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Combat classic kiddo grousing with these family trip tips.

Overcoming our initial fears, our multi-generational family signed up with Colorado’s Whitewater Encounters for their half-day Salida West Family Raft trip on the Arkansas River, an introductory rafting trip leaving at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. With a raft and guide to ourselves, we all donned life vests and carried our raft and paddles to the river. Our guide was careful about how he positioned us in the raft, and then we were off! It started slowly, but soon we saw the rapids coming and our guide instructed us to paddle hard. We bounced over the rocks and rounded the first rapid smoothly. Finally I relaxed and looked up. It was a gorgeous, sunny afternoon and we were surrounded by some of Colorado’s tallest mountain peaks.

As parents planning a family vacation, it’s our job to find something that will make everyone happy. We may not be able to keep everyone happy at every moment, but you can bet that we’ll always look for family vacations that offers a “little something for everyone.” Of course, this gets more complicated if you have kids that span a wide age range, travel with multiple generations, or have a group with diverse interests. See these top 10 recommendations from Orbitz moms and dads for great vacations sure to please the whole gang.

Over Bastille Day in July of 2009 my wife and I took the kids (two girls, then ages 6 and 8) on a 10-day Europe vacation to Paris. We chose to stay in a Paris hotel in the 17th arondissement because it was comfortable and near the food markets on Rue Cler. We found the kids had many more entertainment and play options than expected.

She was surprised to find that Tokyo was not as nearly expensive as conventional wisdom would suggest. She avoided the central business districts and found a safe, clean Toyko hotel in the Shiodome district (She felt the more obvious Ginza and Shibuya districts were too crowded, noisy and dirty for a baby.) at a rate that would be a steal in NYC and was on par with prices in any major U.S. city.

This family set out to find the most luxurious, kid-friendly, budget-friendly resort in the northern hemisphere. See where they landed.

Our Caribbean vacation destination of choice is Aruba. Our beach and home-away-from-home (for five years), is the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino (which was renovated two years ago). We feel that it offers something for all of us, in addition to it being very comfortable and spacious.

By Alison Ulrich It is about that time of year to start planning a family vacation for spring break. I’ve been trying to decide between a family cruise and an all-inclusive resort. I have done a bit of research and wanted to share what I’ve learned. Check the cost for children When pricing out family [read more…]

By Mark McCullough Our family vacation involves a trek to Grandma’s place in Florida each year, and we make a point to search out the “real Florida,” which means bypassing the theme parks. On our most recent Florida vacation, we visited the manatees at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on the Gulf coast. Florida is [read more…]

By Chris Hill It will happen at one point or another. You book a hotel for your family vacation. It is in a great location, and you got a really good deal . You check in and the hotel looks beautiful. You get to the room and surprise — parking is $20 a day. You [read more…]

By Mary Flynn My husband and I took our 9-year-old twins and our 2 1/2-year-old grandson to the Regal Sun Resort in Orlando for a fun weekend getaway. I chose this Orlando hotel because it’s located in the Disney World area, has complimentary transportation to the parks and has great activities for our kids. We [read more…]

By Mark McCullough I live in Williamsburg, and probably like other people who live in tourist towns, I initially did not think to take a family vacation at a hometown attraction, Great Wolf Lodge, but I’m sure glad I did. The main attraction of the Great Wolf Lodge is the massive indoor water park that [read more…]

By Mary Flynn The weather outside may not be frightful, but a Florida vacation over the holidays can be so delightful … Orlando Orlando is a popular Florida vacation destination year ’round, and the holidays are no exception. You can visit ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Hotel (voted one of Orbitz’ top 10 best decked-out [read more…]

By Vanessa Aleksic My son Aiden turned one just one day apart from my in-laws 30th wedding anniversary, so we planned a family vacation in Mexico at Dreams Cancun Resort and Spa All Inclusive to celebrate both occasions. Aiden was just a little guy, taking some of his first toddling little steps during our layover. [read more…]

By John George A stop at a private or secluded island has become almost mandatory for cruises in the eastern Caribbean. Most of the cruise lines, including Disney Cruise Lines, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Holland America, have private islands for their guests. The basic program is similar: You will enjoy a beach, both paid and [read more…]

By John George I’ve always had relatives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and my family lived there in the early aughts. We are returning for a week around Christmas, and will definitely utilize the following tips to help make our trip go smoothly. Find Appropriate Accommodations We’re lucky enough to be staying with relatives this trip, [read more…]

By Mark McCullough Colonial Williamsburg officially starts the holiday season with Grand Illumination, a wonderful evening of singing, storytelling and fireworks. The event offers a great opportunity for families to get into the holiday spirit by strolling the pedestrian-only areas of Williamsburg’s historic district and enjoying the candlelit windows, wreaths and entertainment. There are multiple [read more…]

By Alistar Wearmouth My wife and I are preparing to pack up our two young kids for a family vacation to Scotland this Christmas, which is where my family lives. Getting on the road is never easy around the holidays, but even less so when you’re facing a long transatlantic flight. Here are some tips [read more…]

By Mark McCullough Lynchburg, Va., perched in foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known for its tobacco history and connection to the late Jerry Falwell, the outspoken evangelical leader and founder of Liberty University. What it is not known for is its skiing, but that is is all about to change. Liberty University has [read more…]

By Donna Mulligan Ask my husband and he will tell you. His favorite family vacation with the kids is spent on the ski slopes in Vermont. Taking the kids on a ski vacation does involve some organization and planning. Staying warm and dressing in layers is essential. Chattering teeth and blue lips can cut an [read more…]