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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

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Guide to Napa Valley

Henley Vazquez

Passported contributor Elisa Carbone Brown is a bit of a hero around these parts. She travels well, has a nose for sussing out the best guides, sends back reports of amazing restaurants, and often she does it all while wrangling her three kids solo. Seriously, she rocks. She recently shared some of her Napa Valley tips, which is a place everyone in the office is dreaming about now that spring has finally sprung. Read on to get Elisa's tips on where to stay, what to sip, and more.

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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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Top 12 Hotels of 2016

Nicole Rubin

This year has been a big one at Passported HQ. We feel lucky to with so many wonderful clients on exciting trips from Anguilla to Zagreb. We hate to play favorites with hotels because we really do love them all dearly, but he's our list of the most booked Passported hotels this year. 

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Thanksgiving at a Hotel

Nicole Rubin

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends eating, drinking and probably eating some more. But it's also a great time to getaway as a family and create new holiday traditions. So while some people fly home for turkey day, we recommend getting out of town and checking out these stays that are ideal for feasting as a fam. 

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Featured Hotel: W Los Angeles West Beverly Hills

Henley Vazquez

Los Angeles is famous for its sunny skies and stylish crowds. It has claims some major notoriety for its traffic, which is why we love this hotel. The W West Beverly Hills sits in the adorable neighborhood of Westwood, adjacent to UCLA, but just a hop from everything else you'll want to do in the City of Angels. Here's what to know, and where to go when you're staying. (P.S. we're giving away a two-night stay!)

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Road Trip Redux: Western Edition

Henley Vazquez

There are plenty of reasons to travel far and wide, but sometimes you don't want the hassle of airport security and baggage claim, so why not hop in the car instead? We are bringing back the family road trip in a big way. We've gathered up our favorite destinations for road warriors from Chicago to California.

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Santa Barbara City Guide

Henley Vazquez

We're excited to announce our new Santa Barbara guide! Two hours north of LA, this seaside town rocks our world with activities for minis and moms alike. From vineyards to surf shops, mountain hiking to beach bumming, Santa Barbara has four-season appeal but is particularly rad come summer. Check out our Santa Barbara guide now and start California dreamin'. 

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Doing Disney Right

Henley Vazquez

Disney: whether you’ve dreamed of taking your children or dreaded the moment, you'll succumb to the Magic Kingdom's siren call eventually. And regardless of motivation, you’re bound to face some, um, STRESS when corralling kids, spouses, potentially grandparents plus lines upon lines of sugared-up crowds. But that’s the bad part, and there’s a lot of good news, all of it from our panel of smart moms who shared their insider advice on how to do Disney right. Get their tips on where to stay, the best line-skipping scoop and how to find a decent meal when Mickey's in the house.

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L.A. My Way

Henley Vazquez

Designer Jenna Jackson finds inspiration for her line of men's and women's accessories in destinations as far flung as Bhutan and South Africa. Back at home in LA, she has her regular hit list of family-friendly spots that are equally inspirational to those of us stuck in less sunnier climes. Follow her footsteps around the city for your next trip with the tots, and copy her cool-mama style with one of her gorgeous August bags.

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Two Perfect Days in L.A.

Henley Vazquez

Sunny days, sand castles, poolside lunches—and that's the winter. From the East Coast to the NoCal's foggy bays and the snowy midwest, families everywhere get a serious case of L.A. envy when the weather turns. Luckily, flights are almost always reasonable to the City of Angels, so planning an escape is never difficult. We've mapped out a dream weekend in Beverly Hills, with a mix of art, play and, of course, lots of good food. Follow our plan to keep the sun shining year round.

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Your Complete Guide to Flying with Kids

Henley Vazquez

If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk. Or in our case, if you’re going to preach about family travel, you better be willing to schlep your own children around as well. After a busy month of family travel to England, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal and more, we caught up in the office and traded tips on flying with our minis, from the infants to the tweens. Now we’re sharing them with you — color coded by level of difficulty expected. Happy travels!

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Best American Beaches

Henley Vazquez

Choosing the best American beach isn’t easy. With almost 100,000 miles of coastline plus infinite lakes, rivers and ponds perfect for summertime splashing, there are plenty of sandy spots worthy of praise. These are five of our favorites. What are yours? Share with us in the comments or via TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

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Something to Declare: Jennifer Fisher

Henley Vazquez

Jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher counts Rihanna, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Watts as devotees, and leagues of women have embraced her edgy yet elegant looks. Inspired to create her own line upon the birth of her first child, the New York-based mom and fashion maven hits the road in style from her hometown of Santa Barbara to the South of France. Here, she shares her favorite Parisian cheeseburger, a great staycation and where she's headed next.

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