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Couple visiting the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin
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Ireland is Our Land

It must have been the "Luck of the Irish" rubbing off on us when three generations of our clan set down at Dublin airport to sunny 70°F (21°C) weather... and it stayed that way for the entire week. That wasn't the only miracle. It was just as amazing that our family of six, ranging in age from 11 to 70, had managed to get here at all when the only common denominator amongst us was a desire to visit...

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An Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World

Whether you’re a human or a toy, Walt Disney World in Orlando has designed a vacation all about you, with a little sprinkling of PIXAR dust. For humans, there are fresh attractions in all the parks, plus new amenities like extra shaded seating, more FastPasses to reduce waiting time for popular rides, and new water fountains and misters throughout the parks.

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Apple River Wisconsin fall foliage
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Leaf Peeker’s Guide To America’s Fall Foliage

Fall foliage tours and affordable leaf peeping road trips are easy to plan if you use this How-To, Where-To foliage guide to see leaf colors changing en route. You'll probably find a fall festival at your destination to make it a fun day's outing, or enough events for an entire weekend getaway for the family. Where to see the leaves change Most of the US is open for autumn foliage...

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Broadening Horizons While Abroad

The first time I went out of the country I had just turned 17. It was also my mother's first time traveling abroad at age 49. It was spur of the moment really, the perfect amount of circumstances to birth a serendipitous trip to Rome. Our family friend of fifteen years was staying in Italy for a month and begged us to fly out for a week—we just needed to book our flight. Now, my mother doesn't just...

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To Grandmother’s House We Go

“Crossing the ocean inside a huge plane, to grandmother’s house we go…” My grandparents live in the Philippines, a sixteen-hour flight across the Pacific. Sure, we may navigate over more than just rivers and woods, but my grandmother’s (and grandfather’s) scarlet-tiled, yellow-walled house is as homey and familiar as anybody’s. We arrive in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport...

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The Hidden City

In July of 2015, my family and I decided to take a vacation from our hometown of Houston to the jungles of Belize. After only a ninety-minute plane ride from Houston, we arrived in Belize City. From there we flew in a small puddle-jumper (www.tropicair.com) to a town called San Ignacio, where we took a cab to our eco-friendly resort in the rainforest: The Table Rock Jungle Lodge (www.tablerockbelize.com). Table...

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Turkey: A Bold Sense of Warmth

The aroma of grilled kabobs and the ocean filled the entire city of Istanbul. It was a cool night, and all of the citizens of Turkey were getting ready; I was getting ready. We held the fluttering flag high above our heads, and waved around our spirits with the rhythm of the banner. Chants and songs were echoing in the crowded streets, and cars started honking their horns to make as much sound as possible....

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Foundation of the original President's House, Philadelphia
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12 American Stories from Philadelphia’s Historic District

Philadelphia is one of America’s most fascinating cities for families because every cobblestone and brick reeks of history. Over a two-day weekend, I was struck by how much we learned about America by just walking in and out of the remarkable museums of the Historic District. The city’s oldest section, much of it dating to the early 1700s, comprises important landmarks...

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Cabins are the favorite accommodation for families in Ruidoso
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A Cabin Country Family Reunion in New Mexico

Most Texas families are familiar with Ruidoso, a picturesque mountain town just two hours’ drive from El Paso that’s cool during summer and snowy in winter. Thanks to moderate prices, a variety of recreation and dining, plus some cultural entertainment, Ruidoso's appeal to empty...

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Panorama Bus Tours "Sound of Music" decorated bus.
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Catch the Sound of Music in Salzburg

The city that’s best known to Americans as the setting for the 1965 blockbuster, “Sound of Music,” is regarded elsewhere as the capital of classical music. Each summer, while the great orchestras are on vacation, the six-week Salzburg Festival invites the top musicians from around the world to perform at Salzburger...

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No-Cost Fun In Indianapolis, Indiana

Head to Indy for concerts, museums, history, transportation and endless fun throughout spring, summer and fall (winter's cold!) The best things in life are still free, at least in Indiana's capitol of Indianapolis. Spend the day listening to music, learn about the city's rich history, get involved in the Arts, and make your way through downtown: all for free. You might discover that Indianapolis doesn't...

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Ice Castle slide at Coronet Peak, New Zealand
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Beat the Heat on the Slopes of New Zealand

This summer, while some families are lying on beach blankets, others are making snow angels at Southern Hemisphere resorts that are celebrating "winter" with crisp ski deals. For example, June 2, 2018 -- the Queen's Birthday long weekend -- marked one of the earliest openings ever for Coronet Peak, New Zealand. This...

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