Costa Rica Zip Line Canopy Tour in Arenal

Choosing Between Arenal Zip Line Canopy Tours in Costa Rica with Kids

A zip line canopy tour is a must for thrill-seeking families vacationing in Costa Rica. In our case, we decided to divide and conquer as I’m not a heights fan, but the joy that comes with gliding down these cables in the jungle is priceless and is more often than not a trip highlight. Costa Rica has unbelievable Adventure Family Travel infrastructure and the challenge is choosing between all the the options.

Per my recent Best Itinerary for a Costa Rica Family Vacation article, Arenal, 90 km northwest of San Jose …

Costa Rica Beach Photo

New Kidtastic Ciao Bambino Costa Rica Adventure

We loved our recent family vacation in Costa Rica with Kensington Tours so much that I worked with them to create a new itinerary based on our experience. Kidtastic Ciao Bambino Costa Rica Adventure is the result of those efforts. It’s the perfect itinerary for families visiting Costa Rica for the first time with school age and up kids.

Adventures by Disney Dovecot Studios

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.

Adventures by Disney Scotland Rothiemurchus Estate

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 …

Tauck Bridges at Colosseum in Rome

The Value of a Tauck Bridges Family Vacation

As a parent and a travel professional, I am always interested in getting the best family vacation value for my travel dollars. Cost is important, but a unique and memorable experience that brings the whole family together can be priceless. That’s why many families put their trust in Tauck Bridges, a family travel company that delivers extraordinary experiences at an extraordinary value.

Tauck Bridges is part of the Tauck brand of travel companies, a third-generation, family-owned business that’s been around since 1925. Tauck specializes in enriching …


Family Vacation in the Jungle of Costa Rica

Exploring places off the beaten path is one of my favorite things about traveling. But planning a family vacation with a tour operator makes that a little difficult. It’s hard for a destination to have that undiscovered, almost exotic allure when you’re walking in a group of 30 or more. Hard, but not impossible.

When we went on our family trip to China, Guilin amazed us all. It was the part of the tour that lead us to the Li River, in other words, tourist central …

family trip to china

Tips for Planning a Family Vacation with a Tour Operator

I have a routine when I plan a family adventure. It starts with a notebook that holds hours of research and eventually a flexible itinerary. Getting the trip together requires a lot of work, but the payoff of a great trip is worth it. My family all agreed for spring break this year, we wanted to escape to Costa Rica. A year ago, when we took off for Spain with the kids, we rented a car and went exploring on our own. But this year the rules are different.

A middle school calendar and a daughter whose blood pressure skyrockets …