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Treat Your Family To A Bit Of Disney Magic For The Holidays

Treat Your Family To A Bit Of Disney Magic For The Holidays

Most people think of Disney as a summer holiday destination, but once you’ve experienced Disney during the Holidays you’ll always remember the magical glow. Have you ever considered getting out of your holiday routine and going to Disney World or Disneyland for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Disney goes all out when celebrating the holidays with decorations, fireworks and parades that truly dazzle. It’s well worth thinking about spending a Thanksgiving or Christmas break in Florida. Here are a few highlights to tempt you:

November 6, 2013 | By More
Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

The lovely Christmas markets of Northern France are a great reason to visit this delightful region for a pre-holiday getaway. The markets here have a very special atmosphere and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. Of course the shopping is fun with a mix of products you know and love, and some that are more French in flavour. This means you can often find items you won’t see in the UK or elsewhere in Europe . What a great opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for family and friends. Being France you’re of course assured of finding wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at bargain prices.

Here’s a list of a few markets that are close to the car ferry port in Calais so from the minute you arrive on the Dover ferry, you’ll be only a few more minutes from a great shopping experience.

October 28, 2013 | By More
British Columbia Shines Even In The Rain – 10 Vancouver Rainy Day Activities

British Columbia Shines Even In The Rain – 10 Vancouver Rainy Day Activities

10 Rainy Day Activities to Enjoy in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is a city known for its rain as much as it is for its natural beauty. You may luck out and have beautiful weather, but it’s best to plan ahead for rainy day activities so that you aren’t stuck in your hotel praying for sun. Here are some of the 10 best activities to keep you and your family fascinated and entertained even when the weather lets you down.

October 22, 2013 | By More
10 Best Father & Son Holiday Activities For Making Lasting Memories

10 Best Father & Son Holiday Activities For Making Lasting Memories

You may not have had this thought, but you will never hear a man say, “I wish my father had done a few less activities with me when I was growing up”. It may be just kicking a ball around the back garden or watching your (your father’s) favourite team get thrashed by their closest rivals. It doesn’t matter too much what the activity is if you are doing it with your dad, it’s always great.

The thought of being out in the pouring rain in the middle of nowhere, staying in flimsy, supposedly waterproof tent, may have seemed like a nightmare that wasted valuable computer game time, but 20 years later it can be one of your fondest memories, even with soaking clothing and boots that squelch with every step.

September 16, 2013 | By More
Easy Steps For Planning A Successful Family Reunion Holiday

Easy Steps For Planning A Successful Family Reunion Holiday

Has it been years since you’ve seen all your siblings, or spent time with your parents? Have you recently connected to family you never knew you had, or has it been too long since you’ve reconnected with your cousins? Maybe you’ve discovered new branches of your family tree via some ancestry websites. Perhaps you’ve uncovered an old photograph capturing the last family holiday. Have you ever imagined how wonderful it would be for you all to get together in one place again after so many years?

Family reunions are a good way for different generations and branches of a family to come together and share your heritage. With some advanced planning and a bit of creativity, you can organise a memorable family holiday.

August 30, 2013 | By More
Surprisingly Great Summer Family Fun At Belmont Stakes New York

Surprisingly Great Summer Family Fun At Belmont Stakes New York

I have lived 10 minutes from the Belmont Stakes for 13 years and have never gone there. I would never have thought to take my family there because it’s a racetrack, and I had no idea that they would have attractions geared towards families and children. I was checking one of my usual go-to sites for things to do, MommyPoppins.com and they had Belmont Stakes listed as one of the things to do on the weekends. We decided to take our toddler for the day and we all had a surprisingly great time. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Sunday is Family Fun Day At The Park

August 27, 2013 | By More
Bethel Inn’s Guaranteed Performance Golf School Is A Sensational Way To Improve Your Game

Bethel Inn’s Guaranteed Performance Golf School Is A Sensational Way To Improve Your Game

About The Guaranteed Performance Golf School

The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!

August 23, 2013 | By More
Find Your Way To Newquay For A Great UK Seaside Break

Find Your Way To Newquay For A Great UK Seaside Break

If you’re venturing to the southern region of the UK on vacation, no trip would be complete without exploring some of the quaint English towns in the county of Cornwall. In particular, the town of Newquay is an excellent holiday destination for all ages; from parents with young children, senior holidaymakers or teenagers looking to unwind after a hard year at school or university.

While coastal beaches and historic landmarks are in abundance in Cornwall, it is Newquay that boasts some of the finest coastal areas in the UK. It is far from just a lovely seaside town in the south-west however; it also has a number of attractions to keep all ages entertained throughout their break.

August 20, 2013 | By More
Visit Connecticut’s Fan Favorite – Niantic, For A Great Seaside Getaway

Visit Connecticut’s Fan Favorite – Niantic, For A Great Seaside Getaway

The State of Connecticut recently ran a “Fan Favorite” campaign for residents and visitors to vote for their favorite town in Connecticut. The winner was the charming town of Niantic, a village of East Lyme, located a short distance from Mystic. I had never been to the Connecticut shore, so just had to see what everyone was raving about. My visit just so happened to coincide with a visit by Governor Malloy who was presenting the town with a video. It all started with a video the town submitted to the Fan Favorite contest, have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0tROLWfVY . After one day in Niantic I knew exactly why this wonderful small town was voted Connecticut’s favorite town.

August 16, 2013 | By More
How To Keep Kids Entertained on Long Haul Flights

How To Keep Kids Entertained on Long Haul Flights

Long haul flights are taxing for everyone and children in particular can struggle with being restricted whilst flying to a far away location. Other than the standard in-flight films, colouring books and things to read there is very little for children to do. This is why it is always best to be prepared for the length of the flight and do everything you can to keep your children entertained.

Preparation Is Essential. You need to begin to prepare your children for what to they will experience on the flight a few weeks in advance. This way they will be aware of what will be happening, how they will feel, and what the outcome of the flight will be. It’s especially important to explain about seat belts and why everyone will be seated and buckled in for take off and landing.

August 15, 2013 | By More
Historic Deerfield For Lovers of Antiques and Early American History

Historic Deerfield For Lovers of Antiques and Early American History

Meandering through the lovely village of Historic Deerfield reveals a fascinating glimpse at life in colonial America that is amazing, beautiful and extremely educational.

Approaching Old Main Street, we immediately became time-travelers dropping in to peer at life from 1673 to the 1800’s in the Pioneer Valley. We strolled narrow streets and experienced the sights, smells and hospitality of yea olde New England. English settlers traveled to this incredibly fertile land to farm, establish a settlement at the edge of civilization and raise their families.

August 12, 2013 | By More
Travel Guide to Free Things to do in New York City

Travel Guide to Free Things to do in New York City

New York City is a magnet for travelers both foreign and domestic. And it’s no surprise: NYC is packed with sights, sounds and people from all walks of life. Although the cost of living in New York is notoriously high, the cost of visiting doesn’t have to be. New York City has a lot to offer for travelers with a tiny budget.

If you’re looking for a few days’ worth of sightseeing without going broke, these activities, museums and memorials are absolutely free:

Be in the studio audience for a late-night show. New York is home to The Late Show, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and more. Tickets to see a taping are free, but they can be hard to get ahold of. Check a show’s website to find out how to reserve tickets. Plan far in advance to boost your chances of gaining admission to your favorite show.

August 2, 2013 | By More
Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.

Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.

July 25, 2013 | By More
There’s No Place Like Maine For A Summer Getaway – Sunshine, Beaches, Boating and Lobster

There’s No Place Like Maine For A Summer Getaway – Sunshine, Beaches, Boating and Lobster

Throwing caution to the wind we decided to try to escape to the coast of Maine during the busiest week of the summer season. Summer doesn’t officially begin in New England until July 4th, and this year a heat wave only heightened everyone’s desire to getaway. Finding a last minute room anywhere in Maine during the July 4th weekend was unlikely, but after scanning a few bed and breakfast sites, we were lucky to grab a room at the Dockside Guest Quarters in York Maine. This is truly one of the most picturesque and quiet settings in the York Harbor/ Ogunquit area. The inn is located on Harris Island and affords their quests beautiful waterfront views.

We were looking for peace and quiet and busy hotels and 4th of July crowds were not for us during this weekend getaway. We arrived while the inn was setting up for afternoon tea which offered quite a delicious spread, and the view was breathtaking.

July 15, 2013 | By More
Sesame Street Place, Perfect For A Magical Toddler Birthday Adventure

Sesame Street Place, Perfect For A Magical Toddler Birthday Adventure

We recently visited Sesame Place for my son’s 2nd birthday, and what a wonderful experience it was.

Sesame Place is the only theme park that is based entirely on the Sesame Street television program. It is located 90 minutes south of New York City in Langhome, Philadelphia. We decided to go a little early in the season to avoid summertime crowds and spent two action packed days at the park.

July 9, 2013 | By More
Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free!  You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]

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Is It Crazy To Love An Island?  Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

Is It Crazy To Love An Island? Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

  I’ve fallen in love with an island destination, and it might surprise you to know that it’s not in the Caribbean.  In fact, you can drive there!  But be forewarned, after visiting you may want to sell everything and move to St. Simons Island, Georgia! St. Simons Island lies 12 miles off the coast […]

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5 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in Cancun

5 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in Cancun

When you finally manage to get the whole family out for a holiday in Cancun, the last thing you need is to carry on babysitting, cooking, and cleaning – you should be relaxing! You can avoid this palaver by opting for an all-inclusive resort that not only provides childcare, but all your meals and drinks […]

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Great Ways To Keep Romance Alive On A Family Vacation

Great Ways To Keep Romance Alive On A Family Vacation

Wondering how to keep romance alive while traveling with your kids in tow?  We’ve got some great strategies to help you out. When you ask people what they imagine when envisioning a romantic vacation, the results can be varied – camping underneath the stars, strolling through the streets of Paris, cuddling in a Vermont bed-and-breakfast, […]

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5 Best Beach Towns For Your Florida Spring Break Road Trip

5 Best Beach Towns For Your Florida Spring Break Road Trip

Spring break is my favorite time to visit Florida.  The weather is perfect for spending days on the sandy beaches without getting burned by the scorching rays during the summer!  Whether you enjoy surfing, sunbathing or building sand castles, Florida’s pristine beaches won’t let you down. Here’s a list of the top 5 beaches in […]

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