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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 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 County Cork 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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As Ireland’s largest county, Cork is difficult to place into a specific box. Does it have castles? Yes, in fact one of the most famous in all the land is located here. Does it have sheer stone cliffs that tumble into the pounding ocean? Yes, and the most dangerous areas are topped with picturesque lighthouses. … Continue reading The 411 on County Cork with Kids

The 411 on Milan 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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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

The 411 on County Clare 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:
IrelandFamilyVacations.com
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Thatch-roofed cottages amid a maze of stone walls, fluffy sheep sprinkling the rocky hills, towering cliffs marching in formation to meet the crash of the ocean, and the promise of unrivaled craic and entertainment. County Clare, in the heart of Ireland’s western shores, awaits visitors with the stuff Irish travel dreams are made of: castles, megalithic … Continue reading The 411 on County Clare with Kids

The 411 on London 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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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

Nine Amazing Family Travel Destinations Abroad + Tips for When You Get There

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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While many assume “family travel” is synonymous with standing-in-line vacations of the amusement park variety, many of us–including those of you reading this–know better. Chances are you’ve already discovered the value of travel in your own life and strive to share it with your kids. And you know that the best classroom in the world … Continue reading Nine Amazing Family Travel Destinations Abroad + Tips for When You Get There

The 411 on Cologne with Kids

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Ann Belle

Travel Blogger at Belle NRW
Travel will always be part of Ann’s life. She graduated with a degree in International Relations and planned study abroad programs at a local university. When she had her first kid while living as an expat in Germany, she combined all of her passions into a mission of encouraging families to travel with intention. Her first step was creating an English-language directory of family friendly activities in her state in Germany.BelleNRW.com was born. However, shortly after the site’s launch she relocated to Charlotte, NC. Now she has a more location-independent site with the same mission: to use books to encourage children to travel and delve deep into the local history and legends. Follow Ann on Twitter:@kidstravelbooks and on Facebook: Kids Travel Books.
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Want to get your kids excited about Gothic architecture? Then hop on a train to Cologne’s main station and step outside. Once outside they’ll do what everyone who walks out of the train station does– stare up at the 516’ Cologne Cathedral right next door. Let the Cathedral draw them into the city. Farther into … Continue reading The 411 on Cologne with Kids