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Mar 30, 2015
Forty percent of Americans leave an average of seven or more days of paid vacation on the table every year (according to the U.S. Travel Association). In other words, nearly ONE billion vacation days go unused every year. What can we do about this?

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MEETING THE FOLKS BEHIND THE MOUSE’S MAGIC


Disney from the inside
They are Imagineers. That means they spend their workdays (and probably a lot of work nights) dreaming up and ultimately implementing new attractions for Disney parks and resorts around the world. There are about 1,000 Imagineers, 750 of whom work in Glendale, Calif., in an office building (once a cosmetics factory) that has tighter security than many government buildings. more
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Want to Help Rebuild New Orleans — Here’s How


Rebuilding project in New Orleans
If you are embarking on a volunteer project with your kids in New Orleans or elsewhere, Vincent Ilustre, who is the executive director of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service  suggests: DO research before you arrive so that you have more »
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Families working to help the Strausses get back into their home


Volunteers at the Strauss home in New Orleans
Eleven year old Izzie Alley, who is from suburban New York, is looking around the converted garage where the Strauss Family is living while their house is being rebuilt in New Orleans. “Smaller than your bedroom,” Margie Alley points out. more »
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Plenty to see while helping rebuild New Orleans


Mardi Gras beads galore in New Orleans
Whether you are splitting your time between a volunteer project, there is lot for a family to see and do in and around New Orleans more
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It’s New Orleans — LET’S EAT!


Brennans Restaurant in New Orleans
I think New Orleans is a great city to encourage kids to sample food they might not have tried before (Turtle Soup, or fried alligator anyone?) Every restaurant has its own version of gumbo, the rich seafood stew. But there are also plenty of places to get a burger, pasta or chicken fingers. Here’s just a sampling of the good eats I enjoyed in my few days in New Orleans recently. And I certainly left my diet at home (unfortunately). more
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New Orleans — a Tale of Two Cities


Jackson Square in New Orleans
This is a tale of two cities -- literally. Walk the narrow streets of the French Quarter, where I was staying in the historic Hotel Monteleone with its Carousel Bar that turns (once a haven for writers) and the city that was devastated by hurricane Katrina in Aug 2005 seems back to normal. But go just a few miles, and it’s clear to see that all is not yet well in New Orleans. more
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HEARING WHAT KIDS THINK ABOUT CRUISING


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There are all the other kids onboard (more than a million children cruise every year, reports the Cruise Lines International Association, more than 1,000 on each Disney ship) and organized kids' and teen activities from morning until night. "You'll find a friend on the first day," promises Brooke Abzug, 10, who likes the shipboard scavenger hunts staged by the kids' clubs. more
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A LAST-MINUTE SPRING BREAK


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What are you waiting for? Spring Break is looming and you haven't planned a getaway. We're not talking a Big Trip -- a cruise, for example, or an adventure trip to Costa Rica, though, according to Travelzoo.com, there are good last-minute deals to be had in Costa Rica. more
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You can have fun and help out in New Orleans


new_orleans
I just got back from New Orleans and it was packed with spring breakers. They were doing their share of drinking on Bourbon Street but they were also doing their share of helping to clear debris and build houses in neighborhoods that still have not rebounded nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina. more
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To a favorite Colorado ski town that’s as much fun in summer as winter


Eva Weinbers with ski instructor at Crested Butte CO
A gem of a mountain (no lift lines here!) just minutes on a free, festively painted shuttle bus from the tiny (less than 2,500 people) town of Mt. Crested Butte, so steeped in mining history that most of the downtown area, with its wooden, multicolored, 19th-century buildings, is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Ever see a two-story outhouse?) more
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