Candyce H. Stapen’s Family Travel Tips

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How to Save Money on a Vacation Rental and Get the Lowest Price

Congrats—you’ve found a great vacation rental for your family!…

6 Crucial Things Parents Can Do to Childproof a Vacation

Even places that welcome kids don’t necessarily childproof…
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5 Ways to Ensure a Vacation Rental Meets Your Definition of Clean

Every vacation renter claims their units will be clean, but…

Great Family Adventures for Spring and Autumn in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah

A little bit of adventure goes a long way toward a successful…

Warning: Some Vacation Rentals Don’t Include Access to Property Amenities

So you've scored a great deal on a resort condo or villa on…

Great Family Resorts for Fall Foliage Fun Around North America

Families who crave autumn leaf-peeping don’t have to resign…
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Renting a Vacation Home for the first time? Don’t take anything for granted.

When we sat down to plan our first family trip since the start…
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Travel Insurance in the COVID-19 Era

After more than a year of the pandemic lockdown, we've planned…
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What to Know When You Share a Vacation Rental

It looked so good on paper — a week in a Caribbean villa with…
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Why Travel is Essential for Kids and Parents

At a Maasai settlement in Kenya, my daughter Alissa and I listened…
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Whether to Cruise — or Not

We miss cruising. My husband and I board big and small ships with friends or relatives every year. Sailing gives us interesting ports plus time together and apart without the hosting duties of cooking and cleaning. When Azamara canceled our August 2020 Norway voyage because of COVID-19, we understood. Our spirits sank until we saw their 2021 deals. Then we booked another exciting voyage — two weeks exploring the Black Sea in April 2021.
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Tips on How to Book Your Own Local Tours

I knew we were in trouble when our local tour guide drove silently for the first five minutes of our ride from Dubrovnik along Croatia's coast. When I asked him if he would tell us about our destination, Cavtat and the Konavle Valley, he turned around, shrugged his shoulders and said, "I'm from Bulgaria. I don't know anything about the area." And he didn't, even though the company we used listed Dobromir as a "driver-guide."