival at The Court — A St. Giles Hotel, this greeting to my daughter was a ray of light on an otherwise dreary September afternoon. Emerging from New York City’s Penn Station into a chilly downpour was not how I’d envisioned her first glimpse of NYC. But the staff and…

Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts with Kids, Sugar Bowl

An Insider’s Guide to Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts with Kids

With 15 downhill ski resorts nestled around the shore and between the nearby peaks of Lake Tahoe, California, it’s clear that this region is prime for a family ski vacation. But which resort to pick? Nearly all Tahoe resorts have robust ski schools, rental services and extensive terrain, but not all have onsite lodging, backcountry acreage or…

Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, is the largest ship to date.

Best Family Cruises: Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas Makes a Supersize Splash

If bigger is better, then families who love to cruise should look no further than Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas. It’s the largest cruise ship to date and offers some incredible experiences on board that can’t be found on other ships, and yet still packs in all the elements that are…

buggy-adventure-iceland

Time to Giggle! An Off-Road Buggy Tour in Iceland with Kids

One of the best things about a vacation in Iceland with kids is that everything about it feels one-of-a-kind and unique, with endless opportunities to embark on thrilling activities as a family. We had an epic 7-day tour of Iceland that included an off-road buggy tour with Buggy Adventures, located just outside Reykjavik, where we drove open-air vehicles through the rugged landscape…