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What Moms and Dads Teach Us About Family Vacations

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Travel With Val: How the iPhone5 Can Take Unforgettable Vacation Videos

When I travel around the world, I shoot my pieces with a camera and tripod.  But for the very first time, I recently shot a piece in Dallas with my brand new iPhone 5.  Rob Burgos of Full Circle Post gave me the top five tips for using the iPhone 5.

Read more at:  www.rochester.ynn.com


The Power of Family Travelers

I couldn’t help but smile as I looked out at the room filled with family travel writers and bloggers, some with their kids beside them, busily learning how to become better travel communicators.

Read more at www.takingthekids.com


Family Travel Bloggers Unite, Take Center Stage

From November 9-11, 2012, a trio of leading family travel "influencers" ushered in their annual Family Travel


Family Affair

With family travelers making up 30% of U.S. adult leisure travelers, the lucrative family travel market is undergoing significant growth and offering great opportunity to travel sellers.

But these are not yesterday’s families, and suppliers and sellers alike are discovering that a decent swimming pool or some chicken fingers on the kids’ menu aren’t going to cut it anymore.

Read more at http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Tour-Operators/Family-affair/


Orlando: Number One for Family Travel

It doesn’t seem fair. Orlando has some of the biggest and best theme parks in the world, yet it keeps adding more and improving existing ones.

Read more at www.travelingmom.com.


The Age-by-Age Guide to Disney World

As a travel writer and Disney World fanatic, I've visited Disney World many times with my children. And if I've learned anything, it's this:

Lesson #1: You can't do Disney without a plan!
Lesson #2: That plan will change as your kids grow.

Read more at www.ivillage.com.

Five Wonderful Reasons To Stay At the Omni Hotels (and Bring Your Kids, Too!)

Earlier this year, I was invited to take part in the Family Travel Conference, hosted by TravelingMom.com. The funny thing is that many of the sponsors did not know I was about to become a mom, but I took it as a sign of good luck and fortune and was thrilled at the opportunity to learn more about family travel from the pros.

All of the participants received an opportunity to stay at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York City, and to learn a little bit more about what sets this brand apart from the rest. For starters, the Omni Hotel chain, which consistently ranks high in customer satisfaction in well-known surveys (such as the ones by J.D. Power and Associates), takes pride in the details. I've always said: anyone can give you a room with a bed and a few pillows, but few hotels will make you feel like a special guest.

Read more at www.butterflydiary.com.


A Stay at the Omni Berkshire Place, or Daddy and Teddy Take Manhattan February 10, 2012

It’s not often that I travel with just one of my children or that Matt is the one to lead the adventuring, but last weekend that’s just what happened when he and Teddy accompanied me to Manhattan for a quick overnight visit. I was there to network and get insights about family travel blogging from industrial professionals and fellow bloggers (although my biggest discovery of the weekend may have been that the wineries of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York produce a really nice dry red wine – who knew?). While I was thus “working” Matt and Teddy used our base at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel to explore and enjoy the city.

Read more at: www.motherofalltrips.com.


Dream Ski Vacation to Aspen Snowmass Won by Pignataro Family

Congratulations to Diane Pignataro, winner of our Families Dream Big Ski Vacation to Aspen Snowmass.

In December 2011, this ski vacation giveaway by Ski.com presented family vacation planners with a skier's scavenger hunt and several ways to earn chances to win via social media and partner sites TakingtheKids.com and TravelingMom.com.

Read more at www.myfamilytravels.com.