There’s so much to do when you’re visiting Santa Barbara with kids. My parents used to live here and we go back often for weddings and weekend getaways, usually via the easy Pacific Surfliner train from San Diego to Santa Barbara. We love strolling through the fun, family-friendly museums, relaxing on the beautiful beaches, and exploring what there is to do up and down the coast. The weather is near perfect for most of the year (Santa Barbara gets 300+ days of sunshine), so all-ages outdoor excursions abound. What you won’t find in Santa Barbara are the big theme parks that draw so many families to San Diego. That means that visiting Santa Barbara with kids can be more relaxing. Your vacation will unfold at a slower pace. There won’t be any long lines, just long stretches of quality time. Below you’ll find 10 of my favorite things to do in Santa Barbara with kids. Browse Santa Barbara Tours Table of Contents Go to the BeachSanta Barbara … [Read more...] about The perfect, relaxed California family getaway.
A few months ago, I had the great opportunity to visit the Mighty Five National Parks of Utah, which includes Zion National Park. The trip was part of an ongoing project with Marriott International, The Americas, to highlight some incredible places around the country, including our national parks. Few would disagree that there is something almost magical about America’s National Parks. Often called America’s Best Idea, each park is the result of years of tireless work on behalf of concerned citizens who wanted lands they felt to be unique and undeniably special to be protected forever. The National Park System represents the North American model of conservation, which itself was a hard concept to introduce to the general public more than a century ago but today is the standard by which similar parks around the world are judged. Reserving lands for posterity was not a popular idea at the time, but thanks to a handful of forward-thinking individuals, we as a country have now … [Read more...] about Zion National Park: What to Know & Why Everyone Should Visit
Phu Quy island district in Binh Thuan province is known for its great potential for marine economic growth, especially in tourism, thanks to its favourable natural conditions and stunning landscapes. Untouched sandy beaches with crystal clear water. Tranquil atmosphere away from bustling urban lifestyle. Phu Quy Island enchants tourists every time they visit. In recent years, sea transportation connecting the mainland and the island has been improved. Since early 2016, with electricity ensured 24 hours a day, tourist arrivals to Phu Quy island have been increasing. It welcomed some 20,000 tourist arrivals in 2018. This year, more than 5,000 visited the island on Reunification Day and May Day holiday. Phu Quy is not only an ideal getaway venue but also a destination for researchers thanks to its rich geologic, geomorphic, biologic, historic and cultural values. The island is also home to a sacred flag tower, which affirms Vietnam’s sea and island sovereignty. Phu Quy Island is … [Read more...] about Phu Quy island tourism soars
If there’s one destination that doesn’t need more tourists, it’s Venice. The Italian city is like no other, a maze of canals and winding streets packed with history, fine art, good food and luxury hotels. But it has long been a victim of its own popularity. All but around 50,000 of its residents have fled, driven out by rising rents and heaving crowds. Those that remain are resentful that their home exists only to serve the 70,000 or more tourists that arrive each day, many on cruise ships or coach tours. Measures have been put in place to tackle the issue, and others mooted. Police have started taking a stricter line with unsuitable conduct, there’s a three-year moratorium on new bars and takeaways, and decisions on new hotel openings must now be approved by the city council rather than rubber-stamped by a backroom bureaucrat. A crackdown on Airbnb-style rentals has also begun. But the city is as crowded as ever. “There’s a lot of talk, and … [Read more...] about Six of the best alternatives to overcrowded Venice
It’s hard to believe, but the end of August is nigh and, with it, the de facto end of summer. For many folks summer has already effectively ended since kids in some parts of the country have gone back to school. The calendar says otherwise though, and it’s still a great time to plan one last summer getaway, even if it’s just a weekend away. To help plan that last minute trip, I’ve put together some of my favorite spots around the country to enjoy a few days of downtime and to revel in the spirit of summer one final time. This year I’m working with Allianz Travel Insurance to share my thoughts about travel, what makes me happy when I explore the world and why I even travel in the first place. This post is done in partnership with them and I’m excited for the opportunity to share some amazing places to visit one last time this summer. Remember though, no matter where you go travel insurance is always a good idea, as I discuss in this post. Virginia … [Read more...] about 9 Last-Minute Summer Getaways Around the US