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Beach getaway. Road trip. Alpine holiday. City vacation. All fun, all kind of predictable. To inject wow factor into your summer vacation, why not tack on something unexpected: a train escapade—wait for it—with a sleeper cabin. You may think of a train as simply a mode of transport. And, dismiss it as less expedient than a plane flight. But to kids, getting from A to B by locomotive fires the imagination on all cylinders. Think about...

Piling in the car and heading out for a road trip is the most classic of family vacations.   But, hang on. Why should mom and dad do all of the work? Last summer, we gave our teen and tween aged daughters the responsibility of back-end construction and execution of  the 2.5 week itinerary.  Suddenly, they weren’t tolerant back seat participants but pedal- to -the- metal drivers. The goal? An entertaining road trip that gives kids...

I have never understood the hoopla over Disney World.  As a tween growing up in South Florida,  Disney was an easy, grab and go weekend activity. My mom packed up the station wagon and we schlepped five hours north to Orlando, my uncle and cousins often trailing behind. Polynesian Village was our hotel de choix, the South Seas themed decor and Spirit of Aloha dinner show felt extremely glamorous at the time. Here’s what I remember:...