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Vacation Rentals And Villas: Vacation Home Rentals Guide

Villa, condo, casita, beach house, timeshare rental, vacation home rental, they go by many names, but they all mean a space to rent for your family. What better way to enhance your vacation than by having a place of your own to enjoy it in? Check out a vacation villa or rental condo, and see how much money you can save. Just follow my tips on how to rent a villa, where to go, and what to think about...

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania Attractions

You don’t have to go far to find fun things to do when you plan a family vacation to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a large suburb of Philadelphia, conveniently located 75 miles from New York City and close to Trenton, New Jersey.  In Bucks County, your family will learn about its rich history and how that history continues today. Offering families everything from water slides...

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina

A park ranger holds the audience spellbound--and I mean moms, dads, kids and grandparents. Pacing energetically in front of a reproduction of the famous plane, he recounts the flights and explains the history. The event comes to life. No coughs; no throat clearing. Lots of questions to and from the audience sitting on the edges of their seats. The look on the faces of the young and old is pure fascination...

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Mt Fuji, Japan: A Climb For the Whole Family

For the adventurous family looking for exhilaration and a summertime-only adventure, plan a hike up Japan's famous cone-shaped Mt. Fuji in Japan. The trail to the summit is divided into 10 levels with cars and buses being allowed to come up to the fifth level. From there, there are four routes for climbing up Mt. Fuji. While the mountain is very high...

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Volunteer With Earthwatch

Families traveling and working together during their vacation can actively begin to solve the world's problems."Whale breath," said Dr. Ken Balcomb. "God, I love it." The cloud of mist definitely had an oily feel and a fishy smell to it. Alongside the rugged little workboat, three killer whales made chuffing noises as they blasted us with warm, salty breath and prepared to dive again....

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Family Travel Forum Announces The “Top 10 Cheap Getaways for Family Travelers” Awards

Dec. 18, 2008. Media only: Family vacation experts acknowledge recession-proof cheap vacations that always deliver the best consistent value.(Dec. 18, 2008, New York, NY) Family Travel Forum (FTF), the leading publisher of family vacation and travel websites, congratulates the winners of its 11th annual "Top 10 Getaways” awards. For 2008, FTF editors searched beyond the “Sale”...

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Custom Itinerary – Off the Beaten Path in Florida

Q - Latricia G. of Surprise, Arizona inquires: Our family group of 3 adults and 6 kids are planning to visit Tampa and Orlando. While we do want to visit the theme parks, we'd like some information on some of the less-traveled adventures. What else is there to do?A - We love this question because there are many...

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Custom Itinerary – Touring in Italy and Southern Europe

Q - Heidi L. of Verona, NJ inquires: My family of 5 is planning a trip this summer to the Sestrieres in Italy, where we have a timeshare. However, we would like to day trip to neighboring France, Switzerland, Monaco, etc. and I need help planning a functional itinerary that will give us a broad overview of the area and surrounding countries. I thought it would be a good idea for us to rent a car...

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Custom Itinerary – Kid-Friendly Hotels in Switzerland

Q - Janae L. of Newport Beach, California inquires: We are taking a trip to Switzerland with our 6-year-old in late June. Once there, we plan to do some car travel, take the train to Jungfrau and then train or fly to Rome from where we will return home. Specifically, I am looking for some advice on hotel options in Interlaken that are kid-friendly. Are there any hotels with a children's program...

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Custom Itinerary – Orlando Accommodations

Q - Donald M. of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania wrote: Our family of 4, including a 1- and a 3-year old, are going to Orlando. We're looking for accommodations that include activities for our toddlers, and childcare arrangements for us to enjoy some adult night life.A-As you may be aware, most hotel-run childcare programs...

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Custom Itinerary – Northeast Coast Beach Holiday

Q - Kimberly M. of Stow, Ohio writes: My family needs an oceanfront hotel in mid-June, somewhere on the NE coast, for a beach holiday with a 3, 6, and 13-year-old.A - It will probably be too cold in June for beach activities along most of the New England coastline.  As an alternative, we think your family would enjoy...

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Custom Itinerary – Moderately-Priced All-Inclusive Resort

Q - Todd B. of Chapel Hill, North Carolina writes: We are looking for an active all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean or Mexico in April or June. We have 4 kids (3,4,6 and 8), are avid tennis players, and our budget is $4-$5,000.A - We suggest you plan your trip for...

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Custom Itinerary – Caribbean Resort Advice

Q - Christine M. of Blacksburg, Virginia wrote: We are planning to spend a week in the Caribbean. Our airfare is covered, but we need to find the right accommodations for our family in the $3-$4,000 range. We would enjoy a beach or pool, hiking/biking and eating well. Our 6-year-old daughter would love a kid's program (and so would we!) We took a cruise once, and never again -- the boat was crowded...

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Custom Itinerary – San Diego for Families

Q. Sheila S. of Norwalk, Ohio needs information: "My husband and I and our 8 and 11-year-olds want to go to San Diego in January. We need information on family attractions and want to know if it is worth the extra money to stay on the beach as that time of year."A - You should have plenty of sunshine, but the temperature...

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Custom Itinerary – Summer Out West With Teens

Q - Chris B. of Burlington, North Carolina writes: I would like to take my 15-year-old son out West to the Rocky Mountains this summer to ride houses, hike and raft. Any ideas?A - Have you considered joining an organized tour, or are you more interested in an individual journey?  Take a look at our story: "

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Custom Itinerary – Looking for Luxury in Hawai’i

Q - Steve M of Sudbury, Massachusetts writes: We need some suggestions for a luxurious resort in Hawai'i where we can to with our two teens (ages 15 and 17) and our toddler (age 2). My wife and I have traveled quite a bit and have been to Hawai'i several times. We must have a suite so my wife and I can have some privacy, and 2 full baths are desired, although 1 1/2 will do. Another requirement is...

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Custom Itinerary – Family Reunion at Smugglers’ Notch

Q - Joni R. of Leawood, Kansas writes: I am writing to see if you have any feedback on Smugglers' Notch in Vermont. I am planning a family reunion with my cousins for about 35 adults and 20 children next year. Any information or feedback you can provide would be wonderful. Joni also commented: "We like the idea of Smuggs' wonderful childrens' programs, as well as the multitude of lodging options,...

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Custom Itinerary – Christmas in Los Cabos

Q - Susannah B. of Westport, Connecticut asks: We are looking for a full service resort in Cabo San Lucas on Mexico's Baja Peninsula for my family of 5 over the Christmas holidays.Q - Susannah B. of Westport, Connecticut asks: We are looking for a full service resort in Cabo San Lucas on Mexico's Baja Peninsula for my family of 5 over the Christmas holidays.

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Top Cheap Cruise Getaway: Carnival Freedom

Carnival Cruise Lines' Freedom is a winner of FTF's Top 10 (Cheap) Getaways For Family Travelers 2008 award. Hitting the open seas may sound a little too luxurious for the budget-minded family.  Clear blue waters, an elegant wait staff serving you a five-course meal, nightly entertainment; all of these are just too extravagant for a family looking to vacation without breaking the bank.  Well...

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Top Cheap All-Inclusive Getaway: Tamarijn Aruba

Divi Caribbean Resorts' Tamarijn Aruba is a winner of FTF's Top 10 (Cheap) Getaways For Family Travelers 2008 award. One of the best ways to save money on your next vacation: make one payment and never again touch your wallet for the remainder of your stay.  This is one of the biggest appeals of the all-inclusive resort.  The one-time price tag usually includes unlimited meals,...

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Custom Itinerary – Italy with Kids

Q - Alisa H. of Richland, Washington inquires: My husband and I and our two children, (ages 4 and 8) are planning to visit Rome, Naples and Pompeii. We would like some suggestions on lodging, and activities that will interest the children, other than museums and historical sites.A - Italy is most welcoming to children...

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Custom Itinerary – Nova Scotia Driving Trip

Q - Sara H of Weston, MA inquires: We need help in planning a trip to Nova Scotia for 5 days in late August with our 11 and 13-year-olds. We'd like to explore what is unique to this region; don't like things that are "touristy" and are interested in touring, easy hiking and biking, and a pool.A - Upon your...

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Custom Itinerary – Sailing Adventure with Teen

Q - Ann S. of Las Cruces, New Mexico writes: I want to take my 11-year-old son on an adventure/not-so adventure trip this summer. He loves sailing. Do you know of any kid-friendly trips that include large sailing boats?A - The Maine Windjammer Association runs wonderful family trips in schooners off the coast of Maine. ...

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Custom Itinerary – Copenhagen and Legoland in Denmark

Q - Josephine W. of Tokyo, Japan inquires: My husband and I and our 6-year-old are taking a trip to Copenhagen. Are two days enough time to travel from Copenhagen to Legoland and see the park? Also, what kind of accommodations are available near the park?A - While you're in Copenhagen you will find that there are many...

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Custom Itinerary – Caribbean Christmas

Q - Tulle H. of New York City writes: We need a recommendation for a resort over the Christmas Holiday with our 11-year-old -- maybe in Jamaica or Grenada. We want to stay on the beach, and enjoy nature activities (especially snorkeling), but have accessibility to some night life and local culture, and not be in an isolated resort all the time.A...

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Plan Your Next Trip “Trouble-Free”

In Trouble-Free Travel with Children. this book will give you 700 ways to avoid trouble when planning a vacation, and while on a vacation with your children.This guide covers all the travel basics in a user-friendly manner, with the needs of children ("from newborn to school-age") in mind. From tips about planning, packing, and entertaining to hints about eating out, different modes of travel,...

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When Looking for Ideas, This “Amazing” Book Can Help

If you're looking to plan a vacation for your family, but can't think of what to do, check out "Amazing Places To Take Your Kids".We think this beautiful coffeetable book is great because our staff worked with contributing editor Laura Sutherland to write it. It wasn't easy to select the 250 most amazing destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for families with kids, but it sure...

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Kid’s Travel Journal: a Way to Make a Trip Their Own

On your next family vacation, bring along the Kid's Travel Journal for your young ones,so they can write down their experiences and memories as you travel along.My only complaint about this novel pint-sized travel journal packed with 128 interactive pages for pint-sized travelers is that I did not have the opportunity to travel with something like this when I was younger!  A unique blend...

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Giving Accessible Ideas For Those in Need: 101 Accessible Vacations

For families who want to travel with their disabled or elderly loved ones, 101 Accessible Vacations gives tips and ideas on where to travel with little trouble.Families with individuals who are physically disabled or slow walkers know that travel can sometimes be difficult, but now, with this book, travel can be limitless for everyone. In 101 Accessible Vacations all bases have been covered,...

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Star Trekking 07:022:09: Naked Cowboy Runs for Mayor of New York City

On Wednesday, July 22, Robert John Burck, also known as the Naked Cowboy, announced that he will be running for Mayor of New York in the upcoming election against current mayor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Naked Cowboy is a widely popular street performer usually seen on the streets of Times Square in his trademark cowboy hat, boots, and underwear. Since starting out as a street performer,...

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Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Located in Ft. Lauderdale away from the city's busy nightlife, this resort aims to provide adults with a relaxing beach getaway while giving kids the fun they want.As we drove up to the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, I could easily have confused the resort, with its towers, for a palace. It looked like a majestic white castle sitting upon a hill above the Atlantic Ocean. The staff immediately...

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Star Trekking… Celebrate 30 years of Gundam in Tokyo, Japan

Come witness a special sight when you visit Tokyo, Japan this summer. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Gundam, an anime TV series, a life-size 59-foot-tall statue was constructed on Tokyo’s new waterfront, Odaiba. The statue will be on display from July 10 to August 31 in an effort to promote Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Sponsored by...

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Star Trekking: 07-08: 2009: Sail The Sea With Disney Stars

Disney Cruise Line is striving to give your kids what they want with their Disney Channel Summer at Sea Cruises. Many stars from popular Disney Channel shows will be on board the Disney Wonder and sail with guests. For eight nights, different stars will perform and give your kids a special opportunity to get close to their favorite Disney personality. Stars scheduled...

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Star Trekking: Duggar Family and 18 Kids in Tennessee; Star Date: 08-05-2009

On May 8th, 2009, the ridiculously large family from TLC's reality show, 18 Kids and Counting, the Duggars, were invited to ride in the 24th annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Duggar family's travels in Pigeon Forge will be taped for an upcoming summer episode of their show. The Pigeon Forge Mayor, Keith Whaley,...

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Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

A family traveler explores Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park in beautiful Costa Rica.In addition to my many other Costa Rican travels, I have spent some time along the Caribbean coast. In a country full of national parks, Tortuguero is one of the richest and most popular. Puerto Limón Puerto Limón, usually called simply Limón, is the capital of Limón province....

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Mission San Antonio, Should You Choose To Accept It

If learning American history sounds like Mission Impossible in your house, consider this tour of one of the lone star state's most family-friendly cities. If learning American history sounds like Mission Impossible in your house, consider this tour of one of the lone star state's most family-friendly cities. Remember the Alamo? You may, but do the kids? And are you aware that San...

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Manoir de Clenord, France

FTF's European correspondent takes families on a tour through the Loire Valley while based at one of her favorite, family-owned B&B manor houses. The Manoir de Clénord, just south of Blois in the heart of France's chateau country, is barely a two-hour drive from Paris, so add it on to your next trip! In late October I bundled my mother, my teenage son and a buddy of his into...

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