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Europe Trips

Find advice and many suggestions for fun family trips to (Western) Europe -- and there are many ways to keep costs down.
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How to Get an American Passport

American citizens need a passport to travel to most international destinations. Since 2009, a US passport or US passport card is even necessary to travel to and from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. 

Required Documentation for International Travel with Kids

Taking kids to an international destination? In general, each adult in your party will need a passport and minor children will need either passports or original birth certificates. Documentation becomes more complicated when one parent or guardian is traveling alone with a minor. Here's what you need to know.

Great Destinations
Check out some top destinations for family trips to Europe: London, Paris, Venice, Italian hill towns, Greece...

Europe Trips With Kids: Ideas
Check out some intriguing ideas for family trips to Europe, such as barging, biking tours, staying in a castle, or perhaps exploring Ireland in a horse-drawn caravan.

Visiting Europe On A Budget with Kids
Traveling in Europe on a budget can be done more easily than you may thing, and may even be more fun.

Summer Travel In Europe
For those of us with school-age kids, July and August are prime months for travel. These are also the months when Europe is in bloom. Flower boxes are bright with color, ice-cream shops are open day and night, cafe's spill out onto sidewalks and into squares, and there are colorful festivals in many towns and villages.

Eurocamp Holiday Parcs with Resort-Like Features
Eurocamp's dozens of "holiday parcs" are a whole different concept in family getaways. Families can stay in multi-room canvas tents with real beds, or in "holiday homes" equipped with kitchenettes. The large Eurocamp properties typically offer swimming pools, restaurants, sports and recreation, and free kids' programs. Individual properties...

Center Parcs Family Resorts
Here's another way to vacation as Europeans do. Center Parcs has family-friendly and affordable resort villages in northern Europe. Features at a typical Center Parc village include huge recreational grounds, large cottages, many fun activities, and an indoor tropical pool area. Read a review of the Center Parcs property that's nearest to Paris.

Familotel: Family Holiday Hotels
A great option for families with young kids, Familotel has over fifty locations in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. These hotels offer kids' activities, childcare and babycare, play zones, and baby gear including strollers. Choose from ski destinations, summer destinations with pools and outdoor activities, and more.

Hostels with Family Rooms
For those who are keen to travel in Europe with kids but need to keep an eye on the budget, the new style of hostels can provide affordable lodgings. Many hostels in Europe today have "family rooms." Look for hostels that are located in castles and other buildings with character.

This company offers hand-picked vacation rental properties -- (e.g. apartments, farmhouses, or cottages) -- in dozens of areas. They also help plan transportation, provide information about nearby sightseeing, and connect visitors to a local contact.

Europe Trips The Really Easy Way: By Cruise
Do you long to see Europe with your kids, but feel daunted by the logistics? Fans of cruises will tell you that logistics get a lot easier when your hotel room travels with you. Families can explore an interesting port during the day and at night return to the cruise ship where familiar beds and belongings await.

Europe Trip Ideas: Barging
Barge rentals range from the do-it-your self approach (called "self-catering" in Europe), to luxurious trips with gourmet meals. Often bicycles are included so families can explore the countryside near the canal or river the barge is traveling down.

Europe Biking Trips
Several high-end family adventure companies offer biking tours in Europe with all the details handled. A family-friendly lower-budget option is listed, too.

All Inclusive Vacations in Europe
There are several ways that a family can have an all inclusive vacation in Europe, including all inclusive beach hotels and resorts, Club Med resorts in Alps for winter getaways, and nearly all inclusive cruises and "family adventure" tours.

More Budget Tips for Europe
Start with travel rewards systems to get flights to Europe, then save money on lodging, and take advantage of the many free things to do and enjoy.

Wales - Unique Family Vacation Destination
Guest writer Tony Conboy III writes about his visit with his teenage daughter to this unique part of the United Kingdom.

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