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The Coolest Pools for Summer!

School’s out for many families and summer is officially underway. Which also means you better get those summer vacations set. Ask just about any kid, their favorite part about staying in a hotel is often the pool. So with that in mind, here’s some ideas to jump start those summer trip plans.

Tabacon Springs Spa Thermal Resort

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
School age kids and teens won’t ever want to get out of the water at Tabacon Springs. The hot springs, pool, waterside …

Stanley Park Vancouver Canada

Happy Travels in 2011, Looking Forward to 2012

Sometimes I wonder how my family fits it all in. Life with a teen and tween is busier than I ever imagined which makes me appreciate our time together traveling even more.

It’s time to explore new places and relax, instead of finishing homework and racing off to swim practice. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to visit some fabulous places this year. And along with great destinations came equally impressive family-friendly hotels and resorts.

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Kids’ Clubs That Make You Want to be a Kid Again

Vacations are not always really vacations. Traveling can take a lot out of you. Throw in a kid or two and it’s like running a marathon. Pacing is the key to success, especially when you’re on the type of trip I like to call an adventure. Walking the family along the Great Wall of China or listening to your kids plot how to play tag with sheep in Northern Ireland, fall into the adventure category.

In bed late, moving and shaking early, and often exhausted enough to sleep for at least part of the plane flight home are just a few of the signs of a good adventure.

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The Allure of Costa Rica and Panama for Families

Beginning in the 1970’s, Central America gained a big following among surfers and hard-core eco-explorers; especially Costa Rica, because over a quarter of its land is set aside as protected nature preserves. Even so, most families did not consider a trip to Costa Rica, Panama, or Central America in general as a viable option for traveling with kids—until recently.

I’ve been traveling to Central America since the early 1990’s and twice in the last four years, I’ve taken my wife and kids on guided tours to Costa Rica and Panama.

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Photo Friday: Visiting Costa Rica with Kids

Costa Rica has a lot going for it as a family vacation destination. This tiny Central American country between Nicaragua and Panama is different enough to feel exotic, but safe enough that you won’t worry about bringing your kids there. Since it’s due south of Florida, you won’t have to worry too much about jetlag either.

My husband and I took our kids to Costa Rica for a whirlwind week last March. It was a great trip, but we didn’t relax much.

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Help Build a School in Cambodia

We are participating in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser again and the cause is a good one—proceeds will help build a school in Cambodia by supporting American Assistance for Cambodia (AAfC), an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for the rural poor.

Travelbloggers around the world are hosting giveaways in support of this fundraising effort. For each $10 donation that you make to AAfC …