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News: The Family Traveler’s Handbook Redefines Family Travel

The award-winning freelance writer and family travel writer Mara Gorman has a new book out, The Family Traveler’s Handbook. This is exciting news for families because Mara is not only an exceptionally experienced traveler, but she is a resourceful traveler demonstrating that where there’s a will there’s a way. This approach enables those who don’t…

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Getting Kids into the Colonial Spirit in Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia is a cultural gem, a place of living history, a lovely colonial smorgasbord. As such, it rightly bills itself as a place to step back in time. That’s a great idea of course, and the costumed interpreters there do a wonderful job of engaging their visitors and explaining the significance of the place. But what if you child isn’t inherently interested in colonial American history?

Never fear – there are lots of ways you can make sure that a trip to Colonial Williamsburg is fun for everyone in the family, history buffs or not.


Dreaming of a Family Safari in Africa

One of my favorite family travel writers, Mara Gorman, has weekly post on her website, The Mother of all Trips, called “Mondays are for dreaming” about those extraordinary travel experiences Mara (and all of us!) dream about.

Today, I’m dreaming of a family safari in Africa.

Over the New Year’s Eve holiday a few of the Ciao Bambino writers got together and brainstormed on a “must go back to” family travel list.

Where to Stay at Atlantis Resort

The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is an amazing seaside playground for kids and grownups. From the large water park, to the amazing number of marine animals, to the 11 pools, Atlantis offers tons to do – all of it with a beach view.

I stayed at Atlantis with my then four-year-old son in the winter of 2010 (we were hosted by the resort, LEGO, and JetBlue) and we spent our three days there exploring every corner of this enormous resort …