Take the Family to Florence: A Complete Planning Guide

Written by Barbara Schultz @ The Points Guy

For a lot of parents, the idea of a long-haul flight and European travel with young children is daunting. Still, from the time my kids arrived, I was counting the days and our pennies until the time was right for our family of four to visit some of my favorite European destinations. When we finally …

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The Best Times to Visit Costa Rica

Written by Barbara Schultz @ The Points Guy

The tourism industry is booming in Costa Rica with more than 2 million tourists per year, thanks in large part to ecotourism. Costa Rica’s tropical climate and abundance of nature parks offer nonstop opportunities for forest and volcano hikes, ziplining excursions, wildlife viewing, beach time and more. Still, you’ll want to be informed before deciding …

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Guide to Planning a Family Trip to Chicago

Written by Barbara Schultz @ The Points Guy

Chicago, once known as the “second city,” is second to none when it comes to fun activities, family-friendly cuisine and historic sights. Set at the confluence of the Chicago River and beautiful Lake Michigan, and boasting a range of important architecture, Chicago is also extremely photogenic, even when the weather isn’t perfect. I moved west …

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11 Activities for Kids and Families in Florence

Written by Barbara Schultz @ The Points Guy

There’s a time for trips to Disney World or even Disneyland Paris, but at some point it’s good to branch the family out. Florence may not scream “family vacation,” but there is plenty to do in this Italian city. Whether your kids yearn for an art class or are ready to visit the Uffizi Gallery …

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Planning a Family Trip to San Francisco

Written by Barbara Schultz @ The Points Guy

San Francisco holds great contrasts. It’s home to some of California’s most breathtaking coastline but the beaches are generally considered too cold for swimming. It’s a small, compact city but many of its charming and diverse neighborhoods are found atop or below vertiginous hills. It’s the historic home of fortune seekers and flower children, who …

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Hilton Head for Families: What to See and Where to Stay

Written by Barbara Schultz @ The Points Guy

Twelve miles of Atlantic shoreline make Hilton Head, South Carolina, a top summer destination with average temperatures in the high 80s and flocks of vacationers, but the more gentle spring season offers its own rewards. Families on spring break will find milder temperatures and fewer tourists — perfect for laid-back beach days, memorable boat trips …

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