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Backroads adding Portugal bike tour in 2017

Feb 26, 2017
Backroads, a leading active travel company, is now offering a new signature Bike Trip in Portugal, one of Europe’s top destinations.

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Taking The Kids was named one of the top travel websites by Parents Magazine in 2016
New in 2016: Great Smoky Mountains; New York City (updated)


Bumpkins on a river cruise in Jamaica. Seriously

The Martha Brae River in Jamaica
Seriously. We are at River Bumpkin Farm and have floated down about 1.5 miles of the 75-mile long river. more
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Discovering the history and culture of Berlin, Germany

Guest of the Westin Grand Berlin picking at the Berlin Wall
From the time the Berlin Wall went up in August 1961 till it was torn down in November 1989, thousands of East Berliners made their escape the short distance to the West in the most ingenious ways. At least 2,000 died trying. Today, it’s hard to believe this beautiful city was once divided by an ugly wall. more
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Meeting the people through a unique program in Jamaica

Eileen meets Doris Morgan of Meet the People
We are visiting Doris Morgan, who has been welcoming tourists—more than 1000—since the mid-1980s, showing them a bit of Jamaican cuisine and culture through the little publicized Meet the People program. Did I mention she does this for free and that there is no charge to the tourists? more
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Learning Jamaican heritage on a walking tour of Falmouth

Fruits for sale in Falmouth Jamaica
In the early 19th Century, when grand balls were held at the famous courthouse in Falmouth, Jamaica’s oldest seaport, young women would sew fireflies into their gowns so they would literally sparkle. more
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A private villa in Jamaica with a homey feel and lots of space

Pool area at the Villas by Linda Smith
We are eating dinner on the terrace listening to the ocean, feasting on Caribbean lobster. No we aren’t at a tony restaurant in Jamaica. We are at Serenity on the Beach, one of the 100 private villas in Jamaica managed by Villas by Linda Smith. more
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Setting standards for family vacation – Half Moon Resort Jamaica

Beach scene at Half Moon Bay Jamaica
John Bartels has no interest in going home. He, his two sisters, and his parents have been spending a vacation week at Half Moon, a Rock Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been setting a high bar for resorts here for more than 50 years more
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Getting the whole family outdoors in winter

Over 100 locations across the country offer WinterTrails events
There’s nothing more fun than trying something new — wasn’t that one of your new year’s resolutions — especially in such spectacular country? And there’s no better time than January, which is designated Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. more
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Taking the Kids on a River Cruise

Our 7-foot tour guide Martin Ides in Nuremberg
Welcome to river cruising, family style. If you think river cruising is just for seniors, think again. Uniworld, which has been named by CruiseCritic.com as the “best overall river line,” is tripling its family itineraries in 2016 more
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10 wishes for happy travel with your family in 2016

The mango man, San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit
Maybe you like nothing more than exploring new places and sharing new adventures with the kids and grandkids, well aware that things may not go as planned, though that can happen wherever you go, of course. Wherever you venture in 2016, give yourselves permission to get off the tourist track, at least for a little while. You’ll be glad you did. more
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Safari Clothing Packing List: What women should wear

On Safari - what to wear?
The result of packing for a safari cannot be the scene of Meryl Streep traveling to the Ngong Hills in Out of Africa, and it doesn’t need to be. more
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