In this article you will find the list of useful tips for estate planning:
I can’t be the only one who keeps booking holiday travel at the last minute, right? The hardest part is finding the magical combination of hotels that have space and airfare that costs less than a private jet. For today’s “Better Connecticut” segment on CBS...
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Alta ski resort just opened for the season and they are already swimming in powder. If you’ve heard of the legend of Alta, it lives up to it and is in my Top 5 for resorts you need to ski before you die. If you’re...
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Am I the only one who feels like Christmas is a mad sprint to the finish line? Trees – must be lit so they look magical and have the proper mix of beautiful ornaments and handmade ones – must allow children to decorate...
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Arizona may be best known for the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon but there is so much more to experience on a trip to this Southwestern state. With weather that cooperates for most of the year and a cross-section of activities that work well with kids, Arizona is an ideal destination for your next big family vacation.
Arizona is an ideal destination for your next big family vacation
Whether you’re ready for a week (or just a weekend) of adventure, relaxation and all-ages fun, our list of tips for planning a journey through this scenic state will help you take an epic family vacation.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your stress while traveling is to plan ahead. While our list is a good start, search the Internet for your own personal favorite kind of activities in the area. If your kids love dinosaurs or spaceships, see what the local area has to offer. Don’t forget your own interests, too – if you love antiquing, classic cars, or maybe strolling through used book stores, check out what Arizona has to offer and make a short-list of your favorites.
From there, you can organize these activities based on the locations you'll be in on ...
Matched with turquoise waters, powdery beaches, mild temperatures and endless sunshine, all inclusive resorts are the ultimate family holidays. With so many fantastic options it’s hard to choose which all inclusive the best option for your family is.
And more crucially, how can a family find one that meets the family budget needs? Reason why, on this post we have chosen 5 of the best All Inclusive Resorts in the World for families with kids located on popular destinations and of various budgets ranges. Check out this selection and book right now your next holidays.
Atlantis is the most popular resort in the islands and probably the best resort in the Caribbean. Amongst its features specially designed for families stand 11 swimming areas always staffed by lifeguards, including 2 pools only for kids.
Atlantis also features the largest open-air Marine Habitat with a breathtaking collection of Marine life and aquarium exhibits. This resort also counts with a theater with daily shows and more than 30 restaurants, most of them offer kid’s menu.
As if all that were not enough, this fabulous resort also offers Family Yoga on the...
I was four years old, standing on the summit looking down the steep white slopes of Dizin resort. I heard my coach saying “let’s go”. I hear the rest of this story from my mom after 27 years today; telling me how proud she felt to see her 3 year old daughter ski from the summit so elegantly among all those adults.
As a mountaineer, an avid hiker, camper, tennis player, wrestler, volleyball player; he always pushed me and my siblings to try various sports. When traveling, he’s always chose roadtripping and took roads less traveled. My father has always took us on a search to discover the untapped destinations. By consistently pushing me out of my comfort zone, he rewarded me a life of adventure.
Kudos to Vagabond family and all you amazing parents that give the gift of travel to kids.
Free to Travel the World
I grew up in Iran and moved to the US in 2012. Not knowing anyone or having a clue how to begin a life in the US. But, it was easy and exciting. I grew up with an attitude to walk off the beaten path to discover my potential capabilities and meet friends on the journey. So, moving to a new country and living as an expat was not hard at all.
Living in San...
Post kids, it becomes obvious that you select holiday destinations keeping them in mind. In fact, they dominate all your travel decisions and preparations.
Dubai is a well known family destination and is visited by families for a memorable vacation all through the year.
But why do parents choose Dubai as a place to visit? It’s because keeping kids entertained is very difficult and Dubai does a fabulous job in it. There are a lot of things to do in Dubai with kids. From castle making at the beach to enjoying at the amazing underwater zoo, kids have a lot to do here and pack a bag full of cherished memories before their school reopens post holidays.
So, getting straight to the best of the list, here are the cool things to do with your kids in Dubai.
Keep your cameras ready to capture the jaw- dropping expressions of your child when he watches a gigantic sheet of acrylic showing off the mighty sharks in one of the world’s biggest aquarium. Dubai aquarium is a 10 million liter water tank and is sure to keep your kids glued to it for quite some time.
Further continuing the water and sea creatures wonder; take them to the ...
With its abundance of castles, mythical history and masses of nature, Scotland is the perfect place to take your kids on vacation. Whether you decide to spend your time in Scotland's bustling cities or want to be close to nature in the natural, rugged North, you're sure to find plenty to do to suit the whole family.
We've chosen the best 10 things to do for families in this fascinating and relatively unexplored country. Read on to find out the best places to take your kids on your next Scotland trip!
Located in the charming coastal town of Oban, the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary is a great place for kids to get up close with some of Scotland's most famous sea animals. The centre works at rehabilitating seal pups into their well-equipped aquarium. The sanctuary is also home to lots of fish, as well as turtles and otters. While having fun, kids can also learn about conservation in Scotland's waters and ethical fishing practices.
Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary
Yes, you read that right- a safari park in Scotland! There is no need to travel all the way to Africa for those Sub-Saharan vibes. Here kids can up close...
What’s better than an incredibly posh spa in the hotel that was the inspiration for Gilmore Girls? Not much. It’s the best combination since champagne and strawberries, The Rock and The Tooth Fairy, coffee and pumpkin spice. Literally, this cannot be overstated. I was sent to...
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Having a baby doesn’t mean your travelling life is over for good. It is probably best to stay close to home in the first three months so the baby wouldn’t catch something. After that, it is better to travel with a baby before he or she starts walking since that will keep them out of trouble and you won’t have to run after them. Although travelling will never be what is was pre-baby, it is possible and can be done if you are flexible and plan strategically.
Around the World with a Newborn
Here are some tips and tricks on how to travel smart with your baby without losing your mind.
Your baby will require a lot of attention and soothing so you will have significantly less time for taking in the scenery or anything else you usually do. You will also have more things to carry around with you and long periods of walking might be out of the question. Babies usually attract a lot of attention and people start talking to you much more often in a friendly, positive way, which makes travelling with a baby somewhat of a different experience. The best thing you can do is be flexible without expecting to do or see much. Instead, focus on the ...
When my kids were younger, both of them absolutely adored Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo, we even have a black Lab named Yogi and Maltese cross named Boo Boo thanks to them! That obviously means that Jellystone Park is ALWAYS on our list of fun summer destinations – no matter what we do that year. For those of you that don’t know – Jellystone Park is based on Yellowstone Park!
JellyStone Park - Image source: https://flic.kr/p/f6ypx3
And whether you’re a Yogi Bear fan or not, and no matter how old you are, Yellowstone Park is one of those places that you absolutely have to visit at least once in your life! We usually stay outside the park for a week or more at a time, and of course we have our ‘pic-a-nic’ baskets stocked full of bait intended to lure Yogi from his cave and enjoy day tripping or a couple of nights in the park.
A friend recently asked me for inspiration so I’ve consulted with mine and put together a list of all their favorite places to go and things to do to help her out and make sure her kids have as much fun as mine always do.
My first word is to make sure you ALWAYS have plenty of water, a pic-a-nic basket with snacks and real food...
Our Home Away From Home By: Rebecca and Sean Karlin from www.campfireshenanigans.com
Right before our 3rd child Alexis was born, we decided to buy a travel trailer. At the time we were living in Illinois and decided what a great way to see the country. We could take our house with us and not have to worry about airports, rental cars, eating out all the time, and dealing with expensive hotels with our growing family. (We had rented a class c motor home 8 months prior and stayed at a KOA near Starved Rock State Park and loved the experience.) Shortly after purchasing our travel trailer, we relocated to Arizona and are seeing a different part of the country.
Make sure that there are activities for kids. In between sightseeing, it is fun for them to take advantage of some of the kid friendly activities that the campground offers like, hayrides, ice cream socials and fossil and rock finding expeditions. Some campgrounds have a stream where you can go fishing.
In Amsterdam, let’s do like Amsterdammers! Almost everybody rides a bike. It is impressive to watch what Dutch people can do with their bikes: carry one, two, even three children, shopping bags, umbrellas, and even a couch on a trailer! It is truly a great European city for biking: short distances, bike lanes almost everywhere, and cars accustomed to all the bikes around. And it’s so much more fun for kids than walking! You can easily find rental bikes. We liked Mac Bike , located in the train station and other city points. They have a great choice: adult and child bikes of course, bike seats for babies and children, and even “bakfiets » (box bikes). We loved to explore the Jordaan area by bike. It used to be an old popular area, and turns into a hype district. There you can stroll in small quiet lanes, along the canals with beautifully flowered barges, then rest on a nice terrace close to the water... What a lovely area, away from the crowds!
Bicycling around Amsterdam
The heat is no fun in the middle of summer, especially if you are traveling with kids. Most kids just don’t handle extreme temperatures very well, which means you might spend your vacation with crying, overheated kids. That isn’t fun for anybody! Thankfully, with some careful planning and preparation, they don’t have to suffer through the heat and you won’t have to suffer through the whining and tears!
Check out these ways you can beat the heat while you’re on vacation with your kids.
If it seems like the weather during your vacation will be exceptionally hot, you may want to plan a trip to a waterpark. Spending a day there might give your kids the break they need from walking around in the sun or spending a little too much time on the beach. Plus, it’s fun for the whole family! Who doesn’t love cooling down on some water slides?
Always have the right snacks and drinks. Bring plenty of water! Most theme parks, museums and other attractions allow you to bring your own water bottle. If your kids don’t particularly like water, try to make it a little more fun for them to drink by letting them pick out their own special,...
Do you watch National Lampoon’s Vacation movies before having kids? You probably had some good laughs. Unfortunately, most parents don’t think the movies are as funny, because they are a stark reminder of the nightmares a poorly planned trip can become.
If you are traveling with children, you need to plan your trip carefully. You also need to make sure they have all the comforts they need, so they don’t drive you nuts.
Here are some tips to plan a wonderful, relaxing getaway with your children.
Single adult and young couple in their 20s love taking trips to Las Vegas, Panama Beach, Miami and other party cities. Your priorities will change after you have children, so these destinations won’t be ideal.
Choose the Location Carefully
There are a number of great travel destinations for families with young children. Here are some great tips to consider:
The idea was conceived last October on a flight from Rome to Los Angeles. My wife, Lisa, and I were discussing what to get our kids for the upcoming Christmas, when it suddenly occurred to us to give them the gift of travel. Instead of giving them material gifts, we would give them the travel experience of a lifetime.
Over the next 8 months, we planned an epic tour of Italy. The trip began in Rome with additional stays in Florence, Monterosso Al Mare, Naples and Salerno. We used these locations as a base camp for additional day trips to Venice, Vernazza, Manorolla, Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii.
As it turns out, most Italian hotel rooms are designed for a maximum of 4 occupants. Finding rooms for a family of 5 was quite difficult. Our goal was to find suites or apartments that could accommodate all 5 of us. We didn't want to separate into 2 rooms if possible. The difficulty of our search was compounded by the fact that all 3 of our kids are teenagers. Our 2 boys are both 6 feet tall, so the use of rollaway beds was out of the question.
With a lot of research and planning, we were finally able to find accommodations that met our goals. Following are...
It’s true, I’m shoe obsessed. So when Saks recently opened a stand alone shoe store in Greenwich and had a fab opening party with free flowing champagne, you know I was there. So what shoe did I choose for this splashy affair? Peep toe Louboutins?...
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I just announced a giveaway on my site for a three night stay at Atlantis Bahamas. To win you need to watch the YouTube series that we created with Atlantis and comment on the videos. For as many people who have entered the giveaway, I...
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Seriously. Atlantis is giving away a three-night stay at Atlantis’ Royal Towers – right here on Luxury Travel Mom! It’s a stay for two – so take your favorite girlfriend or daughter. Do a mommy and me trip ...
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Planning a trip to Atlantis can be overwhelming: Which tower to stay in? Meal plan or no meal plan? How old do you have to be to swim with dolphins? How tall do you have to be to ride the water slides? I recently...
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Just because the kids beg to go to Atlantis doesn’t mean they get to have all the fun. Atlantis has some of the best nightlife in the Caribbean. It’s great for girlfriend getaways, mom and dad time, or in my case, Mommy/Macie time. The first time we...
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10 reasons why your kids will love a vacation in Dubai
Dubai’s magnetic attractions are as addictive to the kids as it is for the adults. Dubai has always depicted itself as a family destination and has lived up to its image. The city has a host of family and kid friendly attractions across all ages.
Here are some of the best things to do in Dubai with kids that are sure to make it their ultimate playground.
One of the best-known attractions of the Dubai mall, the Dubai Ice rink is loved by kids, no matter the age. The Olympic-sized rink has special facilities for kids to enjoy the best of the skate sessions while having loads of fun. Bringing the best of ice skating saga to the desert, the ice rink is completely safe for children. Even if your child is new to skating, rest assured he/she will enjoy the best of ice in the hands of expert instructors.
Take your children to see the world’s biggest acrylic aquarium having 33000 animal species at the Dubai mall. One of the most loved attractions of the Dubai mall, the Dubai aquarium has both saltwater and freshwater species. Right next to it is the underwater zoo...
Meet the newest member of the momtourage – Kate Gillan. Kate is mom to three kids under the age of five. A native Jersey Girl, she is an expert on traveling the East Coast, and is married to a Bostonian. She has rented houses in...
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Our favorite restaurants and best advice on where to eat at Atlantis Bahamas.
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Thinking about visiting Martha’s Vineyard? Or “The Vineyard” as it’s known? I have not been yet, but I’ve always wondered where to stay, what to do and how to do it. Kate Gillan is the newest member of the momtourage and she spends summers...
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Looking for a luxe hotel in New York that has space for the kids but won’t break the bank? The Conrad in Battery Park is not too expensive, not too cheap, it’s just right. What we loved: Each of the 463...
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