Tips & Documents

Our reviews of the top family vacation destinations and trip ideas organized by keywords (Italy, Caribbean, teens, etc) and topic (snowsports, spa, etc) to make your research easier.

  • bike
    Using the acronym b.i.k.e.s.m.a.r.t. with your kids will introduce them to the basic rules of bicycling safety. Using the term "bike smart," the Virginia Dept of Transportation has created an easy and fun way to remember biking's most basic safety rules. With their permission, we have reprinted...
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    Don't even think about boarding a plane with children under 18 without carrying these essential items, most of which can be gathered from what you already have at home. "I'm thirsty!" "I'm bored." "I'm starving..." "He's kicking me!" Sound familiar? Well, maybe not to families flying Jet Blue or...
  • top_of_palm_tree_blue_sky
    Tips on prevention and simple remedies if anyone in your family succumbs to common ailments while traveling in tropical climates with kids. When traveling with young children to any tropical climate -- the Caribbean, Mexico or farther afield -- it pays to follow a few common sense tips to keep your...
  • grandmother
    Tips on pleasing everyone -- of all ages -- participating in your family vacation, and keeping them safe and healthy, too.   Look around popular resorts these days and you're likely to spot a trend: more and more seniors are taking grandchildren on vacation, and many people are sharing vacations...
  • mother_son
    Doc Holiday discusses the best ways to adjust to a new time zone for parents and their cranky children. Jet lag, or disruption in sleep and wake cycles with travel across time zones, occurs in children and adults. Typical symptoms of jet lag include very early A.M. awakening, daytime lethargy and...
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    Find out how to collect the current European currency and how each Euro reflects the character of the country you are visiting. Since January 1, 2002, when 12 European Union nations formally converted to the new euro, the mathematical side of life has been easier for the family traveler. As of...
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    Read the experts' advice on what to take, what to leave home, and suggestions for packing carefully. Next to flight delays and long lines at the airport, packing is probably the least pleasant part of travel. Deciding what to take - and making it all fit - frustrates even the most seasoned traveler...
  • Air travel
    Staying up to date with security regulations at US Airports can help you make your family's journey less stressful. Since 2001, a variety of aviation security regulations have been put into effect at all American airports (and adopted by many foreign airports, as well), courtesy of the...

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