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Permission To Travel and Travel Consent Letters And Why You Need Them

Adults traveling outside the U.S. with children under 18, other than their own, must have a Permission or travel consent letter from both of the minors' guardians. The travel consent letter also covers a child traveling internationally with only one birth parent, one guardian, grandparents or other adults. This written and notarized Permission to Travel Letter from both birth parents,...

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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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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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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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The Cayman Islands Food Revolution

New kids' cooking classes and food education programs in the Cayman Islands are just the start of a food revolution aiming to support local agriculture and teach children where their food comes from. To find out more about it, we recently spoke with Chef Maureen Cubbon, an active participant in Cayman’s farm-to-table scene and an ambassador for the Food Revolution Movement started by celebrity...

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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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Celebrating the Bicycle’s Bicentennial in Germany

Bicycling, invented in Mannheim 200 years ago, is as natural to German families as eating apple strudel and reading Grimms’ Fairy Tales, making a Tour de SouthWest Germany a fun, eco-friendly adventure with teens. Mannheim, an easy 45-minute train ride from Frankfurt, is the ideal city to base a family bicycle trip exploring the neighboring bike-friendly, train-accessible cities of Schwetzingen,...

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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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The Every Teen on a Train Initiative

Do you agree that every teen should have a chance to travel? Just 18 months ago, we wrote about a European Union parliament member who wanted to encourage understanding between EU nations by giving teens free rail passes. And now, it's come to pass!  Here's the latest news and info about how European teens can claim a free rail pass.

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Aulani, A Disney Resort And Spa In Hawaii

"Disney Goes Hawaiian" is how this family sees Aulani, the company’s first and already successful venture running a themed beach vacation resort not related to an amusement park. “This is AWESOME!”  I crane my neck over the swells to see my 12-year old son Will ride the rolling blue water. Then my husband Bob pops up on his board and holds that Hawaii Five-0 theme song pose, looking...

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