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New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Planning a visit to the Macy's-sponsored Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? Grab extra blankets, a thermos of hot chocolate, and this list of the best viewing spots. Along with turkeys and football, it's time for the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This NYC tradition was begun in 1924 by Macy's first-generation immigrant staff which wanted to combine a celebration of this all-American...

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Greece’s 10 Best Family Beach Resort Getaways

As the summer heat begins to hit in full force, start planning your family’s next beach getaway, and take a real chance to “get away” by going to the Mediterranean paradise of Greece.Though it may seem expensive or too exotic for a family beach vacation, the Greek islands have plenty of inexpensive resorts where your family can get some much-needed alone time. Most importantly, Greece...

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Kansas Attractions

There's Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri but there's only one state that was famously called "home" by Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." For further information about attractions and events in the state of Kansas, visit www.travelks.com or call 800/2KANSAS.Great Fun for the Kids(Toddlers to Age 8)Oz...

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Last Minute Vacation Is Disappointing

I’m a single mother with two teenagers and a limited budget. Every year my kids and I take one week’s vacation in the summer. Last year I carefully planned out a trip to an all-inclusive resort in Tulum, Mexico near Mayan ruins. The trip combined history with snorkeling and windsurfing, and I wouldn’t have to cook meals and clean up. I fantasized about my kids improving their...

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Exploring the Ecuadorian Coast

Located on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, Manta is the heart of the Manaba­ province.Manaba is famous for its local dishes, its beaches and its friendly people and did I mention its food and spectacular coastline! Manta is one of the most important cities for business and tourism on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. With future plans for Manta to become an International Port, solid infrastructure...

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History Comes Alive At Mississinewa 1812

History buffs will love the War of 1812 reenactment of the Battle of Mississinewa in Marion, Indiana. This annual reenactment of a major battle from the War of 1812 has been called the premier living history event in Indiana. Each year more than 30,000 people come out to observe a historically accurate commemoration that was originally played out in the harsh wilderness regions of...

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Wild Days Out At PortAventura In Spain

Whether it's raining on the plains of Spain or not, we recommend a visit to Port Aventura for traditional theme park fun with a splash of Spanish flavor. For kids who love virtual reality rides, roller coasters, and high-tech attractions, make this a day trip from the wonderful city of Barcelona. At Universal Studios Port Aventura...

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Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite (Or Come Home With You)

Doc Holiday shares tips on how to avoid getting bedbugs and, if you're unlucky enough to have them in your hotel room, how to get rid of them back home.As you may be aware, bedbugs are making a comeback in many parts of the world due to the prohibition on using DDT. Around the turn of the century they were common, and have been returning over the past few decades. Now it seems they're...

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Working Out On The Road: Strollercize Your Waist Away

Leave it to a physical trainer and new mom to develop a sure-fire method to take off those unwanted post-natal inches by exercising together with baby and stroller and new found friends.After my first baby I was fitness-challenged, very emotional, and I didn't even recognize my own body. So in 1990, with stroller in hand, I created a fitness program called Strollercize, so moms didn't have...

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Coping With High Altitudes

Doc Holiday talks about altitude sickness and its causes, and how to prevent it on your next vacation to a mountain resort. While most visitors to mountain resorts do not suffer any medical problems from their visit to the high altitude, the following information should help prevent any in your family. The reduced amount of oxygen at altitude may have adverse effects on pre-existing...

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Is Your Child Ready For Snowsports?

Great tips from professional instructors dedicated to creating, offering and maintaining the "best resort for family fun, anywhere." Winter offers many opportunities for families to enjoy recreation in the outdoors. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are all sports that families can enjoy together and pursue as lifelong hobbies.  If your children...

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Custom Itinerary – Family Reunion from 1 to 60+ Years

Q - Jodi E. of Bethesda, Maryland inquires: I am planning a family reunion for 17 adults and 9 kids ranging in age form 1 to 60+. Proximity to a major airport is key as we are coming from all over the US. HELP! A - First, we suggest you take the time to read FTF for our "Family...

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Custom Itinerary – East Coast All-Inclusive

Q- Suzanne H. of Los Angeles, California inquires: I am looking for an all-inclusive resort for my 1 and 3-year-old on the east coast in August.A - While the all-inclusive concept is not very common on the east coast, we do have a few suggestions for you.  Also, as you may know, most resorts do not offer organized programs...

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Custom Itinerary – Dude Ranch Reunion

Q - Susan of Washington, DC writes: We want to have a multi-generation vacation with our two daughters (ages 5 and 8) and our own parents. We are hoping to find a dude ranch with a good program for children where they can be exposed to horses and riding, and can also spend time in a pool. None of us know how to ride so we care that it's run by professionals with a concern for safety. We want...

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No More Sitting in Hotel Bathrooms While the Kids Fall Asleep

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Read how a mom's desire to travel with kids led to forming her own touring company.As I sat in the hotel bathroom (eating carry-out with my husband) in yet another exotic locale while waiting for the kids to fall asleep, I thought, “There has got to be a better way to travel with kids!” Pre-kids, we loved to travel the...

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Vacationing At The Eden Resort, Pennsylvania

The Eden Resort Inn and Suites is a great place for families to stay at while they're exploring Pennsylvania. It's close to a lot of fun family activities like Hershey Park and Dutch Wonderland, which the kids will love. And the Lancaster area has malls, Pennsylvania Dutch sights and lots more to see. The hotel itself has huge suites with two rooms for families so everyone can have...

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Parents Away on Business Travel

How do kids feel and what do they do differently when parents travel without them? Find out the stats, plus some tips from road warriors on easing the pain of separation, courtesy of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Why bother lugging the kids abroad on vacation? Statistics released by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (from a poll conducted on AOL of 300 business travelers and...

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Mother Nature’s Poisonous Plants

What to watch out for in the wilderness and how to cope if your child brushes up against a poisonous ivy, oak, sumac or other dangerous plant.Emily had just discovered the joys of running through the grass, chasing butterflies and smelling fragrant flowers. But when she began putting buttercups into her mouth, her carefree outdoor romp turned worrisome. Fortunately, eating the plants and flowers...

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Tropical Climates Demand Medical Precautions

Tips on prevention and simple remedies if anyone in your family succumbs to common ailments while traveling in tropical climates with kids.When traveling with young children to any tropical climate -- the Caribbean, Mexico or farther afield -- it pays to follow a few common sense tips to keep your crew shipshape:  • Avoid the local tap water. Even in countries where the water...

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Travel Wise with Children

A learning expert shares her strategies for making your travel time with youngsters as fun and educational as possible. My friend Suzann told me a story which illustrates many truths about traveling with children. When her now grown (and very successful) children were school age, she took them to the King Tut exhibit, then in Seattle. The magnificent displays were overshadowed by "This is...

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Toronto Has Something For Everyone

Ontario's cultural magnet - Toronto - offers a global perspective to foodies, fans of fine art, and families with kids of any age.Ontario's cultural magnet - Toronto - offers a global perspective to foodies, fans of fine art, and families with kids of any age. If there is one word that defines Toronto, it's diversity. The late author and Toronto resident Jane Jacobs, an expert...

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How to Choose a Good Backpack For All Ages

An illustrated fun guide to finding the right fit. Text and Illustrations by Nancy Gold Busy Mom and Backpack Guru at Tough Traveler

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Top 20 Recommended Railway Journeys Worldwide

Do you enjoy the rumbling of the rails? Here is the expert's list of the best rail trips around the globe. All aboard for The Society for International Railway Travelers' favorite train rides: • American Orient Express (U.S. and Canada) • Amtrak's Coast Starlight (Seattle-Los Angeles) • Via Rail's Canadian •...

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Tokyo, Japan Hotels And Resorts

In one of the world's most expensive and crowded cities, it helps to have some guidance on where to sleep with the family.Tokyo, long one of the world's most expensive cities, actually has a variety of hotels and hostels in all price ranges. However, families will find that very few places, with the exception of the Japan Youth Hostels or the International Youth Hostel Federation members,...

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Beijing, China Hotels And Resorts

From a humble hutong to a golden lobby, China's capital city offers accommodations in every budget, for every taste. Several major hotels have been built in anticipation of the 2008 Olympics. Of the current crop, some are stylish "boutiques" while others are huge monoliths from the tourism boom which began in the mid-1980s. In a large city like Beijing, where visitors feel...

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Planning Your Study Abroad Adventure

Should I move to Sevilla, the bull-fighting capital of Spain, or Paris, the city of love and light? Maybe I’ll go to Australia, where American girls swoon over Aussie boys’ accents, or China, where I would be completely lost but would probably leave feeling that I could fit in anywhere. These are the questions I’m asking myself now that I’m planning to study abroad next spring. Some...

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Protecting Young Eyes

FTF's resident doctor explains how early eye protection measures can prevent eye and eyelid damage from occuring during a child's adult years.You're aware of the need to protect your child's skin from the damaging rays of the sun, but what about shielding their eyes?Adults commonly wear sunglasses to protect their eyes against the sun. But children's eyes are more sensitive;...

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Point Sebago Resort, Maine

An award-winning New England resort scores with golfing families and the youngest kids.Children riding their bicycles like they owned the place and golfers with "life is good" smiles on their faces as they drove their carts to the on-premises championship golf course -- the kids and the golfers -- those are the ones who seem to enjoy the Point Sebago Resort in Casco, Maine the most. It...

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Old Bahama Bay Resort And Marina

When families find beachfront villas, attentive service and gourmet cuisine, size doesn't matter at a luxurious Caribbean resort like this one. Itching to get out of Boston's deep freeze last winter, I could not wait to get to a tropical beach resort. Besides a bit of warmth and much needed sunshine, I was anxious to simply kick back and spend some "quality" time with my family. Luckily,...

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Inviting the Buddy: A Guide for Hosts and Guests

Emily Post never covered it, so FTF provides essential tips for making your family vacation, plus the "all important" friend, a success.If your child is a baby or toddler, the item most essential to his happiness on the road is probably a cuddly blanket or a balding bear. One day, though, you may find that in planning a trip for optimum family fun, the key element will be a member of someone...

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Family Hostelling In Ireland

Here are the pros n' cons of staying in an Irish hostel, from the perspective of one mom and her American teen, both new to shared accommodations.Have you ever been on a family trip, stayed up late, and been told it’s time for lights out? I have, and for the most part, it’s been from a concerned older relative. But on the first night of my vacation in Ireland with my mother...

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Stay At Home for New Years

"With all the hoopla surrounding the millennium, we, like so many others with limited budgets but an appetite for adventure, decided to make a small trek to our local library to find out what our own town had in store for the big event. Instead of spending a lot of $$$ on airfare and being freaked out with driving conditions and the other maniacs that will be on the road at that time,...

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Travel Trends 2006: Cruising’s Up, Cruisers Up

Trends Report, June 1, 2006 The North American cruise industry celebrates rise in passenger numbers and revenues, largely due to multi-generational travel. A recent press conference hosted by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) revealed just how much the cruise industry is prospering these days. Calling 2005 a year of “sustained...

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Travel Trends 2003: Togethering Is The Trend Of The Year

Trends Report - December, 2003: In 2003, statistics showed that families were viewing vacations increasingly as reunion opportunities, and that those in the travel industry were adjusting accordingly. As 2003 scurried to a close, we received lots of news about a perceived trend called “Togethering,” which must be taking the central Florida region by storm. The savvy...

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Travel Trends 2002-2003: Winter Family Travel

Trends Report, October 2002. Flying, cruising, hitting the road, and traveling with pets: discover what was cool for families in a winter past. Numbers are in from various travel pollsters, predicting what your family has probably planned: many will see family... some will travel... most will travel closer to home. Family is Hot A survey conducted by the...

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