ON THE TRAIN TO THE GRAND CANYON
Fun on the train to the Grand Canyon

ON THE TRAIN TO THE GRAND CANYON

Today, the train once again carries more than 200,000 passengers to the Canyon 60 miles and 2.5 hours from Williams. Some will return the same afternoon. My cousins -- -Jayme and Mike Sitzman and Ethan, 6, and Hannah,4, and I have decided to overnight at the canyon so we have more time to “explore,” as Ethan says.

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DAY ONE OF A TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON
Ethan and Hannah take a break from the minivan to view some of the spectacular scenery on the way to the Grand Canyon

DAY ONE OF A TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON

DAY ONE (Tuesday, March 31, 2009) -- The Purple People Eater; Qutie (well it’s a four year old’s turn); Rhinoceros; Tickle Monster… by the time we get to Umbrella the…

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A vacation on the Mexican Riviera
Poolside view of the Azul Sensatori

A vacation on the Mexican Riviera

My mission: seeing if a vacation with teens and young adults can be successful at an all-inclusive resort. When they were younger, I liked all-inclusives for the organized kids’ activities that gave parents a break and the fact that I didn’t have to pay $4 every time they wanted a soft drink.

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A trip to a castle — Mohonk Mountain House
View of the Mohonk Mountain House from the Skytop trail

A trip to a castle — Mohonk Mountain House

I love castles. I’ve stayed at a centuries-old castle turned bed and breakfast in Wales and visited castles wherever I go -- France, England, Austria and the Czech Republic last…

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Belize offers a host of family friendly destinations
Kids having fun exploring the ruins of Xunantunich in Belize

Belize offers a host of family friendly destinations

By Eileen OgintzTribune Media ServicesThe big green moray eel stares at me, coming out of his hideaway in the reef, as if to say, "Go away! I don't want to…

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HITTING THE AIRPORT VIP LOUNGES
British Airways built a KidZone room into their Terminal 5 facility, the largest in the world.

HITTING THE AIRPORT VIP LOUNGES

Pancake, the much loved blue bear, seemed right at home among the oh-so-serious laptop-toting business people. So did his 4-year-old owner, Colin Blodgett. Colin, Pancake and Colin's parents were awaiting their flight from London to New York in British Airway's expansive $60 million Executive Lounges in Heathrow's new Terminal 5

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Heading home from Europe — is duty free a bargain?
Duty Free shop at London's Heathrow Airport

Heading home from Europe — is duty free a bargain?

A word about duty-free shopping. It’s tempting but I’ve never found any real bargains, except maybe on liquor or cigars. I buy something we can’t find at home for my husband and son just before we board our flight home and resist the temptation to stock up on cosmetics and perfume that I don’t need and that likely cost the same or more than at home.

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In Vienna with “Adventures by Disney”
Kids in Vienna waiting for Disney Adventures tour

In Vienna with “Adventures by Disney”

We meet 23-year-old Trevor Enderby, one of our two guides for the week, who whisks us to our waiting car and to the hotel where our other guide, Alex Kemper is waiting to greet us at the Marriott Vienna.

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SURVIVING A ROAD TRIP
Hertz has teamed with AAA this summer to provide two child safety or booster seats free to all AAA members.

SURVIVING A ROAD TRIP

What the kids don't get is that driving for hours with a couple of antsy children (not to mention sullen tweens and teens) is no fun for parents either -- especially not when we're paying record prices for gas. Still, millions of us -- 20.4 million just over the July 4th weekend, AAA reports -- are hitting the road with the kids this summer.

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