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The elegant Eurodam sailing off the coast of Puerto Rico
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Fabulous Fall Vacations and Getaways

Harvest season. Kid-friendly festivals. Halloween. Let the fall fun begin! There’s no better time than autumn to get outdoors and get away whether you have a day, a weekend or a week for fall vacations. The climate is ideal; there is the right ratio of visitors to locals, and grandparents can savor their preschoolers without the crowds. In many places, shoulder season prices make a fall getaway...

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AllergyEats popup tents
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11 Tips For Traveling and Coping with Food Allergies

For the millions of people with food allergies (and their families), traveling can be a source of tremendous anxiety. Dining in unfamiliar cities and restaurants -- which may or may not be able to accommodate special dietary requirements -- can be extremely stressful. Worrying about a possible allergic reaction compounds the problem. I've traveled extensively with my own children...

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Wine and glass
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High Times at Fall Festivals

Fall for a fun festival or free outdoor activity this season, when there are so many options for adult getaways, whether you’re BFFs or couples. For example, on Sept, 14- 15, Altamont, New York celebrates the harvest season with the Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival where they make local specialty beverages....

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Packing Light: The Ultimate Checklist for Traveling with Your Family

Many people believe that it isn’t possible to pack light with kids without sacrificing your sanity, however, they are wrong. Now I’m not talking about "I'm a backpacker and I wear the same clothes for a month" light, I’m referring to reasonably light.

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Crystal Cove Beach and pool
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A Cultural Immersion in Barbados

In summer, the annual May to August Crop Over cultural festival draws lots of visitors to Barbados in what is traditionally the low season. This year, Crop Over celebrates its bicenntial with big news: superstar Rihanna will be returning to her native island to perform at Grand Kadooment Day, the festival's finale on August 5, 2019. You may not get a ticket to Rihanna up close, but...

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Sargassum found on the beach
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Sargassum Seaweed Attacking Our 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 and Atlantic beaches for summer 2019. I first lived through it in 2015 on a trip to Mexico's east coast, embedded with the troops fighting the onslaught of seaweed. It came back with force in the summer of 2018 (1,000 square miles of seaweed)...

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Grand Canyon Railway
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Traveling With Grandparents And Kids

If you're planning a multigenerational vacations, follow my tips on pleasing everyone -- of all ages -- participating in your family vacation, with tips on keeping them safe and healthy, too. Look around popular resorts these days and you're likely to spot a trend: more and more seniors are taking grandchildren on vacation, and many people are sharing vacations with their kids and their parents....

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digital rendering of the upcoming Carnival Panorama
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Cruise With Kids Vacations And Family-Friendly Ships

Cruises are hot, and we are seeing families cruise with kids in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska and far-flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands. Given that the industry’s trade organization, CLIA, projects a whopping 30 million cruise passengers worldwide in 2019, you can count on kids being seen and heard everywhere. Why take a Cruise Vacation Now? Parents love cruising because...

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A perfect Cancun sunset.
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Top Ten Cancun Resorts For Families

Cancun, Mexico means white sand beaches, tropical vistas, luxury resorts, and some of Mexico’s most historic sights, making it one of the hottest spots for a family vacation by the sea. And while Mexico’s Mayan ruins are an essential stop, the top-of-the-line resorts along Cancun’s Zona Hotelera (the Hotel Zone) are almost destinations in themselves. We've been to most...

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Twister slide on Carnival Sunrise's Waterworks Pool Deck
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Trending: Taking the Kids on a Cruise

Is a family cruise on your vacation wish list? It turns out that the vast majority of people recently surveyed about vacations who have never been on a cruise — 94 percent — said they’d like to try cruising. The cruise trends survey of 1,000 Americans 18 and older was sponsored by Carnival Corporation. It’s easy to see why. The 30 million people expected to cruise this year will tell...

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