Family Vacation Success! Love Letters from Our 2017 Trip Planning Clients

Not everyone can say this, but we get great joy from what we do at Ciao Bambino. Let’s not mistake joy for cushy … Planning a well-constructed trip that is individually tailored for every family takes time and effort, but the sweet reward for our work is that our clients truly appreciate what we do…

Postcard from Holland: The Magical Windmills of Kinderdijk

With Holland comes windmills. More than simply a piece of picturesque scenery, windmills have helped the Dutch live with the water that surrounds them for more than 1,000 years. A visit to Kinderdijk, home to the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, should be part of every family-friendly itinerary. Declared a UNESCO World…

Hotel Raphael: Quiet Luxury and Smart Style in Rome’s Ancient Center

The vine-covered facade at Hotel Raphael in Rome suggests an elegant residential building rather than a luxury hotel on a cozy piazza. Part of the luxury Relais & Chateaux group, the hotel is filled with art and sculptures, a wonderful first introduction for kids to Rome’s historical treasures. It’s elegant and comfortable at the same…

Colombia Travel with Kids: Vibrant Color and Culture in Cartagena

Immersing yourself in an unfamiliar culture offers a sense of discovery, a fresh family experience and the opportunity to create unique memories. This is a big reason why so many families are choosing to travel to Cartagena, Colombia. Families soak up the colorful, exuberant street life along the cobblestones, admire colonial architecture and museum exhibits…

Club Med Opio: The Ultimate All-Inclusive Family Adventure in Provence

There are two kinds of families: those who want to choose their own adventure in authentic locations with unique experiences, and those who want only to relax together with no need to think constantly of their next move or meal. At the iconic and reinvigorated Club Med Opio in the hills of Provence, France, just…

Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio: A Woodland Retreat Near the Heart of San Francisco

Arriving at the Inn at the Presidio, a former U.S. Army post turned 22-room luxury inn at the northern tip of San Francisco, my family and I thought we had entered a magical forest. It turns out we had: The Presidio is a 1,491-acre national park and historic landmark with 300 acres of cypress and eucalyptus…

Escape to Europe Without the Jet Lag in Quebec City

Jet lag. Long, expensive flights. Limited vacation time. There are many reasons that a trip to Europe seems daunting with kids. Having been on more than a dozen trips around Europe with my own young children, I can sympathize. But a magical place exists right here in North America that eliminates many of these challenges and makes…

Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Best Lake Tahoe Hikes with Kids

Hiking is a wonderful all-family activity. When kids are very young and can fit in a backpack, any hike is fair game as long as you pack food and don’t overestimate your endurance to carry the extra pounds. When kids start walking, selecting kid-friendly hikes is essential, although it’s amazing how far motivated school-age kids can go.

I’ll never forget the Dutch family we ran into in Banff National Park a few years ago with 5-year-old twin boys who were hiking the same 6-mile-loop we were with some serious vertical.

Best Day Trips from London, Stonehenge

8 Favorite Day Trips from London with Kids

The sheer number of tourist attractions in central London may leave families feeling somewhat tethered, but a few well-placed day trips are a great way to break up any British holiday itinerary. With unique settings that offer distinct flavors of England and plenty of room to frolic, these outings — all within 2 hours’ train…

Postcard from Canada: The Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World

We knew Churchill, Manitoba was the place to go for polar bears and beluga whale sightings, but there can be a tinge of doubt or concern when spotting wildlife is the inspiration for travel. It doesn’t matter how many months of planning you put in or the price you pay — Mother Nature offers no…