Best Travel Books for Children

Our Favorite Travel-Themed Books for Children

There’s been a steady rise in travel- and place-inspired children’s picture books in recent years, all of which will capture imaginations and inspire wanderlust in both young and old. From America’s National Parks to the wonders of the world to how real children live day-to-day in their corners of the globe, these gorgeous books are…

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…

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The Lygon Arms Hotel: Immersive English History with a Warm Welcome for Kids (And Dogs!)

Travelers have been checking into The Lygon Arms Hotel in the Cotswolds since the 14th century. And not just any Tom, Dick or Harry either: During the English Civil War, King Charles I and his crew hung out here, as did his archenemy Oliver Cromwell. A few hundred years later, King Edward VII rested here, and…

CB! Exclusive: An Incredible 8-Day Slovenia Itinerary for Families

Slovenia is not on everyone’s bucket list, and Slovenians like it that way; some gems are all the more beautiful for their rarity. But for those who decide to visit, there are so many facets of this small country to explore. Mountain views and alpine rivers of turquoise? Check. Hillsides that look as though they…

Essential Tips for Visiting Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle

Most kids want to visit Cinderella’s castle, but few know that Mad King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle was actually the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s creation. As king of Bavaria, Ludwig had a childlike imagination and a big budget, and Neuschwanstein — located in southern Germany near the Austrian border — is the ultimate fairytale castle. As…

Riverside Luxury and Spacious, Art-Filled Suites at Hotel Lungarno in Florence

Florence is one of the most popular destinations with Ciao Bambino clients traveling overseas with children for the first time — the city is a walkable museum filled with medieval back streets, architectural eye candy and artistic genius at every turn. Well-placed accommodations that integrate this rich history and arts culture are the best of…

Postcard from California: Among the Giants in Sequoia National Park

In California’s southern Sierra Nevada mountains, Sequoia National Park and its neighbor, Kings Canyon, are home to the world’s largest trees, the namesake sequoia. From 180 to 250 feet tall, these gentle giants manage to reach for the sky, thanks in part to a chemical in their bark called tannin that protects them from insects…

Things to Do in Madrid with Kids

Tips From a Local: Best Things to Do in Madrid with Kids

This article was written by Dr. Almudena Cros of Across Madrid, an art historian educated in Britain who has extensive experience teaching art, history and culture to different age groups in Italy and Spain. With its blend of culture and beautiful places to relax and play outdoors, Madrid has plenty to offer those who want to…

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A Santa Fe Retreat with Authentic Flavor at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

One block over from Santa Fe’s downtown plaza square, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi has a location that can’t be beat. Its luxe rooms, complete with modern baths and kiva-style fireplaces, are pretty amazing too. The intimate property was tastefully renovated just a few years ago while retaining a sense of place and authenticity with…

New Zealand tourism for families

News: CB! Family Vacation Advisor Named a New Zealand Travel Ambassador

We’re proud to announce that our Family Vacation Advisor Kristi Marcelle has been selected by Tourism New Zealand to represent Virtuoso and CB! as one of six global agency ambassadors for New Zealand travel. What an honor! As Kristi was preparing for a visit to this incredible country, we chatted with her about New Zealand tourism…