Judy Koutsky

How to Have an Amazing Family Vacation in Orlando

How to Have an Amazing Family Vacation in Orlando

(Oct. 03, 2019) - Are you thinking of Orlando, FL as your next family vacation destination? With Universal Studios (Wizarding World of Harry Potter, anyone?), Discovery Cove, Gatorland, and more, you’ll find something to entertain every member of your family—no matter the age. We took the guess work out of planning your family vacation to Orlando and found the best places to stay, eat, and things to do with kids (other than Disney).


6 Things Your Family Will Want to See in Quebec City

6 Things Your Family Will Want to See in Quebec City

(Jul. 31, 2019) - You don't have to travel across the pond to vacation in a European-feeling city when Québec City is just a day's drive, or quick flight, away in Canada. Here are six can't-miss things to do and see with your kids on your family vacation to Québec City.


Great Wolf Lodge Expands Offerings in Time for Summer

Great Wolf Lodge Expands Offerings in Time for Summer

(May. 13, 2019) - Let’s face it, if there’s one thing kids love, it’s water parks. And Great Wolf Lodge located in the Pocono Mountains, PA is expanding its already-massive offering. This family-friendly resort just a few hours away by car is a year-round destination and with the latest bells and whistles slated to be added by Memorial Day, it’s sure to attract an even larger audience of both kids and adults.


Montana’s Resort at Paws Up Offers a Country-Style Family Vacation

Montana’s Resort at Paws Up Offers a Country-Style Family Vacation

(Mar. 20, 2019) - Parents looking for a luxury active vacation to take during their kids’ spring break should check out the Resort at Paws Up in Montana. The resort is located approximately 40 minutes from Missoula, but once at the resort, you’ll feel like you’re hours from the nearest town. The 37,000 acres of land, the mountains as a backdrop, and the free-roaming bison makes a vacation here very different from the usual spring break spot.


Three Catskills Resorts That Are Great for Family Vacations

Three Catskills Resorts That Are Great for Family Vacations

(Jan. 24, 2019) - The nice thing about the Catskills, is that long-running family-favorite resorts like Villa Roma sit next to newcomers like Resorts World Catskills and the Kartrite Hotel and Indoor Waterpark. So, whether you’re looking for something new or if you’re a repeat visitor who’s been vacationing in the Catskills for generations, there’s a nice diversity in accommodations and activities for vacationing with kids in the Catskills.


What You Need to Know About Beaches Negril in Jamaica for Your Next Family Vacation

What You Need to Know About Beaches Negril in Jamaica for Your Next Family Vacation

(Jan. 24, 2019) - A direct flight from New York, Jamaica has plenty to keep adventurous kids busy. Jamaica bobsledding, 4-by-4 off-road safaris, zip line adventures, Reggae family catamaran cruises, and dolphin swims—the options are endless. Plus, there are some fantastic all-inclusive properties on the island, including Beaches Negril, a super family-friendly resort in Jamaica.


3 Perfect Family-Friendly Dinner and Theater Pairings in New York City

3 Perfect Family-Friendly Dinner and Theater Pairings in New York City

(Jan. 14, 2019) - Taking kids to the theater—whether a Broadway or an off-Broadway show—is a quintessential New York City experience. But knowing what to see (there are a lot of performances out there, and not all are suitable for kids) and where to eat beforehand is half the battle. So we’ve done the work for you. We paired three family-friendly iconic performances with restaurants that kids—and adults—will enjoy.


7 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Lackawanna County, PA

7 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Lackawanna County, PA

(Jan. 07, 2019) - If you’re looking for a fun day trip for your family or a weekend away, Lackawanna County, PA is a historic destination that is a less than 2-hour drive from New York City—and has plenty of family-friendly things to do for all four seasons. There are kid-friendly museums, vibrant theaters showcasing local and world-renowned artists in family-friendly performances, fun seasonal festivals, and historical attractions that everyone will love. For those families who have a touch of cabin fever, winter is a great time to visit Lackawanna County, PA, as there’s downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow-tubing, and ice-skating. Here are the top six things to do in the family-friendly Lackawanna County, PA.


What to See in Qatar if You're Planning to Go with Your Family for 2022 FIFA World Cup

What to See in Qatar if You're Planning to Go with Your Family for 2022 FIFA World Cup

(Dec. 08, 2018) - The big news in the soccer world is Qatar is hosting the World Cup in 2022—and the good news for soccer fans of all ages around the world is Qatar is an ideal place for family vacations. It’s safe, there’s plenty to do, and the locals are very friendly. This is the first time the World Cup is being held in an Arab country. Few people know much about this small Middle Eastern Country, and that’s about to change. Here's what you need to know for your family vacation to Qatar.


Family-Friendly Travel in Portugal

Family-Friendly Travel in Portugal

(Nov. 05, 2018) - Only six hours from JFK, Lisbon is as close as California. Yet families traveling here find themselves in the heart of Europe, in a country that embraces kids and offers a wide variety of activities just for them. For many families ready for their first international trip, Portugal is good choice: English is spoken widely and it’s easy to get around the country, yet it’s exotic enough to feel different from home.


Family-Friendly Fun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Family-Friendly Fun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

(Oct. 22, 2018) - The Myrtle Beach area, also known as the Grand Strand, consists of 60 miles of sandy beaches, plenty of family attractions and entertainment options and over 1,800 restaurants. It’s no wonder that the area is home to over 17.2 million visitors annually. With over 215 sunny days per year, Myrtle Beach really is a year-round destination. Here, the 411 on where to eat, play and stay.


A Guide to Visiting Toronto as a Family

A Guide to Visiting Toronto as a Family

(Sep. 11, 2018) - Our neighbor to the north is a great long-weekend getaway destination for families. The flight from La Guardia to Pearson International Airport is only one hour and once you land, there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Factor in the beautiful lakefront and the warm Canadian hospitality, and you have a great international vacation, with few of the hassles of traveling abroad. Here, how to plan the perfect itinerary in Canada’s most populous city.


Tyler Place Resort, Vermont: Why Kids and Adults Equally Love it

Tyler Place Resort, Vermont: Why Kids and Adults Equally Love it

(Aug. 29, 2018) - I don’t know anyone who has been to Tyler Place Resort just once. This Vermont vacation destination has a cult-like following—try it once and you’re hooked. So much so that it has one of the highest repeat visitor rates among all-inclusives. Why? Because both kids and adults really, really love it. Here’s why.


Chicago for Families

Chicago for Families

(Jul. 27, 2018) - The Windy City has long been a top destination for New Yorkers. It’s a quick flight, it offers plenty of amazing restaurants, unique attractions, and great hospitality, plus—this is key to New Yorkers—walkability. Here what you need to know to have a great trip when you’re visiting Chicago with kids:


Why Your Family Would Love a Trip to Poland

Why Your Family Would Love a Trip to Poland

(May. 11, 2018) - Poland has always been of interest to New Yorkers, in part because there are many people of Polish descendant living in the the Tristate area. So it’s not surprising that LOT Polish Airlines recently (on April 30, 2018) launched a direct flight from Newark to Rzeszow, a town in the southeast part of Poland. But even for those not of Polish descent (like me), this is a country full of wonderful attractions for families. While it’s hard to see the whole country in a week, a good itinerary is starting in Krakow and the traveling to the Podkarpackie Region, in the south-east of the country. Here a list of some of the top things to do and see with your family.


7 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia with Your Kids, Even In Cold Weather

7 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia with Your Kids, Even In Cold Weather

(Mar. 20, 2018) - Philadelphia, only two hours from New York City, is a great place for families, especially those traveling with young kids and grandparents. Multi-generational travel has seen big hikes in the last several years and Philly serves that market well. Here, top reasons to visit Philly this winter. A great way to really see the city is through CityPass which offers tickets to a variety of attractions, including the Aquarium.


Mother-Son Fun in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mother-Son Fun in Riviera Maya, Mexico

(Dec. 11, 2017) - As a travel writer, I’m on the road with my kids quite a bit, but one of the things I always try and do each year is take each one of my boys on a solo trip with mom. Our trip to the Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya did not disappoint.


Best Places to Eat and Drink Aboard the Carnival Conquest

Best Places to Eat and Drink Aboard the Carnival Conquest

(Nov. 27, 2017) - Carnival Conquest boasts amazing food and drink options for kids and adults alike. These are the standout places to dine onboard.


Vacation in Tahiti-Style Bungalows Right in the Caribbean

Vacation in Tahiti-Style Bungalows Right in the Caribbean

(Oct. 13, 2017) - Sandals South Coast in Jamaica is the perfect romantic getaway, featuring over-water bungalows, floating water hammocks, a private patio, and more.


Israel with Kids (and Grandparents, Too!)

Israel with Kids (and Grandparents, Too!)

(Oct. 09, 2017) - A vacation in Israel can be fun and meaningful for families.


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