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Mother-Daughter Getaway Made Easy at The Osthoff Resort in Wisconsin

Feb 8, 2016
Are you looking for the perfect getaway for a mother and daughter? Look no further than The Osthoff Resort located on the shores of Elkhart Lake Wisconsin.

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Meeting the locals in Jamaica: a great family experience

Sharing a meal with locals in Jamaica, as part of the Meet the People program
We were brought together by a volunteer program called Meet the People, which has been bringing tourists and locals together for more than 50 years over a shared interest — in our case, cooking and food. meeting the locals in Jamaica Did I mention the program is free? The volunteers will even come and pick you up. more
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Taking the Kids on a ship within a mega ship

Disney Dream at Disney's Private Island Castaway Cay
Many families who cruise look for the best deal — and this is “wave season” when cruise lines are offering upgrades, shipboard credits and discounts to encourage you to book for later in the year. 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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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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Fun in the snow off the ski slopes

At the Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado
It may be Christmas week, but we’re as far from a mall and city crowds as we can get. We’re hiking the Crawford Trail, the longest continually used trail in the country, snow crunching under our feet more
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The sights, sounds and scents of Tokyo, Japan

Trimming tuna at Tokyo Fish Market
It is eight in the morning and we are a few blocks from the hotel at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan’ largest. More than 15,000 people work here; international tourists line up in the early hours of the morning for the chance to watch the famous fish auctions, more
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Taking the Kids to a galaxy far, far away … with Disney

Eileen and Darth Vader
I’m speechless. You would be too with a menacing Darth Vader haranguing you behind his black helmet and costume. But then I laugh and we pose for a picture. This is Disneyland, after all, at its immersive best. more
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Finding gifts for your favorite travelers this holiday season

AAA Excursion Road Kit
This year, I hope everyone gets something they can use on their next trip, wherever they want to go, even if they are simply heading to a nearby city. more
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