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Bernina Express sightseeing train runs past scenic Lake Poschiavo in Switzerland.
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Top 25 Recommended Rail Journeys Worldwide

Do you enjoy the rumbling of the rails? Rail journeys combine the contemplation of slow overland travel with the pleasures of getting somewhere, letting you take environmentally-friendly trains instead of carbon-spewing flights. Whether you're grandparents contemplating a multigenerational adventure or adults traveling with...

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Play deck on Carnival Panorama
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The Very Best Spring Break Vacation Ideas

Our very best spring break vacation ideas promise time to get away with the family, in our favorite season -- spring -- an ideal time to travel affordably between the pricey winter holidays and crowded summer months. Why is spring break such a wonderful escape? Maybe because you’ve been working so hard all year. Maybe because...

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Cat in the Hat costumes at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
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Our 15 Favorite Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside New Orleans

Here's our top 15 places for party-lovers and Catholics everywhere for Mardi Gras celebrations, Carnival festivities and other pre-Lenten festivals. A traditional period of celebration that begins on 12th Night in January, and culminates on Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (also called Shrove Tuesday), it's always celebrated 47 days before Easter to mark the first...

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Family waiting on airport floor.
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Air Travel Tips To Ease Family Vacation Hassles

We're sharing some air travel tips because travel has never been as challenging for families, with road rage taking to the skies, confusion about carry-ons, misinformation on service animals, exorbitant fees for seat reservations, glitches in airport software and less than stellar customer service at most airlines.

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FlightsFrom.com route map.
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More Time for Family Fun with FlightsFrom.com

Forget boring layovers, airplanes without in-seat video screens and expensive airport food. With FlightsFrom.com it’s easy to find a non-stop flight that meets all of your requirements and keeps the family smiling all the way to the destination. How it works

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Family Travel Forum Announces Winners Of 2019 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

(New York, NY – September 24, 2019) Family Travel Forum (FTF) and its travel industry partners congratulate the winners of the 2019 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. Completing its 13th year, this annual merit scholarship is hosted by the award-winning vacation guide to promote teen literacy and reward teens’ best travel blogs with cash prizes for college...

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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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Family at airport security
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Required Documents For Travel With Minors

Solo Parents, Grandparents and Guardians can satisfy legal requirements before crossing international borders with minor children by using these Permission to Travel Letter and Children's Consent forms. The Family Travel Forum community has learned the hard way that you need this paperwork: in the special FTF report “

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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 minor 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...

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Teens and group leader
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How To Volunteer On Vacation

Choosing a volunteer vacation when so many have entered mainstream travel options can be a daunting task, especially for families and teens. It's truly an opportunity to see the world, enrich lives, serve others and, for students, even give their college resumes a boost. Here are some tips to help families select an appropriate volunteer vacation, then make the most of...

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