5 Family Trips to Take Before the Kids Grow Up

Someones backpack is lost, your youngest has decided cereal for breakfast is worse than taking a bath, and the coffee pot is making gurgling noises that sound like a gremlin with the flu. Just a normal morning. It’s only natural this may lead you to think that taking the kids on a vacation while they’re young is an insane idea and would take far more energy than a dying coffee machine could provide. It’s true that getting everyone packed and on a trip can be a lot of work, but without question, the U.S. holds incredible destinations that beg for Read More

Tips for Flying with Kids

It’s a family vacation time and the beach is calling. Or Disney World. Or Iceland or Japan. The whole family has planned and mapped out the entire itinerary. Now there’s only one thing left to do — survive the flight while traveling with kids. While the thought of a 12-hour flight over an ocean sounds intimidating, it doesn’t have to be something to dread, and can even be a positive experience. Even a two-hour flight can be nerve wracking with a cranky toddler. But that beach is calling, so click “book,” pack accordingly, and follow these tips on how to Read More

The Best Christmas Markets in Europe

The holidays are coming, this can only mean one thing: European Christmas-market season!  If you want to take a trip over the winter holidays, but you don’t want your family to feel like they are missing out on the holidays, you are not alone. But, we have the perfect answer for your situation, and it doesn’t even lock you into one particular destination.  The European Christmas markets are in virtually every major European city, and a huge selection of smaller cities, as well. They tend to run from mid-November until the beginning of the New Year. Regardless of where you Read More

How to Participate in “Pack for a Purpose”

Before you toss that extra sweater into your suitcase that you’re definitely not gonna need on a Caribbean vacation, consider instead packing some school supplies, English books, or some band-aids to donate to the local community. Sandals, which operates some of our favorite resorts, has partnered with local organizations in a number of countries to help the community thrive. The program is called “Pack for a Purpose” and Sandals has made it incredibly easy to give something back to the people of the area you’re visiting while on vacation. How to Pack for a Purpose The idea of volunteering while Read More

The Best Cruises for Families

A family vacation, although exciting, can sometimes come with far too much planning. We don’t all have time for the weeks of researching, strategizing, and making certain you booked the hotel for the right number of nights. Don’t forget the rental car for the last day so you can actually get everybody back to the airport. Is that trunk big enough for everyone’s luggage? Where are we supposed to rent snorkelling gear? Is the pool open this time of year? Once the plane takes off, the real stress begins – attempting to keep everyone entertained, out of trouble and happily Read More

Tenerife for Families: Where to go and what to see

Family travel is equal parts building memories that will last a lifetime and making sure those memories are positive. You want your children to have new experiences and learn about the world around them. However, in order to do that in today’s world it needs to be exciting enough to pry their eyes from their phone/gaming console. It also can’t be entirely about enriching the kids because us adults need to have a great time, too! Why Tenerife? Tenerife in the Canary Islands is your answer to the family vacation. Known as “the island of eternal spring,” the temperature sits Read More