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Taking the Kids -- Mother's Day gifts, what she needs in her travel tote

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What's in your bag?

If you're a mom on a trip with her kids, you probably feel like you've got everything you might need, whatever happens -- minor injuries, delays, hunger, thirst, meltdowns -- not to mention your electronic devices, passports, if you're leaving the country, toys, itineraries and maybe even a guidebook. That's not even ...Read more

Taking the Kids: An adventure closer to home this summer

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Will we be safe? Everywhere I go people have the same question about travel this spring and summer.

At the moment, there is a U.S. Department of State travel alert for Europe through June 20. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-...Read more

Taking the Kids: Off to Edinburgh

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Check out Daigon Alley! No, not at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando or Hollywood, but in Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling famously wrote the first Harry Potter book while seated in a local coffee shop.

Veteran guide Sam Thomson, who owns homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-1819450">Read more

Taking the Kids: Outdoors during national parks week

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What do you see? There's no better question to ask kids when you're outdoors, especially at a national park or national monument this spring, suggests Joanie Budileni, chief of interpretation at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. Bandelier protects more than 33,000 acres of canyon and mesa...Read more

Taking the Kids: Learning the consequences of war at five war museums

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So many sacrifices! So many young lives ended too soon, or changed irrevocably. "Some things in history should not happen again," says Steven Fletcher, a New Orleans high school junior and Victory Corps. volunteer at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Fletcher participated in the museum's Normandy Academy travel program for high school ...Read more

Taking the Kids: When someone in the family has special challenges

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WINTER PARK, CO -- Shannan Williams was born into an outdoors-loving Colorado family. The fact that she has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair and has trouble using her hands wasn't going to keep her from an active life skiing, scuba-diving and rock-climbing, not to mention graduating from college.

"How could I not? My parents got ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Five favorite urban parks to visit this spring

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Kid-size pandas, brightly colored jumping fish and bright-red peonies that are eight feet tall. Welcome to China Lights, the new exhibit of more than 30 bright, silk-covered structures that will light up the Botanical Garden in ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Vacationing like a one-percenter in a staffed villa

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The butler was serving Myrna Schneiderman and her daughters their morning coffee poolside at their Jamaican villa. Their cook had prepared breakfast. The housekeeper would be tidying their rooms while they got some sun.

"You can't have breakfast in your PJs at a hotel, or relax without a lot of other people around," observed Schneiderman's ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ten ways to save money on spring break

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Free is good. In fact, on vacation, free is great -- a lot better than paying for meals the kids don't eat, theme park tickets when they'd rather play in the hotel pool or museum entry fees when they are ready to leave in less than an hour.

Sure traveling with the kids is expensive, but as we head into Spring Break (and you will find our 2016 <...Read more

Taking the Kids: Meeting the locals in Jamaica

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"More sweet potato pudding?" Doris Morgan asks. We're having lunch at her Montego Bay home -- local specialties like Bammy, made from ground cassava that's fried, roasted breadfruit, pumpkin bread, star apple fruit and my favorite, the sweet potato pudding.

But before lunch, we'd never met Mrs. Morgan, her husband Clayton, daughter Nneka, who ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A ship within a mega ship

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Connie Abodeely isn't a fan of mega ships or Caribbean itineraries. But she's really looking forward to her family's upcoming trip on Norwegian's newest ship, the Escape, which carries more than 4,200 passengers.

"There is so much for the grandchildren to do on board," she explains -- ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Zip Lining into Berlin

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Could you have done it? One family zip-lined to freedom -- in a home-crafted zip line. A woman escaped hiding in a hollowed-out surfboard strapped atop her car. Two other families made it in an impossibly small hot-air balloon. There were escapes in hollowed-out machines, in repurposed cars, in a kayak and hang glider, through tunnels. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Learn a snowsport month

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How about a nice walk in the woods? No matter that it's dumping snow, freezing and 9,400 feet above sea level. We've got snowshoes strapped to our boots, goggles, the right clothes and we're all still smiling from the gourmet lunch we devoured at the Pine Creek Cookhouse at the base of the Elk ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A Family-Style River Cruise

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Where is that old carving partly painted blue? We're in picturesque Bamberg, Germany on a GPS scavenger hunt and, truth be told, there was a fair amount of grumbling among our young scavenger hunters -- it was raining; it was hard. One family dropped out. Another opted for more hot chocolate and coffee rather than the hunt.

But our team, the "...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ten wishes for happy travel in 2016

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We're watching the mango man sculpt mangos into fruit flowers to sell on the beach, as we sit under a thatched talapas eating just-caught fish that had been grilled and served up on freshly made corn tortillas.

People come to San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit area of ...Read more

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