Family Travel

By National Geographic | Discover the world with your kids

Kid-Friendly Paris: In and Around the Louvre

<i>Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in and around the Louvre:</i><p><b>1.</b> Enjoy a grand view of Paris from the Place de la Concorde Ferris wheel through February, or jump on the trampolines near the Concorde entrance anytime of year.<p><b>2.</b> Ease into the museum mind-set at the Musée des Arts …

Paris

Tour Story

We’ve all witnessed groups of tourists following the raised voices and flags of tour guides as they make their way toward a row of awaiting buses. If a scene like this makes you vow never to be one of “those people,” you may want to avoid rushing to judgment. There are some very good reasons why …

Africa

Reinventing Family Travel

Family. Travel.<p>Those two words are enough to make the average reader click away. But they shouldn’t be.<p>Family travel — at least the way it’s often portrayed by mainstream media — is predictable and completely boring. The family trip happens during a sanctioned vacation period and takes you to the …

Family

Post-Newtown Priority: Family Time

The past week has been a profoundly sad and somber one for all, but perhaps more so than for the parents of young children. If something positive could possibly be taken away from the Newtown tragedy, it’s that we’re probably hugging our kids a bit tighter and appreciating them just a little …

A Colonial Christmas in Williamsburg

Toano, Virginia looks a lot like most towns in the U.S. at this time of year: people browsing for Christmas trees, holiday sale signs competing for shoppers’ attention, and flashing lights and inflatable Santas everywhere.<p>But just a few miles up the road, we were transported back in time to a …

Christmas

Getting Lost in Kauai

If you close your eyes and imagine Hawaii, then you’re probably thinking of Kauai, one of the most remote islands in the 50th state.<p>You know — jagged peaks plunging into hidden rainforest valleys, beaches with impossibly blue waves thundering ashore, and of course, endless summer weather.<p>That’s …

United States

Maui is for Lovers…and Kids?

Maui is for honeymooners.<p>You can see couples holding hands in Lahaina, cuddling up in a private cabana at the Four Seasons, and getting up early to see the sunrise on Haleakala.<p>And let’s be honest: the <i>last</i> thing these newlyweds want is for everything to be ruined by someone else’s kids.<p>We know, …

Kids

Dodging Danger on Hawaii’s Big Island

If you associate Hawaii with Mai Tais, luaus, and colorful shirts, you’ve probably never been to the Big Island.<p>None of those cliches resonate on what we like to call the <i>real</i> Hawaii. Even though it’s one of the least-visited islands in the Aloha State, the Big Island (also known as Hawaiʻi Island) …

National Parks

A Post-Sandy Reflection

Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people in myriad ways. Not having electricity, school, or reliable mass transit for a few days seems like a minor inconvenience compared to some of my neighbors who suffered much greater hardship.<p>With the aftermath of the storm all around me, was this an …

Jersey Shore

Tinseltown with the Kids

<i>Here they are — ten kid-friendly things you can do in Hollywood:</i><p><b>1.</b> Hunt for chipmunk paw prints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where Alvin, Simon, and Theodore made their impressions last year.<p><b>2.</b> Arrive at Universal Studios Hollywood when it opens and head straight for the studio tour.<p><b>3.</b> …

Kids

Traditional Japanese Bliss (in NYC)

Why is it that with each passing year, it seems to get more and more difficult to think of a cool gift idea for my wife’s birthday? Maybe it’s because in 2008, we spent her special day walking around Kyoto, Japan in traditional kimonos and stayed over at an authentic 19th-century ryokan. I’m sure …

Japan

Leprechaun Luxury

Confession: I’ve seen <i>Shrek</i> with my boys at least half a dozen times, bought them every <i>Harry Potter</i> book in the series, and, if I had a daughter, would relish the chance to dress her as princess on Halloween. But let’s be honest, many of us had a fascination with fairy tales or an imagination that …

Leprechauns

Baby On Board: How to Fly +1

<i>By Tiffany Hawk</i><p>When I told my pediatrician that my son isn’t in daycare, the doctor, astoundingly, said, “He’s not seeing very much of the world then is he?”<p>As a travel writer and a former flight attendant, I cringed. <i>Not seeing the world? Because he doesn’t go to daycare?</i><p>I promptly booked flights …

Travel

Emerald Isle Escapism

September is busy time of year for many of us. The kids are back in school and work has returned to full swing. Simply put, this is no time to relax.<p>We’ve all experienced how hard it can be to transition from vacation mode to everyday mode. That’s why I decided to tack on a few days of downtime to …

Ireland

A Different Kind of Summer Camp

What three words do most kids dread hearing?<p>Back. To. School.<p>Combined, they’re virtually synonymous with the end of summer, shorter days, and colder weather. Worst of all, they mean the return of homework. But for moms and dads, it’s when we start getting back to the normal family routines – and …

Summer camp

A Tale of Two Aquariums — But Which One’s Better?

At the world-famous aquarium in Monterey (where Curious Traveler Shannon Switzer is passing through right about now), jellyfish are the star attractions. Varieties you never imagined existed float silently in tanks flooded in blue light. It’s spectacular.<p>In Atlanta’s aquarium, it’s the whale …

Aquariums

What’s the Best Cruise Line for Kids?

If you have children, and you want to take a cruise, it’s gotta be with Disney. Right?<p>That conventional wisdom is strongly reinforced when you sail on Uncle Walt’s newest ship, the gleaming, year-round, 4,000-passenger <i>Fantasy</i>. I attended the <i>Fantasy’s</i> christening in New York earlier this year, and …

Kids