A Teen’s Perspective – The Perfect Teen Trip to Orlando & WDW Resorts
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A Teen’s Perspective – The Perfect Teen Trip to Orlando & WDW Resorts

While family trips are a lot of fun, one-on-one time with only one parent and one child allows for really special time and bonding that often does not occur with a lot of family members around

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Beyond the slopes of Beaver Creek, special treats for kids and grownups
Spa Anjali

Beyond the slopes of Beaver Creek, special treats for kids and grownups

I’m in the elevator at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in my hotel-issued robe heading downstairs to the Spa Anjali for a massage. Incidentally, the treatments are focused on three healing mountain traditions—the Rockies, Alps and Himalayas.

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Snow sports aren’t cheap, but they can last a lifetime
Instructor Lori Leary and Eileen at Beaver Creek

Snow sports aren’t cheap, but they can last a lifetime

Snow sports “are something you can do together for a long, long time,” said Leary, who raised two kids in the Vail Valley and still skis with them

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Taking the Kids — on different kind of trip to Alaska
Kirk Hoessle, president and founder of Alaska Wildland Adventures

Taking the Kids — on different kind of trip to Alaska

You can’t get much more remote — or farther away from cruise crowds than at Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge, which opened 10 years ago — the first and only lodge in the national park and accessible only by a four-hour boat trip from Seward

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Taking the Kids — to a special Jamaican villa
The towel guy lounges on the beach at Sundown Villa

Taking the Kids — to a special Jamaican villa

The experience, of course, is entirely different, as I discovered. Think being on a mega cruise ship with morning-till-night activities vs. your own private yacht with a staff to cater to every whim

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Taking the Kids — and seeing San Antonio like local families
The Dinosaur Lab, Witte Museum

Taking the Kids — and seeing San Antonio like local families

At the state-of-the-art Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, where you can step inside a cast of an Alamosaurus footprint at The Dino Lab. What’s different from other dinosaur exhibits? This one is focused on ancient creatures that called Texas home, including ancient fish, turtle and, yes, a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex.

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At this Jamaican villa you won’t go home disappointed
The Hobie Cat at Sundown Villa

At this Jamaican villa you won’t go home disappointed

Villa rentals here and elsewhere in the Caribbean have become increasingly popular for extended families looking to get away together. The difference from other popular shared accommodations: A staff to see to your every need—and whim.

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Taking the Kids — when rain upends your plans on a cruise ship
A rainy day scuttles plans for an excursion in Puerto Vallarta

Taking the Kids — when rain upends your plans on a cruise ship

Weather can derail the best-laid plans. We almost didn’t make it to San Diego and the Oosterdam before she sailed, in fact, because of canceled flights

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