A special trip with my graduate daughter

There's always something special about traveling with your kids one-on-one -- whether they're five, 15 or in my case, 22. I just returned from a trip to Italy with my daughter Reggie -- her college graduation trip -- before she headed off for adventures (and a new job) across the country.

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A trip to the amusement park should not mean a trip to the emergency room

No one likes to talk about it but every year, nationwide, an estimated 8,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving thrill rides at amusement parks and traveling carnivals; in an average year, three or four die, reports Safe Kids USA

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Traveling frugally… but still traveling

I'm in Italy with my daughter Reggie who just graduated from college. The trip is her graduation present. I know we're crazy to head to Europe when everything costs twice as much. But Reggie only graduates from college once and she's never been to Italy.

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I was an over-packer… not anymore!

I admit it. I turn into a witch the night before a trip. I'm so worried about forgetting something that I make everyone in the family crazy. And I over pack like crazy. But not anymore. Not with airlines starting to charge for checking even one bag!

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Get out of the mall and into a national park!

Where are all the nature lovers? According to a new family travel poll conducted by Travelocity, parents with kids are visiting national parks and other nature sites a lot less often than their parents and grandparents did. The poll suggests: more than twice as many families focus on activities like shopping! Instead of camping, families are touring cities and going to theme parks.

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You can have fun and help out in New Orleans

I just got back from New Orleans and it was packed with spring breakers. They were doing their share of drinking on Bourbon Street but they were also doing their share of helping to clear debris and build houses in neighborhoods that still have not rebounded nearly three years after Hurricane Katrina.

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