Ah, Costa Rica… the small Central American country nestled between the southern most tip of Mexico and the northern part of South America, that is rich in biodiversity, full of volcanoes and rainforests, a scuba diver’s and surfer’s playground, and boasting a beautiful history and legacy is a place that must be visited once in your lifetime. It’s with no surprise that this unique country is one of the most highly valued tourist destinations in the world. Comprised of seven provinces, it’s an adventurer and nature lover’s paradise, filled with activities to keep you mesmerized from sun up to sun down, yet also appeals to those who prefer a slower pace while on vacation, with perfect beaches, peaceful rivers, and majestic mountain views.
When it comes to the summer vacation for the family, you’ve got a slew of options. Two of the most important: to go or not to go! According to actress, producer, host, New York Times Best-Selling Author, inspirational speaker, wife, and mother of 3, Candace Cameron Bure says the family summer vacation does not have to be stressful, boring, or consist of worrying about if everyone is happy. “Working in Hollywood, it’s essential to prioritize family time and create lasting memories with summer vacations that everyone in the family can enjoy,” Bure said. “Kalahari Resorts is a family-owned business, and they deeply understand the importance of family time. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the celebration as they expand their guest offerings nationwide.”
Planning a family vacation can be difficult, especially when you are trying to juggle all the needs and wants on every person’s wish list. In addition, traveling with kids can be stressful – from the excursion to your destination to the entire family sleeping in one room – can make any parent’s head spin. One of the best options for a family vacation is a place where the staff understands what parents need when taking a family vacation and who take a proactive approach to making sure everyone is comfortable. A resort that meets the needs of Mom and Dad with comfortable rooms, delicious food, and cocktails at the end of the day, as well as the needs of the kids with plenty of fun activities, kid-friendly accommodations, and a safe place to have adventures. You can find all of this and more at Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City.
It’s a rare occasion when Mom and Dad get the chance to sneak away alone to enjoy each other’s company, without the children in tow. If you’re anything like us, those moments don’t happen often (or, ever?) and that’s why we’re here today to bring you an amazing destination for a romantic couple’s getaway, that is quaintly charming, yet stunning and relaxing: Traverse City, Michigan.
A trip to Florida doesn’t have to be a week long, over the top, theme park extravaganza where you go home sun burned and exhausted. Maybe you’ve avoided traveling to Florida because you don’t want to spend your time uncomfortable in a crowded tourist trap. However, not all of Florida is like that. In fact, there are some sweet spots in the sunshine state that offer quiet little weekend getaways. No huge crowds, no theme parks, just beautiful scenery, relaxing destinations, and natural outdoor adventures. Here are seven hidden gems of Florida.
Mild winters, excellent outdoor activities, and a robust culture of arts and fine dining, it’s no wonder that Colorado has become a calling for visitors from around the country. While the state continues to push records for population growth (number seven in the nation for 2016), the Grand Valley offers a hidden gem in the mountains for families wishing to enjoy Colorado’s allure year round.
Just a few hours outside Denver, the town of Grand Junction is a hub of activities, perfect for packing up the crew and escaping away for an adventure filled getaway. Off the beaten trail, the Grand Valley is ideal for planning a family vacation that will leave a lasting memory and have the whole gang begging to head back to Colorado for your next trip.
Packing for a summer vacation to Europe with kids can be daunting, to say the least. In fact, most responses to said summer plans come down to “Oh, how fun! Are you ALL going?” – to which you respond with a very hesitant “Yes” and briefly question your sanity. If the long flight isn’t enough to scare you away from planning a family trip to remember, then the thought of packing for multiple little people and all of their stuff just might. To make the most of your trip – and on the cobblestone streets of old Europe – you’ll want to pack lightly and pack efficiently.
Recently my family took a trip to Southern California. While we currently live in the Detroit area of Michigan, I was born and raised in Southern California, and half of my family still lives there. With my two young children, we make it a point to travel as a family to visit the area at least once every couple years. This time though, it was different. We didn’t really feel like we were traveling with babies any more, since my youngest is three years old, and my oldest is five. We didn’t have to schedule anything around naps, or breastfeeding breaks, or diaper changes, and that (in and of itself) was amazing. We did, however, get the opportunity to test drive a Mazda CX-9 for the week, as well as visit Disneyland with the children, and I’m here to tell you all about that experience today.
As summer approaches, many families begin to plan family vacations. We dream of fun at theme parks, exciting adventures around the country, or a relaxing vacation at the beach. All of those things sound wonderful – in theory – until you realize you have to actually get to the vacation spot before you can enjoy all of those things. And even when you get there, there is the headache of all the gear you have to carry, making sure everyone has snacks (we don’t want any hangry toddlers after all), and generally trying to keep everyone happy, all while making sure you catch brief moments of joy to share on social media so you can prove that you did, indeed, have a good time with your family. Experienced parents know that fun family vacations are do-able if you have the right #lifehacks up your sleeve. Below are some of the best travel tricks and tips for a headache-free family vacation.
In the heart of the midwest, you will find one place that you can take your whole family and guarantee that everyone will leave happy. The Mall of America features so many attractions and experiences that you won’t be able to take them all in over a weekend. Kids of all ages from preschool to 100 years old will love it here. One of the big benefits of choosing the Mall of America for your next family trip is you don’t have to worry about the weather ruining your plans. You can come here year round. Even on the coldest winter day, you don’t need a coat. In the summer you won’t be sweating. Rain won’t shut down your fun. You can take everything in and experience it all inside, even staying at a hotel there as well. A visit to The Mall of America should be on every family’s travel bucket list. Here are our top 10 attractions for families at the Mall of America.
The time has come for you and your family to embark on a cross country get-away. If you thought that packing up and jetting off somewhere with your spouse was stressful, the idea of doing that and adding small children into the equation can really bring your blood pressure up. We’re here today to tell you about an airline that is dedicated to bringing you exactly what you want in your flight, and the budget rates won’t leave you dipping into your children’s college fund to finance. Frontier Airlines is an amazing airline to trust when traveling with your family, and their commitment to bringing you affordable rates doesn’t automatically equate to trading in certain “luxuries” that you may have grown accustomed to in the past.
Arizona is a magical place, full of desert beauty, snow capped peaks, canyon lakes, and magnificent wildlife. It’s a state where you can view dusty, sandy grounds dotted with cacti as towering mountains blanketed with snow serve as a backdrop, all in one scene. Wild horses and cattle roam the landscapes, while one lane roads stretch for miles between sky high striped rocky cliffs. Where world famous landmarks lay as people from all over the Earth come to photograph and honor their longevity. It’s a place where the views that are set before your eyes seem unreal, as something flawlessly painted by an artist, a priceless piece of art. Even though it’s impossible to capture on a screen what these views look like in real time, we still tried to portray the power of nature and faith in these images, from the north to the south of Arizona. Savor each image, and please add them to your traveling bucket list, as each is truly a sight to behold.
The Minneapolis area is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you are planning a trip this summer, consider visiting Minneapolis to explore a new city. This area of our country offers so much, from all the attractions at The Mall of America to art museums, world class hotels, and incredible dining. Foodies, pay attention! You will want to hit up this area immediately. The dining choices are endless, and the food experiences are memorable. Here are six of our favorite restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis.
Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great bucket list stops, everything from nature and landmark viewing to museums and aquariums, all kid-friendly, yet still fascinating and fun for adults. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the to-do list to us!
Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great places to recharge our batteries and refuel our bodies, all with a kid-friendly spin. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the hotel and restaurant recommendations to us!