Beach Blanket Bingo, Far Flung Adventures

The World’s Best Beaches to Dream About During The Snow Storm

World's Best Beaches
Playa Paraiso in the Riviera Maya , Mexico

We’re getting our first snow storm in the NJ/NYC area and if you’re like us — preferring white sand to white snow — this post is for you!

FlightNetwork, a travel agency based in Canada, along with more than 600 of the world’s top travel journalists, editors, and bloggers, has compiled a list of the World’s 50 Best Beaches. What better way to lighten the doldrums of winter than planning a trip to a sunny destination?

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

The WOW $99 Airfare Sale to Europe is Happening Right Now

WOW $99 Airfare to Europe

You may remember we tipped you off to an amazing airline sale on WOW airlines last month, the low-priced carrier based in Iceland (congrats to our lucky readers who snagged the awesome deal). If you missed out the first time, you’re in luck: WOW just announced another $99 sale to Europe from select US cities as part of their “Purple Friday” sale. Travel dates go through May, so you might be able to snag Spring Break!

If you’re thinking of taking the family to Europe for the holidays, you want to book RIGHT NOW.

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TBT: Travel Scrapbook

#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

leaning of tower of pisa Italy family travel

#TBT: Playground reader Julie Earl shares this photo of her daughters at the Leaning Tower of Pisa from their Italian family vacation last summer.

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Happy travels!

 

Baby, Let Us Take You on a Sea Cruise, European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures

The Ultimate Guide to a Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise AmaWaterways

A cruise down the Rhine River shines a spotlight on everything that’s great about river cruises in Western Europe. While you float along one of the most important waterways in the world, you’ll touch land in four different countries—the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland—visiting big cities such as Amsterdam and Zurich, smaller centers like Cologne and Strasbourg, and the tiny towns that give the river its heart and soul (but that big cruise ships could never get near), such as darling Riquewihr in France’s unique Alsace region.

I rolled down the river on AmaWaterways “Enchanting Rhine” itinerary, and got the inside scoop on the myriad charms of the Rhine River’s ports of call and castle-laden scenery. (Note: Adventures by Disney uses AmaWaterways for its family-friendly European cruise itineraries, but Ama is comfortable for families who like to travel on their own as well.)

Read on for the A to Z highlights as you sail from Amsterdam to Zurich (note that river cruises also do the reverse Switzerland to Netherlands trip).
Ready to set sail? Let’s roll!

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

WOW, $99 Airfare to Europe! (Yes, You Read That Right)

WOW $99 Airfare to Europe

WOW airlines just announced $99 one-way fares to Europe, in November and December no less! If you’re thinking of taking the family to Europe for the holidays, you want to book RIGHT NOW.

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Far Flung Adventures

Mythical Creatures and Where to Find Them on Your Family Vacation

Mythical Creatures family vacation

Do you have kids who love Harry Potter? Did your family love the magical film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Then have we got a family vacation idea for you!

Expedia UK has created a fun guide to all the mythical creatures in the world — everything from Bigfoot in Oregon to Yeti in Nepal to Unicorns in China (who knew?) — with interactive click and go info.

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European Vacation, Far Flung Adventures, TravelTuesday Q&A

#TravelTuesday Q&A: Best Paris Restaurants for a Junior Gourmet

Best Paris restaurants for teens

Q: Hi Playground — Do you have any recommendations for restaurants in Paris with authentic French cuisine for my foodie daughter? She’s going to Paris with her aunt for her 13th birthday and prefers a spot with great food (and reasonable prices) over a trendy place. They’re staying near the Place Vendome. Thanks! ~ Gretchen G.

A: Hi Gretchen, What a fabulous birthday adventure! You’re daughter is a girl after my own heart (and stomach). Paris is one of my favorite cities; I visit as often as I can, and love to try as many local bistros and brasseries as possible when I’m there.

Here are some authentic French spots for your teen gourmet (that won’t break the bank):

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