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Crystal Cove Beach and pool
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A Cultural Immersion at Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, Barbados

  My beach-loving family and I have vacationed at numerous all-inclusive hotels throughout the Caribbean. Clear blue-green water, clean sand and laidback family fun are unifying factors. As beautiful as these tropical paradises are, they often lack a sense of place. There’s a uniform feel to many of these resorts that can make it hard to distinguish exactly which Caribbean country you are...

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Family rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho with OARS
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51 Great Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer is the time to reconnect and relax with family, to recreate favorite childhood memories and make new ones together. Do you see the family lying on a beach, splashing around a resort pool, hiking mountain trails, learning history from a national park ranger, exploring a new city, being thrilled by an exotic adventure or braving new theme park rides? To make your summer fantasy the best one...

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The thatch-roofed bar at the Sacha Lodge, Ecuador
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5 Green Hotels that Lure Families

If you're into responsible tourism - and who isn't these days? - check into ecolodges and green hotels in the Caribbean, Central and South America and even in the US, where families can have fun while learning about the environment. While it's easy to maintain environmentally friendly practices at home, eco-conscious citizens usually find this task daunting when they're on a family vacation....

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Preparatory hike in Moshi region of Tanzania.
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Peak Moments from Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

“I’m going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and plant trees with Jane Goodall!” “A bucket list trip?” people would ask. For the record I hate the word bucket list about as much as I despise the phrase 24/7. So pedestrian. No, my husband and I were invited by a guy who use to babysit our kids on Christmas Eve so we could go to church. Jeff Bonaldi grew up and told me he left Citi Bank...

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The gulet All About You anchored off the coast of Turkey
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Swept Away on an Authentic Blue Coast Cruise

Imagine being at sea, skimming along a forested rocky coast, sunning on gleaming golden beaches and snorkeling in aquamarine waters; your dream is a chartered Blue Coast cruise holiday. Families dreaming of exploring the ancient sites and hidden coves of the Turquoise Coast can live their fantasy aboard a traditional wooden yacht known as a gulet (pronounced goolet)....

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Canoes offshore leave for Cozumel.
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Paddling to Cozumel: Sacred Journey of the Maya

The spiritual traditions behind the Sacred Mayan Journey (Travesía Sagrada Maya), a canoe trip paddling to Cozumel in Mexico, have put this journey on many bucket lists. A Bit of Maya Background on the Sacred Journey The Sacred Mayan Journey is a pre-Hispanic (1250 to 1519 A.D.) ritual to honor and worship Ixchel, goddess of the moon, tides, fertility, birth and medicine....

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Woman hiking on the slopes of Mount Teide on Tenerife
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These 9 Activities are Better than the Best Beach in Tenerife

The Canary island of Tenerife appeals year-round as one of Europe's best beach destinations, with geographic contrasts that spawn activities and landscapes you don’t find in a typical island vacation. While the Canary Islands belong to Spain, they sit in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Morocco – a cultural plus. Geographically, Tenerife is in Africa; politically, it is in Europe...

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Raft the Gates of Ladore rapids with your kids
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The Very Best Spring Break Vacation Ideas

Spring break is our favorite time to get away with the family, an ideal time to travel affordably between the pricey winter holidays and crowded summer months. Why is spring break such a wonderful escape? Maybe because you’ve been working so hard all year. Maybe because you get to feel the sun on your shoulders after being cold for months. Or maybe because you get to spend a week making great...

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Navajo artisans display their jewerly in Gallup, New Mexico.
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Gallup True to Itself

From 200 feet up, the scrubby arid plains of the Navajo Nation surrounding Gallup look soft and inviting, welcoming visitors to pause along Route 66 for a closer inspection. This northwest corner of New Mexico is a melting pot of Navajo, Zuni, Spanish and Anglo cultures -— a very affordable place where the landscape, local traditions and welcoming people guarantee memories your family will not...

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Public garden playspace at night in downtown Tel Aviv at Habima Square.
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16 Family Experiences You Can Only Share in Israel

Israel, usually marketed as a destination for religious pilgrims, has many unique sites that non-sectarian families can learn from. During my fully-escorted weeklong tour in December, 2018, I discovered 16 experiences that have had lasting impact. I also corrected several misconceptions, including that the climate was warm and dry; it's not necessarily so in winter. Jerusalem Highlights for...

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Tom's Cove on Chincoteague Bay, Virginia
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Great Grandparent Adventures with Road Scholar

Grandparents know the most valuable presents, the ones that never break and don’t need batteries, are lessons learned and memories made together. This year, Road Scholar offers grandparents the opportunity to give their...

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park campgrounds.
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Hike And Ride The Rails At Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Located in Brecksville, between the cities of Cleveland and Akron, little known Cuyahoga Valley National Park surrounds the 100-mile-long Cuyahoga River, named by American Indians for its “crooked” shape. It famously caught on fire in 1969 for just 24 minutes because of pollution. Long cleaned and restored, the river now provides a cool place to fish, kayak and relax without the crowds that many...

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