I recently was browsing Facebook and saw a friend taking her daughter to Disney World in Florida. I believe she is about 5 years old, and it made me reminisce about my childhood family vacations and the wonderful memories made with my mom; dad; and brother, Allan. Today’s travel landscape has shifted so much for family travel, multigenerational travel and group/friend travel. Growing up, most of my friends’ families had places of interest they would frequent annually, such as the Jersey Shore, Maryland beaches or even the Caribbean. My family liked to mix it up depending on our age; interests; and my parents’ desire to expose us to various cultures, history and natural wonders domestically and internationally.
Our platform, www.whereverfamily.com, is a superb research tool for families, groups and friends to learn or be inspired about a destination of interest. Our editorial team covers topics, locations and destinations that are resources for a great trip. We also host the annual Wherever Awards, reader-voted, travel-themed awards that celebrate the best of family, multigenerational and group travel. If you would like your opinion to count as to which companies take the lead, you can vote online here. Be sure to fill in the ballot at least 50 percent of the way or your submission will be disqualified. We end voting March 31. Stay informed on what is current and new for family travel by visiting the site, subscribing to our e-newsletters and liking our social media accounts.
I am in the midst of finalizing plans for a trip with my mom in April. We will cruise the Western Mediterranean, including stops in Italy, Spain and France. It will be such a treat to spend time with her and make more memories together. I am curious and would love to hear from our readership: Where is your next family or group vacation? Do you have a destination you always visit? Please share some feedback in the comments below; it would be great to hear what destinations are of interest to you!
— Stephanie Makowski, account executive
If you haven’t started planning for next year’s total solar eclipse viewing, you have some serious work to do. Next year’s total eclipse will only be visible from Antarctica and won’t happen again for 75 years.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to build a $5 billion airport south of Addis Ababa. The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airport would be able to handle 100 million passengers a year.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
Delta Air Lines showed off several new technology initiatives at CES, the world’s largest electronics show, in Las Vegas last month.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
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