Ireland’s Family-Friendly Charm Shines Bright at Holiday Time

The decision to travel as a family during the holiday season — especially if it’s someplace new — is a tough one. From weather worries to seemingly constant reminders about record-breaking travel, it’s oh so easy to come up with a multitude of excuses simply to stay put. But you’d be missing out, especially if…

Shakespeare's Schoolroom

The Best Way to Experience Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, England, With Your Kids

Feel free to debate, but aside from religious figures, surely the English playwright William Shakespeare is the most famous person ever to have walked this earth. His works feature on the curriculums of schools across the globe and his plays are acted out everywhere from tiny village halls to Hollywood. And what better way to introduce…

Kauai with Kids Vacation Tips

Kidding Around Kauai: Why the Garden Isle is a Dream for Families

Kauai is that rare destination that doesn’t just live up to the hype — it transcends it. There’s simply no way to capture its ancient, powerful landscape in words, or to convey the otherworldly mystique that pervades this pastoral island (the oldest in the Hawaiian archipelago). Hawaiians talk of mana, which loosely translates to spiritual energy. On Kauai, the magic of mana takes hold straightaway, tightening its…

Things to Do in London at Christmas

10 Iconic Holiday Activities in London with Kids

There’s never a bad time to visit London, but the holidays are especially magical. The city comes alive with millions of twinkling lights and elaborate displays appear in the shop windows; pedestrians sip steaming beverages as they wander past towering trees and through the stalls of Christmas markets. It’s like stepping into Dickens’ A Christmas…

Wentworth by the Sea

A Luxurious New England Holiday Retreat for Families at Wentworth by the Sea

New England this time of year is a wonderful place for a long weekend break with the family — the smell of freshly cut Christmas trees; quaint historic towns hosting Christmas parades; ice skating on local ponds followed by hot chocolate; brisk walks along the rocky seashore with a view to lighthouses in the distance;…

Azores Family Travel

Off-the-Grid Adventure Abounds in Portugal’s Azores

The Azores off the coast of Portugal are one of Europe’s best-kept secrets — mass tourism has not hit this archipelago yet in the same way it has the Portuguese mainland. Known as “Europe’s Hawaii,” these nine islands are shaped by volcanic activity: beautiful black sand beaches, incredible caverns, craters and fertile soils. Add to that countless…

Forte Village Resort Review for Families

Endless Ways for Families to Play at Sardinia’s Beachside Forte Village Resort

Although Europeans have flocked to Sardinia as a summer playground for decades, it’s not on the radar for many Americans traveling with kids. We recently had the chance not only to experience Sardinia itself, but also to stay at Forte Village Resort on the island’s southern tip — one of the premier family-friendly beach resorts in the world…

The Arden, Stratford upon Avon

The Arden Hotel: A Perfect Family Base for Exploring Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Check into the Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, and you couldn’t get closer to the historical Shakespearian action that this town has thrived upon for centuries if you tried. If you have one of the riverside rooms and a good aim, you could probably fly a paper airplane from the window into the grounds of the…

Best Places to Visit in Romania with Kids

Where to Go Next in Europe: Magical, Mystical Romania

We’re excited to introduce a new family-friendly destination to Ciao Bambino: Romania! This rugged, mountainous country on the Black Sea remains untouched by the tourist hordes that have crept into some of its Eastern European neighbors. From intricate castles and thick-walled churches to pristine forests and meadows flecked with wildflowers, it will capture kids’ fantasies…