Merida, Mexico: Colonial History and Cultural Cool on the Yucatan Peninsula

In southeastern Mexico, tucked within the Yucatan Peninsula, the charming city of Merida is coming into its own. Historic colonial buildings and museums combine with inventive restaurants, trendy boutiques and green spaces, plus a relaxed vibe that’s well-suited for families. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Merida works very well as part of a beach and…

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A Spectacular Colorado Family Ranch Getaway at Dunton Hot Springs

When we are hankering for mountain scenery and full outdoor immersion, ranch vacations never fail to please. So last fall, when I was searching for the ultimate Colorado getaway, Dunton Hot Springs floated to the top of the short list. An old mining town transformed into an exclusive guest resort, Dunton is as distinctive as…

Splash! 5 Favorite Ocean Adventures in Oahu

Oahu, Hawaii, elicits visions of a family vacation paradise: sun, sand, surf and much more. And in fact, there is an absolute ton of things to do in Oahu with kids. There are pineapple plantations and macadamia nut farms, cultural centers and museums, temples and palaces, hikes and luaus, botanical gardens and aquariums, not to mention…

10 Unforgettable Ways to Experience New York with Kids

New York City is perhaps the world’s most thrilling playground for kids of all ages. The pool of possibilities is bottomless, and no niche is too small — whatever your children are passionate about, they’ll find ample ways to indulge, from shopping to show tunes. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for tailoring a…

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A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey to Lizard Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island Resort, Australia’s northernmost beach resort, is truly secluded from the rest of the world. The property is literally on the reef; no long boat rides are needed to enjoy one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. For my family, Lizard Island Resort was the highlight of our entire amazing Australia trip. The…

Essential Tips for Visiting the Vatican with Kids

One of the most common questions we get asked by our Italy travel planning clients is, “Should we take our kids to the Vatican?” For most families, the answer is yes … with caveats. The Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are unquestionable highlights of a visit to Rome, yet they can overwhelm…

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Royal Garden Hotel London Welcomes Little Princes and Princesses

What better spot to kick off London explorations than from the back door of Kensington Palace? The Royal Garden Hotel is a 5-star luxury property on Kensington High Street, just steps away from Hyde Park and the beautiful Kensington Palace. The hotel goes out of its way to welcome families with special packages and amenities…