European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: London for Families

London for Families

Q: Hi Playground — My husband, 12-year-old son, 19-year-old daughter, and I are taking advantage of the low fares to England and spending a week in London in July. Now that we have our travel sorted out, I’m wondering what family friendly London sights and activities we should have on our must see list when we get there. Any don’t miss or surefire teen pleasers? Thanks! ~ Jen F.

A: Hi Jen! Great to hear your family is headed to London, it’s one of my favorite cities in Europe and it definitely needs a little TLC from travelers right now. You are actually the third family I’ve heard from recently who’s headed to London this summer with teens and tweens wondering what to do. I’ve got a few crowd pleasers up my sleeve, but remember that every kid, and family is unique, so if your kids love shopping, or art, or theater, be sure to add in extra time for those.

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Amazing International Airfare Bargains

 International Airfare Bargains

If you haven’t looked at overseas airline seat prices in a while you’re in for a surprise. A good surprise that is. (When was the last time you heard “airline” and “good surprise” in the same sentence?)

I’ve been watching prices drop, no PLUMMET, in the last year, and it seems as though fares have hit an all-time low on select routes. Last year, we told you how to get great fares to Milan for around $450 round trip, but now routes throughout Europe and beyond are dropping down below $300 roundtrip. How low? WOW airlines is offering $150 tickets to ISRAEL! Seriously. I paid more than that for the ACELA to DC from NY last year.

The international airfare bargains are due to a number of factors: Lower oil prices, a strong dollar, and greater route competition from bare-bones airlines that are doing away with all niceties such as free checked bags for overseas flights or even free food (but honestly, we’re so used to this by now, it’s hard to even notice) to create rock-bottom prices that other airlines have to lower their fares to try and compete with.

Here are a few of our recent family travel favorite air fare sales.

Note that some fares are available only for a limited time, and there are often date and day restrictions. We’ll keep checking on more flight deals for you, but keep an eye on Travelzoo (I’m signed up for their daily alerts), which does a great job of spotting airfare deals.

Happy flying!

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Beachside Getaways in Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki, Hawaii

Q: We’re heading to Oahu over the summer and would love to find a beachside hotel in Waikiki. Any suggestions? Thanks! ~ FM

A: Hi FM, Hawaii is beach paradise, and Waikiki is among the best known, and most beautiful sandy spots on Oahu. But not all hotels are directly on the beach.

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TBT: Travel Scrapbook

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Gorgeous Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland


#TBT: Playground reader April Daniels Hussar shares this photo of her daughter at the Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland.

Want to see your family on Playground? Send your travel photos here.

Happy travels!


Far Flung Adventures, Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

Drumroll Please….The Most Popular Family Vacation Destinations

Popular Family Vacation Destinations
Trevi Fountain, Rome

Have you been looking for travel inspiration? Wondering where other families are headed for spring and summer break? Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency, was wondering, too. Specifically, they wanted to know where the most influential travelers were headed. No, not Jay Z and Beyonce, but Generation Z — kids and teens born in the late in the 1990s to 2010s. Turns out our kids hold considerable sway over the family vacation.

According to Virtuoso, Gen Zs are well-traveled from an early age and globally minded, and thus interested in offbeat destinations with exhilarating adventures like diving the Great Barrier Reef and kayaking among icebergs in Greenland (we’re adding those to our personal dream boards, too).

Here’s the Virtuoso list of popular family vacation destinations — places where Gen Z, and the adults who drive them to school and pay for their travels, will be heading this year:

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6 in the City, European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures

6 in the City: Luxury Family Getaway at Four Seasons Florence, Italy

6 in the city: Florence, Italy

The latest in our series on Playground, where we feature our personally curated city travel picks with one equation: 1 amazing hotel + 2 great places to eat + 3 can’t miss things to see and do = 6 in the City!

Consider these your handy go-to-guides for the quickest route for travel fun!

Florence, Italy:

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Spring Break Sweet 16

Spring Break

Q: Hi Playground: Do you have any ideas for a sweet 16 trip for late April spring break? It will be four of us: My daughter and her friend and me and the other mom. The girls want somewhere warm with a beach and other kids their age and we’d be there 3-4 nights. The girls are interested in Atlantis, the moms were hoping for something not quite as hectic. ~ Thank you! Shari S.

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