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Infographic: Tips For a Stress-Free International Vacation with Kids

family travel tips

Traveling with kids can sometimes make you feel like you need a vacation after your vacation. The good news is that if you plan well and follow advice from seasoned family travelers, your vacation can be fantastic, and stress free. This mini-infographic from Discover is a helpful tool for all the stuff you have to do in advance of an international trip (like get passports), so you can relax and kick back on the way to your destination:

Related: 10 Ways to Prepare For Traveling with Kids (While Keeping a Sense of Humor)

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Costa Rica for a Spring Break Family Vacation

Costa Rica family vacation | Herradura Bay (Marriott)
Herradura Bay, Costa Rica 

Q: Hi Playground! Do you have any family friendly and affordable hotels and resorts you recommend in Costa Rica? We are hoping to go in March when our kids have 2 weeks off from school for an early Spring Break. Thanks! ~ Kim

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All Aboard for the NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Credit: Robert Benson Photography

The annual Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a one of the highlights of the winter holiday season in New York City for families. Especially those with kids who are train fanatics (if you have kids who love Thomas the Train, or anything that moves on tracks, you know what we mean).  

Related: Day Trip: Central Park, NYC

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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

5 Free Travel Apps You Should Download Right Now for Winter Family Travel

Travel Apps

Getting ready for winter travel adventures? Whether you’re going to be relaxing on a tropical island (lucky duck), skiing in Canada, or visiting Grandma in the midwest — if you’re going to be flying you’ll need all the help you can get. But don’t despair, help is here in the form of five free downloadable apps.

Here are 5 fabulous travel apps to download before you hit the airport this winter:

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Don’t Miss These Amazing U.S. Cyber Monday Travel Deals for Families

cyber monday travel deals in the United States

Get ready, get set, SHOP! Or more precisely, shop for once-a-year travel deals, bargains, and great getaways. The only caveat: these are one-day only, Cyber Monday Travel Deals for families. Cyber Monday, for the uninitiated, is the first Monday after Thanksgiving, when online retailers roll out holiday specials for everyone who loves to click and save.

Georgette and I have rounded up the best of the best in travel for families across the United States — happy travels!

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

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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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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

5 Ways to Get More Playground

playground family travelMelissa Klurman and Georgette Gilmore created Playground to make finding vacation ideas as easy as taking a spin on your favorite swing. Every adventure–whether it’s a staycation or a far flung journey around the world–is personally tested and approved by two savvy travelers who also happen to be moms.

We share our personal favorite getaways, arts & cultural experiences, tips we share with friends, and travels we recommend whenever there’s a need to unwind, rewind, and take a break from the daily work/life grind.

Here are 5 more ways to follow Playground and stay in the know:
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#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.

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

Happy travels!