Costa Rica

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Looking for an eco-friendly vacation for your family?

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I was recently walking along the National Mall in Washington, DC, when I saw a family leaving the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. As they passed a trash can, the mother tossed in her empty water bottle. Her son stopped in his tracks and his eyes grew wide. “But Mom! That’s recyclable! You can’t put that in more »

Trips that make the whole family happy

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When they were toddlers, my children’s level of enthusiasm for a destination largely mirrored my own, whether fake or real. I don’t want to brag, but I could shamelessly promote just about any trip and make them believe it was their idea. How about an awesome long drive up the entire New Jersey Turnpike!? I more »

Family Farm to Table Vacation in Costa Rica

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There’s something uniquely gratifying about waking up on a misty morning to a rooster’s crow, tumbling out of bed, slipping on some rubber boots, and heading down to the barn to feed pigs, milk a cow, and collect eggs. An hour later, as you pour thick, fresh milk into a cup of local coffee and more »

Plan B: When a change of course saves the vacation

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This post is reprinted from my August 30, 2011 column in Mount Vernon Patch. I’m writing this week’s column sitting on the breezy patio of Mango Moon, a charming boutique hotel outside Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.  It’s no easy task, as the sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean more »

What makes a good family travel partner

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      “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain What seemed like a good idea at the time: going up to San Francisco from our home in L.A. to spend a weekend with more »

Animal Sanctuaries Help Foster a Passion for Conservation

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This post was first published on June 5, 2011 as a guest blog on World School Adventures. One of the greatest educational travel experiences we’ve had as a family (three boys plus mom and dad) has been to visit animal rescue centers.  The staff members and volunteers we’ve encountered have been universally friendly and knowledgeable more »

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