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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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Our Insider's Guide to Forte dei Marmi

Henley Vazquez

One of Tuscany’s most popular seaside towns, Forte dei Marmi attracts a loyal mix of summer visitors for its laid-back beach clubs, family-friendly hotels, and upscale restaurants. At the heart of the action is Hotel Byron, an elegant, kid-friendly sleep with views across the Ligurian Sea and Apuan Alps. We spoke to owner, and Forte dei Marmi expert, Salvatore Madonna about the highlights and hidden gems of this quintessential northern Italian beach town.

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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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Our 10 Best Things to Do in Vienna with Kids

Henley Vazquez

Vienna is a dream city break for families, packed with fairytale palaces, picnic-ready parks, and apple strudel on the breakfast menu. We asked one family just back from the Austrian capital to share their tried and tested highlights. Read on for the kid-approved list, from the museum to visit twice to where to find the best schnitzel in town.

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Explore Lake Placid Like a Local

Henley Vazquez

Don’t put away the skis just yet — there’s still time to hit the groomed trails, cozy fires and rustic cabins around Lake Placid this season. To put you on the fast track, we asked Lake Placid regular and Passported travel advisor and contributor, Elisa Brown, to share her favorite spots to sleep, play and eat on and off the slopes.

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Know Before You Go: Morocco

Henley Vazquez

At 7-months-pregnant, Passported co-founder Henley hopped a plane to Casablanca with her husband, 10-year-old and 6-year-old to explore Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, and desert at Dar Ahlam in a jam-packed weeklong adventure. Here, she shares her planning pro-tips, including why an empty duffel should be top of your packing list. 

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Plan Now: Spring Break in Scottsdale

Henley Vazquez

The wild saguaro and red rock deserts of Arizona are the perfect (Zika and hurricane free!) Spring Break stomping ground for the whole family, whether you want hot air balloon rides, horseback riding excursions, spa time or serious Southwestern food. Passported's Brandi Wilson breaks it down with her favorite eats, sleeps and adventures in Scottsdale.

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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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