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Monday, 06 April 2015 08:33

Dad and Disney

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

It's a day every father dreads.

Because it is inevitable, because there is little we can do about it, it looms like a specter on our already difficult parenting journey. Despite our best efforts, there is no avoiding the cultural influence and messages on the sides of busses, on billboards, in pop songs, in movies…even in schoolyard chatter. And, knowing it's coming, we prepare.

Still.

Still there is no disguising the cringe on that fateful day when she finally asks the question…

"Daddy, can we go to Disneyland?"

And though you've prepared for this moment, you still cringe and quickly wonder how you might avoid the interminable lines, gum on your shoes, and refrains of "It's a Small World" echoing in your head for months after. 

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:15

Tax Day Travel

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Casa Tres Vidas Family Travel

I don't know about you but tax season makes me queasy.

Yet once I've collected all the detail and data, I breathe a sigh of relief and think about the possibilities. 

If there is a refund involved, why wouldn't we reward ourselves by planning something grand and glorious? 

To make it easy, the folks at travel resource, Luxury Link have rounded up a list of over-the-top vacation offerings at top four and five-star hotels that fit the average tax return budget of $3,000.

These vacation packages should make us feel better: 

Capella Washington D.C. (Washington D.C.)

Five nights with private museum tours and after-hours shopping

Farmhouse Inn (Sonoma County)

Five nights with VIP wine tastings and complimentary daily three-course breakfasts

Lake Austin Spa Resort (Texas)

Two nights all-inclusive with $450 spa credit

Turtle Bay Resort (Hawaii)

Ten night getaway with $500 resort credit, daily snorkeling and tennis

Casa Tres Vidas (Mexico)

Seven nights all-inclusive with an open-air beachfront villa that has access to a private beach and chef

Sivory Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)

Ten night getaway to retreat to a private plunge pool after a private candlelit dinner on the beach

Enjoy!

 

 


Monday, 23 March 2015 10:24

Dive To Discover The World

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

family dive vacations

Diving is a great way to discover the world and what lies beneath the surface. 

From Bonaire and Grand Cayman to Yap and Palau, Family Dive Adventures and Kids Sea Camp provide education about the underwater world and the tools needed to become safe, confident divers. In the last 15 years, the company has certified more than 5,400 kids. Children and their parents will learn about coral reefs, sharks, manta rays and the latest in global marine conservation during Kids Sea Camp weeks.

Join other families during organized group trips or customize your own getaway.

Find out more: familydivers.com

Adventure Quotes travel

Life is full of adventure!

If you are looking for a little inspiration, a few words to urge you into action, you've come to the right place.

Enjoy!

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of shore." – Christopher Columbus

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.” ~ Edward Abbey

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” - Anonymous 

Find 49 other inspirational quotes here!

FamilyTravel.com Barcelo Your Next Family Vacation

Ready for some sunshine?

The Barceló Maya Beach Resort in sunny Riviera Maya, MX, is a multi-resort all-inclusive complex you'll want to explore. Particularly post their just completed $80 renovation project.

The family-friendly Barceló Maya complex is comprised of five adjacent resorts – all sharing a long stretch of private beach.

Claim yours from  2,756 guest rooms, 20 restaurants and 19 bars: Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Tropical, Barceló Colonial, Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe.The project focuses on the complex’s Barceló Maya Beach and Barceló Maya Caribe resorts in an effort to further enhance the overall guest experience.

New additions include full redesign of all Club Premium Suites complete with Jacuzzis on terraces and in bathrooms, expanded and modernized lobby, brand new clubhouse, and new entertainment center, complete with sports bar, bowling alley, teen disco, full waterpark featuring a surf pool/Flow rider, redesigned 18-hole miniature golf course and more.

Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe rates starts at just $189 per person, per night.

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