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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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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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Happy Parents' Day!

Amber Hunter

To say parents work hard is an understatement. And while we think you should show your parents some appreciation regardless of a holiday, we also aren't opposed to those days that are completely in celebration of all the hard work they do. In celebration of parents' day this July 24th, we thought we'd share some of the best travel advice we've received from our parents. 

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The Best Pizza from Amalfi to Venice

Henley Vazquez

 

It seems like everyone is going to Italy this summer and everyone loves pizza. So we've combined two of our most favorite things—eating and traveling—for our latest guide to the best pies all over Italy. Better yet, we tapped local experts for their insider take on where to grab the ultimate slice. From pizza al taglio to thin crust and deep dish, we've got the scoop on where to mangia in Rome, Venice, Naples, Capri, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. 


Rome

“Pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) is Rome's ubiquitous street food. It's baked in long, oblong slabs or rectangular sheet pans, sold by weight, and eaten on the fly. Locals love it because it's quick and cheap and while many examples are fairly delicious, rarely does Roman pizza al taglio enter into superlative territory. At Gabriele Bonci's Pizzarium, however, pizza by the slice has been elevate to an art form. The dough, which is made from stone ground heirloom wheats, is fermented slowly for up to 72 hours, rendering it a light and aromatic vehicle for delivering gourmet toppings like burrata and Cantabrian anchovies or simple classics like potato and mozzarella.While there is on seating nor table service, there's a fun selection of Champagne, which is a terrific pairing with Bonci's pizzas.”

Katie Parla, a NJ native, is a Rome-based food and drinks writer. She is the author of a popular food and travel blog and the book Tasting Rome.


Venice

“Venice isn’t pizza famous like Rome or Naples, but I would say Antico Forno is among the best. It’s an institution in the Rialto market and has really good pizza, both thin crust and deep dish. You can order by the slice, too. Really good calzones as well!”

Ondine Cohane is a Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler and writes for the New York Times, GQ, Bon Appetit and more. She lives in Tuscany with her husband and son, where they own two of the area’s best hotels, La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse.


Naples

“One of our favorite spots for pizza is a very famous restaurant called Sorbillo, right on Via dei Tribunali, the main street in the city centre. I believe they actually claim that they invented pizza, and they are constantly busy—to the point that a member of staff is always standing outside with a megaphone calling out people who have put their names down once their table is ready! It obviously attracts tourists but you will be struck by how the vast majority of clientele is actually Italian.

The funny story is that there is another pizzeria called Sorbillo on the same street! The first time we visited Naples we thought we were actually going to the original place I mentioned above, as the pizzas were also great here, too. I don't know what the story is with them having the same name etc, but I would also really recommend visiting the “sister” restaurant if you have time.”

Ben Romberg of The Roman Guy runs private or small group tours around Italy (food-focused and more) and is based in Rome. The Roman Guy's goal to separate you from the masses, so you can experience Rome and the rest of Italy like a local.


Capri

Villaverde Restaurant makes the best traditional pizza. Aurora Restaurant makes the lighter and most successful pizza on the island. They call it "water pizza" because is very thin, light and crispy, made with very little yeast so the pizza is easy to digest. The family has actually patented it so the name can only be used at Aurora Restaurant. In Italian, it’s called “pizza all’acqua.”

Martino Acampora is the General Manager of JK Place Capri, the hotel that inspires Passported’s Pinterest dreams, and our favorite place to stay on the island.


Tuscany

“Although Tuscany isn't known for its pizza, you can still find some great options if you know where to go. One of my favorites in Pienza is Pummaro, which has delicious freshly made pizzas to go, whole or by the slice.”

John Voigtmann is the owner of La Bandita Countryhouse and La Bandita Townhouse, two of Tuscany’s best hotels. John co-owns the properties with his wife, writer Ondine Cohane, and their adorable son Jacabo.


Amalfi Coast

Tre Sorelle in Positano makes a lovely pizza, but it’s not of the same standing as Naples, which is epic!  In Naples, Ciro a Mergellina is fantastic! It is a no frills restaurant, but the location in Posillipo is spectacular, and it has large windows looking over the sea. Their mozzarella is excellent, too, yet what stands out the most is the pizza.”

Antonio Sersale is the owner and manager of Le Sirenuse, the Positano hotel that is consistently rated one of the world’s best.


FLORENCE

"At this moment, the best pizza in my beloved Florence is at Vico del Carmine on Via Pisana, 40r. You can read more about it and other great travel tips in my book J.K. Essential Guide to Florence."

Claudio Meli is the General Manager of the J.K. Florence and author of its eponymous insider guide. 


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Most Innovative Travel Strollers at Babesta

Henley Vazquez

Navigating the world with kids is our MO, so when we need advice about travel strollers we go right to the source. We got the scoop from Jennifer Cattaui of TriBeCa's cool kid shop, Babesta on everything you need to know to find the best travel stroller to fit your travel style. While favorites like Uppababy and Bugaboo make travel systems that are compatible with car seats, there are some really well-designed and inventive lighter options for parents on-the-go. Read on for some of the newest and best travel stroller options out there for your next big adventure. 

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Summer Sales from Tulum to London

Henley Vazquez

Sure, we play favorites, at least when it comes to hotels. Throw in some free nights, and you’ve really got us. Check out some sweet deals at two of our most loved hotels (real gems), where you can escape the daily hustle and experience some of the coolest destinations for less.

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Date Night Ideas From Lauren Mansell of Hello Sitter

Henley Vazquez

English expat, Lauren Mansell is a Manhattan mama on a mission to make your date days and nights even better with her app, Hello Sitter. With Hello Sitter, you can hire pre-vetted on-demand babysitters with the tap of the screen. So what will you do with all of this free time? Lauren has some ideas. Read on for her date night picks.

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Q&A: Photographer Michael Edwards

Henley Vazquez

TriBeCa dad and badass photographer Michael Edwards has a mic-drop resume, which includes spreads in every mag that matters (Vogue and Glamour, to name a couple). Plus, he's the man behind the lens in the inspirational new Swimsuits for All campaign #beachbodynotsorry. When we got the opportunity to chat with him, we couldn't resist asking our most embarrassing photo questions, from the best way to take flattering family photos to what apps can make our vacation pics look like a fashion mag. Oh yeah, and we wanted to know his favorite places to travel so we can roll like the Edwards crew (hint: swimsuits are involved). Read on for his picks, including the a secret must-buy souvenir in Nosara and the best place to grab a drink in downtown Manhattan. 

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Don't Tell Anyone About Nosara

Henley Vazquez

Nosara has occupied the "axis of cool" for a while, but now the Costa Rican surf town is eclipsing some of its more famous compatriots. More understated than the Baelerics and free of the scene-chasers in overpriced caftans that have invaded Tulum, Nosara retains all the laid-back surfer charm that put Playa Guiones on the map but with a fantastic hotel (I write loopy love letters to the Harmony in my diary), mellow eateries, a couple cool shops and more activities than I could fit into one stay. Read on to find the places not to miss on your own trip.

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A Mother and Son Adventure at AltaGracia, Costa Rica

Henley Vazquez

New York mom of two Michelle took her son on an unforgettable trip to the mountains of Costa Rica. Hacienda AltaGracia, in Costa Rica's coffee country, is an upscale country retreat with endless outdoor activities that keep even the most high-energy kiddos (and parents) occupied. Zip lining through the jungle? Hiking under waterfalls? Check, check. Read about this mama's adventurous trip to CR. 

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An Expert's Take on the Galapagos with Kids

Henley Vazquez

When it comes to Latin America, our partners in everything from scoring the right guide to getting the up-to-date intel are John and Erynn Montgomery, the founders of Mosaico Travel and the brains behind Tropic of Candycorn. They recently shared their insider take on what to do in the Galapagos with kids, and we listened up. As parents of four daughters, ages 2, 5, 9, and 11, they really know how to travel with tots and what activities are best for the whole fam. Read on for their tips, and contact our bookings team to get going on planning your own trip with John.

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Passported HQ: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Trips

Henley Vazquez

This week at the Passported HQ, we've been getting a lot of questions about places that you normally think of as colder climes, but are equally great (if not even better) in the summer months. Read on about what to do in Iceland, Jackson Hole and Whistler when the temperature goes up. 

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