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…


Exotic Long Haul Travel with the Family

White sand beaches and gentle turquoise waters seem ever-more alluring during winters when the days are curtailed and cold. But preparing for a long-haul trip with children can sometimes feel a bit of a chore. Forget images of jet lag and nightmarish journeys because long distance travelling is easier than you think and the rewards are endless.

Many exotic, luxurious places can seem assigned to honeymooners or romantic get-a-ways but there is an abundance of family-friendly resorts just waiting to be discovered.

New Year’s “Must Go Back To” Travel List

One of the things I love about traveling is discovering new things. When planning a trip, there’s always a strong urge to jam in as much vacation fun as possible. But packing your days too tight can be a recipe for disaster. When kids get tired, they get cranky and cranky kids take all of the fun out of even the best family adventures. I always plan trips with the thinking someday I’ll be back. It sets the tone for more relaxed, better vacations.

At Ciao Bambino, we all have long “must go back to” lists. The destinations that top our lists …

Paradise by Marriott Resorts Prize for Passports with Purpose

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season in the US. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is here Thursday … this also means that the Passports with Purpose travel blogger fundraiser is in full swing.

We announced our incredible Passports with Purpose prize last Monday—a 5-night stay in a suite plus dinner at the Riviera Palm Springs. In addition, we are also thrilled to be part of another truly wonderful prize, a 5-night stay at any of the nine Paradise by Marriott resorts …

10 Great Fall Family Getaways

Are you feeling like summer is coming to a fast close and you need more holiday time? I do! Fortunately, fall is a wonderful season to plan short getaways while the weather is still nice and in many cases, prices are lower than peak travel periods.

Here are 10 great fall travel ideas. I’ve included venues that are great for parents-only getaways as well as family breaks. Given all there is to do to prepare for back-to-school, we’re all exhausted and need some downtime.

10 Summer Family Vacation Ideas

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it’s time to book that annual family summer vacation. With so many possibilities, how do you come up with a plan without spending hours online?

Nancy wrote a great post a few weeks ago with tips for family vacation planning. What kind of trip are you in the mood for this year? … Mountains? Beach? Urban adventure? Cultural trip?

Warm Weather Spring Break Ideas: East Coast Edition

Spring Break for us means sun. Pure and simple, we need a break from the cold and nothing helps break up the long Northeast winter like a little sun. Right after the New Year, friends start asking for recommendations on where to go to warm up.

Now, since “Spring” Break can also include late February, it gets a little tricky because February can still be cold in Florida, so for that guaranteed warmth, head to the Caribbean.