Postcard from New Mexico: Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta

Usually kids and pre-sunrise wakeup times don’t mix, but the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, each October is a notable exception. Yes, it requires awakening while on vacation when it’s still dark. But the reward is being able to witness the glow of flames as the hundreds of balloons begin to go from…

Beat a Path to Belgium for the Best of Europe’s Delights

Belgium is the perfect microcosm of the appeal of European travel. Looking for fascinating history? You can hardly walk a mile without stumbling upon a castle, cathedral or battlefield. Seeking out amazing food? Get to know Belgium’s chocolate, waffles, mussels and beer (and don’t forget to dip your fries in mayo!). Searching for postcard-worthy scenery?…

A Kid-Friendly Guide for Visiting Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is among the most classic and iconic of American attractions. It’s big and bold, built with an entrepreneurial spirit by an American immigrant and a team of brave sculptors at a time when many doubted whether it could even be done. Unsurprisingly, many people consider this a must-see site at some point in…

London for Sports Fans

Game On! A Sports-Loving Family’s Guide to London

One of Ciao Bambino’s tried and tested strategies for ensuring children enjoy a destination as much as their parents is to incorporate some of the kids’ passions and interests into your planned activities. This tip works exceptionally well in large cities where there is such a wide range of options. For those families with children…

Best Restaurants in London for Families

Best Restaurants in London for Families

London doesn’t have the best reputation for amazing cuisine, particularly in comparison to fellow European cities like Rome or Paris. But that’s an unfair assessment — the reality is that London’s restaurant scene has influences from all over the world, mirroring the diversity of its local population. Families can travel the globe, bite after bite,…

One of Europe’s Best-Kept Secrets: Why Wales Deserves a Spot on Your Vacation List

Wales is easily one of Europe’s best-kept secrets — it offers nearly all the components of the most desirable family destinations, but with none of the crowds. The country has stunning natural scenery, charming and historic castles straight out of European fairy tales, a variety of active and outdoor pursuits, and, shockingly, some of the…

Tips for Visiting Buckingham Palace with Kids

With Prince Harry’s wedding only a few months away, another royal baby expected this spring and the growing popularity of the television series The Crown, one of London’s most iconic landmarks is seeing a rebirth in interest among visitors: Buckingham Palace. Yet it remains elusive to many parents, both because it is only open 10…