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Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games Featuring Vermont Adaptive Race Team Athletes

Feb 28, 2017
Athletes from Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports' race team will compete in alpine skiing and snowshoeing at the Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games March 3-5 at Suicide Six Mountain in Woodstock.

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Resolutions for February: Show the Love

Here’s a new way to show your love—and it doesn’t necessarily involve chocolates (who needs the calories) a fancy dinner or flowers, nice as they are to receive. more
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Football, roses and art – Pasadena CA has it all

Rose Garden at Huntington Library
Pasadena, just 12 minutes from Downtown LA via light Metro Rail, has a lot to offer every day—not least the sunshine, 300 days a year. more
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Yes politics is ugly. But kids need to learn about elections – here’s how

Headed to the White House
There still is a lot to be learned about the electoral process, of course, and museums around the country have mounted interesting, interactive exhibits that can answer kids’ questions and serve as a positive teaching tool—but only in the coming weeks. more
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With strong dollar, beach vacation in Puerto Vallarta is a good bet

Our Lady of Guadalupe Puerto Vallarta
With the US dollar strong against the Mexican Peso, a beach vacation in Puerto Vallarta is a good bet this time of year. The town oozes charm, starting with Old Vallarta, the city’s 1930s town center complete with cobblestoned square. more
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Antarctica is at the top of the list for adventure travel

Zodiac excursion in Antarctica
An astounding 64 percent of Millennial families took an international vacation in the last year -- and Antarctica is at the top of most wish lists more
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Fall is Family Time Twitter Party Sept. 8 – Win a trip to Puerto Vallarta

Lindsay Prime and Taco Tour
“Fall is Family Time” is the topic of our Twitter Chat on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 9pm – 10pm EDT. And you can win a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! more
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Advice for passengers stranded when the airline is at fault

This morning, Delta Airlines suffered a complete shutdown for nearly 6 hours because of a power outage in its computer systems at its principal hub in Atlanta more
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Good News: new law will require airlines to seat families together

Picture courtesy of Air New Zealand via TravelPulse.
New law will require airlines to seat any children aged 13 and younger “adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13, more
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“You can’t live your life being afraid to go anywhere”

Carnival Vista
The new Carnival Vista has more than 4,000 passengers and I haven’t run into anyone yet who considered changing their plans not to come due to concerns about terrorism more
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Do Millennial Families Travel Differently Than Everyone Else?

By Eileen Ogintz and Kyle McCarthy Sun, sand and happy kids. Just make sure the little ones don’t eat the sand. Maybe your family would rather be hiking in a national park or exploring a foreign country. Wherever you go this summer, all of us want the same thing: The chance to relax and make happy memories, Vacation memories, families say, not only last a lifetime but are among the most important they have, helping them to get through the tough times. Just thinking about the vacation ahead can put the fun back in everyday life, Disney Consumer Insight Team’s Amy Foster told the attendees at the First TMS Family Travel Summit in Orlando. “Fun is not frivolous,” she said. “Fun is precious.” According to new research from MMGY Global reported by Peter Yesawich at the Summit, the vast majority of family travelers want time to relax, unwind and spend time together. Eighty percent want to see new places (forget customer loyalty) and 75 percent want an easy to get to destination. Supervised kids clubs aren’t so vital to these time-starved families said Yesawich, with 78 percent of families opting for free WiFi over kids programs on their last vacation. Digital media in all forms was tasked with making the travel research and booking process easier and less confusing for families, who want to be assured that their needs for connecting rooms and adjacent plane seats will be honored. With demand for family-friendly summer vacation destinations and multigenerational accommodations and organized tours at an all-time high, according to industry sources, those attending our first TMS Family Travel Summit looked at what “family travel” really means today. For the instant summer vacation marketing guidelines that emerged from TMS Family Travel Summit, and you can read more in our report. The 35 Summit attendees from around the country lapped up the data points, generating 54 million-plus #TMSOrlando impressions throughout the weekend by sharing insights with their followers. Marketers take note: • The classic married couple with two kids represents less than half of all American families. • Single parents run 16% of all households in the industrialized world and, social media statisticians would have us believe, moms control everything—including vacation planning. • Grandparents rock—especially when it comes to vacations. More than a third of grandparents who are active travelers have traveled with grandchildren just in the past year, according to the 2013 Portrait of American Travelers • Generation C -- the collectors, creators and curators among us-- are driven to share every experience on and offline. • American families now average a shorter length of stay on vacation --2.73 nights – but are still traveling as the economy recovers, According to research by D.K. Shifflet, The group cited social media’s potential for broadening the family market, from helping less affluent families to find vacation values to sharing advice. At the same time, Dorothy Dowling of Best Western International notes that with women managing their own incomes, their household expenses, and the finances of their own parents, the “sheconomy” controls approximately two-thirds of America’s wealth. How has this affected family travel? It has put women and moms in the driver’s seat when it comes to making vacation planning destinations. One of the most important trends identified at the Summit was the need to satisfy Generation C. Their constant need for stimulation and new experiences means the travel industry must provide activities to satisfy every age group, and make those experiences photogenic as well, so that guests will share them. Social media, researchers and attendees agreed, is the sales tool that can share those memories and turn happy family vacationers into brand evangelists. Here are seven ways Summit attendees—leading travel media and marketers—believe can improve the family travel experience: 1. Offer vacations in all price ranges so that less affluent families can afford to vacation. 2. Empower today’s maker families to book trips themselves by keeping it simple and transparent.
 Make getting to your destination easy and fun. 3. Welcome diversity in staff and guests . 4. Make guests feel like everything they do is new and unique. 5. Give them free WiFi and encourage them to share memories about you. 6. Arrange activities for all ages together. 7. Have your photographer and filmmakers on hand to record the fun. Makes sense to us.
Millennial families are more diverse, likely to travel farther, seek out new destinations and spend more than their peers without children more
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