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Our 7 Favorite Christmas Getaways with Kids

Is a change of scenery tops on your list for Santa this year? Make it happen with an escape to one of these unforgettable holiday destinations, rich with unique traditions and a special sense of place. Away from the familiar comforts of home and hearth, it’s easy for the entire family to see the magic of the season with fresh eyes — and the memories will be…

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Adventures by Disney to Sail Europe with AmaWaterways

Cruising has a way of taking the complications out of family travel planning. Round-the-clock activities offer something for everyone, including parents. Traditionally, cruising families have set sail to warm ocean waters and sandy beaches, but cruising with kids is preparing to make big waves in Europe with Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways. Unpack Once and…

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Europe Family Vacation Planning: Is an Adventures by Disney Tour Right for You?

I’ve taken two Adventures by Disney guided tours in Europe, Adventures by Disney Viva Italia and Adventures by Disney Scotland, A Brave Adventure. Both itineraries are fantastic and provide families with an incredible way to experience these destinations. But it’s not as simple as a rave review; deciding how to travel in Europe with your…

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Adventures by Disney Italy Itinerary Review

Adventures by Disney’s Italy itinerary covers the most popular destinations in Italy for families: Rome, Tuscany, and Venice. We recommend this itinerary to Ciao Bambino clients as the perfect first trip to Italy with kids of all ages, although, given the Disney Difference and all of the special elements Adventures by Disney trips include like VIP…

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Dreaming of a Trip to Rome? A Photo Tour of The Eternal City

Rome should be part of every first trip to Italy with kids as The Eternal City captivates all ages. Layers of history (literally) are visible around every corner. I’ve visited this city countless times over the years and I always feel like I discover something new. My recent Rome encounter with Disney offered …

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An Adventure in Italy with Disney? Yes! The Disney Difference Strikes Again

I had my first taste of Adventures by Disney, their worldwide, guided group travel brand, when we embarked on an epic tour of Scotland last year. There are many things about Scotland that make experiencing this country through Disney compelling, among them is the fact that the tour is inspired by the smash hit movie Brave and…

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Photo Friday: Archery at Glamis Castle in Scotland

I’m a big fan of integrating a few very special local activities into international travel with kids. A kids’ cooking class, walking tour, whatever — these engaging cultural encounters often end up being the most memorable events of a trip.

During our recent family trip in Scotland with Adventures by Disney, the itinerary was packed with unique activities that helped every age stay present …

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A Taste of Adventures by Disney Scotland

There are destinations well-suited for a trip where a multi-faceted itinerary is managed by a talented tour operator. Scotland is certainly one of them, particularly if you want to see and do as much as possible in a short amount of time. Adventures by Disney launched their new Scotland itinerary in 2013 and I gave a condensed five-night version a go on their inaugural media trip.

I now understand why Adventures by Disney escorted group travel makes a fantastic family vacation in Scotland for families with kids ages 8 and up.

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The Disney Difference: Adventures by Disney Escorted Group Travel

When I shared with people that I was heading off to Scotland with Adventures By Disney to write about their new “Brave” Scotland Family Vacation, I got many blank stares. Word isn’t quite out that Disney offers much more in family travel than theme parks. Adventures by Disney started offering escorted group trips in 2004, and for those in the know, it’s the best thing going — evident by the 40% guest return rate for these global itineraries.

I must admit, as a passionate independent traveler, I had my doubts about experiencing an international destination as a group …

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Surfs Up at Disney’s New Aulani Resort in Hawaii

I’m at the new Aulani resort on Oahu this week with travel writers from around the country checking out Disney’s latest family vacation hotspot.

Stay tuned for a full report on the blog … In the meantime, I’ll share a few photo-friendly moments from our surf lesson with Hawaiian Fire, a local Honolulu-based surf school run by area firefighters for Photo Friday.