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Austin Adventures offers rare-event Ebola cancellation policy

Oct 30, 2014
It’s a highly unlikely event, but should health officials report a confirmed case of Ebola within 500 miles of an Austin Adventures vacation host city, the company is announcing that it will waive its trip cancellation fee.

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OPTING FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF LODGING


Our neighborhood in Rome earlier this summer
Searching out those markets and meeting the locals who shop there is all part of the charm of renting a flat in a strange city or a villa in the countryside. We sleep with cherubs over our bed and hear the noises of a city neighborhood -- a baby crying, a couple jabbering in Italian and music playing. more
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Heading home from Europe — is duty free a bargain?


Duty Free shop at London's Heathrow Airport
A word about duty-free shopping. It’s tempting but I’ve never found any real bargains, except maybe on liquor or cigars. I buy something we can’t find at home for my husband and son just before we board our flight home and resist the temptation to stock up on cosmetics and perfume that I don’t need and that likely cost the same or more than at home. more
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Funky, fun, historical and sobering — Amsterdam!


Funky spot we found inAmsterdam
We head to a nearby street where we can’t believe our food choices -- Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, French… After a week of heavy Austrian and Czech food, we opt for Indonesian at Sahid Jaya more
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A trip to Costa Rica designed for teens and tweens (and one little sister)


Successful surf lesson at Manuel Antonio Surf School in Costa Rica.
After a morning of white-water rafting (and plenty of water fights) on Costa Rica's Sarapiqui River, and a first-rate burrito lunch made by our raft guides at the river's edge, we stop in the small town of Horquetas, about 10 minutes from where we are staying to visit an elementary school. Some 270 kids attend the ill-equipped school, which is so overcrowded that children must attend split sessions. The students mug for our cameras and giggle. more
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In Prague — the Paris of the East


Buying giant pretzels in Prague
Another day, another church. We’re all excited to explore Prague, which many now call The Paris of the East. It’s crowded with tourists on this brilliant summer day. Prague, of course, is the capital of the Czech Republic and has been an intersection of continental merchant routes for centuries. more
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The Disney guides make all the difference


Haley and Mel with our Disney guide
No matter how interesting the places, how scenic the terrain, touring is exhausting -- especially with kids. That’s why the parents in our group so appreciate our Adventures by Disney guides who are always there to offer a bottle of water, a snack, even an activity or movie on the bus to keep the kids amused. more
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The trip is alive with the sound of music as we approach Salzburg


Sampling the local foods
Lunch will be on a cruise down the Danube that will take us about 35 miles, from Durnstein to Melk. The villages are postcard-pretty, especially on a sunny day. The parents are pleased that the guides invite them to enjoy the views on the top deck while they entertain the kids elsewhere. more
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In Vienna with “Adventures by Disney”


Kids in Vienna waiting for Disney Adventures tour
We meet 23-year-old Trevor Enderby, one of our two guides for the week, who whisks us to our waiting car and to the hotel where our other guide, Alex Kemper is waiting to greet us at the Marriott Vienna. more
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TO AUSTIN, TEXAS


The huge Barton Springs pool seems more like a lake.
All around Lost Pines were other families determined not to miss one second of vacation fun -- floating in the lazy river, watching the kids on the water slide or in the baby pool, saddling up for horseback rides or bike rides around the extensive property (405 acres and an adjoining 1,100-acre nature park!), playing "golf" with preschoolers on the lawn and watching them on the playground nearby. more
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SURVIVING A ROAD TRIP


Hertz has teamed with AAA this summer to provide two child safety or booster seats free to all AAA members.
What the kids don't get is that driving for hours with a couple of antsy children (not to mention sullen tweens and teens) is no fun for parents either -- especially not when we're paying record prices for gas. Still, millions of us -- 20.4 million just over the July 4th weekend, AAA reports -- are hitting the road with the kids this summer. more
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