Postcard from Holland: The Magical Windmills of Kinderdijk

With Holland comes windmills. More than simply a piece of picturesque scenery, windmills have helped the Dutch live with the water that surrounds them for more than 1,000 years. A visit to Kinderdijk, home to the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, should be part of every family-friendly itinerary. Declared a UNESCO World…

Postcard from Canada: The Polar Bear and Beluga Whale Capital of the World

We knew Churchill, Manitoba was the place to go for polar bears and beluga whale sightings, but there can be a tinge of doubt or concern when spotting wildlife is the inspiration for travel. It doesn’t matter how many months of planning you put in or the price you pay — Mother Nature offers no…

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Postcard from Mexico City: Cruising Canals in Colorful Trajineras

There’s more to Mexico City than a frenzied city center. Located at the southern edge of town, about an hour from the well-traveled historic district, the borough of Xochimilco knows how to delight families on the go. It’s hard to believe you’re still in the city as you quietly cruise down canals in brightly colored,…

Carmel, California

Postcard from California: Breezy Beach Life in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of our favorite stops along the California coast. The Bavarian-style architecture and the small-town charm of the village are a nice change of pace from the busier cities, and there is so much to offer kids, from a Dr. Seuss gallery and a shady town park to outdoor cafes and courtyards galore. With…

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Postcard from Austria: Hohensalzburg Fortress

It’s such a joy to scroll through old travel photos and relive a fabulous moment or two that had slipped from memory — like this one. During a stay in Bavaria several summers ago, my family took an impromptu side trip to Salzburg, Austria, which is both postcard-pretty and compact enough to explore in a day. The highlight…

Best Oslo Museums with Kids

Postcard from Norway: Museum Day on Oslo’s Bygdøy Peninsula

When visiting Oslo with kids, a day out at the museums on Bygdøy Peninsula is a must-do activity. Some of Oslo’s most popular and kid-friendly museums are located on this stretch of land adjacent to the city center, reachable by boat and bus. The museums combine Norway’s maritime history and culture of exploration with a look…

Thailand Ancient City

Postcard from Thailand: The Ancient City

A part of Bangkok‘s allure is its bustle, but when you’re looking for a quieter, more introspective day, head to the Ancient City. About 40 minutes outside Bangkok by private taxi, the Ancient City is a beautifully manicured reserve that is home to more than 100 replicas of Thailand’s best-known monuments and architectural sites. With plenty…

Iceland South Coast with Kids

Postcard from Iceland: A Nature-Lover’s Paradise on the South Coast

For families who love nature, Iceland is a must-see. On our recent vacation, we spent one very full day exploring southwest Iceland’s landscape of extreme contrasts — from waterfalls with mossy green cliffs to icebergs, glaciers and barren lava fields. We started off our road trip along the southwest coast of Iceland by walking up to…

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Postcard from Tahiti: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

What is the ultimate tropical paradise? Although there is some stiff competition on our glorious planet, few beach destinations come close to Bora Bora in Tahiti. Remote, exotic and surrounded by water in surreal shades of blue, the tiny archipelago of Bora Bora is expensive but worth every penny. Its magic is one of the reasons Bora Bora…