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Although the summer is coming to an end, travelers are trying to sneak in that last vacation before the end of August. It looks as though travel destinations in the Caribbean are still popular among US residents during the summer months, according to a recent report released by Adara, a company that leverages global travel data to help improve future business performance. As of July, US residents accounted for nearly 25 million searches and more than 500,000 flight reservations to the Caribbean from June through August 2015.
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Photo Courtesy of the National Building Museum (Washington, DC)

Landlocked Paris has its faux beaches along the Seine to keep locals and tourists cool during the summer. And this year, the National Building Museum has adopted a similar idea by giving Washington, DC, its first 10,000-square-foot indoor beach.

Located in the Great Hall, the beach — where it’s always 70 degrees, according to museum’s website — has white lounge chairs and umbrellas on its 50-foot-wide shoreline, an ocean of 700,000 white plastic balls, and a snack bar. In addition to attracting kids and tourists, the beach has become a regular lunch-break spot for nearby workers to soak in the fun ambience that the museum has created as part of its annual Summer Block Party.

Photo Courtesy of the National Building Museum (Washington, DC)

The beach closes Sept. 7, but until then, visitors can enjoy a dip in the ocean, read a book on the shore or play beach-related games such as paddleball. No sunscreen required.

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Big Crazy Family Adventure

It’s a big day: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and cheers to premiere night for Big Crazy Family Adventure. Whether you’re a parent, traveler or virtual tourist, tonight is your chance to live vicariously through the Kirkby family — Bruce, Christine, Bodi and Taj —  as they start their 13,000-mile journey from British Columbia to Ladakh, India. And they’re doing it all without an airplane! Check out the stats and watch a sneak peek below.

Big Crazy Family Adventure

We asked Christine and Bruce, “How do you prepare for a 96-day trip halfway around the world?” See their tips for traveling internationally with kids.

See Bruce’s pictures and Bodi’s sketches, which captured Leg 1 of their journey from British Columbia to Busan, South Korea, via canoe, train and cargo ship.

After the show, watch Bodi and Taj’s Top 5 and get more insight from Bruce on Leg 1 of the journey through his video slideshow, British Columbia to South Korea.

 

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Rainer standing atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge. (Photo Courtesy of Rainer Jenss)

Rainer Jenss has traveled around the world and clocked thousands of miles on his own and with his family. In preparation for the upcoming premiere of the new Travel Channel TV show Big Crazy Family Adventure (Sunday, June 21, at 9 p.m.|8c), we wanted to get another perspective on traveling abroad with children. As the founder and president of the Family Travel Association, Rainer was the perfect person to discuss his life as a world traveler; how travel has become an integral part of his family’s life; and what advice he would offer to families who want to expose their children to the world beyond North America.
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Currently Frozen over for the summer, Disney Cruise Line has a question for you: Do you want to build a snowman or let it go? Now, on select seasonal sailings on the Disney Magic in Norway and Disney Wonder in Alaska, you can.

The pirates of the Caribbean are on holiday, and in their place, characters from the hit animated film Frozen are taking over with an all-new deck party, day of fun and more. Onboard are none other than Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, iceman Kristoff and snowman Olaf, and I was just on the Disney Wonder to experience all the fun firsthand in Alaska.
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Despite the chilly weather, spring travel has kicked into high gear, and parents are already starting to plan summer vacations with their kids. Are you thinking about a family trip outside the US? We decided to talk to Heather Greenwood Davis — travel journalist, advisor for Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015 and blogger for GlobetrottingMama.com — and ask her to give parents tips on how to provide their kids a global perspective in preparation for traveling abroad.
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Photo Courtesy of Heather Greenwood Davis

After having children, a parent’s priorities can shift dramatically, decreasing the desire and the time allowed to travel. However, there are several parents who manage to make travel more of a priority, encouraging their children to become active participants in planning each family trip. And Heather Greenwood Davis and her family are the quintessential example of making travel an inclusive and real-world educational experience.

Heather has received several accolades for her travel spirit. She was recognized in 2012 as National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Traveler of the Year. As a travel journalist and the founder of GlobetrottingMama.com, she has also been recognized as a leading family travel and mommy blogger by Babble.com, WorkingMother.com and BlogHer.com. Knowing Heather and her family already had miles of travel experience under their belts, we thought it would be great to talk to her to see how she and her husband make travel work as a family.

Make sure you check out Heather’s favorite family adventure picks on our list of Travel’s Best Family Adventures 2015.
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The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo Courtesy of The Franklin Institute)

Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today — especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” — President Obama

From the Oval Office of the White House to boardrooms of the nation’s leading companies, there has been a growing call to better prepare US students for future employment opportunities by educating them more in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics project that STEM-related jobs will grow to more than 9 million by 2022 — an increase of about 1 million from the current count.

What does travel have to do with getting more kids interested in STEM? A lot, possibly.
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Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

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Whether you’re going home for the holidays to be surrounded by extended family (and, potentially, tiny childhood furniture), looking forward to a “friendsgiving” or using the valuable vacation days to escape from it all, WalletHub has calculated the best cities for winter holiday travel, at home and abroad. Using metrics such as average airfares, flight times and hotel costs, it determined the best destinations to celebrate the holidays without the hassle. Without further ado … READ MORE

Frosty The Snowman ICE! sculpture at Gaylord National Resort

Photo courtesy Gaylord National Resort

It’s beginning to look, and feel, a lot like Christmas. Bundle up this weekend and visit the annual “ICE!” exhibit at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Centers in Maryland, Texas, Florida and Tennessee, which all officially open their doors to the display this weekend.

In a steadily 9-degree room, the “ICE!” exhibit features larger-than-life ice sculptures from the beloved story of Frosty the Snowman (at Gaylord National in Oxon Hill, MD, and Gaylord Texan in Dallas), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville) or The Nutcracker (at Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL). Each display is perfectly crafted from more than 2 million pounds of ice by 30 artisans from Harbin, China, the ice carving capital of the world. Don’t worry about running out to L.L. Bean or the like: Cozy parkas are provided for all attendees — children and adults — so they can fully enjoy the exhibit.

Carving out 2.6 million pounds of ice — the most ever for Gaylord National — is no small feat. During an exclusive tour of its “ICE!” exhibit, public relations manager Rachel Dinbokowitz provided insider details on what visitors can expect this holiday season. READ MORE

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