Cruising has been my vacation ‘mode’ of choice for more than 15 years. In that time I have had the pleasure of cruising on 16 ships across 5 cruiselines. And while I have sailed on some pretty incredible ships, I wasn’t prepared for the grandeur of Allure of the Seas.
Allure of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship and also the most entertaining ship we have ever sailed on. From the moment we boarded I was blown away by every detail of this incredible vessel and often had to remind myself I was on a ‘boat’.
Now that my boys are seven and almost 4, they like to pick what they bring on vacation. They also like to have their own individual bags to store their books, games and snacks.
When I am looking for a vacation spot for our family one of the big selling points for me is kid-friendly amenities. While luxury and location are first on my list, making sure there is lots for the kids to do is a big priority.
If you are a parent who travels then you know how much you want your kids to be able to help with luggage while on vacation. When we go away we now bring with us 4 suitcases, 2 strollers and 2 carry-ons – a lot for mom and dad to tote.
The winter blues prompt many to escape to the Caribbean for a week or two at this time of year. How can you blame them? Day after endless day of dull, cold, grey weather will drive you crazy after a while. If you are planning to bring young children on your island break this winter, there are a few precautions you may want to take.
The first ‘big’ ship I cruised on was Carnival’s Facination. I will never forget the fun our family had on that cruise. Not only did I get engaged, but we had a blast on the watersides, at the pool and eating day and night at the 24-hour pizza bar.
One of the questions that I get asked often by friends and family who know that we love to vacation is what is better for a family – a cruise or resort vacation?
While both vacations are very different, each one offers a lot of great opportunities for vacationing families.
It seems fitting, somehow, that our final Awesome U.S. Destination is Death Valley National Park in California.
with kids can be stressful – especially if you haven’t brought the right gear. Carrying a heavy baby through the airport, paying extra to check gear and having your little one get lose on the plane can get an relaxing vacation off to a rocky start.
Our series on Five Awesome U.S. Destinations is compiled in no particular order. I say that because there are some who will argue that Part 4: Washington DC is the most important of the five. Washington DC is, of course, the capital of the United States and a nation’s capital is always an important place to visit, particularly for children.
Parents know that a unhappy child during travel can make a 30 minute trip feel like 10 hours.
Arming yourself with the best gear to keep your kids organized and comfortable, can be the difference between a smooth trip and one where your fellow travelers are asking to be moved to a different section of the plane. We’ve all been there and it’s not fun.