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Whenever I plan a trip with my family- a weekend in Vermont, a ski trip or something more exotic like our upcoming Spring Break in Costa Rica, I make kid friendly research a part of the experience. Sure, showing up and sightseeing is fun. But, adding an extra element can boost the enrichment and empowerment factor to the family travel experience. Obviously I research the trip and book the hotels and flights. But, the kids are...

5 Mountain Resorts to Merge Bunny slope, Moguls and Merlot Skiing as a family ranks high on the vacation hot list. But, how you transition your fearful kid into a fearless downhill Ninja is as important as where this milestone takes place. Newsflash: Snow is only part of the equation. You need to think about lift lines and crowds. Whether ski in/ski out accommodations-and ski valet- are a possibility. And, investigate the quality of the ski...

Getting kids to behave is not genetic. It's an art, a tap dance of give and take that hinges upon a parent's ability to be 10 steps ahead of looming meltdowns. This is especially true with travel. Fact: Flying with children is a disaster waiting to happen. Land mines abound: enclosed space, hunger, boredom, medical maladies, and, worst of all, non-specified freak-outs that don't have an obvious remedy. So, how can a parent stave off tantrums at...

Some assignments are pure pleasure. Like, writing the data-driven World’s Best pieces for Travel + Leisure. This year we had some newcomers. But, one thing is clear: T+L readers love Hawaii. Florida, Mexico, Southern California and South Carolina, too. Toss in some classically glorious properties in Michigan, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, GA, mix with a Caribbean paradise and dreamy slice of Costa Rica and you’ve got our WB Family Beach list for 2016. Written by editors...

Travel Like an A-Lister on a D-List Budget If you tend to ogle over celebrities vacationing with their brood in glamorous destinations -whizzing down the slopes in Aspen, yachting in Anguilla, snorkeling in Tulum-wipe up that pool of drool and know this: fabulous getaways can be had without breaking the bank. Here are four family fabulous trips inspired by celebrity globetrotting. INSPIRATION: Maria Carey and kids in Aspen WFL: Hit the slopes in Mammoth Aspen is a star-studded ski...

How to increase organization, avoid over packing, and arm yourself for potential travel disasters Any way you look at it, packing is a chore. A recurring entry on one’s to-do list that holds as much allure as emptying your child’s 3-day old gym bag. But, a vacation is on the books, so, pack you must. Though every fiber in your body tells you to procrastinate, do not give in. Last minute packers are over-packers. Especially when you...

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As the temperatures go south, consider doing the same: these southern cities are high in temperatures, appeal, and charm. As temperatures start heading south in most of the country, maybe you should do the same. As it so often goes with planning a vacation, choosing a destination the entire family will enjoy can be the most daunting task. Cities like New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Charleston are easy to get to and ooze a brand of...

(Tough, but someone’s got to do it!)   You’re headed to Paris, gastronomic capital of Europe. You loved Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, belong to your local wine society, and routinely julienne vegetables with visions of Julia Child flitting through your head. And yet, you become anxious. How can you capture the culinary essence of Paris in a few short days? Bon chance! A cross-section of excellent walking tours focused on the city’s gastronomic delights offer hungry travelers the...

I travel to many exotic spots. But, one of my favorite places to visit with my family is Washington DC. The city's image may be massive. But, DC is actually quite small which makes it super easy to navigate and conquer. On this quick two night jaunt, I invited my niece and nephew for a pre-Labor Day slumber party at the Mandarin Oriental, a hotel perfectly situated near The Mall. In forty-eight hours, we managed to visit...