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Surviving Holiday Travel

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I am not a fan of traveling during the holidays, especially during the winter holidays. No one can ever really predict what the weather will be like, though during the winter getting snowed in or iced down is a greater possibility for those of us coming from colder areas.

Expedia.com has already reported that holiday travel for the 2015 season is looking busier it was last year, with hotel demands to Europe (where I would want to go if I did go anywhere this holiday season) is high – which increases prices.

And though I prefer my cozy couch, by my warm fireplace, crowded only by my family, there are moments when I long for a trip to Germany’s holiday markets, or to experience Scotland’s Hogmanay.

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Family Fun in St. Martin

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St. Martin has been a romantic getaway destination for me in the past, but that’s not to say that there isn’t any fun on this 34 square mile island for kids to enjoy as well.

There are two parts of this island to explore. The French side (St. Martin) and the Dutch side (St. Maarten) both have a unique feel and style and you will need a car to get around.

Which side of the island you stay in depends on the type of travel experience you want, as well as your budget.

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Fall Weekend Cruising the Hudson

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Last year my family and I got up early on a Sunday morning to take a cruise up the Hudson River in celebration of Oktoberfest. Granted, I am not a huge beer drinker and tend to not consume much alcohol when I am on an outing with my kids, but visiting Bear Mountain and taking in the views along the river as the foliage changes colors has become a family favorite.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Fall Closer to Home

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Like for most people, this is the non-travel season with our family. Between school schedules and upcoming holidays, many of us sort of slow down and set into our routines. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t enjoy some travel experiences, even if just on the weekends, closer to home. Personally, I recommend a little trip or two in between it all, especially during the fall as there is so much going on in the tristate area that you won’t want to miss.

Here are three ways to “getaway” without too much effort, money, or time.

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Favorites for a Family Vacation in Aruba

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The school year has started for a lot of families and we’re all getting into the routine of things. But before you put away those bathing suits, don’t forget about the long list of holidays to come before the year comes to an end, which makes for a great excuse to plan at least one last family vacation.

If you are like me and prefer to escape the cold then run head-on into it, then Aruba is the perfect family escape.

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Travel Tips: Summer road trips with small children

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I’ve written about road tripping often on my site because it is one of the most fun and money-saving ways for our family to travel. (You can read my post on Planning a Summer Road Trip for more on the logistics involved).

To some people who see the happy faces of my kids when we travel, it would seem like we’ve got this road tripping with kids thing down packed. And for the most part we do, but it wasn’t always easy. According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance New Beginnings Report, more than half of Americans are planning a road trip before Labor Day, and a third of those are headed to a new destination this summer.

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Discovering the cozier side of RIU Palace St. Martin

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I’ve talked a lot about growing up spending most of my weekends as a teen in all-inclusive resorts because of my father’s job in the hospitality industry in the Dominican Republic. There isn’t a lot about these types of resorts that I don’t know.

As a mother of three, I have come to appreciate them more because of the flexibility they offer family travelers, of those traveling on a budget or not wanting to worry about managing one, and of those just wanting to relax.

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Family Weekend in Corning, NY

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The last time I traveled to the Finger Lakes was on a foodie road trip with my girlfriends. It was the dead of winter and we drove through a blizzard most of the time. But I have been to the Finger Lakes before, and have enjoyed my experiences there and when the weather is not so cold, it can be a lovely place to enjoy the outdoors and all the different areas have to offer.

This time around, I wanted to experience the area during the fall with my family. The colors come alive sooner up North than they do closer to the city, and I just couldn’t resist checking it out.

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Fall Fun: Oktoberfest Circle Line Cruise to Bear Mountain

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Update on 2015 Oktoberfest and Bear Mountain: 

Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruises are happening this fall on Saturdays and Sundays between September 26 and November 1 and on Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day). Circle Line will run a full-day Oktoberfest cruise from 8:30AM – 5:30PM featuring German beer and traditional German Oktoberfest food such as soft pretzels, potatoes and bratwurst. For $35, guests can purchase a souvenir 20 oz. beer mug on board in which they can fill up for free throughout the entire duration of the cruise; there will be beer bucket specials as well.  

Once at Bear Mountain, guests can enjoy leisure time from 11:30am – 3:00pm and hike, bike, visit the zoo, enjoy brunch at Bear Mountain Inn, view the foliage, boat on the lake, and more. On Saturdays, there will be a live German band aboard. For tickets and more information, please visit the Circle Line Bear Mountain Cruises page.

 

The chill is in the air and depending on where you are, you can already start to see the leaves changing. I love this time of year, and though I am a huge fan of the beach, sand, and warm sun during the summer months, Fall has always been one of those seasons that makes my heart happy.

My family and I enjoy taking the weekends to road trip in search of apples and pumpkins, and just take in the colors of the season.

Though autumn hasn’t officially started, we kicked it off a little early during Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Cruise of the season.

It’s a lot of everything I love: experiencing a destination by water, enjoying a beautiful day out, and beer festivals.

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Our Fun Staycation Weekend

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My family and I are huge fans of staycations. They encourage us to still go out and discover something new together closer to home.

Toyota contacted me recently and asked me to check out their 2014 Highlander for a few days. Of course, testing out cars means weekend fun for us, so we were not only excited to see what this vehicle had to offer, but what where it would inspire us to go.

Here is a recap of our adventures:

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