Feathered Pipe, Montana
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Yoga Tourism: The Mind Body Vacation

In this stressful age, the subject of yoga retreats as "vacation" comes up often. Travelers may ask, are they a good option for a parent-child or three generation getaway? The answer is yes, if all participants are interested in connecting over the same activities. Family members should also share an appreciation for the contemplative aspects of yoga, like meditation, numerology (

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Try the Azores for a Value Fall or Winter Getaway

The Azores islands off the coast of Portugal are a little known and good value family destination, just 4 hours by plane from Boston, Massachusetts. There are nine islands in the group, known as the Eastern islands (Sao Miguel and Santa Maria islands), Central islands (Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico, Faial islands), and Western islands (Flores and Corvo islands). Santa Maria, the capital of Ponta...

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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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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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Sargassum found on the beach
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Seaweed Attacking Caribbean Beaches

According to recent media accounts, an influx of the disruptive and hated-by-brides seaweed known as sargassum has washed up around the Caribbean for summer 2018. I had lived through it in 2015 on a trip to Mexico's east coast, and felt embedded with the troops fighting the onslaught of seaweed. Said to have returned with force in January of this year, the unusual volume of

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Windjamming In Maine

Try a family cruise vacation on a schooner off the coast of Maine for something different, fun and unplugged; here's our account of a three-night, four-day adventure. As rain clattered down on the bare granite shores of Nameless Island, petite blonde Alexa pushed back the hood of her poncho to admire the rainbow arcing above Northhaven. Shaun and his sister Frankie, sophisticated preteens from Long...

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Tivoli, Brazil’s Family Eco-Resort and Spa

Tivoli Ecoresort Praia Do Forte, Bahia is a family-friendly paradise and recipient of TripAdvisor’s “Best for Families Award.”  Now that one can apply for a visa to Brazil on the internet, and LATAM Airlines has non-stop flights from Miami to Salvador de Bahia, family travel to Brazil is easier to manage. It’s an overnight flight, with only an hour's time difference, and arriving in Salvador...

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More Great Summer Vacation Ideas

Will this summer be for mountain hikes and canoeing? Beaches and sandcastles?  Shopping, shows and food truck tours? Perfecting your Spanish, celebrating our National Parks? Whatever your pleasure, we know you want to make the most of your time and travel budget. Start your summer vacation planning by sharing ideas and goals with the kids, then listen to theirs. Allow the kids a daily activities...

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Houseboating on Lake Powell

Houseboating on Lake Powell, previously a winner of "FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Family Reunions" Award, gets a fresh look as a vacation option in 2018. Lake Powell is at the heart of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a 1.25 million-acre geologic playground straddling northern Arizona and southern Utah. The 186-mile-long,...

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Six Most Fun Activities in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is a unique, fun destination, adored by everyone from A List Hollywood celebrities to family groups. Over 4.9 million people flew through  Los Cabos International Airport last year to sample the land where the desert meets the sea. To me, the biggest factor making Cabo more desirable than other destinations is the sun. If you live in more temperate climes, gray skies, dampness, rain...

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