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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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4 Home Rentals for Hotel People

Henley Vazquez

Anyone who’s traveled with kids has probably lamented the lack of space in a hotel room. But if you’re like us, you’ll choose hotels over home rentals because it just ain’t vacation if you’re shopping for someone’s favorite cereal, making beds, and booking your own dinner reservations. So, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite houses that function like tiny hotels. These aren’t villas attached to resorts — there are plenty of those — but rather a hotel in a house, the kind of place that lets you spread out a bit without sacrificing the amenities of a resort. Read on for four of our favorites.


MUSTIQUE, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

  Villa Carissa via Mustique-Island.com

Villa Carissa via Mustique-Island.com

What: Fully-staffed houses on a pristine private island in the Grenadines, complete with great hiking, amazing beaches, access to resort services, including six tennis courts, a spa, gym, and even a riding stable.

Why: A private chef comes with every home, and you’ll spend less than you would on a couple of rooms at a fancy hotel. You’ll be surprised the kinds of deals you can get here.

Where: A 30-minute flight on a small plane from St. Lucia. If you can handle the St. Barth’s trip, you can do Mustique.

ÀNI VILLAS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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What: Sprawling design-savvy homes with a full staff, including housekeeping, concierge, and chef.

Why: Rates are all-inclusive, so this is an especially good option if you’re hosting an extended family or a group. Eat and drink up! Read our full review here.

Where: Two locations in Rio San Juan in the north of the Dominican Republic (near the new Amanera) and Anguilla.

SON BUNYOLA, MALLORCA

Sun Bunyola

What: Three homes tucked into the countryside of Mallorca, each with its own staff, as well as private pools, walking paths to the seaside, and a tennis court.

Why: Like Ani Villas, prices here include all the services, accommodations, and food and beverage, so you don’t need to worry about what you’re spending once you arrive. Oh yeah, and these are part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection, so it’s got the Richard Branson stamp of approval.

Where: Mallorca, Spain.

BEACH ENCLAVE, TURKS & CAICOS

Beach Enclave

What: A collection of villas in Turks & Caicos.

Why: With so many quick, direct flights from multiple cities, Turks has become a year-round destination for meeting up with friends and family for some beach time.

Where: Long Bay and North Shore, Turks and Caicos Islands

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with Infants

Henley Vazquez

Traveling with infants comes with one guarantee: excess baggage. So how do you cover the basics without packing the kitchen sink? We called up Dr. Vicki Porges of New York’s Downtown Pediatrics to get her input. A fourth-generation family doctor and mom of two, Dr. Porgesshares her down-to-earth approach on everything from the sunscreen to buy to what to pack for the plane. We feel calmer already.

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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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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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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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Snow Day Dreaming of Anguilla

Henley Vazquez

In light of this East Coast whopper of a storm, we're sharing some photos of a place we'd rather be: Anguilla! Photographer Michael Edwards, whose credits include Sports Illustrated, Glamour and Vogue, recently spent time on the island while shooting supermodel Ashley Graham. He shared snaps from his stay at one of our favorite hotels, Malliouhana, and it's pretty much all we want to think about today.

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Direct Flights You Probably Don't Know About

Nicole Rubin

Getting on a flight can feel like time travel when everything goes to plan. While we like going to far-flung destinations, nobody likes connecting, so we've rounded up the best direct flights from NYC to some of our favorite places that aren't major hubs. Getting on a flight can feel like time travel when everything goes to plan. While we like going to far-flung destinations, nobody likes connecting, so we've rounded up the best direct flights from NYC to some of our favorite places that aren't major hubs.

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Checking In: Terranea, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Nicole Rubin

 Located just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, the resort is most popular with local Californians looking to escape for a few days, but it's the perfect for anyone looking for a poolside Zika-free vacation for a babymoon or family getaway. There's plenty of splashing room for the kids and an adults-only pool for couples looking to unwind. 

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Travel Style: Best Suitcases

Nicole Rubin

We take the art of packing very seriously here at Passported HQ and it all starts with having the right suitcase. The key to not overpacking is a reasonably sized bag that is smartly designed to fit everything you need. Pro tip: After you're all packed, go back in your suitcase and remove two items-- trust us you won't need them and you'll give yourself a little extra room for those souvenirs.

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Links We Love 12.19.16

Nicole Rubin

What do we do if we have a spare second at Passported HQ? We read about travel, of course! Here are some of the articles we've been perusing in between booking holiday trips for our clients. If you're inspired to get away, just give us a ring and we'll help you plan your next adventure.

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Family-friendly Hawaii Hotels

Nicole Rubin

There are few places that say "vacation" like Hawaii evoking dreams of luaus, volcanos, and crashing waves. It's easy to find sunshine and outdoor activities like hiking and surfing, but not as simple to navigate the bustling hotel scene. Check out our family-friendly Hawaii hotel picks for your next Pacific adventure.

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