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Endless Winter: Utah

A good rule of thumb for the best spring skiing is to “head high.” The altitude of the Rockies makes the western U.S. especially attractive this time of year. While Colorado might be more popular, Utah can be just the place to go, particularly if you want to do more than just ski!

Venice Carnival With Kids

I wanted to introduce my two sons to the concept of Carnival. But was there a way to do it without subjecting them to the lewd drunkenness and nudity that often accompany such celebrations? And with so many world-class cities hosting bucket-list worthy festivities, where would we go? Venice.

Quebec’s Family-Friendly Traditions

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For the past three years, we’ve driven north to Quebec, where the locals not only embrace the cold, they celebrate it. We’ve partied at the city’s Winter Carnival, gone dog sledding through winding forest trails, ice-climbed at Montmorency Falls, and even stayed at the famous Hôtel de Glace. This year’s adventure? Cross-country skiing.

Father-Son Bonding on Grand Teton

I’ve always wanted to give mountain climbing a try. But then I’d start thinking about how risky it was, and how much suffering seemed to go with the sport. There was always a reason to put it off. But when my eldest son became old enough to start looking at colleges, I realized that this was the perfect chance to try something new together. And what better place to give it a go than Grand Teton?

Wild and Wonderful: Estes Park

Last weekend, I would witness the effect two recent front-page events are having on travel: The flooding in Colorado and the shutdown of the U.S. government.

Puerto Rico: (U.S.) Passports Optional

The U.S. is a great country to explore, but if you don’t have the proper paperwork, popular family-friendly destinations like Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and most of the islands in the Caribbean are off limits. With or without a passport, however, there exists a place where American families can go to experience a culture much different from their own: Puerto Rico.

Is Jamaica Kid-Friendly?

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Plenty of my friends have traveled to Jamaica for romantic getaways, some R&R, and yes, to party and have a good time. But is this a place I could visit with my children without trepidation?

Glamping With the Family

If you’re intrigued by the idea of reconnecting with nature with your family, but cringe at the thought of sleeping on the ground with nothing but a thin tent between you and the ground, let me introduce you to one of the hottest new travel trends: glamping!

Cruising to Bermuda

There’s no denying the impact the cruise industry has had on how families travel. Cruise lines have not only increased capacity by more than 2,000 percent since 1970, they’re working overtime to appeal to kids of all ages.

The Best of South Africa: Family Style

After returning from a recent trip with my family, I’m more convinced than ever that South Africa is a top-notch destination for adventurous families. If you’re planning a trip to this diverse country, here are some of the places I’d recommend adding to your itinerary.

Fun in the South African Sun: Durban

As I prepared for my sixth visit to South Africa (the second with the entire family in tow), I wanted to move beyond what we’d already seen while keeping it age-appropriate. So we decided to spend a few days in Durban before heading into the bush.

Best Safari? Botswana.

My family and I have sampled a wide variety of safaris throughout southern and eastern Africa. Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Namibia all have terrific family-friendly options. But if you asked me which country offers the best and most authentic overall experience, I’d say Botswana, hands down.