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This Will Make Flying Safer

We really don’t have a way to make flying safer for you in the age of coronavirus, but it's a big topic as leisure air travel increases daily. As of August, passenger numbers have risen to one-third of what they were last year, but that's up from 12% in June. Fortunately, air travel safety measures including contactless...

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Horses in a field outside Triangle-X Ranch in Wyoming.
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20 Fall Getaways For 2020

Let’s hear it for fall!  The changing colors are guaranteed to lift your spirts. So will the crisp air -- and crisp apples. The pandemic has changed our lives -- and our travel plans. But this fall, we want to focus on what we can do. With so many schools, colleges and universities starting the year with remote learning,...

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The 51 Best Virtual Family Vacation Ideas for Staying Safe During this Pandemic

Don’t worry about safety, budget or logistics with our guide to the best virtual vacation and digital family experiences for fall 2020. Virtual travel experiences are all the more important to keep our sanity with work from home (WFH) and remote learning continuing for many this semester.

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Apple Picking And Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Whether you're hungry or looking for a cheap staycation, u-pick apple farms and pumpkin picking at a local orchard or farm are among Fall's best family getaways. This year, keep in mind that to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many U-pick farms require face coverings and advance reservations to limit the crowds and maintain social distancing. Some have...

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Autumn Adventures In A Corn Maze

We think visiting a farm -- one with a huge corn maze the kids can puzzle on while enjoying the outdoors -- is a great autumn family getaway. According to the directory at Corn Mazes America, there are approximately 800 to choose from in the U.S. this season, although many have reduced hours to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Traditional instruments and musicians parade for Khmer New Year
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Celebrating Khmer New Year in Cambodia with Kids

Explore Cambodia as a family for an enriching experience, especially during Khmer New Year. The Khmer people are known for being warm and friendly, and you and your children will be made to feel welcome as you travel around this fascinating nation. The little ones will love discovering Cambodia’s ancient temples and floating...

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Apple River Wisconsin fall foliage
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Leaf Peeker’s Guide To America’s Fall Foliage

Fall foliage tours and affordable leaf peeping road trips are easy to plan if you use this How-To, Where-To Leaf Peeker's Guide plus tips on the best places to see leaf colors changing en route. In this pandemic year, a leaf-peeping road trip is a safe bet as long as you remember to wear masks, keep your distance from others and wash hands frequently. While you're out, you’ll probably find a fall...

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Entry market to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Three Desert Adventures for Las Vegas Day Trips

The words Las Vegas conjure up images of glitz, glam and gambling but in reality, the "outside world" provides great desert adventures for your Vegas day trips. Las Vegas, Nevada easily caters to outdoor enthusiasts, families, and to those who just want to discover and enjoy its nearby scenic desert landscape. Here are just...

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Teens love apples too.
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Massachusetts Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Have you considered a bargain staycation near a u-pick fruit farm or apple orchard in New England? If so, Massachusetts family farms -- some even wind-powered -- are your destination.  This year, keep in mind that to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many U-pick farms require face...

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Oregon Apple Farms – U Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Follow us to the countryside during the autumn months for some leaf-peeking, then head to the U-pick farms and apple orchards outside Portland, Oregon where you can pick your own from the season's bounty. With hours worth of family-fun apple and pumpkin picking, you can enjoy a staycation or long weekend road trip and save money on your food bills for weeks to come. At...

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pick your own pumpkin at Alstede Farms
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New York Metro Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is pick your own apples time, and a day at a New York Metro U-Pick farm is the perfect staycation or basis for a cheap weekend getaway for many area families. Follow my family to the countryside in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the best P-Y-O apple and pumpkin picking farms in the tristate metropolitan area. This...

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Pennsylvania Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

September and October are our favorite months to tour the Pennsylvania U-Pick farms for apple and pumpkin picking. Even a day in the fields can make a long weekend in the great family-friendly city of Philadelphia seem like a full vacation. This year, keep in mind that to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, many U-pick farms require face coverings and...

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Aerial of Colorado River seen flowing through Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon Rafting, This Year’s Bucket List Experience

There’s never been a time like Fall 2020 for a Grand Canyon rafting adventure, this year’s premier bucket list experience. Look ahead to possibly months of remote work and learning. Tap into that wanderlust; you’ll see why there’s no better time for an outdoors adventure...

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Two standup paddleboarders on a scenic river.
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Protect Yourself in the Great Outdoors

Vacations in nature top the escape list for many families, so it’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself in the great outdoors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are spending time outside for their mental and physical well-being. While fresh air and nature provide health benefits, their popularity can bring its own problems.

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College student in a seminar class.
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Back To School: 5 Essential Tips For College Students Flying To Campus

Moving to college is never easy; especially for college students who fly. Not only do we have the standard stress of tracking down room keys, awkwardly meeting our roommate and climbing stairs with heavy boxes like everyone else, but we also wrestle with airfares, baggage fees, rides and more.

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Michelle and Barack Obama in Hawaii with their daughters.
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9 Lessons Learned: Michelle Obama on Becoming a Family Traveler

I recently learned some family travel lessons from former First Lady Michelle Obama. As one of the most traveled women in the world, she spent some of her White House years becoming a family traveler. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of reading Becoming,...

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Nags Head beach on a cloudy day
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Ocracoke And The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Majestically tall sand dunes, steady winds and lack of nosy neighbors attracted the Wright Brothers to test their flying machine at the Outer Banks of North Carolina more than a century ago.

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Kids can see how aircraft are restored before display at the Udvar-Nazy Center of the NASM.
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

Family travelers looking for some "space" away from the crowds should plan a weekend around the recently reopened, and still amazing, Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Along with the National Zoo, it is the only part of the Smithsonian Institution currently open to the public.

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Road-Tripping: Three Rules for Planning a Single Parent Road Trip

It’s not often that you find a dad (or mom for that matter) who is willing to embark on a single parent road trip with the kids without his or her better half. Whether you’re a single dad or mom or a spouse just giving a partner a chance to stay home for some peace and quiet, road-tripping on your own is a brave act. In...

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Washington Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is apple picking time at the u-pick apple orchards and farms and pumpkin patches surrounding the city of Seattle. Did you know that Washington State is the country's Apple Capital? It's true, in 2006, a survey found that 56% of all apples consumed in the U.S. were grown in Washington. The state is also well known for...

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North American and Eurasian Tectonic plates meet at TÞingvellir National Park
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Exploring Iceland’s South Coast On A Family Road Trip

There’s no better way to appreciate the rugged beauty of nature than a family road trip, especially along Iceland's south coast, one of the world’s most geologically diverse regions. Since Iceland has controlled the spread of the coronavirus, if you plan your getaway with the family carefully,...

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Grand Turk beach with Carnival Sunrise ship in the background.
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Cruise With Kids Vacations And Family-Friendly Ships

Coronavirus Update for Cruise Travelers - Aug. 5, 2020 – Following several advisories recommending against cruise vacations due to the spread of COVID-19, CLIA has voluntarily extended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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California Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

The late summer and early fall is apple picking time for San Francisco and Bay Area families. Review our list of apple orchards and pumpkin farms of Mendocino, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties for a fun weekend away or even a day's outing with the kids. Whether you are looking to pick fruit, go on a hayride, or buy fresh baked goods in northern California,...

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Grave markers at Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
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Touring the Gettysburg Battlefield

The Gettysburg Battlefield is the place to relive a defining tragedy in American history. The site of the pivotal battle in the Civil War, July 1863, it's where 150,000 soldiers were engaged for three days to determine the future of the United States. More than 50,000 became "casualties," the term given to those who were wounded, dead or otherwise unable to rejoin...

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Kids on hay bale at Edwards Orchard, Illinois
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Illinois Apple Farms – U-Pick ‘Em And Enjoy

Stick with us while we drive to countryside U-Pick apple farms in Rockford, Caledonia, Winnebago and other regions near Chicago, Illinois then head southwest across the state to Alton to check out the orchards near the Mississippi River and St. Louis, Missouri. This year,...

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Hikers walking the Badwater Trail in Death Valley National Park.
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5 Great Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Las Vegas

Within a few hours of Las Vegas lie areas of breathtaking natural beauty, offering families with young children five great, kid-friendly hikes in the unspoiled wilderness of nearby Nevada, Utah, California and Arizona. To compose this list of kid-friendly hikes, I tapped the memories of three experts: my children, who spent...

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Family fishing on Keen Lake, Pennsylvania
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What’s Your Camping Style?

Determine your camping style if you’re dreaming of sleeping under the stars – will it be an RV, cabin or tent experience? The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, so let’s review your options, what camping costs and what to expect at campgrounds during summer and fall 2020.

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RVs in campground with kids on bikes.
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Resources For Family Camping Vacations

An enthusiastic camper, let me share some resources for family camping vacations to help in planning your next big U.S. camping trip, whether you prefer a tent, RV or cabin, at any time of year in or outside the national parks.

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Bi-level train waits at Amtrak station in South Los Angeles
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5 Top Train Trips for Exploring the West

Simplify your family vacation planning with these five top train trips for exploring America’s Western states. Each of these rail travel adventures are sure to make for interesting family travels.

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Two people on adaptive cycle at NEDS school
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Special Needs Destinations And Programs For Travelers

There are many special needs destinations and travel programs, 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...

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Twilight themed hotel room at Pacific Inn, Forks, Washington
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The Ultimate Twilight Hotel Experience in Forks, Washington

Are you ready for a "Twilight" hotel in Forks, where you can experience the series and follow Bella Swan throughout her journey in western Washington?  Did you know that Forks remains a popular tourist destination where avid fans can witness the places that Bella traversed?

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Families swimming off side of gulet in the Aegean Sea.
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51 Great Family Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer vacation is the traditional time for families to reconnect, with generations coming together to recreate favorite childhood memories and make new ones. But this year, what a roller coaster.  And we’re not talking about this summer’s latest theme park attractions. We’re talking about the havoc the COVID-19...

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Are Hotels Safe in the Age of Coronavirus?

Having tested negative for COVID-19 after a two-week road trip where we slept in a B&B, Airbnb, motel, historic inn, boutique resort and several chain hotels, we can confirm that hotels are safe in the age of coronavirus. The trick is staying alert to the many ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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An Adventure Themed room at Legoland Hotel in Florida.
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Legoland Hotel Brick By Brick

It takes the high-pitched energy of hundreds of little boys and dozens of brick by brick how-did-they-make-that? Lego sculptures to create the wild ambiance at the Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, California. Full of wonder and delight, shrieking preschoolers and exhausted but proud parents, it is a must-do destination for families of Lego fans.

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Going Wild At Busch Gardens Tampa

From high-speed coasters to incredible up-close encounters with exotic creatures of the African grasslands, going wild at Busch Gardens, Tampa is to be expected. Before you go this summer, be prepared for the

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Dragon's Revenge
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Wet And Wild At Schlitterbahn Waterparks

It wasn’t been voted the “World’s Best Waterpark” for more than 20 years for nothing; Schlitterbahn Waterparks are fun, imaginative, aquatic entertainment centers. However, several things have changed since last season. New in New Braunfels and Galveston Starting with the purchase of the original New Braunfels and Galveston parks by theme park operator Cedar Fair in 2019, there's...

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enjoying dinner at our rustic cabin at Jellystone Park
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Hey there Boo-Boo! Catskills Camping At Jellystone Park

Our Catskills camping adventure at a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort ranks among our top Mid-Atlantic summer vacations. Along with RV camping in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country and

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Glamping tent area at Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort
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Poconos Camping And Kayaking At Keen Lake

Our Poconos camping and kayaking adventure at Keen Lake Campground and Cottage Resort is one of three outdoor family vacations we experienced in the Mid-Atlantic this summer, along with the Pennsylvania Dutch Country (Circle M) and the Catskills (

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Kids with inner tubes on lawn.
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RV Camping In the Pennsylvania Dutch Country At Circle M

RV Camping at Circle M RV & Camping Resort in the Pennsylvania Dutch country is one style of outdoor living we tried this summer while figuring out our camping style. Along with glamping in the Poconos (read more about

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Students Can Learn from Disneyland’s Storybook Adventures

A Disneyland vacation, like a storybook adventure, will always be something that is somewhat of an heirloom, being handed down generation to generation, no matter the age when you first visit. It's a family vacation we save for, spend time planning out to every last detail, and one we want our children to remember for the rest of their lives. I'm going to help you maximize the magic and warm memories...

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Road Trip USA: An American History Tour On A Pennsylvania Roadtrip

Many families select an American history tour for their Pennsylvania roadtrip with school-age children, and there's nothing more fun than exploring the regions of Philadelphia, Lancaster and Gettysburg together. Summertime means family vacation and for kids, a much-deserved break from classroom learning for several months. A road trip across the U.S. is a great way...

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Doing Atlantis On A Budget At Comfort Suites Paradise Island

I am delighted to recommend the Comfort Suites Paradise Island hotel, a wallet-conscious way for the family to enjoy an Atlantis family beach vacation without breaking the bank.  My kids had been aching to visit Paradise Island in the Bahamas -- especially Atlantis,...

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Magic Kingdom at Disneyland.
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Take a Ride Through Disneyland’s Storybook Adventures

We all have sacred family traditions and storybooks from our childhood that we still hold dear today. I bet for a lot of us, one of the most magical childhood vacations we think about is Disneyland. The rides, the characters we loved so much, the treats Mom and Dad made special exceptions to buy, and the endless laughter. A Disney vacation is somewhat of an heirloom, being handed down generation to...

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Woman poses with Alligator statue in Gift shop along the Boudin Trail of Southwest Louisiana.
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Lake Charles Louisiana Knows How To Party

Given a limited budget, an unlimited appetite and an interest in local culture, you can’t go wrong with a weekend road trip based in Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana. I recently spent three days at a Lake Charles casino resort and discovered the glitz, cuisine and the nightlife that people love about Las Vegas plus real Southern hospitality.

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Disney Springs Discount Orlando Rates

It's time to finally take the family to Walt Disney World, and booking one of the seven value Disney Springs Hotels lets you take advantage of specials for stays almost all year long. [Editor's Note: Several of the Disney Springs Hotels: Best Western Lake Buena Vista, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista and Holiday Inn...

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Willkommen… New Braunfels Embraces All

New Braunfels embraces all visitors to Texas because it's a relative vacation spot for many people seeking to escape reality for a day, a weekend, or maybe even longer. Quite a few people refer to this town as a tourist town because throughout the year, people from all over the country and all over the world flock here to take advantage of the many fun things New Braunfels...

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50 Tips For Car Trips

Here's our pick of the top 50 tried n' true road trip tips, culled from families who've logged enough road miles to circumnavigate the globe.  Whether you're driving to the local mall or across the sands to Timbuktu, there's bound to be a tip for soothing the kids that you haven't thought of! Prepare the Car & Family Before Departure 1.   Make sure your vehicle or...

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Family Camping In Vermont

When Vermont state parks reopen for family camping in late June, you'll be able to sleep under the stars with close friends and family on the Lake Champlain Islands and enjoy the summer's most peaceful getaway. Please check the

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Classic train waiting to depart the Strasbourg Pennsylvania station.
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7 Top Train Trips for Exploring the East

It’s a good time for thinking about family-friendly trip ideas, and these seven top train trips – all short ones -- are ideal suggestions for families with little ones and big ones. And if you're ready to go big, surf to Amtrak.com to catch their 2-4-1...

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Curious George with tent
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Introduce Family Camping To Little Explorers

Is it time to introduce family camping to your little explorers? This year especially, when warm nights beckon cooped-up kids to brave the wilds of the back yard and beyond, you'll have to be ready. Here are some favorite recommendations, resources and vintage children's books about family camping to make you a seasoned pro.

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Pop Up Camper Trailer parked by the beach.
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Rental RVs Are Your Portable Safe Zone

Travelers who are timid about leaving their safe zone after emerging from stay-at-home orders should consider RV rentals for a vacation this year. Several companies are making fully sanitized rental RV units with sleeping, cooking and lounging spaces on wheels, available at locations around the U.S.

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Mountain Resorts Offer Summer Values

Mountain resorts offer great summer values when you rent a furnished condo at a major ski resort, plus you'll have the security of a home away from home. And given such a long school break for the kids -- and the possible need to quarantine upon arrival in a new region -- families should look for a summer rental in a region with enough activities to occupy all ages for a few weeks. In a surprise move,...

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American Song docked at a pier along the Columbia and Snake River route.
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The All American Cruise Lines Small Ship Experience

We’re in an era when made in America and stayed in America travel experiences are what families are looking for and, for the right family, the all American American Cruise Lines delivers. American owned, the company proudly sails three styles of small ships on 35 different itineraries, plus theme and holiday...

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Camping 101: How To Look Like An Experienced Camper To Your Kids

Camping is not easy, but these eight Camping 101 tips will help you look like an experienced camper to the kids -- especially useful for weekend warriors who haven't polished their "rub two sticks together" or tent pitching skills. First, take it from me that overnighting in a local park is just as thrilling, and less cumbersome,...

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Legoland California Miniland Thanks First Responders to COVID
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Adventures In Legoland California

The imagination of my two boys skyrocketed as they built and built their own adventures in Legoland California, a different kind of theme park surrounded by other fun attractions in Carlsbad, California. Since 1932,...

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Cows fighting for herd dominance in Valais. Photo by Francois Perraudin.
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Fighting Cattle in Valais, Switzerland

Fighting cattle are an unusual natural attraction and a good enough reason to go to places we've never heard of to experience such a treasure. Since we know that cattle battles are a local sport in parts of Indonesia, the cow fighting season in Switzerland caught our eye.

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Girl with sun tan marks from face mask.
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Reopening Soon? Summer Travel in the Untied States

Look ahead to travel reopening during summer 2020 and you’ll know why we call it the Untied States of America. The once united states are completely untied, vying with each other to keep their borders open or closed, to protect their residents’ health or to ward off economic ruin.

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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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International Living report.
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Expats Living Abroad Are Sheltered During the Pandemic

Americans and other expats living abroad have been sheltered by their adopted communities during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, say correspondents for InternationalLiving.com, the respected resource for global retirement and relocation options. IL correspondents are at home in different countries around the world, so...

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Volkswagen bus parked on unpaved trail near lake.
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Is It Safe to Travel This Summer?

As the seasons begin to change and states slowly reopen during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, every family is asking is it safe to travel this summer? Is it safe to go on vacation? Is it safe to take even a short road trip? Eileen Ogintz of

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