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Take back your vacation time - tomorrow!

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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Calendar of Events

Get out there and have some fun! See family friendly events happening all over the nation in our Calendar of Events.

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Eating your way through a destination city


Tim Ho Wan restaurant in Hong Kong
A prominent food magazine editor wrote recently about traveling to a far flung destination just for a great meal. I guess that’s a more common practice among foodies than you might think. I can relate. more
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Lots of places to rediscover your inner Titantic


Dr. Robert Ballard the world-famous oceanographer
The real point here is to encourage youngsters and their parents to “journey to new depths of discovery.” That includes a 4-D theater where SpongeBob SquarePants takes you and your kids on an undersea adventure, complete with mist and bubbles more
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May 2012 Calendar of Family Events across the USA


NOC’s Duck & Run Race, May 12, Bryson City, NC. A 2-3 hour “Adventure Race for Everyone,” the Duck and Run features a five-mile paddle on the lower half of the Nantahala River in an inflatable kayak (we call them more »
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Getting out of the bubble while on vacation


Wolde Kristos of Reliable Adventures Jamaica in Bluesfield Bay
Tourists need to get the message that it is safe to venture out of their manicured hotels. “You will really feel the love,” he promises, and here the crime rate is very low. He introduces me to Jahealo Calvin Clunie who shows off his paintings and carvings. more
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Prepping for a Family Road Trip


Family Road Trip
If you’re looking for family vacation ideas, consider taking a road trip. Driving to your family vacation destination is often more affordable than buying plane tickets for the whole family more
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A Spring Skiing Adventure at Heavenly and Kirkwood ski resorts


Reggie at Kirkwood
Heavenly Ski Resort. We both agreed that this ski area had been aptly named. We looked out over the giant span of beautiful Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain. more
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A flight worth enjoying, honestly!


Virgin America
I’m in my Virgin America extra legroom seat with no one in front of me and plenty of room to stretch on this flight from San Francisco to New York. For once the five-hour plus flight doesn’t seem interminable. more
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Time to plan your visit to our National Parks


Ethan and Hannah viewing Yellowstone bear from a safe distance
My youngest daughter, Mel, says those national parks trips when she was little (and complained her legs were “broken” from all the hiking) spurred her interest in environmental science — her college major more
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An Easter brunch to remember — Day Five


Desserts at the Sunday brunch Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
We are at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay’s Sunday Brunch that is so popular in the Bay area that people drive an hour or more to indulge. more
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Giant Redwoods and little yellow slugs – Day Four


Reggie examines a bananna slug in Redwood grove
The Giant Redwoods, soaring hundreds of feet in the air, were amazing. But what was even better was the conversations with my daughter Reggie as we hiked through Butano State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains more
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