Top 25 Travel Blogs for Families, 2012
The ideal of family travel - fun and relaxation for all - and the reality - toddler meltdowns and hotel mishaps - don't always coincide. But never fear: Babble's Top 25 Travel Blogs for Families is back, and each of these sites is packed with information on what you can do to make your family's vacation truly enjoyable. We brought back favorites from last year's list and combed through your nominations to bring fresh voices to the conversation. So whether you need to know what to pack while flying to grandma's with a toddler, how to travel the world with your family on a budget, or where to arrange a private cooking lesson in Provence with a Michelin-starred chef, we've got you covered. It's time to stop worrying, start planning, and, most importantly, get moving! (And if we missed a blog you love, nominate it here!) - Paula Sadok
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Who: Amie O’Shaughnessy, mom of one, Lausanne, Switzerland
Why we love this site: Though originally focused on Europe – one recent post evaluates options for Tuscan farm stays – Ciao Bambino has been expanding its hotel reviews to cover mostly upscale and luxurious properties in the Caribbean and the U.S. And since what may be wonderful for your two-year-old might bore your 12-year-old to tears, Ciao Bambino also classifies their ratings for each property by specifying whether hotels are “baby ready,” “toddler fun,” “school age action,” and/or “cool for teens.” The blog’s editors give great tips on everything from family-friendly safaris to volunteer travel and offer lists of kid-friendly European tour guides and region-specific travel books for children.