Vacation Tips

Take along our good advice and ideas on your next trip. Try these vacation tips to help you plan your next trip, get the best deals, travel lighter, and keep the kids having fun.

Treasure Your Summer Vacation Memories

Make sweet, original vacation mementos with your kids.

19 Tips for Camping With Kids

Leave the screens behind and pitch a tent at your nearest campground for a nature-filled, home-away-from-home your kids won't forget.

5 Steps to Build an Epic Sand Castle

This summer, we're setting you and the kids up to be sandcastle masters. We grilled Lucinda "Sandy Feet" Wierenga, a professional sand sculptor in South Padre Island, TX, to give us the step-by-step for building an impressive structure.

Are We There Yet? 10 Travel Activities for Kids

Our readers' top 10 ideas for keeping things playful and stress-free on the road

6 Tips to Make Baby's First Road Trip a Success

Get out there and enjoy the journey! Here's what I learned after my one-year-old twin babies' first major road trip.

5 Bucket-List Trips for Families

Hulas, glaciers, a certain amusement park. Parents readers told us the places you'd most like to take the family on vacation, and we're going to help you get there (on a budget!).

8 Life-Saving Water Safety Rules Every Parent Needs to Know

More than 600 children drown every year. But you can help bring down this tragic number. We'll show you how to make nearly every body of water--from your bathtub to the beach--a whole lot safer for your family and friends.

Bucket-List Trips: The Details

Get all the details you'll need to plan a bucket-list trip with your family.

10 Ways to Save on Your Dream Family Vacation

The experts from answer all your burning budget-vacation questions so you can plan the trip of a lifetime--without breaking the bank. Get ready to steal their top 10 sneaky, money-saving strategies!

45 Secrets for Fabulous Family Vacations

Here, insider tips and tricks to keeping your vacations 100% fun and relaxing.

9 Great Travel Apps

Want an easy way to keep track of details, choose activities, or share photos on your next family trip? All that and more is just an app away with these cool tools, which turn your smartphone into the ultimate travel agent.

The 10 Best Beach Towns for Families

These destinations deliver all the ingredients for a magical stay with the kids: pristine ocean water, nature activities, and a boatload of inland fun.

Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides

Disney's Magic Kingdom can be an awe-inspiring experience for kids of all ages. Michael Kress, executive editor of, shares tips on how to enjoy the park without going on rides, from getting characters' autographs to watching the many parades and shows Disney World has to offer.

Top 3 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina

Planning a trip to Charleston, South Carolina? Here are 3 family-friendly ways you can enjoy the Lowcountry.

10 Common Travel Snags

Overcome some of the inevitable stresses of travel.

4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Vacation Rental

More space means more fun for your family vacation! Find the perfect vacation house rental with some help from PBS travel expert and mom Colleen Kelly.

A Family Vacation Guide to Charleston, South Carolina

For the author's family, a visit to Charleston, South Carolina, brings history -- and appetites -- to life.

Family Camping: Tips to Make Tenting Fun

Tents are the new hotel room, and we're loving the trend. No flights, no car rentals, no hassles. Camping may be your easiest (and cheapest) family vacation ever.

8 Ways to Survive a Weekend at an Indoor Water Park

Don't let all that family-friendliness get in the way of having a serious grown-up good time on your next getaway.

The Ultimate Vacation Planning Guide: Smart Tips for Surviving Travel Days

Your vacation is finally starting, and you want to get off on the right foot. Make your car ride or flight more of an adventure and less of a trek.

The Ultimate Vacation Planning Guide: Smart Tips for Booking Your Trip

Before you make a reservation, size up hotels, vacation rentals, and airlines to find out which ones are genuinely family-friendly. Hint: It may not be the one that gave your kid a toy at check-in.

Travel Tips for a Montreal Vacation

Sample the European flavor of Montreal, with help from our insider's planning guide.

Puppy on Board: 5 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

Who could leave this face behind? In the first installment of her new column, PBS travel expert Colleen Kelly gives you the inside scoop on everything you need to know to plan a trip that's perfect for your family--and your four-legged friend.

If Babies Could Text: Summer Vacation Edition

Ever wonder what babies are thinking while they're lounging on the beach in their little sun hats or buckled into their car seats on a road trip? If they could text, you wouldn't have to.