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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

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Featured Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Miami

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'Tis the season for celebrating, and for giving back. Today we're marking the kick-off of the the Museum of the City of New York's annual charity auction, which raises funds for the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center. The center serves over 42,000 students and teachers each year, most of them from New York City's under-resourced public schools, and we're proud to join forces with Mandarin Oriental, Miami and Smokks to contribute. Read our review to see why we love the Mandarin, then click over to CharityBuzz to bid on a spring getaway with your family.

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Friday Featured Hotel: The St. Regis Deer Valley

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As we bundle up against the first real cold snap of winter, we're also counting down to the start of ski season. Utah's Park City is a family pick for its easy access to three resorts and raft of top kid-friendly hotels and restaurants. Writer Kim Fredricks shares her take on ski-in/ski-out favorite, St. Regis Deer Valley.

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Direct Flights to the Caribbean - Chicago

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Last winter was cold for everyone, but it was particularly rough on Chicago residents, who logged an unprecedented number of subzero days and twice the average amount of snow. This winter might be as bad. Here’s your guide on how to get away easily, and where to stay. Pack up those baby cubs and head south.  

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Direct Flights to the Caribbean - East Coast

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Winter is coming. No seriously, winter is coming. To keep the polar vortex blues at bay, we’re rounding up eight of our favorite warm-weather getaways a non-stop hop (forget the skip and jump) from the East Coast. This way to the beach.

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Featured Hotel: Hotel Guanahani

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We're sprinting towards our full launch at the end of the month, so we haven't been updating the blog as much as we'd like. Here's a little weekend dreaming with a review of St. Barth's Hotel Guanahani, one of our favorite family-friendly resorts in the Caribbean. We're planning to escape for a reboot once our beta is live. TGIF!

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Itinerary Advice: Australia

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Choosing a hotel can be complicated; conquering a country is even more confusing. To help families embarking on more ambitious travels, we’re launching a new series of itineraries, where we’ll break down a day-by-day guide to crushing the multi-stop tour. First up, Australia. Since some of the country’s best lodges don’t allow children under ten, we’ve created two options: one for younger families, one for parents traveling with tweens and teens.

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All-Inclusive Caribbean

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Forget luke-warm buffets and bottom-shelf booze. A handful of high-end Caribbean resorts have reinvented the all-inclusive experience, and their version is ideal for families. Prices include adult-appropriate menus as well as kids’ programming, allowing parents to stop the internal calculator (how much did Johnny just spend on his PB&J lunch??) and enjoy their vacation. Keep the end-of-summer blues at bay checking out a few of our favorites.

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When in Rome: Three Hotels for Three Families

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At Feather+Flip, we know that “kid friendly” comes in different packaging for different people, so we’re scouting hotels that work for a variety of families. Here are three very different but equally appealing hotels we discovered on a recent scouting trip to Rome. Which one is your style? Read to find out.

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Hotel We Love: The Upper House, Hong Kong

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Summer's a time for beach dreaming, but smart travelers are also thinking ahead to plans for fall and winter. Hong Kong offers an ideal jumping off point for exploring Asia, plus it's a fascinating city for kids. While there's no shortage of plush hotels, Upper House is one of our favorites - in Asia and around the world.

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A Guide to Family Safaris

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For most, an African safari is a once – maybe twice – in a lifetime experience, and not an inexpensive one. So it’s worth some research to make sure you’re choosing the right lodge, particularly when traveling with children. Most families head to South Africa and Namibia, which offer malaria-free or low-malaria reserves, easier in-country transportation, the Big Five and super lux and kid-friendly lodges. But there are still enough lodging choices to make our heads spin. Paula Franklin, a New York mom who has over a dozen safaris under her belt, breaks it down for us.

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Hotel We Love: Four Seasons Bosphorus, Istanbul

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Few destinations offer the fascinating culture clash that is Istanbul. The blend of ancient and modern, East and West plus multiple religions and a strong secular influence make Turkey's seafront city the kind of place we'll return to again and again. It's also wonderful for families, assuming you pick the right hotel where you can balance mornings in the old town and the bazaar with less culture-heavy afternoons swimming off the summer heat. The Four Seasons ranks at the top of that list.

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Hotel We Love: The Mark, NYC

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Uptown life doesn't get any better than this. For the quintessential New York experience, families flock to the Mark Hotel for proximity to Central Park, Museum Mile and serious shopping and dining. More of a downtown kid? Stay tuned: reviews for our favorite digs in the Village, Soho and Tribeca, coming soon.

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Hotel We Love: Epi-Plage, St. Tropez

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St. Tropez’s reputation as a hard-partying beach resort is only half accurate. Beyond the thumping club beats and starlet-draped sunbeds remains the town’s 60s soul, when Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger swung this quiet village into focus. Many of the best hotels are in or near town, but for families, we love this low-key boutique resort set directly on Pampelonne Beach.

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Long Weekend Getaways

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School’s out and summer Fridays are in effect. Time to cut loose from city life and make your weekends count. In celebration, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite destinations that are an easy drive from your city. Find out where to stay, favorite kid-friendly eats and what to see and do.

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