All posts by Melinda Crow

Melinda Crow is the author of four Falcon Guides, including the newest editions of Camping New Mexico and Camping Colorado. Daughter Alyssa traveled with Crow and photographer husband Gary from the age of 3 months. Together they covered more than 30 states and 25 countries, traveling by plane, train, car, and cruise ship.  Crow’s writing, primarily about soft adventure and culinary travel, has appeared in regional and national magazines and online on Travel Pulse, Yahoo Travel, The New York Post, Fox News, and her own website,FirstRead.me. Follow her on Twitter: @MelindaCrow and on Facebook:Melinda Crow Writes.

Ten Things You Should Know Before Planning a Cruise with Kids

Planning a family cruise vacation can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t cruised before. Travel agents who specialize in cruises can be a trusted resource, but even if you have assistance from a professional, there are things you should know before you book that first cruise with kids. 1. You may or may not need … Continue reading Ten Things You Should Know Before Planning a Cruise with Kids

The 411 on Northeastern Puerto Rico with Kids

Jutting from the deepest waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where it meets the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico encompasses roughly 3,500 square miles of rugged mountainous terrain covered in lush tropical forests. Much of it is inaccessible except on foot. Geographically, it’s almost like dropping Yellowstone National Park in the ocean. The obvious difference is that … Continue reading The 411 on Northeastern Puerto Rico with Kids

The 411 on Dallas-Fort Worth with Kids

Think big. The Dallas-Fort Worth “Metroplex” sprawls across two Texas counties encompassing more than 9,000 square miles. The two cities and its neighbors burst with opportunities to explore history, art, and science. With temperate weather most of the year, there is also plenty to see and do outdoors, including lakes, parks, and two acclaimed zoos. … Continue reading The 411 on Dallas-Fort Worth with Kids

The 411 on Milan with Kids

Visiting Milan with kids is a natural choice: It attracts smaller tourist crowds than Rome or Venice, and it hums with family-friendly activities ranging from hands-on science experiments to sporting events. Yet it pops with the all the artistic brilliance and architectural design that draw travelers to Italy. Milan is also younger than Rome and … Continue reading The 411 on Milan with Kids