South America

Author: Anonymous

Tags: Exploring, South America

Chile

Honorable Mention 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

I climbed onto the moon; I had been sick early in the day, but I still trudged up the sand dunes, climbing steadily in search of the perfect view of the sunset.

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Baby, Canada, Caribbean, Couples, Diet & Allergy Needs, Eco-Tourism, Europe, Featured - MFT, Kids, Kids Club, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Snowsports, South America, Spring Break, Teens, USA, Volunteer, Water & Themeparks

The Very Best Spring Break Vacation Ideas

We love signs that spring is on its way and with it – spring break -- one of the easiest and best value vacations families can plan. Tucked between the pricey winter holidays and the crowded summer high season, vacations between February and April are often easier on your budget, too.

Read on for our pick of the best spring break experiences, chosen with the experts at Taking the Kids and guaranteed to please, whatever your budget or appetite for adventure.

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Author: Riyanka Roy

Tags : Adventure Trip, Africa, Asia, Blogs, Couples, Europe, Multigen, South America, Teens, Volunteer

Why Is It Important To Go Volunteering With Your Family Members ?

It's always easier to feel disconnected as family members juggle work, school, kids, home, social gatherings and several other activities. But there are some simple things that can bring the members closer — playing an indoor game, going for a hike or picnic, or cooking a meal together.

One of the most satisfying and productive ways to unite as a family is through volunteering for any sort of community service projects. Volunteerism also sets a good example for others to get inspired by your actions.

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Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Brazil, Caribbean, Couples, Europe, Kids, Multigen, New Orleans, North America, South America, Teens, USA, Winter Getaway

Our 15 Favorite Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

Winter is the time for party-loving cultures and Catholics everywhere to celebrate Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale, Mardi Gras and other pre-Lenten festivals.

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Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Adventure Trip, Caribbean, Eco-Tourism, Europe, FTF Scholarships, Hiking, Multigen, Museums & Culture, North America, South America, Travel Trends, Watersports

Where Families Will Go in 2017

After reviewing the latest travel research and trends, Family Travel Forum, the vacation planning resource trusted by families since 1996, is presenting its view on where families will go in 2017 and, more importantly, why. Here are the Top 10 Destinations plus an old trend – staycations -- we’ll be seeing more of.

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Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Asia, Cruise, Europe, Kids, Multigen, Museums & Culture, South America, Step & Single Parents, Teens

Ahoy Matey! 10 Special Family-Friendly River Cruises

Cruise fans know that ships provide an effortless family vacation, a way to see the world without hauling suitcases or changing hotels. And while megaships accommodate adults and kids with a huge variety of onboard activities, it’s the relaxing and cultural focus of river cruising that has become popular with families, say 60% of travel agents polled by the trade association CLIA.

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Author: jammers256

Tags: Quarter Finalist, South America, Volunteering

A Trip To Ecuador: Finding Beauty in More Than One Form

Sitting there, looking out the window, I was in awe at the beauty that the world had to offer. I was used to the dull brown desert of Las Vegas, where you’d be lucky to find a single patch of green in your entire neighborhood, yet before me a sea of clouds stretched out in all directions, dotted with spots of vibrant green where the lush, forested hills peaked above the clouds. It was beauty beyond anything I had ever seen.

Author: Anika L.

Tags: Exploring, Finalist, South America

Quito's Canines

Where do I go when I want to stand on the equator but don’t want to sweat and definitely don’t like mosquitoes? Quito, Ecuador. The top of the Andes Mountains. South America. An elevation so high that jumbo jets only land and depart at night when mountain winds are more favorable.  Boarding a plane in Kansas City, not too many hours later, without even leaving my time zone, I landed on the eastern slopes of an active volcano, at the edge of the best-preserved historic center in the Americas.  An incredible place.  With no jetlag.  A win-win destination.

Author: Lauren Guzman

Tags: Heritage, Quarter Finalist, South America

Face to Face with a Foreign Bull

One summer vacation, my family and I spent it in, Colombia, where my parents were born and raised. I'd been once previously, but, now that I was older, I felt I could really take in the diverse beautiful culture. I was looking forward to savorous food, unique accents, and scenic views- and I definitley received a view I'd never forget. 

Author: Sarah Gartland

Tags: Exploring, Semi Finalist, South America

Speaking French In Ecuador

Rule number one to traveling: Study the native language for more than a week.

That was something I had not taken into serious consideration as I hopped onto my plane. My destination was Ecuador, a predominantly Spanish speaking country.

Good thing I took three years of French!

This was not the vacation I was anticipating. In fact, before finding my way into Ecuador, my school promised a trip to France. J’étais heureuse aller là! But, terrorist attacks left my school in the position to cancel the trip.

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