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Travel Insurance For Families

We love travel insurance and won't leave home without it. Since the very first holiday spent battling storms and re-booking missed flights (at great expense), our family has found it essential. It should be for every smart vacation planner, too, particularly when traveling with kids. Hopefully, none of you will ever need it, but I urge you to consider purchasing family travel insurance...

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Panama City is Calling All Chocolate and Coffee Lovers

Panama City is a hot travel destination. The canal, the revitalized old town district and the new Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo have helped to lift this city’s global profile. We recently journeyed to Panama City for the first time. Sure, we wanted to watch big cruise ships shimmy through the narrow Panama Canal and photograph the variety of lush flora and fauna. But we are a family of foodies...

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Innocents Abroad: Students Traveling Alone

For teens and college students, the freedom of their first trip or study abroad program without parents can be a rush. Empower them to stay safe by sharing this advice. Parents often think of traveling with children only in the context of family vacations or similar trips. However, despite the valuable experience that this gives children, it is not the same as when they travel for...

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Living the Broadway Dream on Vacation

"Awaken your highest potential!" they claim. Unlike the P.T. Barnum’s of old, the Broadway Dreams program for young people interested in theater arts really delivers and makes the basis of a fun family vacation. So, if you’ve got a family member who longs to star on The Great White Way – or just do a better job in the high school play – check out the

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Mi Casa, Su Casa: Home Exchanges

What's the best money-saving and culturally educational accommodations option available to travelers today? Well, I'm not planning a trip to the French Caribbean right now, but the idea of a complimentary four-bedroom home with a pool on the island of Guadeloupe might make me reconsider. A week or two in Paris isn't really in the works either, but when I read the description of the luxurious houseboat...

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What are the Best Airfare Life Hacks?

What are some good ways to save on plane tickets and on air travel in general? Because of the emphasis on price competition, consumers may choose from a wide variety of air fares. It is easy to compare fares and schedules on the Web, using airline web sites or third-party reservation services. You can also contact a travel agent, another ticket outlet, or the airlines serving the places...

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5 Reasons Families Favor Airbnb Vacations

Everyone looks forward to a family vacation, but planning for it, especially when there are so many new choices in transportation, lodging, reservations and more, can be overwhelming. After the decision about where to go is resolved, the next hurdle is where to stay. Factors to be considered usually include location, space, amenities and, often most important, the budget, which is where

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Making the Most of 36 Hours in Panama City

Almost everyone these days seems to be writing about Panama City as a hip new travel destination in Central America. There’s good reason -- it’s within a seven hour flight from both coasts of the U.S. and Copa Airlines has aggressively expanded to market itself, and Panama City...

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Rock On at the Panama Canal

The last time I really thought about the Panama Canal was back in middle school, when I studied how it transformed global trade routes when it opened in 1914. But then I began hearing rave reviews from several friends who had vacationed there. Suddenly it was on my travel radar. I learned firsthand what a fascinating historic and fun destination it is when I recently got to experience it for myself. Sitting...

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Me and My Monkey in Costa Rica

We were told about the monkeys when we checked into to the Hyatt’s Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, a delightful, all natural spot nestled on Culebra Bay on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. There were two types in evidence — the capuchins and howler monkeys — and, instead of being alarmed to hear the latter earning their name at night, it was suggested we...

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