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United States & CanadaWinter Family Adventures - Snow & Sand

HCWT 11.14.2014 22:32 0 0


Winter Family Adventures – Snow & Sand
Fill your holidays with these family-fun Snow & Sand getaways.

Family fun on Snow-Packed Mountain Slopes!  
•  Grab the kids, head for the slopes and enjoy a day of skiing and snowboarding this winter.  Bundle up from head to toe; share stories on the lifts; traverse a winter wonderland; sip hot chocolate in the chalet; and best of all... watch those little red-nosed kids perhaps experience their first snow outing.

•  Choose from a variety of winter sports--downhill skiing, cross- country skiing, snowboarding,
snow blading, snowshoeing, sledding, inner-tubing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and ice skating.

•  Ski early or late in the season and travel mid-week for cheaper rates than major holidays or weekends.

•  Consider smaller resorts that often offer less crowds and better rates for families--affordable lodging, discounted lessons and lift tickets, even kids skiing free.  Lessons for the kids can include 1/2 day or full-day ski/snowboard instruction, lift tickets, rental equipment, food, and supervision. Cross-country skiing costs less and offers a great alternative for enjoying the snowy wilderness.
•  Find resorts in the U.S. open for skiing usually from Thanksgiving through Easter.

•  Check out this sampling of family ski resorts. Accommodations range from those right on the slopes, base lodges, to others a few miles from the resort.

Family Fun on Sun-Drenched Tropical Isles!  

•  Grab the kids and fly off or set sail for a warm, tropical island. The choices are many and all you need to do is pack swim suits, sun lotion, and light clothing and leave your worries behind.

•  Check into a family resort with all the amenities. Select a suite, condo, villa, or house. All-inclusive packages include room, meals, drinks, sports and activities for one price. Other family packages are often available.

•  Choose from a variety of activities, from relaxing on the beach to going strong with every kind of island sport–swimming, snorkeling, sand castle building, sailing, tennis, golf and horseback riding.

•  Kid’s Clubs can provide organized activities from morning to night for infants to teens. Get plenty of togetherness with special programs for the whole family.

•  Take a look at this sampling of island family resorts.


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United States & CanadaSanta's Polar Express Train Ride

HCWT 11.09.2014 23:54 0 0

The Polar Express Train Adventure

All aboard... for an enchanted Christmas family adventure on a Polar Express Train Ride, departing from a train station near you.  Bring to life the children's classic, "The Polar Express"  by Chris Van Allsburg.
Imagine rumbling down the train track to the North Pole, your young ones wearing their PJ's, wide-eyed and full of anticipation to where this magical journey will take them. Take in the scenic countryside lit with festive Christmas lights, sip hot chocolate and snack on yummy treats served up by Santa's elves, read from the classic story, sing favorite Christmas carols, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A special sleigh bell gift will add to the memory of this adventure -- a family tradition, celebrated for years to come. For more information visit (Early reservations are advised.)

Click on... To find a Polar Express Train Ride near you.

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Travel with Our Children...How to make the best of family travel...

HCWT 11.09.2014 23:26 0 0

Over the River and Through the Woods for the Holidays We Go...
The plane is late, the kids are crying, and the car awaits a tow. So... who says travel is fun?

        Writers learn that a measure of adversity and conflict added to the plot makes for a far better read--stories are more colorful and interesting. I believe this is also true of travel, and of life in general for that matter.
Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t wish misfortune on any of my travels just for the sake of color. However, when faced with those annoying travel mishaps, and they will happen--I try to view them all as opportunities.
        For example, if it weren’t for our lost hotel reservations on a small South Pacific island would my son, Cody and I have met so many kind islanders. They were concerned and helpful, even taking us into their homes.
        Because of a rainy day in Mexico on another trip, Cody and I found hiking among the jungle ruins a much cooler option, plus it eliminated those pesky mosquitoes! We also discovered that tarantulas seek the warm highway pavement after a good rain.
        And, due to a mix-up in plane seats, Cody and I were once treated to a first class flight. Ah, but you say these unexpected turns have happy endings. What about those other not so fortunate times? I still view these as opportunities, too. I have learned that there are not only options but also that being resourceful and creative can lead to even more options--and a better chance at finding a happy ending. I’ve also learned to be reasonable and practical in my travel expectations.
        Each adversity strengthens my resolve and ultimately provides a sense of accomplishment and added confidence. I know that if I plan to make the best of any situation, I’ll be more apt to have a fantastic experience that offers the adventure I seek in travel... and in life. My response to most travel hiccups is... “That makes for adventure!”
        As a parent I learn to role model for my son, enabling him with the attitude and tools to deal with adversity--learning to travel and live life with confidence.
       Ever notice after returning home from a trip that the unexpected happenings are among the most memorable? They often add humor and intrigue as we share our adventures with others.
        As you and your family travel over the river and through the woods this holiday season, take with you this thought...

        Travel can be a cornucopia of opportunities and from that comes great memories.

        ...And, that’s why travel is fun!

Holiday Travel Survival Tips

        Before heading out this holiday season, tuck a list of these Travel Survival Tips in your pocket and refer to it often. By keeping a positive attitude, you can create memorable family adventures.

• View travel mishaps as opportunities.
• Be resourceful and creative in solving travel hiccups.
• Resolve adversities with confidence.
• Be reasonable and practical in travel expectations.
• Plan to make the best of any situation.
• Role model a positive attitude for the kids.
• Smile... and turn travel mishaps into memorable family adventures.

 Happy Traveling!

~Deb Cornick, Have Children Will Travel  

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