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Green River Whitewater RaftingLast month, I, along with my 11 year old son and some other family members, embarked on a multi-day whitewater rafting and camping adventure along the Green River that connects Colorado and Utah.  

We considered ourselves to be relatively experienced for this trip given that I had participated in two days of whitewater rafting on the Pacure River in Costa Rica (Class III-IV) and rafted in the state of Veracruz in Mexico (Class III), my son had enrolled in a couple of day rafting trips around the Washington, DC area (Class II), and another family member obtained her whitewater rafting certification, as a young adult.  

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    Sarah Smith says #
    Thanks
    My family wants to plan a rafting trip. Thanks for the advice about how you should make sure you know the signals and practice the

Travel SkillsI'm of the belief that children need to start traveling while they are still young. The mere act of going to a place that is unfamiliar in terms of landscape, food, culture, history and maybe even language encourages children to develop organizational skills, a sense of independence and greater responsibility.

This was put to the test this summer when, armed with one rollaway bag and two backpacks, my 9-year-old son and I went on a seven week trip through four countries: Cyprus, Greece, Croatia and Scotland.

Blizzard Wikipedia CommonsIt's been quite a winter! Last week alone saw a huge ice storm in the southeastern US, impressive snowstorms elsewhere in the country, a rare heavy snowfall in Tokyo, and in London, after the wettest January on record since 1766, the Thames River burst its banks causing massive flooding throughout the region. Here's what you can do if you're faced with weather disruptions during your vacation.

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    bencep says #
    Thanks for the tips Irene. I should secure a travel insurance just in case.

Recently, a friend asked about the inherent value in knowing one's carbon emissions rate. She was not being callous in asking the question as much as frustrated by a lack of understanding about carbon emissions and how to evaluate carbon offsetting schemes.

Short of growing or raising her own food sources, using bicycles as her only mode of transport, employing solar power for all her electrical needs, buying only gently used clothing, and vacationing in her backyard, all she felt was constant guilt for living her life and doing what she loved to do – travel! So, let's put things into perspective.

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    Andre says #
    Interesting article. I'm a supporter of carbon offsetting. It's a long way to make carbon offsetting actually work. In Germany jus
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    Time Travel Plans says #
    These infographics are an awesome way to get ecotourism novices such as myself to understand how we can participate in sustainable

As new parents back in 2005, we naively decided to take our 7 month old across ten time zones for his first Christmas. My husband and I were just itching to go on a trip since we had been homebound for more than a year (between the pregnancy and the now the early infant months) and we foolishly thought "the baby is sleeping all the time – what difference does it make where he sleeps!"

Well, we were wrong, very wrong. It was during this trip that our cherub turned into an entirely different baby – and we learned the true meaning of surviving baby jetlag. Now that he's six (and we still drag him across many time zones), we have picked up a few tricks along the way for de-stressing and managing jetlag.

Vacation time is upon us all! And, whether you planned your vacation six months ago or six days ago, there is always that last minute distressed feeling of how is this all going to come together?

My last vacation planning tips article hopefully provided some helpful insight to selecting a vacation destination that would be both adventurous and relaxing for the whole family.

It’s a fact of life today that many adults and children suffer from severe food allergies or have specific dietary restrictions. Sometimes, the constant vigilance to avoid cross-contamination or foods with hidden ingredients coupled with language barriers prevent people from traveling outside the United States. Select Wisely aims to change this sentiment.

For regular readers of this blog, it may be of little surprise to know that I love planning family trips. I’m not sure if it is due to my type-a personality that encourages order (or meticulous flexibility as I see it) or the idea that I’ll be able to experience something new to share with my son or perhaps even learn something new about me. Whatever the reason, there’s pure joy felt when planning a family trip. Just recently, I was presented with a vacation challenge. With my husband recently having started a new job at a new company, I knew our traditional summer family vacation this year would have to be reconsidered.

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    davidtolstoy says #
    hi .. great post. My family and I almost always go on a vacation during the summer, and traveling with children can definitely be

Is travel insurance really worth it? That’s the question that often gets tossed around the travel community. As the General Manager of WorldNomads.com, I want to delve into some of the common myths and opinions about travel insurance that are out there (yes, we’ve heard them all) and weigh in with what I hope to be useful information on what the benefits of travel insurance truly are.

In the midst of planning flights, deciphering train and boat schedules, or seeking out accommodations for your next family trip, another deliberation may be the need for additional vaccinations for yourself and your children. Currently, the only vaccine required to enter certain countries is the yellow fever vaccine. All other vaccines are only recommended. Nonetheless, there are various considerations that parents should take note of depending on the region of the world you will be visiting.

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