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Summer’s Top 10 Family Destinations

Families Heading to Theme Parks and Beaches this Summer

With Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to summer fast approaching, Travelocity travel experts dug into the website’s summer booking data to discover where families will take their summer vacations in 2011. Overwhelmingly, families will travel to beach destinations in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Top 5 Family Friendly Camping Destinations

Traveling to new destinations can be hard when you’re towing a couple of kids and a tight budget. To overcome this, my family camped. A lot. My family camped so much, we could have been some type of Ranger family; we would pack up the van in less than an hour and be ready to go on the road before the sun even came up. Upon arriving, my brother would set up the tent, I would unload the food, and my dad would start the fire. It was a team effort. Well, except for my mom. She just relaxed.

Looking back, these camping trips were some of the best vacations I ever had with my family. The adventures were educational and fun, and we were always in a beautiful environment.   And in the hopes that you’ll have as good a time in the Great Outdoors as I did, I leave you with this short list of National Parks offering great family camping opportunities. Each has something different to offer, but all provide a great setting to enjoy quality time with your family.

10 Tips for Adventure Travel with Kids

Please join us in welcoming the Voelkel Family to The Window Seat. J&P Voelkel are the cowriters of The Jaguar Stones book series including, Book One: Middleworld and Book Two: The End of The World Club.

The first time we took our three kids to the Central American jungle, the youngest was only two. We worried she’d get eaten by a jaguar but, in reality, the biggest problem was getting her to swallow her anti-malaria medicine.


Question of the Week: Does My Baby Need a Passport?

Dear Editors,

Does a nine-month-old baby need a passport when returning to the U.S. from Mexico?



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Hi Jose,

As I’m sure you’ve found out, the answer to this question isn’t as clear-cut as you’d think. You can thank the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative for that! This initiative went into action in 2007, making it much more difficult–and often impossible–to travel between Western Hemisphere countries without a passport. In the case of your child, whether or not she/he needs a passport depends entirely on how you plan to travel.