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TravMedia: Vivid Sydney’s Glow Takes Over the City

May 31, 2016
TravMedia reports on the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas that has arrived in Sydney.

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When grownups go out to play in the fall

Fall in New England
Fall is an ideal time for some “me” and “us” time. "Prices are generally less expensive than the summer months,” says Travelocity.com’s Genevieve Brown. “And since most families are wrapped up with school activities, you’re not likely to encounter a lot of kids at your destination.” more
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A place that mixes kids and adults seamlessly

Lake Sebago Maine
“You do something and the next day you want to do It again because it was so fun,” says Zach. With other friends, they made a human pyramid while moms played tennis, headed out in kayaks and to water-ski, hunt for frogs, and watch a movie while their parents linger guilt-free over dinner. “We eat and then run off,” Zach says. more
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Eileen and Reggie at extreme ski competition on Crested Butte CO in 2003
We moms all know the dirty little secret of family vacations. No, I’m not talking about the piles of laundry when we get home, though that’s certainly no fun. I’m talking about how moms whisper on the beach, on line at theme parks and at ski resort lifts that family vacations are really no vacations at all for them, especially when young kids are part of the equation. more
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A lakeside resort in Maine with that old feel

Migis Lodge cookout
I didn’t have to shop, cook or do the dishes or even crack the lobsters. Welcome to Migis Lodge. In a local Native American language Migis means “Place to Steal Away and Rest,” says Tim Porta, who is the second generation to run the place—his 29-year-old son Jed the third generation. more
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Three late summer days in New England

Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain VT
The resort—built on 700 acres—includes 77 cabins that were built before the 1940s. The same families have been coming for generations for the same illusive qualities that first brought families here more than a century ago—the lake front, the chance to be together whether reading a book, playing croquet on the lawn or going out in a sail boat or kayak more
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Plenty to do (and eat) on a day at sea with Disney

Poolside movie on Disney Magic
DAY THREE -- Our first day at sea and there is so much to do! We can go to a lecture about Malta where we will be tomorrow, play Bingo or go to a cooking demonstration, learn napkin folding or Origami. more
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New survey: the most enduring memories come from family vacations

Disney gets it. They’ve just announced the creation of a special website where you can share your Disney memories and view those of other vacationers (maybe you’ll laugh, maybe you’ll pick up a park-going tip). more
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To Oahu Beyond Waikiki

Snorkeling with spinner dolphins off Oahu
We are just off the leeward coast of Oahu, a world away from bustling Waikiki near the Ko Olina Resort & Marina and the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa (http://www.ihilani.com/) where we are staying. Here, we’re snorkeling with marine biologist Tori Cullins and her crew at Wilde Side Specialty Tours (www.sailhawaii.com) at a spot where sea turtles return again and again to have fish clean them of sand and algae more
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Beyond Waikiki Beach — last day in Hawaii

Sunset on Waikiki Beach
We swam with wild spinner dolphins—two pods, maybe 30 of them racing around our boat; there are very few places in the world to do that, I learn. The Hawaiian spinner dolphins feed at night, we learn, and return to this area close to Hawaii’s western coast to play and rest. more
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DAY SIX: Welcome to Hawaii, Mickey!

Eileen at Auilani
This is Disney’s first foray into Hawaii and is designed so that families vacation here in a new way, promises Djuan Rivers, Vice President of the new resort as he leads me on a hard hat tour. more
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