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51 Great Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Two-thirds of leisure travelers plan to take vacations this summer, according to AAA Travel, with good reason. Summer is the traditional time for families to reconnect. Parents and grandparents strive to recreate favorite childhood memories and make new ones together with the youngest generation. Each year, we present 51 great summer vacation ideas in collaboration with our partners at

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10 Tips For Vacationing With A Child Who Has Autism

For the parent of a child or close relative on the autism spectrum, many questions come up each day, even more so when trying to plan a family vacation. That's why we thought one mother's words of wisdom could help those traveling with companions who have autism and other special psychological needs. I interviewed Ilene, the mother of two boys (a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old with autism), who shared...

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Traveling With Children On The Autism Spectrum

Parents with children on the autism spectrum know better than most that family vacations are, by their very nature, a break from routine. But what do you do when routine is what your child requires? This is the dilemma faced by families traveling with children with disorders on the autism spectrum, and is made all the more poignant when families have an older child with whom they...

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The Sandpearl resort boasts a lagoon pool right along the beautiful white sand beach of Clearwater, Florida.
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Favorite Clearwater Beach Family Resorts

Clearwater Beach, halfway between St. Petersburg and Tampa, has become so popular that you need to plan ahead to choose the best Clearwater Beach resort for your family. Why? Clearwater delivers a great family beach experience because it’s cheaper than Florida’s East Coast beaches; and it’s on the Gulf of Mexico which is calmer, shallower and therefore, safer for swimmers than the Atlantic....

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Special Needs Destinations And Programs For Travelers

There are many special needs travel options, both to snow and sand vacation resorts, that offer fun for the whole family, including those with physical or mental disabilities or special dietary needs. In order to assist those interested in disability travel, we have compiled a list of destinations and travel resources that focus on leaving home with companions who...

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10 Tips For Traveling With Special Needs Kids

Disability expert Lisa Simmons shares empowering advice with families whose travel needs are extra special. Most parents will tell you that successful family traveling takes planning. Traveling with a special needs child takes even more preparation, but is sure to create wonderful families memories for everyone. Here are some tips to help make your adventure a true success. 1. Be Brave! Many...

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Santa Sightings Guaranteed to Bring Holiday Cheer

No matter how old you are or how skeptical you may be about Santa Claus and his role in the winter holidays, it seems that everyone enjoys seeing him on their holiday travels. Thanks to our colleagues in public relations, we can share some of his more exceptional appearances. They’re so much fun, in fact, that you may want to vacation alongside him. And for those who prefer a staycation,...

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A Quantum Leap In Cruising From Royal Caribbean

“Good, better, best,” is how Dhani Jones, Quantum of the Seas’ Experience Advisor for Sports & Fitness, talks about making smart food choices, and it’s an apt description of a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s latest journey-maker. Since I was only onboard for a two-night press preview, “better and better” is what I imagine this extraordinary ship will become.Good...

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Kids Camps For Children With Special Needs

Family vacations can incorporate supervised overnight camp programs noted in our roundup that are specially designed to be fun for kids with physical and/or mental disabilities. With so many camps to choose from, it can be difficult to find the one that's right for your child's individual needs. Below is a list of special needs residence camps in Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, Texas and in Canada. ...

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Autism Explores Helps Children Overcome Travel Anxiety

Kevin Tamosaitis is a severly autistic, non-verbal 14-year-old whose father, Richard Tamosaitis became Kevin’s primary caregiver. Before he lost his fight with cancer, Richard Tamosaitis’ last wish was to move his family to Thailand so that Kevin could receive affordable and nurturing around-the-clock care support surrounded by his wife Priya’s extended family.  Priya...

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