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Ready for a Swim? Try the World’s Largest Pool!

San Alfonso del Mar

The new year is officially here! But with all the celebrating over, we know what’s left is dreading the long, dark, cold months of winter that seem like they will never end. We know how you feel, so when you’re ready for that vacation to the land of warm sandy beaches, we recommend Algarrobo, Chile! About an hour west of Santiago, Algarrobo is a small resort city with a beautiful, warm, welcoming coastline.

San Alfonso del Mar

The main attraction in Algarrobo is the San Alfonso del Mar. Why? Because this incredible resort holds the current Guinness record for the world’s largest crystalline water pool. The pool is an amazing 20 acre, 115 foot deep salt water lagoon where you can sail, kayak, scuba dive or just relax on a floating island. The Pub Bahía Sur area of the pool has water currents and a huge 100 meter long water-slide with water jets.  Throughout the entire pool, the water is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom—even at the deep end! And with the water temperature held at a steady 78º F, it’s the perfect place to escape the harsh winter cold!

San Alfonso del Mar

For the kids, if the pool isn’t enough to fill their time, there’s still plenty to do. We doubt that will happen, but, just in case, monitors host games, physical activities and crafts in four different play areas in the resort.

San Alfonso del Mar

So if you’re curled up in front of the fire wishing for warm, sandy beaches, it’s time to book your vacation to the San Alfonso and enjoy the world’s largest pool!

photos courtesy of San Alfonso del Mar

Posted by Elizabeth on 01/02 at 08:30 AM
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Family Games for Long Trips

When it comes to long trips with the family we’ve all hit that point where looking out the window at the passing scenery is no longer entertaining. Keep you and the kids sane, and stave off that inevitable boredom, with a couple of fun games you can play while driving!

Memory Games
First up are the ever popular and easy to setup memory games! The premise is pretty simple, players start with the line “In my suitcase there is” or “Inside my grocery bag, I have” and then add an item like “sunglasses.” The next player must remember all the previous items and then add their own object.
This continues with everyone reciting all the items on the list as it gets gradually longer and longer. Whoever can’t recite the complete list loses! There are online versions of memory games that you can play as well.

I Spy
I Spy is a great way to keep people entertained on long journeys and depending on how clever you are with what you “spy,” game rounds can last for quite a long time. You may want to set a few ground rules like only items you can see at all times or in your immediate vicinity may be used.

Who Am I?
Also known as “20 Questions,” this game involves one player picking a mystery person while the others take turns trying to figure out who they are. This simple yet challenging game can be a lot of fun—especially if the mystery person is diffiult to guess!

Bingo
Finally, there’s the option of playing bingo, but don’t worry, you won’t need tons of cards, a caller or a ball tumbler to setup a game. All you’ll need is pens, paper and a type of ‘ball’ to daub your cards off against. To elaborate, instead of daubing off your card to numbers that appear, you can use the colors of cars, types of diners or even advertisements you see on the roadside. All you’ll need is pens and paper!

Of course, the adults can make things interesting by trying out a few bingo sites on phones or tablets. These sites aren’t for kids, though, so adults only!

So the next time a car trip starts to get boring, try a few of these exciting to keep everyone entertained!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/30 at 08:30 AM
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Gustr: A New Way to Share Travel Images

Gustr

Looking for a new way to exchange information and knowledge about travel and educational experiences? We were—and then we discovered Gustr! Gustr is a virtual scrapbooking tool that allows you to annotate your photos in a common interest/shared experience group where images are used as a medium to communicate. Exchanging ideas and information, teaching and collaborating is easy—and it’s a great way for kids to look back on family vacations and relive the memories and sights they saw!

Gustr


Unlike other photo sharing services, the team behind Gustr knows that photography is more than the image. It’s also the community of people who gather around to share, exchange and experience the stories behind the photo. It empowers your photos’ stories by letting you transform them into explorations of meaning and significance through image annotation. You reveal the subtext hidden beneath the pixels of your images using Gustr.

And, don’t worry, Gustr allows each member of the group to restrict photo viewers by setting privacy controls for uploaded images. You control whether only those in the group see the picture or if anyone viewing the group can see the picture. Perfect for sharing with close family and friends without risking online safety!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/26 at 08:30 AM
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Christmas Vacation Done Right!

Are you ready for the holiday season? Do you wish you’d left it all behind and taken the family on vacation instead? This week we’re featuring three family-friendly resorts with the poshest Christmas season packages!

The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Paws Up has one of the best Christmas packages in the country! For five nights, you’ll stay in one of their cozy vacation homes that feature a great room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, a cook’s kitchen, a loft game room and three master suites featuring en-suite master bathrooms outfitted with a spacious slate shower, a jetted spa tub, sumptuous spa products and plush towels. Of course, your home will be decorated with the traditional Christmas tree—and your very own Santa will visit! Meals, activities and two special holiday dinners are included. Not to mention the gingerbread house building contest and the horse-drawn sleigh rides!

The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor
The highlight of the Classic Broadmoor Christmas 2014  at The Broadmoor is the Christmas show—a special evening of enchanting entertainment—that includes cocktails and dinner. Called “magnificent and heart-warming” you won’t want to miss this magical night at The Broadmoor. And you won’t have to! Included in the seasonal package is classic accomodations (upgrades available) and fun seasonal activities like holiday culinary demonstrations and cupcake and gingerbread decorating. Don’t forget to visit the life-size gingerbread house!

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The Winter Wonderland Package at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida has everything you need to celebrate the season. You’ll never know you’re in Florida with the beautiful festive lights, trees, wreaths and even snow! There are family-friendly activities each night at Santa’s Workshop including gingerbread decorating, a hot cocoa bar and visits with Santa. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a special holiday welcome amenity and, for your first night, a special milk and Christmas cookie turndown!

Happy Holidays from Posh Brood! Have a happy and safe holiday season!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/23 at 08:36 AM
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Boston for the Holiday!

The Charles Hotel

Are you headed to Boston for the holiday? Frequent guest poster Kate Rockland recently visited The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA and had a wonderful time!

From the award-winning eats at the cozy in-house restaurant, Henrietta’s Table, to the wonderful seasonal ice-skating rink Boston is the place to be in December!

You can find Kate’s entire review on this Harvard Square institution in Poshbrood Destinations!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/19 at 08:30 AM
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Use Sittercity to Take a Vacation During your Vacation!

Sittercity

The vacation of a lifetime! You’ve finally made it to the little part of heaven you’ve been dreaming about for years, and you’re hoping for some adult time. But what to do with the kids?

Of course, you love your brood, adore your time with them and find the fact that you can have a vacation where the entire family is together amazing. But date nights are important—especially when you’re on vacation. So when you want to enjoy a moment to yourselves with a meal and some quiet, Sittercity is the answer!

Sitters have always been difficult to find, but now you’re looking for someone to take care of your little ones in a place where you’ve never been and where you don’t know anyone. Hotels can often provide childcare, but it’s nice to have some control over who will be watching over the kids.

Well, now you can look ahead and find what you need on Sittercity.com, a service from a Chicago, IL based company that has been in operation since 2001. With Sittercity.com’s help, you can find a sitter in just about any town in the United States. All you have to do is post an ad detailing your needs, relax and wait for the offers to come in. Once you receive some responses, you have the ability to read the sitters’ current reviews and evaluate them to see if they are good fit for your family. You can also run a check on their background, set up phone and in-person interviews—everything you need to make sure you are comfortable with the sitter you choose.

With trust and safety their highest priority, and offering great advice on how to choose a babysitter on their site, Sittercity is the place to go when you’re looking for a little time for yourself and some peace of mind. No matter where you are!


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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/16 at 08:08 AM
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Holiday Shopping with the Smithsonian!

Did you know you can do all of your holiday shopping at The Smithsonian? Well, you can! The Smithsonian Institution museum stores are a great option for gift shopping and a fun alternative to traditional department stores. From the adorable Jurassic-inspired Smithsonian Toddler Fleece Dino Hoodie to the educational Smithsonian-Opoly, there’s something for everyone on your list. Check out their super cute gift suggestions below!

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Smithsonian Toddler Fleece Dino Hoodie
Wearing this adorable, Jurassic-inspired jacket may inspire a few fierce roars. (Our own Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs can be seen in the new exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs, Discovering a Lost World after October 20th—although they won’t be as cute as your little one in this hoodie!) Order here!

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Smithsonian Castle Keys Jewelry Collection
An heirloom romance adapted for the Smithsonian from beautiful antique keys in the Smithsonian Castle’s collections by American jewelry artist Cynthia Gale, the elegant key bows incorporate ornate carved designs—winged angel, scroll and twin fish. This versatile station necklace can be worn long, short or as a belt. The bracelet dangles key-bow charms and tiny keys, and the hoop earrings feature a scroll motif. Order here!

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Smithsonian Castle Leather Accessories
Clever American designs + pebbled Italian leather (subtly embossed with the silhouette of our iconic Smithsonian Castle) = stylish, stash-and-carry handhelds you won’t want to live without. This compact wallet with eight credit card slots, a currency holder and back stash pocket is secured with a beautiful “Castle” window snap. The chic smartphone case attaches to a bag with the loop’s lobster claw clasp or can be carried as a wristlet, while securing your device (even a Galaxy S) with a brass zipper and “Castle” key pull. Order here!

Smithsonian Gift Guide

Smithsonian Castle Keys Dangles & Pin
Designed for us by noted New York jewelry artist Cynthia Gale, the auspicious twin-fish motif (symbolic of love and happiness in Chinese culture) is adapted from an antique furniture key in the collections of the Smithsonian Castle. Order here!

Smithsonian Gift Guide

Smithsonian-Opoly Game
Want to own the Hope Diamond or the Space Shuttle Discovery? Roll the dice, advance your tokens—dinosaur fossil, astronaut, teddy bear, mailman, castle or locomotive—and try to acquire the most Smithsonian treasures. (Deeds have cool facts on back.) Buy homes or castle keys to increase property values. Obey instructions on history or treasure cards when you land on those spaces. Classic toys are curated in our National Museum of American History. Order here!

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Smithsonian Castle Handmade Glass Clock
Mouth-blown and hand-engraved by Simon Pearce glass artisans in Windsor, Vermont, the face of this sculptural timepiece was inspired by the Smithsonian Castle’s circular window centering the North front towers. Available nowhere else, this unique and eloquent gift is discreetly etched on its rough-hewn circumference with the Smithsonian logo. Order here!

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Smithsonian Castle Window Watch
A tasteful and timeless evocation of the Smithsonian’s iconic Castle Building, the face of this elegant watch reprises the design of its large north-facing circular window. When admirers ask (and they will), you can explain that the design is in keeping with the Castle’s Medieval-Revival architectural style. Order here!

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Smithsonian Castle Handmade Glass Paperweight
This handmade Simon Pearce glass paperweight features an exquisitely etched design, inspired by the large circular window in the north side of the Smithsonian Institution Building. A stunning heavyweight medallion with the Smithsonian logo etched on the rough-hewn circumference, it is beautifully handmade in the U.S.A. with satisfying heft. A unique and meaningful gift you won’t find anywhere else! Order here!

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/12 at 08:30 AM
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Will and Kate Visit New York!

Carlyle Hotel

New York is experiencing more than just Christmas excitement this week as Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the city. The couple is staying on the Upper East Side at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel. A frequent host to royalty, the hotel is equipped with the most posh amenities, wonderful views of the city and, of course, the utmost discretion. The hotel never shares details of high-profile visits—no matter how many times we ask!

Carlyle Hotel

For this visit, the royal couple is staying in the Thierry Despont-designed Empire Suite, a 2,600 sq. ft three-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath duplex. The living room and master bedroom both have floor-to-ceiling picture windows that provide unobstructed views of Central Park. The suite also has an office equipped with an Apple computer, full kitchen, separate sitting room and a private art collection. Only Kiehl’s® toiletries, accompanied by slippers and monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes, will do for those staying at The Carlyle.

Carlyle Hotel

Although the royals have a packed schedule speaking on behalf of the many charities they represent and visiting with President Obama, if they choose to dine in it will be at the Carlyle Restaurant—famous for its Dover Sole and Lobster Thermidor. With plush chintz-covered banquettes, Aubusson rugs, mirrored alcoves, a dramatic six-foot-tall floral arrangement and featuring English hunting scenes by Fores, William and Kate will feel right at home!

Carlyle Hotel

We certainly hope the royals have a wonderful visit to New York and enjoy their stay at the Carlyle Hotel!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/09 at 08:30 AM
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4 Awesome and Unique Hotel Experiences!

Looking for a hotel experience that’s beyond the everyday? Want to wake up underwater, in a tropical rainforest or in a transparent bubble with the sky stretched out above you? Prepare to be wowed by these four amazing resorts!

Ithaa Undersea

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a beautiful resort all on its own, but when you add in the underwater restaurant that offers a six-course set dinner menu, it becomes one of the most gorgeous places in the world. The Ithaa Undersea name means “mother of pearl” in the Maldivian language of Dihevi, and it’s hard to think of a more aptly beautiful name! Situated just over sixteen feet below the surface and offering 180-degree panoramic view of the surrounding coral gardens, this architectural marvel is the perfect place to experience a cool, calming underwater environment.

Star Beds

Loisaba Wilderness
Want to truly feel part of the majesty and grace of the African plains? There’s no better way than in one of the Star Beds at Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipia, Kenya. Lucky guests can sleep under the African sky on a wheeled bed pulled out from under a thatched hut onto a raised platform. These four-poster beds are completely private, enclosed by insect netting and are a unique way to connect with the environment!

Magic Mountain Lodge

Magic Mountain Lodge
Sitting in the lush and variegated forest region of northern Patagonia, Magic Mountain Lodge is a cone-shaped structure with dormer windows spiraling up and around its vegetative and stone façade. Rising out of the South American jungle, the lodge truly appears magical. Visitors enter the hotel via a suspended rope bridge alongside a cascading waterfall down the side, and once inside, can enjoy a bar, restaurant and sauna, with hot tubs fashioned from hollowed tree stumps! Local legend has it that the mountain grants wishes, but once you arrive, you might think most of them have already been granted!

Bubble Hotel

Attrap Reves Hotel
Ever just want to get away from it all in your own warm, safe, comfortable bubble? Well, Attrap Reves Hotel in Allauch, France took that concept and made it literal. Nestled in the Provençal pine forests, among the mountains and little villages of southern France, the hotel offers luxuriously furnished transparent spheres that give a panoramic view of the amazing French countryside. Telescopes and star charts are included! The bubbles are fully climate-controlled, circulate air continuously and provide private baths and showers. At the end of the season, each bubble is deflated and taken away leaving no impact on the environment. With names like 1001 Nights of Love, Glamour and Love Nature, these quirky and unique rooms will spark your imagination!

Next time you’re looking for a destination that’s a little more extra- than ordinary, check out these amazing hotels and see what kind of adventure awaits you!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/05 at 08:23 AM
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Paradise Beach Nevis to Welcome Guests In January 2015

Paradise Beach

Are you ready for summer again? Paradise Beach Nevis, the newest luxury development on the charming Caribbean island of Nevis, will officially open its doors in January 2015!

Paradise Beach


Paradise Beach, the island’s only villa option located directly on the beach, offers guests the intimacy of a posh private home with the service of a five-star resort. Guests have seven exquisitely designed three- and four-bedroom villas to choose from—all inspired by a sophisticated blend of Balinese and Caribbean culture. Each villa features hand-woven thatched roofs with 20-foot vaulted ceilings, privacy walls enclosing lush gardens plus an outdoor dining pavilion and a waterfall pool overlooking the Caribbean and neighboring St. Kitts or beautiful gardens.

Paradise Beach

Renowned designer Adam Tihany created the villas to blend seamlessly into the natural landscape, and new contemporary interiors add a unique elegance with clean lines and eclectic elements. Each villa has two king bedrooms, one or two queen bedrooms, a full entertainment kitchen, open living space and outdoor showers. Guests are catered to with concierge and butler service, and a private chef can be arranged to whip up a romantic dinner under the stars or a full party spread! The villas are air-conditioned, but each has sliding, floor-to-ceiling Balinese glass walls that can completely open to create an authentic island setting capturing fresh tropical breezes.

Paradise Beach

To be the first to experience Nevis’ newest boutique villa resort with a special opening rate of $1,000 per night for a three-bedroom garden villa, please call (869) 469-7900. Book now through January 26, 2015 for stays from January 15 to 30, 2015. There is a three-night minimum and rates do not include taxes, service charges or gratuities.

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/02 at 08:32 AM
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Sneak Preview: 2016 Private Jet Itineraries

Four Seasons Private Jet

Are you ready for an incredible and amazing trip around the world aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet? Where you’ll enjoy personalized itineraries and exceptional service at every point of the journey? Of course you are! From stunning beaches to thrilling adventures, Four Seasons has four remarkable trips to suit your travel wish list! These “all-inclusive” journeys include travel on the private jet, ground transportation, excursions, meals and accommodations.

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Timeless Discoveries: An Around the World Journey
Los Angeles | Kona | Bora Bora | Sydney | Bali | Chiang Mai | Taj Mahal and Mumbai | Prague | London
January 26 - February 18, 2016 | 24 days
The signature Around the World trip features some of the world’s most iconic destinations. From the beaches of Bora Bora to the Taj Mahal, this 24-day itinerary touches down in sophisticated cities and island paradises. See Sydney by seaplane, explore a 14th-century castle in Prague and go on an elephant trek through the jungles of Chiang Mai.

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International Intrigue: An Around the World Journey
Seattle | Tokyo | Beijing | Maldives | Serengeti | Istanbul | St. Petersburg | Marrakech | Boston
April 14 - May 7, 2016 | 24 days
Discover the world’s most intriguing cities and beautiful landscapes at some of Four Seasons newest properties. From the thrilling game drives in the Serengeti to the lavish palaces of St. Petersburg to a private dinner on The Great Wall, this Around the World journey is a 24-day experience of legendary places spanning the globe.

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Extraordinary Adventures: An Around the World Journey
Austin | Costa Rica | Hawaii | Sydney | Langkawi | Mauritius | Serengeti | Petra and the Dead Sea | Lisbon
September 17 - October 11, 2016 | 25 days
This brand new itinerary caters to the adventurous spirit. Enjoy a 25-day journey filled with incredible adventures that deliver one memorable moment after the next. Soar by zip line across the rain forest canopy of Costa Rica, hike Australia’s Jenolan Caves, kayak through Malaysian mangroves and experience the “Big Five” on a Serengeti game drive.

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Cultural Escape: Europe, Middle East and Africa
London | Petra and the Dead Sea | Dubai | Seychelles | Serengeti | Florence | London
November 4 - 22, 2016 | 19 days
Immerse yourself in 19 days of distinct cultures as you journey to an incredibly fascinating area of the world. See Dubai from the top of the world’s tallest building, marvel at marine life while snorkeling in the Seychelles, and discover the art and architecture of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Travel to the lost city of Petra, imposing in its grandeur, then visit the lowest point on earth and experience the healing properties of the magnificent Dead Sea.

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/28 at 07:51 AM
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Top 5 Reasons We’re Giving Thanks at The Salamander Resort & Spa

Our brood is spending Thanksgiving at The Salamander Resort & Spa in beautiful and historic Middleburg, Virginia. Only an hour from Washington, DC and 20 minutes from Washington Dulles Airport, the luxury resort is a perfect country escape for couples, families or spa getaways.

Aside from the luxurious accommodations, top notch service and the fact I don’t have to do any cooking, dishes or host the in-laws, *happy dance* here are the top 5 reasons why Thanksgiving at Salamander is perfect:

1.) 5K Turkey Trot: Thursday morning at 8:30 am the resort is hosting a turkey trot so we can stuff ourselves silly without extreme guilt. Guests can walk, run or jog the 5K/ 3.1 mile course traveling throughout the gorgeous resort grounds.

2.) Thanksgiving Family Buffet: A Thanksgiving buffet will be held in the Middleburg Ballroom including a grand dessert extravaganza, six-flavor mimosa bar, chef-attended carving stations, crafted Thanksgiving classics and lots of activities for the kids.

     

3.) Horses! The Salamander is in the middle of Virginia horse country and one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country, on 25 sprawling acres. Horse owners can board their horses and ride there and beginners can take private or group instruction, trail rides, or even equine communication.

           

4.) Activities Galore! Friday Night Family Movie Night, croquet, bingo, bocce ball, arts and crafts, hiking, biking, scavenger hunts, geo caching, cooking classes, fire pit s’mores, antiquing in Middleburg, Virginia vineyards and the list goes on and on.

     

5.) Spahhhhh…The world-class spa at The Salamander has an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and 14 deluxe treatment rooms with either private outdoor treatment terraces or fireplaces. Attention lovebirds, the resort has an exclusive Couple’s Suite with private terrace, whirlpool, steam shower and pedestal tub.

BONUS: The Salamander is pet-friendly so Fido can come too.

   
Image via Through A Dog’s Ear

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/25 at 10:18 PM
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Piloting Your Next Family Vacation

Pilot

Is there anything better than a family vacation? No! But in today’s crazy commercial airport scene, getting through security and navigating through a myriad of obstacles just to get to your gate can be a nightmare. The flying experience is definitely not what it used to be. With hidden fees and headaches par for the course when traveling commercial, it just might be time to start flying your family yourself. It’s true! Becoming a private pilot might just might be the best decision you’ll ever make.

Angelina Jolie Pilot

Getting your pilot’s license has never been easier and, in the future, private planes and pilots may be as ubiquitous as family cars and drivers’ licenses. Celebrities like Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie all find that flying themselves is easier and more fun! Although it might seem natural to rent, many families choose to purchase personal aircraft instead. You also need your own personal aviation equipment like log books, maps and head sets. PilotMall.com offers flight simulator software if you would like to further hone your skills. But, ultimately, the freedom and security is worth the upfront cost! And joining a private pilot community and a support group will definitely help you on your way.

Seeing loved ones is so much better when you are in control of you travel. According to AOPA, there are almost 20,000 private and small craft airports in the U.S. These private airports are much likely closer to your intended destination than large international airports saving you the hassle of renting cars or taking expensive taxis.

Flying yourself will shorten your travel time and open up doors to new places you may never have thought of going. A three-day weekend to a remote exotic location is a reality, because you can fly more than 600 hundred miles in the same day with no problem. No overnight stays at hotels, and no burning hours in the car.

Flying yourself is definitely better than traipsing through the airport and being trapped on someone else’s timetable! So channel your inner Angelina and get your pilot’s license! No more lost days stuck in strange cities and more time spent at your location—and time is the most precious commodity of all.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/25 at 07:40 AM
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Days Out in London that Feed the Imagination

London

Home of supercalifragilisticexpialidociousness, pigeons and the Queen, the iconic cityscape of The Gherkin, the London Eye and the Thames, is an urban wonderland for the curious child. For little ones full of curiosity, the buzz of this exciting and active city should be enough to distract them from any fits of bordem. Child-friendly restaurants, family shows, adventure playgrounds and museums all make London one of the best cities in the world for your next jet-setting vacation!

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not London
This emporium of quirky wonders in Piccadilly Circus is certainly a unique way to spend an afternoon! At Ripley’s Believe it or Not you can explore more than 700 artifacts and curios—from a bottle-cap Michelle Obama to fossilized dinosaur eggs and Amazonian shrunken heads. Once you’ve explored the oddities, channel Bruce Lee and take on the baffling mirror maze, or try your very own Mission Impossible in the Laserace, where hundreds of laser beams will block your path as you twist and swerve to complete the challenge in the fastest possible time. Then, if you aren’t sufficiently fuddled, enter the Black Hole, a twisting, swerving tunnel which will trick your eyes and baffle your senses with its spinning light show.

London

Madame Tussauds London
Schmooze with the glitterati on a day out to Madame Tussauds, the world’s most famous waxwork museum while baffling friends and family with your celebri-selfies. Whether you love superheros, Hollywood A-listers or the royal family, you can get up close and personal with their waxworks. There are sections for politicians, Bollywood superstars and iconic film characters, too! And once you’ve had your fill of your favorite stars of stage and screen, become part of a 4D adventure movie with the Marvel Super Heroes.

London

The Warner Bros Studio Tour
Home to the sets and props of the beloved Harry Potter series of films, the Warner Bros Studio tour is a perfectly preserved treasure trove that will transport you to Hogwarts (without the inconvenience of having to locate Platform 9 3/4). Fans of the books and new initiates alike will gasp with delight, while parents may well feel some nostalgia for their own experiences with these lauded children’s books. Learn what Butterbeer really tastes like, walk through the echoing space of The Great Hall, be awestruck by Dumbledore’s office and fall in love all over again with the magic of one of the most imaginative works of children’s fiction ever written.

These are only a handful of interesting and exciting places to visit in London during what will certainly be a magical vacation for the whole family. London is a city made to be explored!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/21 at 08:30 AM
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4 Top Child-Friendly Vegas Attractions

Las Vegas

If your last trip to Las Vegas without kids was a debauchery-filled affair, you might be wondering what on earth to do with the little ones on your next visit to Sin City. While there are always plenty of five-star hotels and high-end boutiques for adults, Las Vegas is not famous for being a child-friendly destination. Happily though, the city actually does have plenty of attractions to keep the kids just as entertained and excited as the adults! From adrenaline-pumping theme parks to learning about the body and forensic science in top-quality exhibitions, even the fussiest child will be entertained and educated. Read on for four interesting and educational activities that make Vegas the perfect family-friendly holiday destination!

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Bodies: The Exhibition
Both children and adults will enjoy spending time exploring Bodies: The Exhibition, located within the popular Luxor Hotel and Casino. This educational exhibit has been visited by more than 15 million people from across the globe and provides visitors with a fascinating view into the anatomical details of the human body.

Much of the information presented at the exhibit has been limited to medical professionals in the past, but now those interested in the inner workings of the body can take advantage of the exhibit’s detailed look into the skeletal, respiratory, nervous, muscular, digestive, circulatory and endocrine systems. Kids will be enthralled by the 200-plus actual human bodies and specimens on display. The displayed bodies have been carefully dissected and prepared by using a cutting-edge preservation process that ensures none of the specimens will decay over time. After visiting The Bodies, you might just end up with an aspiring doctor in the family!

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CSI: The Experience
Another attraction that’s perfect for kids 12 and up is CSI: The Experience. Located in the MGM Grand Hotel, this interactive crime-solving exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to test their detective skills by playing the role of a crime scene investigator! The unique challenge, based on the popular “CSI” television shows, features three different simulated victims and killers. There are 15 individual lab stations and “suspects” to investigate. Participants are guided through the challenge by a series of videos that feature not just real-life forensic scientists, but also cast members from the TV shows. Kids will love using their sleuthing skills to match DNA to suspects, examine bullet casings and explore state-of-the-art forensic labs. Participants who deduce who the “killer” is during their search receive an official CSI Diploma to take home!

Las Vegas

The Aquarium at Silverton Casino Hotel
Parents planning a trip to Las Vegas whose kids are going through their “Little Mermaid phase” must visit the Silverton Casino Hotel! And now that the movie is 25(!) years old, nostalgic parents will want to visit as well. Why? The hotel hosts a huge aquarium that is home to more than 4,000 tropical fish, plus three different types of sharks and stingrays. Of course, this is Las Vegas though, so the main attraction is the live “mermaids” that swim around in the more than 440,000-liter reef aquarium.

This venue is one of the most popular free attractions in the city, so schedule your family’s visit to the aquarium between Thursdays and Sundays when the mythical creatures can be seen swimming around in the tank. In addition, interactive feeding shows are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. each afternoon.

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The Adventuredome at Circus Circus
For kids that love theme parks, The Adventuredome at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino is the perfect spot to visit. Previously known as the Grand Slam Canyon, this five-acre indoor amusement park is the largest of its type in the United States. The tourist attraction is located within a dome that is more than 197 feet high and enclosed by more than 8,600 panes of glass that weigh in at close to 300 pounds.

The Adventuredome is home to 25 exciting rides and attractions, including the Canyon Blaster, a roller coaster featuring a double-loop and double-corkscrew track that runs at around 54 miles per hour! The Sling Shot, a ride that shoots participants straight up at a 4G force, is definitely for the more brave at heart. For the energetic, but less adventureous, the Adventuredome offer bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf, an arcade and a 4D Special FX Theater with special effects, squirting water, and bubbles. Definitely don’t miss Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride 4-D!

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