Follow the Travel Bloggers’ Caravan and Win Cool Prizes

In addition to Passports with Purpose this holiday season, Ciao Bambino will participate in the first (and, hopefully, annual) Travel Blogger’s Caravan. We invite you to follow 15 top travel bloggers for a chance to win cool prizes.

Prizes range from hotel gift cards and overnight stays—to digital cameras and noise-cancelling headphones—to luggage and camera bags—to travel guidebooks and DVDs.

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 …

Free Christmas in Italy E-Book

Italophiles take note … our friend Kathy McCabe, the Editor of the esteemed Dream of Italy newsletter, just announced a Christmas in Italy e-book that is free to the subscribers of her new Italian Daydreams daily email covering food, wine, culture, and the arts in Italy.

I contributed to the e-book with a few highlights from our properties offering Christmas/New Year’s promotions, but there is much more to know if you are lucky enough to be spending the holidays in Italy this year.

Dreaming of Christmas in Tuscany

It’s been several years since we last spent the holidays in Europe and managing our accommodation reviews is a constant reminder of what I’m missing.

Most families visit Tuscany in the warmer months when they can travel for longer periods of time and outdoor activities are plentiful. Despite the rain and cold weather typical of the winter months, I love the opportunity to get closer to the local way of life, as countryside villages are not packed with tourists. Even the Christmas period is comparatively quiet, although there are always special themed activities …

Weekend Fall Getaways (US Only)

Fear not, there is still time to get away with your kids before the holiday madness starts! Here are a few ideas from our portfolio in places that are fun to visit over October and November.

In an unbeatable New York City location for families, Le Parker Meridien is offering Ciao Bambino clients a 10% discount off the best available weekend rates through December 27th.