The Value of Taking #OneMoreDay of Vacation

Vacation views are the best.

My husband and I have never had a problem using up our vacation days. Back when we first started dating 17 years ago -- while working for a travel company! -- we got cash stipends to take our company's escorted vacations (i.e. bus tours with old folks) all over the world. You can bet we used that money to vacation together to Costa Rica and Hawaii before we were married. Today, I work from home as a freelance travel writer, and I take vacation days as needed. Of course, I travel for my job, too. My husband gets three paid weeks off a year, and he regularly uses those days up and often has to take unpaid vacation days come December when we want to tack on one more family trip before year's end. Now, I know not all working adults have the luxury of taking extra vacation days, but I [Read more]

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Pretty view from the restaurant at Kingsmill Resort.

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At the tail end of the summer, guest contributor Erin Gifford and her children vacationed at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia -- home to a myriad of historic, educational attractions. Here's her report.  – [Read more]

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Draycott Hotel in London England

The Draycott Hotel: Authentic Luxury in London, England

Upscale yet authentic, the Draycott Hotel provides a sense of place and time for a luxury vacation in one of London's best neighborhoods. Anyone who has traveled to London knows about the wide variety of lodging there; [Read more]

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Top Zip Lining Companies in Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most gorgeous, stunning states in North America. While each Hawaiian island is different, they have more in common with each other than just rainbows and macadamia nuts. Zip lining is a great [Read more]


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Prevention and preparation are our best bets for a smooth and successful family vacation. Unlike our younger years when we didn't think twice about sleeping in the car at rest stops or "waiting until we get there" to [Read more]


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