When Kids Grow Up On Tropical Islands Without Electronics

“They’re not attracted to the TV screen,” observed my 10-year old daughter in disbelief. Last week we stayed on the remote Thai island of Koh Phrathong where electricity only comes between sunset and 10 pm, so residents of Lions Village can socialize after dark. What my daughter said referred to the six village kids playing around her and her sister, ranging in age from three to 11 years. While adults next door gathered with sodas in front of a TV blaring Thai soap operas, kids simply played on. In fact, they spent hours with my girls with only hand gestures as a common language and it was one of the best times my girls had on the island.

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Family Travel: The Insider’s Guide To Paris With Kids

Is Paris on your dream list with kids? The City of Light may be best known for romance but it packs a lot for the under-10 crowd. With great public transport, discounts for families and entertainment venues for the youngest ones, Paris is a fun city to visit with children in tow. Summer is the […]

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Family Travel: The Insider’s Guide to London with Kids

When my friend Ryan said she was coming to London with her two sons ages 2 and 5, I started thinking about a list of all the cool spots they would like. Family-friendly museums, only-in-London experiences, sweet treats and places to roam around – there were so many options that I could have written a […]

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The loch at Balquhidder

Travel with kids: 8 Outdoors Adventures in Scotland and on Skye

Dramatic, spectacular and unique, Scotland’s landscapes are like nowhere else. Roaming this vast country, we hiked glacial valleys sliding into the sea, proud mountains hiding clan secrets and never-ending moors that would fit just right in The Lord of the Rings. If a place doesn’t conceal some dark period of history, it’s home to local […]

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Quick Outdoors Escapes in South Florida for the Part-Time Tourist

Florida, sunshine state – they got that part right. As soon as I landed at the Miami Airport, I got my sunglasses out. Here we were in the middle of January and the sun was shining on palm trees, lush sidewalks and impeccable islands of luxury. In my hotel bedroom at Coral Springs, I stashed away my winter down jacket. The only problem was, I was’t on vacation. I was a part-time tourist, working from dawn to mid-afternoon from my hotel bedroom. After that, I felt an irresistible urge to escape to tropical waters, breathe some fresh air and get my body active. Hours of sitting in front of a computer will do that to you. I grabbed a map at the hotel business center and checked some brochures. Swimming, biking, kayaking, hiking, shore diving – oh my! This was going to be exciting.

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