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Family Fun and Sun in San Diego

san diego family travel

Sunny San Diego offers more than 60 stunning beaches, world-famous arts and culture for the entire family, a bustling Downtown, national parks and hiking trails, an incredible food scene, and perhaps the best weather in the country. It’s a perfect place for a family vacation, and where I decided to have some summer fun with my family this past August.

Read on for all the things to enjoy on your San Diego family vacation:

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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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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Caribbean Family Travel Options for Holiday Break

Caribbean Family Travel

Q: Hi Playground! I’d love to book a warm weather, family getaway for Thanksgiving or Christmas; we want easy nonstop flights and beaches, with other activities, too. Normally we’d consider the Caribbean, but is it too soon after Hurricane Irma, Jose, and the current threat Maria? Is it okay to visit the Caribbean now? Thanks ~ AP

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#TBT: Travel Scrapbook ~ Message of Love on Nantucket Island

nantucket family travel

#TBT: Playground reader Meagan Coomber shares this photo of her adorable children sharing a message of love on Washing Pond Beach in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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

Happy travels!

Day Trips, Weekend Away

Last Minute Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways To Take Over Labor Day Weekend

Family Trips Labor Day Weekend

The last long weekend of summer is coming — Monday, September 4, is Labor Day. Whether you have a 3-day or 4-day weekend, it’s plenty of time to fit in one last hurrah of summer before school starts and to take some Day Trips or a mini getaway with the family.

We have lots of awesome ideas. So grab your keys, pack the kids into the car, and happy travels!

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#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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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Best Mobile Phone Plans for Overseas Travel

mobile phone plan overseas travel

 

Q:  Hello Playground! We’re heading to England for a week on vacation and I want to know the most affordable way to use my phone while I’m traveling. We have Verizon as our mobile carrier. Thanks! ~ LK

A: Hi LK! This is a great question, and one I get asked about a lot. Everyone has heard horror stories about astronomical data roaming charges and ridiculous international phone bills. But the good news is, with the right plan, this no longer has to be the case.

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