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Texas Gal Wins Families Dream Big Aruba Vacation

Why does Kathleen Whitney from Austin, Texas have such a big smile? Because she's just won a dreamy family vacation to Aruba.

Read more at www.myfamilytravels.com.


Leading Family Vacation Sites Partner to Fulfill Big Dream Vacations

Family Travel Consulting Partnership offers value-added marketing and advertising packages to fastest growing segment of tourism market – family travel.

Three leading family travel websites – Family Travel Forum, Taking the Kids and Traveling Mom – announce a partnership to offer value-added marketing and advertising packages – including a monthly “Dream Big” giveaway contest -- to companies and destinations in the family travel market, the fastest growing segment of the travel and tourism industry.

Read more at www.myfamilytravels.com


What's New At Disney for 2012

The realm of Disney dream vacations extends far beyond the Disney theme parks - especially in 2012. In addition to an extra leap year day, Disney guests will be having non-stop fun on both land and sea. There are so many new things happening in the world of Disney this year.

Read more at www.familytravelnetwork.com


Travel Insurance for Families

We love travel insurance and won't leave home without it. Since the very first holiday spent battling storms and re-booking missed flights (at great expense), our family has found it essential. It should be for every smart vacation planner, too, particularly when traveling with kids.  Hopefully, none of you will ever need it, but I urge you to consider purchasing family travel insurance as soon as you commit to any journey involving non-refundable fees.

Read more at www.myfamilytravels.com.


Virgil’s Real BBQ Rocked My World (And The Chef Gave Me A Recipe!! – Here It Is!)

Over the weekend, I attended the Family Travel Conference – an event co-hosted by TravelingMom.com, FamilyTravelForum.com, and TakingtheKids.com. As you know, I recently became a Traveling Mom. So, I was thrilled for the opportunity. The group had lunch at Virgil’s Real Barbecue to celebrate the fact that their newest restaurant is opening at… wait for it… The Atlantis in the Bahamas! I mean – AS IF that resort needed one more amazing things for their guests to do!

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Lessons Learned at the Family Travel Conference

This past weekend I attended the first annual Family Travel Conference at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel in New York City. The event was organized by Kim Orlando of TravelingMom.com, Kyle McCarthy of FamilyTravelForum.com,  Eileen Ogintz of TakingtheKids.com, and Joanne Vero of Travel Media Showcase.  The event was extra special for me, because I was able to bring my daughter Amy, who recently graduated from college and has embarked on her own freelance writing career.

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Top 10 Twitter Tips for Family Travel Conference

I was lucky to be asked to talk about my Twitter strategies at the Family Travel Conference in New York last night. There have been a lot of requests for a copy of these by both attendees and readers. What you’re missing is my bad ass presentation, but here are my best tips.

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Inaugural Family Travel Conference to Explore Vital Segment of Leisure Travel Market

The first Family Travel Conference, which convenes at the Omni Berkshire Place February 3-4, 2012, underscores what parents, and some in the travel industry, have known for a long time: Family Travel is big business.

Read more at www.myfamilytravels.com


Visiting Washington D.C. - Omni Shoreham

One of my favorite parts about traveling is exploring new hotels. For me, the perfect hotel is one that is luxurious but not stuffy, and the Omni Shoreham is just that. It has the amenities of a modern hotel along with the charm of an historic landmark that has housed dignitaries and rockstars, and yet they still manage to make it inviting and family friendly. We loved it.

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A Kid-friendly Sweets and Eats Tour Of NYC

Traveling to New York City as a child is such a memorable experience; there are so many things to see and do. For the kids, or adults for that matter, sometimes nothing is as enjoyable as some yummy bites.  New York is filled with culinary delights of all types, but let’s face it, our kids do not always have the same idea of good food as we do.  Kids love candy, sweets, and adventurous places to eat. Like most parent, we always try to have our kids eat healthy but periodically we fall off the wagon.  A trip to NYC is a perfect excuse to let your kids sample some of their favorite types of foods in a fun atmosphere.

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