Planning a family reunion has become a lot easier in recent years, thanks to the many smart (and free) online tools and resources available, including a growing number of tourism organizations with reunion-planning help desks.
Looking for an affordable reunion destination? Consider a state park. A fantastic example of state park system that has stepped up its game for reunion-goers is the collection of Ohio State Park Lodges, whose wonderful "Family Tree" program offers families the chance to plant a tree in the family's name inside the park. You get the GPS coordinates of your tree so you can always find and revisit it in years to come, and plant more trees during future reunions.
Perhaps the best reunion-planning advice of all is to not try to do it all yourself. For more advice, see these articles:
With spring just a few weeks away, it won't be long before families start planning their summer vacations. Stellar family vacations do not have to cost an arm and a leg. If you're looking for a bucket-list vacation with a budget-friendly price tag, put a national park at the top of your wish list.
By definition, national parks are special places deserving of preservation, notable for their spectacular scenery, unique geological features, or other outstanding characteristics. For families, national parks are the ideal road-trip destination. Visiting a park instills an appreciation for the sheer beauty of our country and an opportunity connect with the great outdoors in a way that may be otherwise difficult in our busy work-a-day lives. Kids can participate in junior ranger programs and ranger-led activities that highlight the special features of each park.
No camping gear? No problem. The vast majority of parks offer a choice of lodges, cabins, or other affordable digs either inside the park or just outside it.
With 60 national parks in the United States, you are likely to live within a day's drive of a spectacular park. Here are some of the most popular national parks and their don't-miss activities for families.
Sometimes a vacation with a baby or toddler can feel like anything but a vacation. After all, when parents are on duty 24-7, there's no such thing as real downtime. Lots of resorts, cruise lines, and getaway providers claim to welcome little ones, yet only a few truly understand how to give parents the support they need to really relax.
Planning a getaway with a child under age 3? Here's a short list of baby-friendly vacations where young families are treated like VIPs.
The brand new Cabana Bay Beach Resort is opening next month at Universal Orlando Resort. With its 1960s-style architecture and retro decor, the hotel looks like it was lifted right out of the set of "Mad Men." Along with two enormous zero-entry pools, outdoor courtyards will offer a waterslide, lazy river, and dive platform.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort promises to be the most affordable of the four hotels at Universal Orlando, offering standard rooms as well as family suites that sleep up to six. Families can choose among multiple budget-friendly casual dining options and also enjoy free wi-fi. Read on for a sneak peek.