My Family Travels | Search Results
Canoes offshore leave for Cozumel.
Article
Paddling to Cozumel: Sacred Journey of the Maya

The spiritual traditions behind the Sacred Mayan Journey (Travesía Sagrada Maya), a canoe trip paddling to Cozumel in Mexico, have put this journey on many bucket lists. A Bit of Maya Background on the Sacred Journey The Sacred Mayan Journey is a pre-Hispanic (1250 to 1519 A.D.) ritual to honor and worship Ixchel, goddess of the moon, tides, fertility, birth and medicine....

Read More    5 min read

The swimming pool at Villa Il Palagio in Chianti.
Article
Tuscan Villa Family Vacation in Chianti Farmhouse

If you are craving a getaway "Under the Tuscan Sun," Villa Il Palagio in the heart of Tuscany could be just the spot you are looking for. Once a small, family-owned, bio-organic wine estate nestled in Panzano, Chianti, it has become a 30-room inn located within 32 kms (about 20 miles) of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano,...

Read More    2 min read

The Grand Canyon is magical in winter
Article
Hear The Whistle Blow On The Grand Canyon Railway

Come aboard the historic Grand Canyon Railway for a comfortable train trip that will wow grandchildren. The journey travels through time between the Old West town of Williams, Arizona and the rim of the majestic Grand Canyon. Until I met my husband, I had never heard of anyone riding a train.  I don’t mean riding a train to get somewhere, but riding it for the sheer pleasure; such as taking...

Read More    6 min read

The beautiful Paris skyline at dawn.
Article
Paris On A Petite Budget

Mon dieu! A trip to Paris is still considered too expensive by many potential visitors, especially those traveling with kids. Inexpensive European travel in Paris, France is really possible if you take the advice of locals who know to navigate the system and succeed. Take heart, for here, like the Pont Neuf and the other beautiful Seine River crossings, there are many ways to walk the line between...

Read More    4 min read

FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship logo by FamilyTravelForum.com
Article
Family Travel Forum Announces Winners of 2018 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

(New York, NY – September 18, 2018) Family Travel Forum (FTF) and its travel industry partners congratulate the winners of the 2018 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. Completing its 12th year, this annual merit scholarship has been hosted by the award-winning vacation guide publisher to promote teen literacy and reward teens’ best travel blogs with cash prizes for college or future travels. Between...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Exploring the Museum of Emigration in Antwerp, Belgium

Visitors to the Red Star Line Museum, a new addition to the city of Antwerp, can experience the fascinating story of people in search of a new home in North America. History of Immigration to the US Immigration is a concept on which the United States was built, and one which today evokes heated discussion in Congress and amongst our citizens.  Since America's earliest...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Houseboating on Lake Powell

Houseboating on Lake Powell, previously a winner of "FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Family Reunions" Award, gets a fresh look as a vacation option in 2018. Lake Powell is at the heart of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a 1.25 million-acre geologic playground straddling northern Arizona and southern Utah. The 186-mile-long,...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Road Trip USA: Exploring The Diverse Cultures of New Mexico

Exploring the byways and Camino Real of New Mexico -- from Albuquerque to Taos -- makes a Southwestern road trip adventure with many unexpected pleasures. New Mexico offers a unique fusion of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures, making it a particularly interesting place to explore. With 22 Native American tribes in the area, there are 19 pueblos (villages), in addition to numerous...

Read More    11 min read

Article
Teen And Family Volunteer Opportunities

From community service such as building homes to volunteering for environmental projects, travelers are looking for ways to give back, and the trend known as voluntourism gives them a unique opportunity to do so. The concept of mixing volunteer activities with seeing the world dates back several centuries to the work of missionaries and took hold in the 1960s with the development of...

Read More    6 min read

Article
All American Thanksgiving Celebrations

A Thanksgiving recipe for fun: FTF's A-Z guide to local events marking the settlers' gratitude, from traditional eats to marathons. Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, was first celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrim settlers to show thanks for the bountiful harvest that would see them through the long winter. Throughout the years, we have continued the tradition by enjoying feasts...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Family Travel Forum Congratulates 2017 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Winners

(New York, NY – October 5, 2017) Family Travel Forum (FTF) and its travel industry partners are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. Completing its 11th year, this annual merit scholarship has been hosted by the award-winning vacation guide publisher to promote teen literacy and reward teens' best travel blogs with cash prizes for college...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Mount Rushmore, Shrine of Democracy In The Black Hills

Ever since seeing the debonair Cary Grant and the beautiful (but dangerous?) Eva Marie-Saint climb atop the presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore in Hitchcock’s classic movie “North by Northwest,” South Dakota has been on my travel bucket list. Finally, I made it, seeing the very best of the Black Hills region including Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Badlands National Park over five days. Mount...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Clearwater: Another Side of Florida

I’m not a fan of Florida, so when I was invited by the Clearwater Region Chamber of Commerce to explore “Natural Clearwater,” I must say I was intrigued. I spent four days exploring this wonderful part of the state and discovered that this region is worthy of attention, After learning that it survived Hurricane Irma and Jose without problems, I wanted to revisit one of my favorite destinations. For...

Read More    6 min read

Article
10 Best Free and Low Cost Activities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Straddling the junction of major interstate highways I-29 and I-90, Sioux Falls, South Dakota should not be one of those cities that most summer road-trippers zip right through. Whether you're on your way to Mt. Rushmore or rushing back from Yellowstone, we suggest you pause for a few days and soak up the many fun, often free activities that a family can enjoy. Founded in 1856 among...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Road Trip USA: Great Sights of the West – Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone And The Grand Tetons

Plan a driving trip to experience many national parks and monuments, as well as other interesting Western sights in South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. When Yellowstone, America's first national park, was founded by Congress in 1872, it established a tradition for the preservation of our country's natural resources. Today, we count nearly 400 natural treasures from Acadia to Mt. Zion in our National...

Read More    7 min read

Article
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Maui, Hawaii

The Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, one of many resorts on the 3-mile-long Ka'anapali Beach, is so authentically Hawaiian that families return over and again, as if to visit ohana (family). Over several visits to Maui, we have tried hotels ranging from small B&Bs to elegant five-star luxury resorts, and my favorite place to stay is the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel (KBH). Beyond the rooms, meals and...

Read More    4 min read

Article
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

Read More    3 min read

Article
Outstanding Family Vacations at Martinhal’s Portuguese Resorts

The proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention” came to my mind when I met Chitra Stern, the founder, along with her husband, Roman, of the Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts in Portugal. As the parents of four children, they know just how important family vacations are, and they know exactly what parents are seeking during the precious...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Kansas City, Missouri Attractions

Welcome to the "Heart of America" where hundreds of majestic water-spouting monuments, haute culture and fun await families. The rich tapestry of Kansas City is made up of a motorcycle factory open for tours; a world-class art museum; a restored train station; and a jazz and blues district with a complex devoted to the contributions of African- Americans. For information on lodging and dining...

Read More    9 min read

Article
Maui, Hawaii Hotels and Resorts

All of Maui is beautiful and interesting, and there are many experiences to be had.  Here's a guide to Maui's family-friendly hotels in the four major resort areas along the 120-mile coastline of the island. The center of the island is home to the vast extinct volcano in Haleakala National Park. Wailea is located along the beach-lined south Maui and is a favorite vacation...

Read More    7 min read

Article
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, California

Where do southern California families go for spa, fresh air and fun kids' activities with little fuss? Ojai. Shangri-La would not be too grand a name for the classic Southern California resort that continues to lure upscale families from Palm Springs to Bevery Hills seeking a poshly rustic getaway. In the Past Built in 1923 by architect Wallace Neff as an inn and clubhouse...

Read More    2 min read

Article
2016 ScholarTrips Winners Announced by Allianz Travel

Allianz Travel Insurance, a leading provider of travel insurance and a sponsor of Family Travel Forum’s 2016 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship, has announced the winners of their own

Read More    1 min read

Article
Experiential and Heritage Trips Top Teen Travel Trends in 2016

The Family Travel Forum Student Travel Trends Report finds teens prefer cultural explorations and heritage travel while “vacations” diminish in popularity. (New York, December 12, 2016) - Family Travel Forum, the global family vacation planning resource, has released findings on student travel...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Top 10 Beach Resort Getaways For Family Vacations

Almost everyone's favorite getaway is a family beach vacation, whether it's winter or summer. Here are FTF's winners from a decade of "Top 10 Getaway" awards in the best family beach category. Our Top 10 beach getaways, all past winners of the "Top 10 Getaways" awards in this category, promise location, location, location with excellence in facilities, family activities and childcare. The...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Family Travel Forum Announces Winners Of Its 2016 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

(New York, NY – October 4, 2016) Family Travel Forum (FTF) and its travel industry partners are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. For 10 years, this annual merit scholarship has been hosted by the award-winning vacation guide publisher to promote teen literacy and reward teens' best travel blogs with cash prizes for college...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Road Trip USA: The Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco To Los Angeles

Perhaps the best known stretch of highway in America -- California's Highway 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco is 400 miles of coastal beauty that's become our "favorite family roadtrip." What comes to mind when you think of California? Is it the cable cars climbing the hills of San Francisco, or is it the glamour of Hollywood and Los Angeles? While these cities are bursting...

Read More    7 min read

Article
Planning a Brilliant Holiday in the English Countryside

Both inland, and along the dramatic coast of the English Channel, the countryside of South West England is picturesque, quaint, historic and full of delightful sights and quintessentially British people. Here, you are not far from the region of England that is home to Highclere Castle (or as many television watchers know it, “Downton Abbey”) and there are several posh resort...

Read More    7 min read

Article
Top 10 Orlando Vacation Hotels and Resorts

Where to stay in Orlando?  We offer some suggestions on the Universal Orlando campus, as well as some other fun options (Sponge Bob, anyone?), golf resorts, condo rentals and more for your consideration. 1. Gaylord Palms Resort - In the family...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Road Trip USA – Around and About The Big Island of Hawaii

From stops for golf or astronomy, white and black sand beaches, volcanoes, or macadamia nut factory tours, circling the Big Island of Hawaii makes for a rich and varied family road trip. Hawaii or the “Big Island” is one of the chain of islands that comprises the state of Hawaii. Also known as the "Island of Adventure," it is twice the size of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai combined, and,...

Read More    9 min read

Article
Top Baby Beach Getaways

Parents review their top baby beach getaways for that first vacation when your tiny traveler needs a gentle introduction to the pleasures of sun, sand and waves. As parents, we can't wait to introduce our babies to the world.  We make a fuss about their first taste of ice cream, their first visit to the zoo, and their first airplane ride.  One of the pleasures...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Top 10 Family Road Trips USA

Our Top 10 Getaways for Family Travelers awards go to the original family vacation: the road trip.  While families looking for relaxation may choose the beach to kick back and refuel, others will venture onto hiking or biking trails, mountain slopes, roller coasters or cruise ship decks in pursuit of their ideal vacation. Most of us will, at some time, pack the...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Ritz Carlton, Dubai, previously a winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Travelers award in the "Best International Beach Resort" category, gets a fresh look in 2016. Enjoyed by European and Asian business travelers with families, Dubai is a modern Arab city-state whose fascinating culture flavors all it has to offer, including...

Read More    3 min read

Article
FTF Supports Teen Travel Bloggers in 10th Annual Scholarship

Media Alert:  FTF Grants Scholarship Money and Travel Prizes to the Best Teen Travel Blogs of the Year Students Explore the Teen Travel Experience in 10th Annual Merit Competition for College Grants (New York, NY – May 24, 2016) Family Travel Forum, the award-winning resource for family vacation planners, announces the 10th annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship....

Read More    2 min read

Article
Taking the Waters in Bath, England

For centuries, the healing and calming properties of warm mineral springs have defined wellness, a tradition that flourishes in the ancient city of Bath. Named a World Heritage Site in 1987, the south west England city has recently been revived as a center for “taking the waters” in facilities blending ancient and modern, a practice I know you'll enjoy for a mother-daughter getaway. The...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Canada’s Delta Resorts Come To Orlando, Florida

Having welcomed over 62 million visitors in 2015, central Florida needs lots of beds for them to sleep in. Thanks to a new partnership between the Canadian Delta Hotels chain and Marriott International, the first Delta Hotel has opened in Orlando, Florida.  For Americans...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Meeting Banksy and Brunel in Bristol

The city of Bristol is located in the South West region of England, two hours from London. An historic city with maritime roots, it has been reshaped into a cool mecca of contemporary culture with arts, music, theater, and film performances. Bristol’s history as a trading port dates to the 11th century and, by the 14th century, trade with Spain, Portugal and Iceland were established....

Read More    6 min read

Article
New York, New York Attractions

Here is Family Travel Forum's guide to the best family attractions, parks, museums, and events in New York, a city of soooo many different things to do. While that first childhood trip to the Big Apple may be unforgettable and priceless, we would never say a family vacation in New York is inexpensive. If your family wants to see all the major attractions, take advantage of many available...

Read More    15 min read

Article
Alaska’s Alyeska Resort

Experience a variety of scenic adventures for all ages in and around Anchorage, from your home base at the 50th state's favorite ski resort.How does someone who feels frozen as soon as the temperature drops below 55° wind up in Alaska for a vacation? After doing some research for one of FTF's members and seeing photographs of its beauty, I decided to pack my fleece clothing and go. In August,...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Athenaeum Hotel London has Magic Access to Harry Potter’s World

Get the hottest and most magical ticket in town -- Warner Bros. Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter -- with a stay at The Athenaeum, one of our favorite London family-friendly hotels.  While tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour are sold out months in advance, The Athenaeum Hotel will guarantee tickets to the tour when you book...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Kauai, Hawaii Attractions

Aloha! Has George Clooney's family bonding trip to Kauai in "The Descendants" tempted your family to do the same? There is so much for the active family to enjoy year round in this eco-tourism destination that it's now called the "Adventure Island" of Hawaii.  Hawaii's oldest island, Kauai has been the location for many other movies as well. The "Jurassic Park" films were shot in its dense...

Read More    7 min read

Article
It’s Easy Being Green On Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

Forget Kermit's self-doubts. Kids and adults will discover how much fun they can have within an incredibly well sustained biosphere on the Osa Peninsula.Named one of the most biologically intense places on the earth by National Geographic magazine, the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is THE place to see throngs of animals and birds, including many rare and endangered species.  In...

Read More    9 min read

Article
Costa Rica’s Lapa Rios: River Of Scarlet Macaws

If eco-lodge makes you think "rustic," read on about a high-end place that offers unique accommodations, gourmet meals, attentive staff and spa treatments on the remote Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.Lapa Rios, loosely translated as "River of Scarlet Macaws," is a luxury eco-resort situated in a private 1,000-acre nature reserve.  Located...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Five Reasons We Love Montego Bay For Families

Montego Bay, the second largest city in Jamaica, is a popular location for a family Caribbean holiday. With history dating to the mid-17th century when it was a sugar port, “MoBay”, now a tourist destination, is home to many resorts -- some located on former sugar cane plantation property. Vacationers come for the beaches, golf courses, a cruise line terminal, restaurants, shopping opportunities,...

Read More    8 min read

Article
Heritage, Service and Cultural Exploration Lead Teen Travel Trends in 2015

The Family Travel Forum Student Travel Trends Report finds increase in teen travel for international heritage and volunteer trips, while so-called “vacations” diminish in popularity. (New York, December 2, 2015) - Family Travel Forum, the global family vacation planning...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Family Travel Forum Announces Winners Of Its 2015 Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

(New York, NY – October 19, 2015) Family Travel Forum (FTF) and its travel industry partners are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship.  Designed to promote teen literacy, the 9th annual merit scholarship, hosted by the award-winning vacation guide publisher, rewards teens' best travel blogs with...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Taboo Resort, Golf And Conference Centre, Ontario, Canada

This family-friendly resort in the Muskoka Lake region of Ontario, is the backdrop for a low key but luxurious vacation where watersports, nature, golf and fine dining keep everyone in the family happy.Editors Note: In 2015, the Taboo Resort,...

Read More    5 min read

Article
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Maui, Hawai’i

A previous winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Family Togetherness award, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Maui, Hawaii was honored along with other hospitality, timeshare and...

Read More    3 min read

Article
Re-Visiting Our Original Tiny Traveler Award Winners: 1998 to 2015

In 1998 the concept of "family travel" was not as refined as it is today, with hotels mainly targeting the 5-12 age set when it came to services and activities. So, Family Travel Forum set out to discover the best getaways for new parents with infants and toddlers under 3-years of age. After months of research, investigative reporting, site inspections and networking with parents, we came up...

Read More    14 min read

Article
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, New Mexico

A previous winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Family Togetherness award,  Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, New Mexico was honored along with other hospitality, timeshare and eco-tourism businesses...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Iberostar Playa Mita Resort On Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

Recently, on a press trip for the grand opening of the Iberostar Playa Mita, the company's newest hotel in Mexico and its first property on the Pacific at Riviera Nayarit, I enjoyed watching toddlers, kids, and their parents splashing in the infinity pool and building sand castles. It's...

Read More    6 min read

Article
Montecito-Sequoia Lodge

Located in the magnificent redwoods between the Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park, Montecito-Sequoia Lodge (650/967-9502, 800/227-9900) provides all the ingredients for a peaceful, yet active vacation. The entire family will have opportunities to share experiences as well as "do their own thing." Open year round,...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Kids Stay Free at Iberostar Resorts if Booked Now

Book a summer vacation at select Iberostar Hotels & Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean and your kids will stay free! When visiting with two adults paying full price, up to two children can enjoy a free stay between August 16 and November 20, 2015 and again, from November 29 – December 23, 2015. ...

Read More    2 min read

Article
YMCA of the Rockies, Colorado

A previous winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Family Togetherness award, YMCA of the Rockies was honored along with other hospitality, timeshare and eco-tourism businesses that made it possible for families to stay, play, relax, and learn together in a creative and enriching atmosphere. This deserving and popular resort gets a fresh look...

Read More    3 min read

Article
The Tyler Place Family Resort, Vermont

FTF's Senior Editor was thrilled to return to Vermont's Tyler Place summer camp and find that it provides an even better family resort vacation with passing time. My family of three were guests at The Tyler Place Family Resort in 1998 and 1999 when our son, Jesse, was 12 and 13 years old -- a potentially awkward age when kids may have...

Read More    4 min read

Article
Maui, Hawaii Attractions

Hawaii's second most-visited island, Maui is an excellent choice for a family getaway, with 120 miles of shoreline, more than eighty sun-dappled beaches and thousands of waterfalls and pools spread throughout its 727.3 square-mile surface. The variety of activities makes this island an especially good choice for a multi-generational journey.For general information visit the

Read More    5 min read

Article
The Big Island, Hawaii Attractions

Bring the family to Hawai'i, the biggest of the Hawaiian Islands, for a taste of volcanoes, some outdoor adventures, history, pure culture and just to have great fun. Also known as the "Island of Adventure," it is twice the size of O'ahu, Maui, Kauai', Lana'i and Molokai combined, and, at over 4,000 square miles, offers an extensive variety of climate, topography and natural features from a hot,...

Read More    7 min read

Article
A Weekend In The Hamptons

The Hamptons aren't just for the rich and famous -- though it certainly helps if you are -- and we've discovered some of the top activities and accommodations in this Long Island, New York vacation spot. The weather forecast calls for 98°F and high humidity for the fifth day in a row. Your kids are cranky and you're tired of hiding inside near the air conditioner. A day at the beach...

Read More    8 min read

Article
Five Tips for Finding a Perfect Spring Break Ski Resort

So you've decided that you family's best spring break trip will be sunny slopes and snow-capped mountains. Late winter and spring skiing usually offers the best combination of comfortable ski weather and a reliable base of snow. However, since the wrong resort can ruin the trip, you'll need to do a little last-minute research to ensure the location matches your family's preferences.We emphasize...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Top 10 Getaways for Family Reunions

In 2004 FTF's annual Top 10 survey of award-winners highlighted the best places to host your family's next reunion, and they're still great venues to do so today.When I was growing up, my grandmother, aunt, uncle and two cousins lived down the block from me. Within walking distance, or maybe a short subway or...

Read More    2 min read

Article
Big Cedar Lodge, Missouri

Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri, previously a winner of FTF's Top 10 Getaways for Tiny Family Reunion Award, gets a fresh look in 2015.Why should you hold a reunion in Ridgedale, Missouri? Because that’s where, in the beautiful Ozark Mountains on Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge is located, and it’s a great top-value resort to host...

Read More    2 min read