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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

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Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

Postcards from Athens and Crete

Henley Vazquez

Receiving member postcards is our very favorite sort of mail. We're talking texts, what's apps and emails rather than anything with a stamp, but there's nothing like in-the-moment travel notes for boosting our destination knowledge and fueling our wanderlust. Here, journalist Jackie Cooperman shares highlights and tips from a recent family trip to Athens and Crete — essential reading for anyone thinking of a Greek adventure next summer.

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Insider Stowe, VT (Beyond the Slopes)

Henley Vazquez

Stowe, Vermont is one of the most visited ski destinations in the northeast, but there's much more to this quintessential New England town than the slopes. The region's lakes, lush green mountains and picturesque woodlands attract adventure seekers and families throughout the year, while the town itself is a walkable treat of high-steepled churches, wooden bridges, lauded restaurants and independent shops that celebrate local artisans. Here, Passported contributor Elisa Brown shares her guide to experiencing the best of Stowe in every season. 

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This or That? Twin Farms, VT or The Point, NY

Henley Vazquez

Each fall, we receive a slew of trip requests for “somewhere upstate,” “nature… but with a gorgeous hotel,” “leaf peeping, long walks and good food.” Our suggestions nearly always include two all-inclusive standouts: Vermont’s sprawling gem of an estate, Twin Farms, and upstate New York’s famous lakefront resort, The Point. Recently, Passported’s Monique Thofte and Brandi Wilson paid visits to each property, and now we’re comparing notes. Read on to find out which of these storied sleeps is best for you. 

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Where to Sleep in Seattle

Henley Vazquez

For travelers, Seattle does double duty as a sophisticated city break and dramatic escape to nature. Expect busy days exploring the city’s revamped downtown, family-favorite waterfront, and coffee shops galore, and don’t miss a cruise on the Puget Sound or day trip to the Olympic National Park. And where to rest your weary head? We asked insider Brandi Wilson to share her favorite hotels across the city, from a waterfront classic families love to a new hotspot with a knockout rooftop bar.

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Trip Planner: Panama with Kids

Henley Vazquez

If Panama isn’t yet on your family travel wish list, read on! For the culture, history, adventure, beach, water sports, and dreamy hotels, all just a five-hour flight from the east coast, it’s a no-brainer for families ready for a multi-stop itinerary. Read on for our eight-day, three-stop trip plan in Panama City, Boquete and Bocas del Toro, and get in touch when you’re ready to book your next big trip.

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Mini-Guide to Puglia's Restaurants and Towns

Henley Vazquez

Passported's Monique Thofte is the office expert on Southern Italy, and we're all regularly asking her advice on everything from where to eat in Positano to where to stay on Capri. She recently visited Puglia's Borgo Egnazia (one of the best spots to book this summer) and shared her tips on what to see in the area and where to eat while exploring this special part of Italy.

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Featured Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside

Henley Vazquez

A 30-minute drive from the South Beach scene, and close to all the luxe shops in Bal Harbor, Four Seasons opened its newest Florida hotel in the Surf Club estate in March 2017. Five years in the making, the property now has five Richard Meier–designed glass towers housing the 77 hotel rooms and separate private residences. Unchanged, although meticulously renovated, is the 1920s clubhouse and its famed loggia known as Peacock Alley—now the setting for Le Sirenuse Miami, the first outpost of the Positano original. Passported’s Monique Thofte got a sneak peek of the property in the spring and raved about the huge bedrooms, elegant spa, and “chic” (really! check out the pics) kids’ club.

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What Kind of Babymooner Are You?

Henley Vazquez

Family travel begins with the babymoon—a chance to slow down before the baby arrives, squeeze in a dream trip before more complicated travel logistics, or just lounge in an adults-only infinity pool while you can. Read on for some of our favorite babymoon destinations, whether you want a far-flung escape in France or brain-off staycation in NYC

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Passported's Dude Ranch Guide

Henley Vazquez

Leave the heels at home, forget your make-up and tell the office not to call. Families looking for a true escape from city life are skipping the scene at the Hamptons, Nantucket and Malibu and succumbing to the lure of the American West. But it’s not just the drop-dead landscapes and pristine wilderness that are pushing the cowboy life to the top of everyone’s wish list. 

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What to Do in NYC in June (With and Without the Kids)

Henley Vazquez

June in New York is all about outdoor eats, rooftop drinks, festivals in the streets and movie nights with a view. Read on for our pick of city events to celebrate the start of summer… with and without the kids.

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Where to Eat on the Amalfi Coast

Henley Vazquez

Last week we shared some of the best hotels for plotting a romantic escape to Italy. This week, we're focused on where to feed your love. In other words, these are the best spots to binge on fresh pastas, fish straight from the sea, and just about every other delicious delicacy that brings us back to Italy year after year. Bring the kids, book a sitter, do whatever it takes to live la dolce vita to the hilt (and worry about the diet later).

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London's Luxury Hotel Boom

Henley Vazquez

London is shrugging off its annus horribilis and rolling out the red carpet to visitors with a glut of luxury hotel openings from city veterans like Four Seasons and Soho House to newbies including the teams behind the Experimental Cocktail Club and NYC’s Gansevoort Hotel. The trends? The City (aka London's financial heart) is no longer just for business travelers, Shoreditch is still drawing the cool crowds, and Londoners love a members club. Read on for the new arrivals topping our London lust list.

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Ultimate Italian Honeymoon (even if you're already married)

Henley Vazquez

Whether you're getting hitched or celebrating a few (or more) years of surviving marriage, few spots top Italy's Amalfi Coast for its combo of romantic hotels, drop-dead views and fantastic food. And though this Mediterranean paradise may be booked to capacity already for much of the summer, we're still squeezing in couples sneaking away for that perfect Italian escape. Here's how to do it up right.

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Kitesurfing and a Kids’ Club

Henley Vazquez

Kitesurfing isn’t a new sport, but we’ve never seen so many requests for family trips that include kites, and not the fly-in-the-park variety. The follow-up question to where to kite surf is often: is there a kids’ club? Which makes sense, since the parent left in charge of the kids while the partner is off pursuing his or her passion is usually looking for a little downtime of their own. To help you fanatics out, we’ve mapped out our favorite resorts that have kitesurfing from their own beach, as well as a few others with the sport nearby.

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