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.
My parents took some big risks taking me to Cuba and the Amazon when I was really young. I’ve been traveling since before I could walk. But that’s how “Booker Travels” was born.
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.
Say what you will about Europe in the summer. Sure, there are longer lines, sweatier tourists, and pricier flights, but there’s also gelato on sunny piazzas, warm evening walks through historic sites, and, most important, no school. Here are four of the family-friendliest destinations in Europe, and tips for enjoying them with your kids.
Of all the countries we’ve visited as a family, the hardest, by far, was China. As a family that believes there are things to be learned from everything in life, we try to turn even the most frustrating experiences into teachable moments. Here are the lessons we took away from this one.
Having already done the Circle Line cruise, all the major museums, a city bus tour, and even a bike trip through Harlem, I was looking for a new take on the city I’ve spent most of my adult life working in. Cue Turnstile Tours.
Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around Independence Hall in the “City of Brotherly Love.”
Knowing that our first family vacation would have to wait until spring break, I reminded myself that you don’t have to board a plane or cross a state border to experience the joys that travel brings. That sense of exploration can be found right in your backyard, if you have the right attitude.
The key to planning a successful multi-generational trip is making sure the itinerary offers something appropriate for everyone involved. After all, it can be quite a challenge finding a destination that satisfies both a slow-moving senior and a high-energy preteen. That’s precisely what makes cruises such an attractive option.
African safaris are the things of bucket-list dreams. Who in their right mind would pass up the opportunity to watch animals in their natural habitat, roaming free as they were meant to? Who wouldn’t get excited about this chance of a lifetime?
My daughter Mackenzie just turned 7. At her birthday party at the Playseum, she stood in front of a child’s version of a world map—no country names, just illustrations of objects like whales and palm trees and pandas. I watched, astonished, as she pointed out dozens of places—Paris, Antarctica, China, Australia. Then it dawned on…
It sounds like such a romantic notion: Leaving everything behind but the family you’ve created together and heading out to see the world. But the trip I took with my husband, Ish, and our two sons was more complicated than that, and, at the same time, simpler than we ever imagined.
There are a slew of lists about the best places to go and the best things to do while traveling. But there’s one list you may not have heard about: the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association’s annual awards for excellence.
If you think pulling together a complex trip is the kind of organizational nightmare that’ll make you feel like you’re in a bad remake of a “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movie — don’t worry.
Here are a few strategies we picked up along the way…
Guest blogger Erin Gifford offers ten tips on how to learn more about American presidents during inauguration weekend and beyond.
Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around the Louvre in Paris.
We’ve all witnessed groups of tourists following the raised voices and flags of tour guides as they make their way toward a row of awaiting buses. If a scene like this makes you vow never to be one of “those people,” you may want to avoid rushing to judgment. There are some very good reasons why “tour” isn’t always a four-letter word.
Those two words are enough to make the average reader click away. But they shouldn’t be.
The past week has been a profoundly sad and somber one for all, but perhaps more so than for the parents of young children. If something positive could possibly be taken away from the Newtown tragedy, it’s that we’re probably hugging our kids a bit tighter and appreciating them just a little more.
Experience an 18th-century Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg.
If you close your eyes and imagine Kauai, you might see jagged peaks plunging into hidden rainforest valleys, beaches with impossibly blue waves thundering ashore, and of course, endless summer weather.
But that’s not all there is to it. Behind that postcard facade there’s a funky island that your kids can connect with. Ours did.
Maui is for honeymooners. And, let’s be honest: the last thing these newlyweds want is for everything to be ruined by someone else’s kids. But there’s a whole other side to this luxe island waiting to be discovered — if you pay close attention.
If you associate Hawaii with Mai Tais, luaus, and colorful shirts, you’ve probably never been to the Big Island. None of those cliches resonate on what we like to call the real Hawaii. Even though it’s one of the least-visited islands in the Aloha State, the Big Island (also known as Hawaiʻi Island) is far more exciting, and, at times, more dangerous.
Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people in myriad ways. Not having electricity, school, or reliable mass transit for a few days seems like a minor inconvenience compared to some of my neighbors who suffered much greater hardship. With the aftermath of the storm all around me, was this an inappropriate time to be thinking about traveling?
Here they are: ten kid-friendly things you can do in Hollywood.