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Tips and tools for meaningful family travel.
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The Fees of London - http://familyexplorers.com/the-fees-of-london/
I’ve mentioned occasionally in the past that when using frequent flyer miles to travel abroad, you’re often better off avoiding London.  The reason for this?  Crazy-high carrier-imposed fees when using London’s airports (regardless of whether London is your destination or you’re just changing pl ...

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Rick Steves - LIVE at the Paramount - http://familyexplorers.com/rick-steves-austin/
If there’s one traveling companion that should come along on every trip to Europe—without needing an airplane ticket or a place to sleep—it’s a Rick Steves guidebook for the place you’re headed.  Hopefully you’ve already experienced Rick’s expertise in your travels, so you know what I’m talking ...

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Tuesday Travel Trouble: Big vs Little - http://familyexplorers.com/tuesday-travel-trouble-big-vs-little/
We took our kids to London for a week two years ago and got off to a rocky start.  It took us a couple of days to remember a very important principle—not every activity is right for every age, and it’s okay to split up.  Here’s how things went down, and how we righted the ship.



The first ...

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Tuesday Travel Trouble: Don't rock the boat - http://familyexplorers.com/motion-sickness/
When I was a teenager, my family went to the Great Barrier Reef.  To get there (after you get all the way to Australia), you have to take a boat for about 90 minutes to a platform; then snorkel, swim, bob around in the ocean for a few hours; then back to shore another 90 minutes.  That’s a lot o ...

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Holiday shopping: Top Secret Adventures - http://familyexplorers.com/holiday-shopping-top-secret-adventures/
Welcome to the third installation of holiday shopping ideas for traveling families!  Click here for the full (and growing) list of gift ideas.

Today’s recommendations: Top Secret Adventures by Highlights

Remember sitting in the dentist’s office as a child and finding the Highlights magazine?  I do, and my favorite was always the hidden pictures section.  Well, it turns out Highlights now has something for our young travelers!  It’s called Top Secret Adventures, and it’s a great series of activities for elementary schoolchildren.

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Holiday shopping: MAPS - http://familyexplorers.com/holiday-shopping-maps/
This is the second in our series of holiday shopping recommendations for young and future travelers!  Click here for more ideas.

I don’t know about you, but at our house, there have been Christmas lists and letters to Santa showing up for several weeks now.  We do NOT need more toys in our house.  But anything that contributes to our boys’ learning—especially if it relates to our love for travel—is worth our consideration. 

Given the season, I figured it’s a good time to share some recommendations for traveling families!  Over the next several days, watch for gift suggestions for you traveling families.  Most will be focused on kid-travelers, but I’ll probably throw in a few ideas for the parents, as well.  Keep in mind that some of these could be a good suggestion for the grandparents who are struggling to come up with gift ideas for the little ones, so you may want to pass these along!

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Holiday shopping: Books for mini travelers - http://familyexplorers.com/holiday-shopping-books-for-mini-travelers/
I don’t know about you, but at our house, there have been Christmas lists and letters to Santa showing up for several weeks now.  We do NOT need more toys in our house.  But anything that contributes to our boys’ learning—especially if it relates to our love for travel—is worth our consideration. 

Given the season, I figured it’s a good time to share some recommendations for traveling families!  Over the next several days, watch for gift suggestions for you traveling families.  Most will be focused on kid-travelers, but I’ll probably throw in a few ideas for the parents, as well.  Keep in mind that some of these could be a good suggestion for the grandparents who are struggling to come up with gift ideas for the little ones, so you may want to pass these along!

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Remembering Flanders Fields - http://familyexplorers.com/remembering-flanders-fields/
The whole world seemed to turn heart and mind to the world’s veterans yesterday.  I was touched, seeing the faces, the names, the memorials to so many who have given their lives in the name of freedom over the past few centuries.

Since one of the recurring images from yesterday’s commemorations was the red poppies surrounding the Tower of London, a prime location for family travel, I figured it would be appropriate to share a few photos of the poppies and surroundings from last week's visit to London.
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