For the mom whose days feel like an endless shuffle of get-in-the-car-and-out-again to school, soccer, dance lessons, sports camps, play dates and the like, Catalina offers the perfect respite: a family vacation of car-free bliss. On Catalina Island, cars are not allowed except for those already ‘grandfathered in’ or operating as taxis to whisk you … Continue reading The 411 on Catalina Island with Kids
Has battery fail ever derailed your plans for in-flight entertainment? Or do the kids’ cries for tablet and phone during travel drive you up a tree? Next time, plug a few of these screen-free, battery free travel games and toys into their travel programming. The recommendations here are great for car, plane, train, hotel room, … Continue reading Screen-Free, Battery-Free Travel Games and Toys
I’m celebrating Family Travel 411’s 2nd birthday this week by revisiting all of the destinations our amazing contributors have covered, sharing their family travel wisdom and recommendations about so far–and putting them on them on the map! Just look at this: See any regions that interest you? Click the icons for an overview of and … Continue reading On the Map: Two Years of Family Travel 411 Destinations
The Sacred Valley, or El Valle Sagrado, sits between Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru and was once the heart of the Incan Empire. Carved out by the Urubamba River, this beautiful valley sits at 2,792 m (9,160 ft) at its lowest point and makes a great first port of call for families travelling in … Continue reading The 411 on Peru’s Sacred Valley with Kids
Zion National Park with Kids – …many families travel to Zion National Park as part of a wider road trip including Utah’s Mighty Five parks or the Grand Canyon. Wanting to see it all can be alluring, but you need several days (if not longer) to appreciate Zion National Park with kids, and to fully experience the canyons created by the powerful Virgin River.
The tiny town of Tofino, on Canada’s Vancouver Island, is one of those magical places that stay with you long after you’ve returned home. Positioned at the southern end of an area called Clayoquot Sound, it forms part of the Pacific Rim National Park and is Canada’s almost most westerly point. Although the town was … Continue reading The 411 on Vancouver Island with Kids – Tofino
Let’s face it: packing cubes are overrated, and how many of us, as much as we may need it, really want to receive a portable luggage scale as a gift? If you’re looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas for the traveling mom in your life, I have a few suggestions I’ve tested and continue to … Continue reading This Mom’s Picks: Three Mother’s Day Gifts for the Traveling Mom
For some, London conjures up visions of royals, British style, theater, and world cuisine. For others, it’s a historical wonderland, where you can learn about life in Victorian times and life during the Blitz all in the same afternoon. But for those traveling with children, the vision might be marred by the usual big-city concerns … Continue reading The 411 on London with Kids