December 20, 2014

15 Ways to Have the Best Day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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We’re heading to Universal Orlando Resort in a couple of weeks. It’s our first time there and my nine-year-old is especially excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Now that I’ve finally read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I’m pretty eager to explore all things Harry Potter, too. So, I’ve been asking around for tips for making the […]

Airfare Deals: One More Easy Way to Save Money

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A few weeks ago, I put up a post titled 5 New Ways to Save on Plane Tickets. Among the ways to save: make your airfare searches private and experiment with booking tickets separately. Well, I had lunch with a friend yesterday, Charles McCool of McCool Travel, and he shared with me a way to save that had completely escaped […]

Where Not to Take the Kids for Thanksgiving

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Last month, I wrote an article for Fodors.com called Where to Go This Thanksgiving, which featured ten cities around the world that are ideal for a long-weekend getaway. On my list: New Orleans (turducken, yum), Reykjavik (it’s an easy hop to Iceland from the east coast and you can even find a turkey buffet or two) and Breckenridge (look for […]

Ski Season is Nearly Here: 5 Ways to Save on a Family Ski Getaway

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The leaves are starting to change, the air has turned markedly cooler and ski season is slowly creeping into the minds of many families. Unfortunately, skiing as a family of six (in my case), can cost a pretty penny, so I look for ways to save while maximizing the value I can receive from top resorts, like Keystone and Copper […]

20 Free Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles

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Several years ago, our family took a road trip around California. Los Angeles was a great place to start our adventure as there are so many free activities throughout the city. Take a look at 20 free activities for families that should top your list while in the Los Angeles area. 1. Star Watch on the Red Carpet.  Our first […]

7 Tips for Renting a Car in Europe

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If you’ve been to Europe before, you’ll understand the risk of trying to drive in its big cities. I must admit, having grown up in Boston, I enjoy the thrill of city driving. But in Paris or London or Rome (or pretty much any big European city), you’re generally better off without a car. You’ll save time and money going […]

CyberSummer: One-Day Hotel Flash Sale (June 21)

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It felt like winter would never come to an end and yet Saturday (June 21) is already the first day of summer. Even better, Saturday is CyberSummer, the one day a year when you can score major deals on hotel stays at a variety of properties in the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. Take a look at some of the hotel […]

10 Pinterest Boards to Plan Your Next Disney Vacation

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In the fall, we’ll be headed back to Walt Disney World. It will be our first time there in three years and we can’t wait. So I’m already starting to pin, pin and pin some more over on Pinterest. If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, too, take a look at these 10 Pinterest boards worth a follow: […]