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Fredericksburg: The heart of the Hill Country
Texas coast: Port Aransas, Rockport and Corpus Christi
Galveston: Free fun for the whole family
Big Bend: Four epic adventures
Dallas: The essentials
Napa Valley: Wine Country at its best
Wisconsin Dells: Frank Lloyd Wright’s cabin in the woods
From Tennessee to Mississippi: Biking the Natchez Trace
Hawaii goes to extremes: A look beyond the beaches
New York City: How to spend a day in Greenwich Village
Dubai’s Real World Food: Beyond the super-fancy
Iceland awaits: For intrepid adventurers and couch potatoes
Kenya’s Loisaba Conservancy: Sleeping with the lions
Southern Utah: 9 must-see places
When I was younger, childless and brimming with naiveté, I had an “I will never” list of things I vowed not to do as a parent.
I will never bribe my child with chocolate to get my way.
I will never allow my child to have a temper tantrum in a public place.
I will never put my child on a leash.
Fast-forward 15 years and I’m racing through the Austin airport with two tiny blond whirling dervishes, desperately thrusting a Hershey bar at the one who has collapsed like a screaming wet noodle as her sister sprints as fast as she can in the opposite direction. I glance hopefully at the gift shop to our right. If they sell leashes, I’ll take three: one for each daughter and one for my husband, who already looks like he’s ready to run for the exit.
As a travel editor who frequently hits the roads and skies with kids in tow, I know that traveling as a family isn’t always pretty. And yet, when I reflect back on our many trips, I don’t regret a single one.
Because for every meltdown and mess, there has also been a moment that took our breath away.
Like taking in the view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Or dancing a quick tango in the middle of the street in Buenos Aires.
Or watching the sun set in Galveston.
There’s a quote that says, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” I firmly believe that, whether you prefer to do it as a family, with a significant other, with a friend or on your own.
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Journey along the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Drink up the good life in Napa Valley. Travel to Hawaii, the land of surf, sun and, yes, snow.
Spend two nights at Frank Lloyd Wright’s cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Enjoy the ivy-covered houses and candlelit restaurants of Greenwich Village. Dip into Iceland — and see just how warm it can be. Eat your way through Dubai. Feel the magic of Kenya’s Loisaba Conservancy. Marvel at the amazing vistas of Utah and Colorado.
Of course, some of the best journeys take place close to home, so we’ll shine a spotlight on some special weekend getaways.
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Above all else, try to enjoy your journeys — whether it’s a road trip with the kids, a voyage across the globe or that perfect one-tank trip from Austin.