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The 411 on Traverse City with Kids

Julie Henning
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Julie Henning

Road Trip Lover and Owner at RoadTripsForFamilies.com
Julie Henning is the new owner (and longtime editor) of the family travel
website Road Trips for Families. Julie is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and regularly contributes to Group Tour Magazine. She loves all kinds of travel, but especially road trips. She recently moved from Wisconsin to Oregon with her husband, three kids, and black lab and is busily exploring the entire Pacific Northwest. Follow her on Twitter: @RoadTripsEditor, Facebook: Road Trips for Families, Instagram: @RoadTripsEditor, and Pinterest: Road Trips Family.
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Deep and narrow, the cool, pristine waters of Lake Michigan stretch down like fingers into Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, forming the East and West Arms of the Grand Traverse Bay. Hugging the bay, Traverse City is one of the most popular summertime vacation destinations in the state, especially during the first week in July when nearly … Continue reading The 411 on Traverse City with Kids

The 411 on Granada – Nicaragua with Kids

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Victoria Westmacott

Co-founder at Globetotting.com
Victoria is the co-founder of globetotting.com, a website for adventurous family travel. Together with her husband and two children, Victoria has lived in Vietnam and India and is currently based in Panama City. She calls both the UK and Spain home. Follow her on Instagram: globetotting, Twitter: @globetotting, and on Facebook: globetotting.
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Founded in 1524, Granada’s locals like to claim it is not only the oldest city in Nicaragua, but the first to be settled in all of the Americas. While that may or may not be true (León, to the north of the country, stakes the same claim), this charming colonial city does boast a fascinating … Continue reading The 411 on Granada – Nicaragua with Kids

The 411 on County Galway with Kids

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Jody Halsted

Impassioned Ireland Traveler and Vacation Coach at Ireland Family Vacations
Her love affair with Eire began when she was a single traveler and did not dissipate upon her marriage and the birth of two children. If anything, traveling in Ireland with family has only deepened Jody’s love of the country.

Though she’s not been everywhere in Ireland (yet), her family travels annually to those verdant shores, always exploring new locations and making new friends along the way. When she’s not traveling, Jody is homeschooling her two daughters or attempting to find her long lost Irish ancestor deep in the pages of forgotten history. During her “down time,” Jody enjoys cooking and “geeking out” with her husband Doug, a software developer and IT specialist. Follow her on Twitter: @irelandfamtrvl and Facebook: Ireland Family Vacations, and visit Jody's website:
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Ireland is a land where myth and reality combine, a seamless merging of tradition and current culture, woven to create a place that is unique to itself. On the western coast, the county of Galway seems to amplify the magic that emanates from the Irish land. The city of Galway is the shining centerpiece of … Continue reading The 411 on County Galway with Kids

The 411 on Northeastern Puerto Rico with Kids

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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.
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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 Kyoto with Kids

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Sandra Foyt

Storyteller + Photographer at Getaway Mavens & Albany Kid
Sandra Foyt is a storyteller and photographer. She is the founding editor of Albany Kid, a blog about enriching family travel, and co-founder of Getaway Mavens, a turnkey destination guide to the Northeast. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast New York. Nowadays, she stars in her own version of “Where’s Waldo?” on serendipitous trips in the US, Caribbean, and wherever adventure beckons. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraFoyt, Instagram: Getaway Mavens, and on Facebook: Getaway Mavens.
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Kyoto, Japan’s “eternal capital,” remains surprisingly timeless. For one thousand years—794 until the Emperor moved to Tokyo in 1868—Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Now the former center of government bears witness to that history with more than 2000 temples and shrines, but with significantly fewer people and less urban development than the current capital … Continue reading The 411 on Kyoto with Kids

The 411 on Bruges with Kids

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Veronique Autphenne

Véronique Autphenne grew up on three different continents and has had a passion for travel ever since she can remember. She has settled in Alexandria, VA, and still travels as often as possible with her husband John and three boys. She started Pax Travel Design to help busy families realize their travel dreams while staying sane in the process. Vero runs the blog, Belgium with Kids, wrote the e-book Brussels with Kids, and co-founded All Over the Map. Follow her on Twitter: @belgiumwithkids and on Facebook: Pax Travel Design. Her favorite moments, both on the road and at home, tend to involve food, family, and lots of laughter.
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With meandering canals and pristinely-preserved medieval architecture, Belgium’s city of Bruges is often referred to as the “Venice of the North.” The city’s colorful history stretches all the way back to the 9th century, when it was founded by Vikings.  Bruges flourished in the 14th century, thanks largely to its cloth industry, which attracted merchants … Continue reading The 411 on Bruges with Kids

The 411 on San Miguel de Allende with Kids

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Katja Gaskell

Co-Founder at GlobeTotting
Katja is the co-founder of globetotting.com, a website for adventurous family travel. She is a firm believer that you can – and should! – take your children everywhere and anywhere no matter what age they are. Prior to life on the road with kids, Katja wrote across a range of titles for Lonely Planet and tried and tested luxury hotels for the British boutique hotel guide Mr & Mrs Smith. She is currently based in Mexico City with her husband and three children. Follow her on Twitter: @globetotting and Facebook:
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Today, it’s hard to imagine that the picture-perfect city of San Miguel de Allende was once almost on the verge of ruin. However, in the years following Mexico’s independence, this colonial city was gradually abandoned leaving behind only ornate churches and empty mansions. Until, that is, the 1930s when foreign artists, lured by the blue … Continue reading The 411 on San Miguel de Allende with Kids

The 411 on Carlsbad with Kids

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Jennifer Fontaine

Travel writer, blogger & photographer at Outdoor Families Magazine
A travel writer, editor of MommyHiker.com, founder of Outdoor Families Magazine, and one half of Kerem Hanci Photography, Jennifer Fontaine is an influential resource for outdoor family adventure travel and outdoor sports-related content meant to inspire a
connection to and stewardship of the natural world. She lives in Southern California with her family. Follow her on Twitter: @mommyhiker, on
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The captivating shimmer of rescued treasures and inviting smell of old books permeate from antique shop entryways as visitors soak up this uniquely “European” city center situated on the beautiful Southern California coast. Carlsbad, California, has discovered its inner-glam and is not afraid to show it, offering visitors world-class dining, shopping and cultural events with … Continue reading The 411 on Carlsbad with Kids