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With the Caribbean in shambles, parents need to recalibrate vacation plans. Here are some warm-weather alternatives Mexico, all inclusive (Hyatt Ziva (four locations)+ the  just opened  Xcaret (adventure water park) in Riviera Maya, another all inclusive. Barbados,  The House or The Waves (all inclusive) Bermuda The Loren, a new property Jamaica Tryall , (hiking, watersports on 2200 acre nature preserve), Half Moon Bay (SUP, kayak, sailing, wake boarding, tubing) Dominican Republic, Cap Cana, Eden Roc or all  inclusive...

As any graduate of the University of Michigan can attest, Saturday afternoon games at The Big House were the stuff of collegiate nirvana. The weather was crisp. The beer was flowing. Even though I had no clue what a chop block or a flea flicker was, the kinetic camaraderie was enough to draw me week after week. Yet, as the decades flew by, I attended few games. For starters, the drive from Chicago to Ann...

Predictability can be such a bore. In anticipation of winter and spring breaks, I spoke to U.S. News + World Report about some of my favorite off-the-beaten-track destinations that are both fun and culturally enriching. Here are my picks as well as their slideshow Norwegian Adventure Cruise with Hurtigruten From Bergen through Sweden  to the Arctic Circle. Days feature outings to isolated beaches with wildlife, kayaking amongst the fjords and icebergs and Viking history. A Young Explorer’s...

Fun is part of a vacation. But, parents have a new motive in choosing destinations: digital avoidance. Throwing a cultural curve ball, one that combines adventure and enrichment through tackling the unknown-exposure to foreign culture, a brush with history, physical activity in a stunning natural setting, consuming foods you can’t pronounce- underscore the importance of engaging in the moment at hand.  In fact, the dread of an unwanted digital-laced holiday has elevated the category of...

New York City is a siren. Give her a few days and she will seduce you with her beguiling brand of grit and glamour. Pick your passion: art, iconic edifices, Broadway shows, shopping, generation-defining restaurants. All of this – and a few slices of killer pizza – are at your disposal. Plan well and dream big. It's the NYC way. Shop Stars For pomp and circumstance of The Devil Wears Pradavariety, hit the Upper East Side. Barneys has nine floors...

I spoke to US News + World Report about budget-friendly family getaways after the school year begins.   By September, crowds have dissipated in Park City, ushering in the pleasant and inexpensive shoulder season, explains family travel expert Amy Tara Koch. She points to the Grand Summit Hotel, located in Canyons Village, as an ideal lodging choice for families. Apart from reduced post-summer lodging rates (goSeek.com currently lists three-star hotels offering nightly rates under $100 in September),...

Fall means crisper temperatures, the changing of the leaves and a perfect time for outdoor activities. Here are some top spots to bring the fall season to life. On Labor Day, I chatted with Good Day LA about this topic. Video below.      1. Montana: Whitefish, Glacier During the summer, Glacier National Park sees over 1 million visitors. After August, the park becomes less congested so the chances seeing wildlife increases.  Stay in Whitefish  (25 miles to West...

By AMY TARA KOCH Whatever the mode of transport, traveling with children is often no picnic. The long-haul flight (five hours or more) offers up a special brand of hell, a smorgasbord of meltdowns, impromptu maladies and indiscriminate peevishness. I don’t blame the children. Being caged like the class gerbil for hours on end can be tedious. They can’t seem to help upchucking on you, often multiple times. Whining too. A carefully plotted parental playbook can...

Niseko, Japan in the summerPhoto: Courtesy of Zaborin Adventurous travelers are bound by a common goal: to sniff out compelling destinations before they top everyone’s hot list. If you are the type who enjoys the road less traveled—say, cycling through pristine farmland and forests, often without encountering a soul; being the lone American at achingly chic boutique hotels; or uncovering tucked-away eateries with seafood, wagyu, and tempura so otherworldly that Nobu seems ho-hum in comparison—then head...

Japan during the summer months is hot. Brutally hot. That's one of the reasons we decided to visit Niseko in the  northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. The other reasons? Recreation and food. Many know Niseko for its super powdery snow, a gift from cold fronts from Siberia.  Like Aspen, Vail or Park City, this ski resort is also an excellent summer destination. [video width="272" height="480" mp4="http://amytarakoch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/atk-japan-2017.mp4"][/video]   During our visit, it was 15 degrees cooler than Tokyo and Kyoto and far...