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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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Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen


On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen
As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I had been the ones beseeching her and her older brother and sister when they were tired and hungry and we were trying to avoid a meltdown on a ski hill, a hiking trail, Walt Disney World or in the middle of Paris. more
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Remembering the long goodbyes as we took our kids to college


Mel (third from left) and her roomies in latest off-campus digs
Two parents, five overweight bags and a college-bound daughter about to burst into tears. Talk about a stressful beginning to the Long Goodbye. more
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Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks


Merida from the movie 'Brave' at Walt Disney World (Gene Duncan, photographer)
When I visited Disneyland earlier this summer, moms and dads were busy filming the princess transformation on their iPads and smartphones. “It never gets old for them” said manager Joanna Pisanski more
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Last evening in New York — at the Statue of Liberty


Laurel and Katie Grace at the Statue of Liberty
My family decided to end our stay in the Big Apple with a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. Let me tell you, the “Summer Evenings” Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty was the highlight of our whole trip. more
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What do to if your child needs to fly solo


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More advice for parents of kids flying solo after yet another airline incident.. more
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Vacation memories: from Plimouth Plantation to Liberty Island


Laurel visits Plimouth Plantation
As summer draws to a close, we all like to think back on this year’s family travels. And why not reminisce on the sweet break we had? This summer I had an experience to last a lifetime. This summer, I got to travel to two large cities: Boston and New York. more
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Airline mishandles unaccompanied minor yet again. What can you do?


Airplanes lined up
Yet again, an airline—this time United—lost an unaccompanied minor who was supposed to be escorted to her connecting flight earlier this summer. Some advice on how to minimize the chances of this happening to your child... more
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Eileen on Fox about deals in Orlando


Eileen is interviewed by FoxNews.com about the deals that await families in Orlando in the fall more
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Next time consider a villa on your family vacation


Villa Aquamare on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
A villa or condo makes vacationing with kids — no matter what their ages — so much easier. Remember that the kitchen is always open and in some cases you have a staff all to yourself. And you don’t have to share the pool with strangers. more
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A kids view of Boston and New York City


The Dhority girls and their mom Christie Yemma strolling in Central Park
What surprised me most about Boston was how history and the modern city were combined. There was a colonial age church between a coffee shop and a bank, cemeteries hidden between buildings ... more
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