Accommodations

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

A Family Weekend Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois

A weekend getaway from the big city may not be as far away as you think. Located an hour outside of Chicago is St. Charles, Illinois, a picturesque river town with a plethora of restaurants, eclectic shops, and a lively nightlife scene. The city is also home to the historic and charming Pheasant Run Resort. […]

Stay in Tucson, Arizona: The White Stallion Ranch

Home to a warm, desert climate, a bustling metro area and a major university, and plenty of cultural attractions and opportunities for activity, Tucson is an ideal family-friendly destination in the great southwest region of the USA. Looking for a relaxing place to stay in Tucson, Arizona? White Stallion Ranch is just the place! At […]

Visit Málaga, Spain: A Perfect Mix of Family-Friendly Adventure & Relaxation

Traveling to Europe with younger children can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted or behaved your pint-sized explorers are. It becomes especially challenging when the destination you’re visiting is a bustling city filled with historical sites and museums. This is one reason Málaga, Spain, the country’s fifth-most populated city, is worth a closer look. […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

The Massanutten Resort

  Positioned in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort is the ultimate resort destination on the East Coast. At 6,000 acres, the property features mountainous views, two golf courses, an indoor/outdoor waterpark, and much more.     Whether your family prefers laid back or action-packed days, Massanutten Resort’s countless on-site activities make for […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

Experiencing Chicago: “Stay Alfred” Style

When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style […]

Diving into the Harbor at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Located just fifteen minutes from Washington, D.C., the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is an ideal place to stay during your D.C. trip. You’ll get the immersion and atmosphere of our nation’s capitol, without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city, making it a great hotel for families, couples, or friends […]

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu

Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu 2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 949-4321 www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com   While at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Colleen and the girls were able to experience different water sports at Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Surfing, paddle boarding, and paddle boats are among the activities that the resort offers on the beach. […]

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort 2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 923-3111 www.outriggerreef-onthebeach.com One of the greatest things a resort can provide is activities for families to do at the hotel. Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offers daily cultural activities that guests can participate in. At the resort, Colleen and the crew had the […]

The Magic of Orlando

Photo Credit: disneyworld.disney.go.com When someone says “dream vacation”, it’s hard not to picture Disney World or Universal Studios. Considered two of the most popular destinations in the U.S., they are a must-visit for families. One of our Family Travel producers recently had the pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida, with her family, and is ready to […]

Where to Stay in the Florida Keys: Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 888-395-5539 http://hawkscay.com Hawk’s Cay Resort is a small slice of paradise right in the middle of the Florida Keys. Located on a small island called Duck Key, Hawks Cay is surrounded by aquamarine water that accompanies beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Whether you’re looking to relax […]

Keep Warm and Stay Inn

If you think the only time to experience a Chicago getaway is when it’s warm, think again. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing The Loews Hotel Chicago. Thanks to their cozy amenities and hottest packages, you’ll discover that staying in is just as much of a vacation as going out! With […]

10 reasons Captiva Island is the ultimate getaway for those who love nature, sun and family fun

When our sons were two and four, my husband and I attempted our first “real” vacation as parents. We planned a few days on Captiva Island, located off Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I was initially nervous about taking such young kids to an unfamiliar area all on our own (previous getaways […]

Let Your Getaway Take Flight at Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

There’s nothing quite like a weekend escape from the city, taking in the fresh air, the open skies and the peace and quiet. At the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in scenic Galena, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, you can experience all of these joys and so much more. One of our “Family […]

It’s Tough to Say “Ta-Ta” to Scenic Lake Tahoe

Looking for the perfect girlfriend getaway? Reno-Tahoe is your next stop! Colleen Kelly and I had an amazing time enjoying all that this beautiful area has to offer, especially the vast freshwater lake that is nestled in the Sierra Mountain Range on the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area is […]

Experience Chicago in style at Fairmont Millennium Park

Looking for a luxurious and exciting city getaway? Look no further than the Fairmont Millennium Park Luxury Hotel in downtown Chicago. A “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” producer recently enjoyed a stay at this classic city hotel and found that guests are treated like royalty by the welcoming and attentive staff. She was amazed by […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

Plunge Into 11 Of Our Favorite Hotel Pools in the U.S.

America’s hotels have been stepping up their pool game to ensure vacationers have the most epic travel experiences. For guests who are looking to spend a day lounging poolside  – whether traveling as a family, as a couple, solo or with friend – there’s a special pool to meet every need. To help with your trip planning, we […]

Six Spas that Take an Unconventional Approach to Rejuvenation

From chocolate wraps to salt caves, these treatments are not your average spa fare. Now that spring break is behind us, it’s the perfect time to plan an adult getaway.

Can You Get Cozy in an Ice Hotel? Sure You Can!

Have an unforgettable winter adventure in a frozen hotel As the snowflakes start falling and winter boredom sets in, consider ditching the typical ski resort and book a stay at an ice hotel for the most epic winter vacation yet. Each year, architects and artists sculpt thousands of tons of snow and ice to build […]

Glamping is Calling My Name!

Enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort and convenience You might not guess it by looking at me, but I was a Campfire Girl when I was little. I cherish my great memories of camping, singing songs around the fire and roasting hotdogs with my scout leader. Back then, I didn’t think twice about snoozing […]

Room like a Chicagoan

When researching hotels that are family friendly, we were surprised at the long list of kid pleasing amenities at the Four Seasons. First of all, there is an ice cream cart that can come to your room and offer ALL the fixins!

Cruising

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Five Ways to Ensure a Successful Cruise with Tweens and Teens

One of the best things about cruising is that there are activities, entertainment and food to please every age and interest — from the babies to the grandparents. I’m finding this to be more true than ever now that my girls are entering the tween and teen years.

Hitting the High Seas? Tips for Getting Your Cruise Off to a Great Start

Colleen loves cruising! She has enjoyed several Carnival cruises, and she recently partnered with Carnival to host a series of family travel videos that help users experience the ease and adventure of cruising. Check them out here. Are you thinking about taking your family members on their first cruise? If so, good for you! As […]

Destinations

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

4 National Parks To Visit this Winter

4 National Parks To Visit this Winter There are 4 National Parks you will want to visit in the USA this winter season. Often overlooked, Death Valley Park in California / Nevada is in my Top 10 list. Death Valley in winter is most pleasant, though crowded with baby-boom retirees. The vistas are unimaginable. Whether you lodge or […]

A Family Weekend Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois

A weekend getaway from the big city may not be as far away as you think. Located an hour outside of Chicago is St. Charles, Illinois, a picturesque river town with a plethora of restaurants, eclectic shops, and a lively nightlife scene. The city is also home to the historic and charming Pheasant Run Resort. […]

Vienna: A Fascinating Holiday Destination for All the Family

Sponsored Post It is that time of the year again when people start thinking about holidays, and spending some quality time together as a family. If you usually spend the holidays away, have you thought about travelling to Vienna? With its captivating modern elegance and rich history, Vienna is a fascinating destination for families. In […]

Where to Eat: Restaurants in Chickasaw Country

A big part of the culture in Chickasaw Country is the food. While we were only in Chickasaw Country for a short time, we were able to sample some of the great cuisine on our trip. You can do the same by visiting some of the spots listed below! Aaimpa Café If you’re hungry, look […]

October Selections: Fall Travel Ideas in the United States

As we approach October, our senses seem to reach back to remembrances of lazy, summer days; of lemonade so icy cold the glass would sweat in rivulets; of the sound of children playing in the streets; of being off from work and having had the opportunity to act like a kid again ourselves. And the […]

Visit Sichuan: A Magical Place in the Heart of Mainland China

Located in south central China, the Sichuan Province is completely surrounded with natural beauty. To its west lie the Hengduan Mountains that connect to the Tibetan Plateau; the Qinling Range is situated northeast; and the Yunnan Province Mountains are to the south. Then there’s the Sichuan Basin as well as distributary channels of the Yangtze […]

Visiting Katmai National Park: Adventure, Bears & Beauty, Oh My!

Of all the national parks in the park system, few bring out as many questions as does Katmai National Park. American Samoa may draw out the jungle explorer in us to wonder of logistics and flight or ship docking times. And the same could be said of Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley, though […]

Learn & Play: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona

As a top family-friendly destination in the USA, it makes sense that Tucson, Arizona has a ton of places to learn new things, get active and play! From top-notch museums to hiking trails and more, you’ll definitely find something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Tucson, Arizona! Arizona-Sonora […]

Best Places to Eat in Tucson, Arizona

Hungry in Arizona? Why the long face?! Enjoying the local flavors of the southwest is an absolutely must for anyone who vacations in the area. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite food spots to grab a bite – here are some of the best places to eat in Tucson, Arizona!    […]

Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Big City in a Small Town

If you think you have to venture very far from Chicago to explore a new city, think again. Fort Wayne, Indiana, is filled with unique attractions, restaurants and fun, affordable family activities. The second largest city in Indiana (right behind Indianapolis), Fort Wayne has plenty to offer its visitors, without the the overwhelming hustle and bustle […]

Visit Málaga, Spain: A Perfect Mix of Family-Friendly Adventure & Relaxation

Traveling to Europe with younger children can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted or behaved your pint-sized explorers are. It becomes especially challenging when the destination you’re visiting is a bustling city filled with historical sites and museums. This is one reason Málaga, Spain, the country’s fifth-most populated city, is worth a closer look. […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

If You Really Want to be Enchanted

There is a feeling of beguilement that wells up in one’s heart when the name “New Mexico” is mentioned in conversation. There is a pulling at the five senses. It is as if all the art, cuisine, hot-air balloons, and Georgia O’Keefe rounded pink mountains are magnetizing you with their call. There is a sense […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

Luray Caverns and the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Luray Caverns   A visit to Luray Caverns in the town of Luray will leave your family in awe. This breathtaking landmark is the most popular and largest cavern destination in Eastern America. With over 4 million years under its belt and so much to discover, the caverns make for a great educational outing on […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

Tripping Over Hong Kong

When planning a trip to Hong Kong, or as the native Chinese prefer to say…”HK”, one may be overwhelmed by all the delightful sights to see and all the dozens of things to do there. One may even find one self tripping over all the possibilities. For those of us who would prefer a more […]

Experiencing Chicago: “Stay Alfred” Style

When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style […]

Six Last-Minute Summer Road Trips from Chicago

There comes a time in everyone’s life where they look at the calendar and instantly think, “Where has the summer gone?!”. After months of dreaming about beaches, lazy days, and family vacations, it seems that summer goes by faster each year. But here’s the good news: It’s not over yet! There’s still time to pack […]

Lincoln lore and so much more in Springfield, IL

“Family Travel” writer Amy Aquino lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. She loves taking family road trips to both new and familiar destinations. Walking in Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps in Springfield, IL, had been on our family travel bucket list since our three kids were little. Time was ticking, so we hopped in […]

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744 (808) 237-7321 kualoa.com   Kualoa Ranch is the place to be if your family is looking for activities that showcase Hawaii’s natural beauty, while also learning about its rich cultural heritage. Colleen and her girls, Dunovan and Shea, were joined by Colleen’s sister Catie and her niece […]

Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762 (808) 293-3333 polynesia.com Coming to Hawaii, Colleen and the crew were thrilled to learn all about Polynesian culture and traditions. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a destination that every family should go to to soak up the island village life, and have hands-on learning experiences with […]

The Magic of Orlando

Photo Credit: disneyworld.disney.go.com When someone says “dream vacation”, it’s hard not to picture Disney World or Universal Studios. Considered two of the most popular destinations in the U.S., they are a must-visit for families. One of our Family Travel producers recently had the pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida, with her family, and is ready to […]

Where to Play in the Florida Keys: Sundiver Snorkeling

Sundiver Snorkeling Tours 102840 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL, 33037 305-451-2220 snorkelingisfun.com Colleen and the crew caught the most beautiful day for snorkeling in the waters of the world famous Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. Although the Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish were out that day, everyone braved the dive to see the beautiful shallow, […]

Where to Learn in the Florida Keys: Turtle Hospital

Turtle Hospital 2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL, 33050 305-743-2552 turtlehospital.org The first stop in the Florida Keys was the Turtle Hospital located in Marathon, Florida. Visiting the hospital made for an educational, yet touching experience. Colleen and the crew were invited to take a guided tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

10 reasons Captiva Island is the ultimate getaway for those who love nature, sun and family fun

When our sons were two and four, my husband and I attempted our first “real” vacation as parents. We planned a few days on Captiva Island, located off Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I was initially nervous about taking such young kids to an unfamiliar area all on our own (previous getaways […]

Let Your Getaway Take Flight at Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

There’s nothing quite like a weekend escape from the city, taking in the fresh air, the open skies and the peace and quiet. At the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in scenic Galena, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, you can experience all of these joys and so much more. One of our “Family […]

11 Extraordinary Museums That Take Fun and Culture to a Whole New Level

Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teens, or anyone in between, exploring a museum can be a great way to combine fun with learning while on vacation. And if you visit a museum that goes above and beyond in engaging and inspiring its patrons, your kids will have such a wonderful time they’ll be blissfully […]

It’s Tough to Say “Ta-Ta” to Scenic Lake Tahoe

Looking for the perfect girlfriend getaway? Reno-Tahoe is your next stop! Colleen Kelly and I had an amazing time enjoying all that this beautiful area has to offer, especially the vast freshwater lake that is nestled in the Sierra Mountain Range on the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area is […]

Five Favorite Cities for Last-Minute Spring Break Fun

Spring break is just around the corner! Those of you who haven’t made plans might start to feel regret as your friends jet off to their fabulous vacations — and document the journey on social media. Is it too late for you to save spring break? Believe it or not, the answer is NO! Many […]

Seven College Towns That are Worth More Than Just a College Visit

Many college towns have much more to offer than cheap dining establishments, Greek row and professional pep squads. They can also be wonderful destinations for families who are looking for a fun-filled mini vacation. We looked at some of America’s best college towns and narrowed down the list to seven of our favorites for weekend […]

Five Favorite Cities For Last-minute Spring Break Fun

Spring break is just around the corner. Or for some families, it’s already arrived. Those of you who haven’t made plans might be starting to feel regret as your friends jet off to their fabulous vacations — and document the journey on social media. Is it too late for you to save spring break?

Soak Up Some Sun and Family Fun in Sarasota

Just like her daughter Colleen, Kay Keogh likes to find great hotels and activities while on the road and share them with families. Here is her report on the Sarasota area, located on the southwest coast of Florida. Photos courtesy of Visit Sarasota County My daughter assigns me the task of scouting for her show! […]

Rosemont, IL… Solution For Your Winter Blues

‘Family Travel’ Sales Director Recalls her Memorable Weekend at this Exciting Chicago-Area Destination As the winter grew colder, darker and more depressing, the “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” team decided to attend the Travel & Adventure Show in January to see some sunny destinations and find fun things to do with the family. To really […]

A Winter or Summer Retreat in Beautiful Lake Geneva

Producer Sarah Miller recently brought her husband and kids along to scout the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Lake Geneva Resort for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly.” Here’s her review of this family-friendly getaway. If you’re from Chicago, you accept the cold and try to find creative ways to keep the family entertained. But sometimes, […]

Soak up some sun and family fun in Sarasota

Just like her daughter Colleen, Kay Keogh likes to find great hotels and activities while on the road and share them with families. Here is her report on the Sarasota area, located on the southwest coast of Florida.

Memories – Old and New – at The Abbey in Lake Geneva

Colleen’s mom reminisces about special times with family at lakeside retreat  My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16, 2015. Because 50 is a very special anniversary, we decided to revisit the places that held cherished spots in our hearts. We honeymooned at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Over the years, […]

Crew Vacation Blog

Travel Film Productions team members share travel tips and best memories of their 2014 summer vacations

Family Fun

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

Wondrous Whale Watching in Mexico

Wondrous Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – The whale, big as a locomotive, surged out of the water, streaming foam, airborne and spinning as though for the sheer joy of it, before gracefully slicing back under the waves. We watched silently, jaws agape, never having been so close to such a huge, fast-moving creature. […]

A Family Weekend Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois

A weekend getaway from the big city may not be as far away as you think. Located an hour outside of Chicago is St. Charles, Illinois, a picturesque river town with a plethora of restaurants, eclectic shops, and a lively nightlife scene. The city is also home to the historic and charming Pheasant Run Resort. […]

Vienna: A Fascinating Holiday Destination for All the Family

Sponsored Post It is that time of the year again when people start thinking about holidays, and spending some quality time together as a family. If you usually spend the holidays away, have you thought about travelling to Vienna? With its captivating modern elegance and rich history, Vienna is a fascinating destination for families. In […]

Learn & Play: Things to Do in Tucson, Arizona

As a top family-friendly destination in the USA, it makes sense that Tucson, Arizona has a ton of places to learn new things, get active and play! From top-notch museums to hiking trails and more, you’ll definitely find something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Tucson, Arizona! Arizona-Sonora […]

Stay in Tucson, Arizona: The White Stallion Ranch

Home to a warm, desert climate, a bustling metro area and a major university, and plenty of cultural attractions and opportunities for activity, Tucson is an ideal family-friendly destination in the great southwest region of the USA. Looking for a relaxing place to stay in Tucson, Arizona? White Stallion Ranch is just the place! At […]

Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Big City in a Small Town

If you think you have to venture very far from Chicago to explore a new city, think again. Fort Wayne, Indiana, is filled with unique attractions, restaurants and fun, affordable family activities. The second largest city in Indiana (right behind Indianapolis), Fort Wayne has plenty to offer its visitors, without the the overwhelming hustle and bustle […]

Visit Málaga, Spain: A Perfect Mix of Family-Friendly Adventure & Relaxation

Traveling to Europe with younger children can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted or behaved your pint-sized explorers are. It becomes especially challenging when the destination you’re visiting is a bustling city filled with historical sites and museums. This is one reason Málaga, Spain, the country’s fifth-most populated city, is worth a closer look. […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

If You Really Want to be Enchanted

There is a feeling of beguilement that wells up in one’s heart when the name “New Mexico” is mentioned in conversation. There is a pulling at the five senses. It is as if all the art, cuisine, hot-air balloons, and Georgia O’Keefe rounded pink mountains are magnetizing you with their call. There is a sense […]

Baby Myths: Separating Fake News from Fact in Newborn Care

Newborn care advice evolves over the years, and while there’s no shortage of baby books and websites, there are still myths and misinformation out there about caring for little ones. Here are our Top 5 baby care myths and their corresponding facts to help new parents:   MYTH: Putting rice cereal in baby’s bottle helps […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

13 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips from Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber More and more people’s travel plans include their four legged family members. Although boarding your pet is always an option, and there are many boarding facilities that rival upscale hotel accommodations, the fact is, for many of us pets are family and we wouldn’t enjoy […]

Travel Chat: Author Liliane Opsomer

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Name: Liliane Opsomer, author of “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2018” Occupation: Guidebook writer and blogger Passion: I am passionate about travel, fairies, […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling off the trees, the kids are heading back to school, and summer is coming to a close. But just because the vacation might be over, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. If you’re looking for one last hoorah with your kids as they […]

Experiencing Chicago: “Stay Alfred” Style

When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style […]

10 Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day is nearly upon us. It’s estimated that around 35 million people will be traveling for this long weekend holiday. TurnKey Vacation Rentals has put together some tips for last minute Labor Day travel. 1. Get a tune up  If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to make sure your car has the necessary […]

The Magic of Orlando

Photo Credit: disneyworld.disney.go.com When someone says “dream vacation”, it’s hard not to picture Disney World or Universal Studios. Considered two of the most popular destinations in the U.S., they are a must-visit for families. One of our Family Travel producers recently had the pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida, with her family, and is ready to […]

Keep Warm and Stay Inn

If you think the only time to experience a Chicago getaway is when it’s warm, think again. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing The Loews Hotel Chicago. Thanks to their cozy amenities and hottest packages, you’ll discover that staying in is just as much of a vacation as going out! With […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

10 reasons Captiva Island is the ultimate getaway for those who love nature, sun and family fun

When our sons were two and four, my husband and I attempted our first “real” vacation as parents. We planned a few days on Captiva Island, located off Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I was initially nervous about taking such young kids to an unfamiliar area all on our own (previous getaways […]

Let Your Getaway Take Flight at Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

There’s nothing quite like a weekend escape from the city, taking in the fresh air, the open skies and the peace and quiet. At the Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in scenic Galena, IL, just three hours outside of Chicago, you can experience all of these joys and so much more. One of our “Family […]

11 Extraordinary Museums That Take Fun and Culture to a Whole New Level

Whether you’re traveling with toddlers or teens, or anyone in between, exploring a museum can be a great way to combine fun with learning while on vacation. And if you visit a museum that goes above and beyond in engaging and inspiring its patrons, your kids will have such a wonderful time they’ll be blissfully […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

10 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Fishing with Kids

Summer is a perfect time to take your family fishing! Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping the kids happy on a fishing trip, while easing stress for the adults.

Five Independence Day Firework Displays That Will Blow Your Mind

Fourth of July is around the corner, and every child and parent knows the best part of this celebration is the fireworks! Here are five of our favorite cities to visit for a memorable fireworks show.

Incorporate a Lighthouse Into Your Fall Road Trip

Fall is a favorite time of year for taking road trips, as families head out to see the vibrant scenery of the season. There’s so much to see on a well planned road trip, including lighthouses. Yes, lighthouses! When you’re on the road, they can be beautiful and interesting stops along the way. There are […]

Five Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your Museum Outing with the Kids

1. Tools of the trade: One of my favorite tips for taking kids to a museum includes a special tool you can pack in your purse! Check it out in my FamilyFun video tip: 2. Teacher’s toolbox: Many museum websites have a resource section for teachers, so I like to peek at what is offered […]

Five Hotel Tips for a Flawless Family Vacation

When we’re shooting episodes for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” we end up staying in A LOT of hotels, and they are surprisingly all very different! I’ve developed a few tricks that I keep up my sleeve to help me find just the right hotel each time I travel.

Dive into National Aquarium Month with our Six Favorite Aquariums

June is the month for celebrating our beautiful oceans and the wide range of creatures that inhabit it. It’s National Aquarium Month, and June 8 is also World Oceans Day, a day for ocean celebration and action. In honor of these events, we’re going to share with you six of our favorite aquariums.

Food

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

Best Places to Eat in Tucson, Arizona

Hungry in Arizona? Why the long face?! Enjoying the local flavors of the southwest is an absolutely must for anyone who vacations in the area. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite food spots to grab a bite – here are some of the best places to eat in Tucson, Arizona!    […]

Discovering a Reconstructed San Diego and Why You Need to Visit

The very first time I learned of the city of San Diego, I was at a raucous party in Kansas City. I was only 18 years old at the time and was coming home from my first adventure out west. Two buddies and I had stuffed ourselves into an old Dodge Swinger (manual 3-speed on […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

Dining and Dancing in Palm Springs

Known for its starry nights and warm desert breezes, Palm Springs, California elicits from many a traveler the desire to just dance. It is as if something wells up from your inner reaches in a primal need to express yourself under the palms. And if dancing in the open air under the shadow of Mount […]

Local Chop & Grill House

  Local Chop & Grill House, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, serves some of the most quality locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and meats in the Shenandoah Valley. This cozy steakhouse is a favorite among locals and visitors who are looking to treat themselves to a fresh steak or a unique cocktail.     Colleen was able […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

Tripping Over Hong Kong

When planning a trip to Hong Kong, or as the native Chinese prefer to say…”HK”, one may be overwhelmed by all the delightful sights to see and all the dozens of things to do there. One may even find one self tripping over all the possibilities. For those of us who would prefer a more […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling off the trees, the kids are heading back to school, and summer is coming to a close. But just because the vacation might be over, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. If you’re looking for one last hoorah with your kids as they […]

Seven Dishes to Expand the Palate of Your Picky Eater

Appeasing the picky eater is a challenge almost every parent has had to face at some point or another. Whether it’s a battle of the broccoli, or another culinary conflict, getting your child to try new foods can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Experts have noted that one of the best ways […]

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy #605, Haleiwa, HI 96712 (808) 637-4827 If you’re looking for a sweeter option in the North Shore, Shave Ice at Matsumoto’s is a definite go-to. Matsumoto’s was established in 1951 when owners Mamoru and Helen opened their own grocery store, which later transformed into the shave ice shop. The […]

Macky’s Shrimp Truck

Macky’s Shrimp Truck 66-632 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 (808) 780-1071   Macky’s shrimp truck is tucked away on the roadside in North Shore and is one of Oahu’s treasures. The truck features five shrimp plates and one fruit tray with fresh grapes, bananas, oranges, and mango. The crew got there just in time for […]

Hank’s Haute Dogs

Hank’s Haute Dogs 324 Coral St, Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 532-4265 hankshautedogs.com   Hank Adaniya, the owner and founder of Hank’s Haute Dogs, is a Chicago native, and we sure couldn’t pass up a good Chicago hot dog on this trip! It also happens to be their most popular item on the menu, and boy […]

Beyond the Hotdog: Get Adventurous at the Ballpark with our Five Favorite Menu Items

Major League Baseball stadiums have really stepped up their food game. There’s still about a month left of regular season baseball, so head out to cheer on your local team and get adventurous with your dining choices! Here are five of our favorite offerings.

We All Scream for Our Six Favorite Ice Cream Shops

Nothing screams summer more than ice cream. But if you’re looking for another excuse to indulge in the creamy treat, July is National Ice Cream Month!

Tea Time at the Drake Hotel and Holiday Cheer at the Spice House

The holidays are the perfect time for family traditions both new and old. One tradition that my family has enjoyed for many years is tea at the Drake Hotel.

High-Tech Travel

5 Great Reasons to Choose Traveler’s Choice

Sponsored Post With a show called “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” and another called “Trip Sisters”, it’s pretty clear that we do a lot of traveling. And what’s the one thing you simply can’t travel without? Luggage, of course! When you travel as much as we do, you learn pretty quickly that the quality and […]

Family Friendly Travel Gadgets for 2017

Living in a world of constant change is both inspiring and exciting. We are always looking into the latest and greatest innovations in tech and figuring out how we can incorporate them into our travels. Tech lovers, this one’s for you! Check out some of our can’t miss, favorite travel gadgets that we think you […]

Holiday Travel Essentials for Babies, Toddlers, and Children

Managing children in transit doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. If you’re considering braving your first holiday trip with your little ones, fear no more! With the right travel essentials and a positive mindset, you’ll be a family travel guru in no time. Check out our list of essential travel products to help make […]

Hit the Road with our 10 Must-Have Travel Apps

From cross-country road trips to staycations in the city, your getaway will run more smoothly with a little help from some of the latest and greatest high-tech tools. We’re talking about smart phone apps that can assist you with the planning process and help you make the most of your vacation once you’ve arrived. Here […]

Holiday Travel

Vienna: A Fascinating Holiday Destination for All the Family

Sponsored Post It is that time of the year again when people start thinking about holidays, and spending some quality time together as a family. If you usually spend the holidays away, have you thought about travelling to Vienna? With its captivating modern elegance and rich history, Vienna is a fascinating destination for families. In […]

5 Great Reasons to Choose Traveler’s Choice

Sponsored Post With a show called “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” and another called “Trip Sisters”, it’s pretty clear that we do a lot of traveling. And what’s the one thing you simply can’t travel without? Luggage, of course! When you travel as much as we do, you learn pretty quickly that the quality and […]

How to Keep Your Home Safe While Away

Homeowners tend to worry when they leave on long trips, but there are many things that they can do to protect their property when they go away. Contributor Kris Lindahl shares tips on how to keep your home safe while away – whether you’re leaving for a quick weekend getaway or many months.   Put Your Mail […]

‘When You Are Old’ in Xichang, China

Written at the close of last year’s “Spring Festival”, the Year of the Rooster; and released today, celebrating the first day of this year’s Chinese New Year…. The Year of the Dog   “When you are old and gray and full of sleep And nodding by the fire, take down this book…..” – W.B. Yeats, Irish poet […]

Home for the Holidays at The Ridge Hotel in Lake Geneva

Whether you’re looking for a holiday getaway, or a post-Christmas vacation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is just a short drive away from the Chicagoland area. Although known as a hotspot for tourists in the summer, Lake Geneva has a few winter secrets you may not know about. One of their best kept secrets is The Ridge […]

13 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips from Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber More and more people’s travel plans include their four legged family members. Although boarding your pet is always an option, and there are many boarding facilities that rival upscale hotel accommodations, the fact is, for many of us pets are family and we wouldn’t enjoy […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling off the trees, the kids are heading back to school, and summer is coming to a close. But just because the vacation might be over, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. If you’re looking for one last hoorah with your kids as they […]

10 Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day is nearly upon us. It’s estimated that around 35 million people will be traveling for this long weekend holiday. TurnKey Vacation Rentals has put together some tips for last minute Labor Day travel. 1. Get a tune up  If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to make sure your car has the necessary […]

7 Packing Tips for a Better Vacation

Whether you choose to travel by bus, car, ship, or plane, the hassle of packing is unavoidable. Before you begin to stress about your luggage, check out our packing tips for a better vacation. 1. Don’t over pack!  Unless you are traveling somewhere with no commercial shopping, there is no need to bring every piece […]

Keep Warm and Stay Inn

If you think the only time to experience a Chicago getaway is when it’s warm, think again. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing The Loews Hotel Chicago. Thanks to their cozy amenities and hottest packages, you’ll discover that staying in is just as much of a vacation as going out! With […]

Family Friendly Travel Gadgets for 2017

Living in a world of constant change is both inspiring and exciting. We are always looking into the latest and greatest innovations in tech and figuring out how we can incorporate them into our travels. Tech lovers, this one’s for you! Check out some of our can’t miss, favorite travel gadgets that we think you […]

Holiday Travel Essentials for Babies, Toddlers, and Children

Managing children in transit doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. If you’re considering braving your first holiday trip with your little ones, fear no more! With the right travel essentials and a positive mindset, you’ll be a family travel guru in no time. Check out our list of essential travel products to help make […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

Five of the Best Destinations for Romancing Your Valentine

Whether you lie on a beach or see the sights, these unforgettable destinations will rekindle the romance Whether it’s a resort or rustic cabin, the city or the boonies, five stars or under the stars, it’s time for a getaway – minus the kids. Taking a weekend trip might be just what you need to […]

Ready for Some Chills and Thrills at a Haunted Hotel?

Families have many ways of getting into the Halloween spirit. Some like to keep it cute and cuddly, while others can’t get enough of the ghosts and gore. If you fall into the latter category, spending the night in a haunted hotel might just be the kind of adventure you’re looking for.

Nature/ Wildlife Family Travel – Jenny Kustra-Quinn

10 reasons Captiva Island is the ultimate getaway for those who love nature, sun and family fun

When our sons were two and four, my husband and I attempted our first “real” vacation as parents. We planned a few days on Captiva Island, located off Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I was initially nervous about taking such young kids to an unfamiliar area all on our own (previous getaways […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

A ‘Country Club in the Woods’ in Picturesque Kohler, Wisconsin

In Kohler, Wisconsin, you can explore a trail that meanders through a lush forest and alongside the Sheboygan River – either on horseback or on foot – then enjoy a gourmet dinner in a candle-lit log cabin nestled in the woods. That’s my idea of a perfect day. If you agree, you must make the […]

Getting Back to Nature in the Rich Florida Keys

Many people think that because I work for a travel TV show, I’m constantly jetting off to fabulous destinations. Unfortunately, though, my public relations and social media duties for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” can be handled while working on a laptop in my kitchen. But recently, while on spring break in the Florida Keys […]

Product Reviews

10 reasons Captiva Island is the ultimate getaway for those who love nature, sun and family fun

When our sons were two and four, my husband and I attempted our first “real” vacation as parents. We planned a few days on Captiva Island, located off Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I was initially nervous about taking such young kids to an unfamiliar area all on our own (previous getaways […]

Family bonding in Lake Geneva: thrilling zip line adventure, lakeside luxury and a touch of nostalgia

My family and I recently had the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone in a 100-acre forest surrounding Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – and I mean WAY out of our comfort zone, as in racing across a 1,200-foot zip line suspended 65 feet above the ground at speeds of up to 45 miles per […]

A ‘Country Club in the Woods’ in Picturesque Kohler, Wisconsin

In Kohler, Wisconsin, you can explore a trail that meanders through a lush forest and alongside the Sheboygan River – either on horseback or on foot – then enjoy a gourmet dinner in a candle-lit log cabin nestled in the woods. That’s my idea of a perfect day. If you agree, you must make the […]

Getting Back to Nature in the Rich Florida Keys

Many people think that because I work for a travel TV show, I’m constantly jetting off to fabulous destinations. Unfortunately, though, my public relations and social media duties for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” can be handled while working on a laptop in my kitchen. But recently, while on spring break in the Florida Keys […]

Travel Talk with Colleen Kelly

Travel Chat: Author Liliane Opsomer

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Name: Liliane Opsomer, author of “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids 2018” Occupation: Guidebook writer and blogger Passion: I am passionate about travel, fairies, […]

Travel Chat: CEO Dan Mahar

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Some of Dan Mahar’s best memories are learning to waltz with his daughter at a palace in Vienna, encountering a bear in the Grand Tetons National Park, […]

Travel Chat: AARP’s Stephanie Miles

In Celebrity Travel Chat with Colleen Kelly, Colleen interviews fellow travel experts and celebrities about their areas of expertise and their own personal passion for exploring the world. Stephanie Miles is all about travel, whether as part of her job or in her personal life. She is AARP’s vice president of member value, products and […]

Travel Tips

Cleveland: A Rockin’ Family Destination

Looking for a rockin’ good time for your next family destination? Look no further than Cleveland! Located on the Southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is Ohio’s second largest city. Once known primarily for its manufacturing and industry, Cleveland has reinvented itself as a great family destination. From sports lovers to music lovers, this city […]

How to Keep Your Home Safe While Away

Homeowners tend to worry when they leave on long trips, but there are many things that they can do to protect their property when they go away. Contributor Kris Lindahl shares tips on how to keep your home safe while away – whether you’re leaving for a quick weekend getaway or many months.   Put Your Mail […]

Nashville, Tennessee – The Heart of Music City

Photo Credit: Flickr It’s no surprise that Nashville, Tennessee is known far and wide as Music City. With its renowned museums, bustling downtown, vibrant culture, authentic southern cuisine, and, of course, the music, it’s hard to find anything not to love about this city. One of our producers recently had the pleasure of experiencing Nashville […]

13 Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Tips from Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber More and more people’s travel plans include their four legged family members. Although boarding your pet is always an option, and there are many boarding facilities that rival upscale hotel accommodations, the fact is, for many of us pets are family and we wouldn’t enjoy […]

How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling off the trees, the kids are heading back to school, and summer is coming to a close. But just because the vacation might be over, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. If you’re looking for one last hoorah with your kids as they […]

10 Last-Minute Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day is nearly upon us. It’s estimated that around 35 million people will be traveling for this long weekend holiday. TurnKey Vacation Rentals has put together some tips for last minute Labor Day travel. 1. Get a tune up  If you’re traveling by car, it’s important to make sure your car has the necessary […]

7 Packing Tips for a Better Vacation

Whether you choose to travel by bus, car, ship, or plane, the hassle of packing is unavoidable. Before you begin to stress about your luggage, check out our packing tips for a better vacation. 1. Don’t over pack!  Unless you are traveling somewhere with no commercial shopping, there is no need to bring every piece […]

8 Ways to Make Air Travel with Kids Easier

by Jennifer Kelly Geddes courtesy of fisherprice.com What’s scarier than snakes on a plane? You got it-being the parent of the kid who’s screaming her head off. But some advance planning can help the fun begin before you even reach Grandma’s. Here, travel experts reveal how they make family vacations easier for everyone. 1. Book a […]

8 Expert Travel Hacking Tips for 2017

by Brian Robson, courtesy of thesimpledollar.com “Travel hacking” is when you work within the rules of airlines, hotels, and travel credit cards to earn rewards such as points and miles to put toward free travel. Despite its name, travel hacking is simple (and legal), and lots of people do it every day to save money and see […]

The Magic of Orlando

Photo Credit: disneyworld.disney.go.com When someone says “dream vacation”, it’s hard not to picture Disney World or Universal Studios. Considered two of the most popular destinations in the U.S., they are a must-visit for families. One of our Family Travel producers recently had the pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida, with her family, and is ready to […]

Where to Play in the Florida Keys: Sundiver Snorkeling

Sundiver Snorkeling Tours 102840 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL, 33037 305-451-2220 snorkelingisfun.com Colleen and the crew caught the most beautiful day for snorkeling in the waters of the world famous Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. Although the Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish were out that day, everyone braved the dive to see the beautiful shallow, […]

Where to Learn in the Florida Keys: Turtle Hospital

Turtle Hospital 2396 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL, 33050 305-743-2552 turtlehospital.org The first stop in the Florida Keys was the Turtle Hospital located in Marathon, Florida. Visiting the hospital made for an educational, yet touching experience. Colleen and the crew were invited to take a guided tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation […]

Where to Stay in the Florida Keys: Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 888-395-5539 http://hawkscay.com Hawk’s Cay Resort is a small slice of paradise right in the middle of the Florida Keys. Located on a small island called Duck Key, Hawks Cay is surrounded by aquamarine water that accompanies beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Whether you’re looking to relax […]

Family Friendly Travel Gadgets for 2017

Living in a world of constant change is both inspiring and exciting. We are always looking into the latest and greatest innovations in tech and figuring out how we can incorporate them into our travels. Tech lovers, this one’s for you! Check out some of our can’t miss, favorite travel gadgets that we think you […]

Holiday Travel Essentials for Babies, Toddlers, and Children

Managing children in transit doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. If you’re considering braving your first holiday trip with your little ones, fear no more! With the right travel essentials and a positive mindset, you’ll be a family travel guru in no time. Check out our list of essential travel products to help make […]

6 Tips For Traveling On The Day Before Thanksgiving

Holidays are nothing without the hustle and bustle of getting your family from one place to another. The day before Thanksgiving is no exception as it’s one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to the auto club AAA, 48.7 million Americans are predicted to travel this Thanksgiving, with a majority of them […]

6 Tips for Staying Healthy and Refreshed While Flying, so you can hit the ground running

One of the struggles that comes with air travel is staying healthy and not letting a long flight bring you down. Airplanes harbor a lot of germs, and many of us have found ourselves catching a bug soon after we get off the plane, or just feeling run down and “yucky.” But there are a […]

14 Tips for Traveling With Tweens and Teens

Colleen was featured in makeitbetter.net’s 14 Tips for Traveling With Tweens and Teens. Check it out here

Five Must-Haves for Your Road Trip

Planning a family road trip? Here are our five suggestions for making the kids happy, keeping your car clean and maintaining your sanity!

10 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity While Fishing with Kids

Summer is a perfect time to take your family fishing! Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping the kids happy on a fishing trip, while easing stress for the adults.

Don’t Let Your Vacation Sabotage Your Healthy Habits

Want to keep your resolutions while on the road? Plan ahead, and find a hotel that caters to the health conscious Vacation is a time to unwind, rejuvenate, celebrate, see new places and try new things. But it also can be a time to forget New Year’s resolutions and replace your good, healthy habits with […]

Hitting the High Seas? Tips for Getting Your Cruise Off to a Great Start

Colleen loves cruising! She has enjoyed several Carnival cruises, and she recently partnered with Carnival to host a series of family travel videos that help users experience the ease and adventure of cruising. Check them out here. Are you thinking about taking your family members on their first cruise? If so, good for you! As […]

Five Hotel Tips for a Flawless Family Vacation

When we’re shooting episodes for “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” we end up staying in A LOT of hotels, and they are surprisingly all very different! I’ve developed a few tricks that I keep up my sleeve to help me find just the right hotel each time I travel.

Blow through the Windy City on these Tours

The weather was perfect, but we wished we had brought light jackets with us…it was chilly out on the water! There were a lot of tourists on the boat that night and they were snapping pictures of us while we were filming.

Walt Disney World – Jody Clair

11 HIDDEN GEMS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR DISNEY VACATION MORE MAGICAL AND MEMORABLE

Visiting Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. You want to experience the classics, of course, but I also recommend incorporating these hidden gems into your day.

Dining at Disney…should you buy a plan?

When you’re vacationing at Walt Disney World, you have seemingly endless options for food, beverages and dining themes. Choosing what and where to eat can be the hardest part of your trip, especially when you’re trying to please family members with different tastes.

Disney Moderate Resorts: Stay and Play in Unique Accommodations close to the Action

With spring break approaching fast, are you thinking about making your kids’ Disney dreams come true? If so, this is the time to start planning, especially if you want to stay on property at one of the popular Disney World resorts.

The holidays have hit Walt Disney World!

There’s a winter wonderland of lights, holiday scents are in the air, and amazing special activities are abundant! Yep! It must be the holidays at Walt Disney World — when the parks and resorts are transformed to be more magical than ever.

Disney Value resorts: more memories for less cash

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World but think you can’t afford to stay on property, think again. Resorts in the Value category offer many creative amenities for a much lower price.

Heading to Disney? Consider leaving the kids at home!

Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, an adults-only weekend at Disney could be just what you need.

Disney Deluxe Resorts: Add Some Luxury And Extra Magic To Your Disney Vacation

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts and Villas can take your vacation to a whole new level, by adding a touch of luxury and even more Disney magic. You’ll notice the difference right when you walk through the door. From award-winning dining experiences to extraordinary park views to beautiful, sprawling grounds, these resorts have it all!  

Exciting and Convenient Disney Resorts

Which resort is best for your family? There are so many exciting resorts to choose from when you travel to Disney World. In a previous blog, I told you about many of the benefits of staying on property. Once you decide to do this, how do you determine which resort is right for your family? […]

Character Dining at Disney: Worth it?

Finding the right meal options at Disney parks Character meals at Disney World can be expensive, and people ask me all the time if the experience is worth the money. I say yes! But knowing how the process works and what you get out of a character meal will help you decide for yourself. First, […]

There’s no crying at Disney! Save the day with food from home

Does Disney allow guests to bring their own snacks through the gate? You bet! This can be especially helpful to know if you are traveling with little children or picky eaters, or if you are on a budget. So don’t hesitate to pack a bag of fruit snacks, PB and J, crackers, juice pouches and […]

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