How To Plan An Out-of-the-Country Vacation For The Whole Family

Published: April 27, 2016

My son was 4 months old the first time he flew with us on an international flight to visit his French grandparents. Seven years later, and a half dozen more trips abroad with two kids, we’ve become much savvier travelers. These tips from local travel pros (along with some lessons I learned the hard way) can help you sit back, relax and enjoy your trip from start to finish.

All About Passports – You can’t go abroad without one, and the passport process is time-consuming — so start early. First, make sure your passport is up-to-date. All travelers, even infants, need them to fly abroad.

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Secrets of Charlotte-Douglas Airport

February 27, 2017

Flying with children is always an adventure. From unpredictable delays and urgent diaper changes to hyper kids and choruses of “I’m hungry,” there’s a lot to keep parents on their toes. Use these insider tips to transform your time at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) into an enjoyable experience for your whole family

Never Let Them Get Hungry – Go Gourmet: 1897 Market is a step above typical airport cuisine. It offers plenty of gourmet options, including the open pizza kitchen where kids can watch chefs in action.

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4 reasons tiny houses may be the next big thing

August 1, 2017

After binge watching Tiny House Hunters on HGTV, my husband proposed something wacky: spending our next vacation in a converted train caboose in Bryson City. I knew it would be memorable for our kids (how often do you get to live in your own train car?) but figured it would also be claustrophobic and uncomfortable.

When we arrived, I was impressed. It felt bigger than I had imagined, with a full-sized bathroom, clever storage nooks, a kitchenette with a breakfast bar, large couch, and a great outdoor deck. While it took a little practice climbing up a bunk bed after a 25-year hiatus, the place was exceptionally comfortable and actually liberating with its minimalism.

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