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SPRING 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations

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Ultimate Family Vacations

Spring 2018

DEPARTMENTS

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Kid’s Corner

Latest travel gear for kids

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Cruise News

FEATURES

12

Holland, History and Hysteria

16

How to Wow Your Kids in Barcelona

18

Life Lessons in Panama

22

Off the Beaten Path in Orlando

26

Tackling Japan with Your Teens

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Bond Voyage - Cruising the Mexican Riviera

CONTENTS

CREDITS

PUBLISHER

Ensemble Travel® Group

EDITOR

Britney Hope

CONTRIBUTORS

Claudia Laroye

Charlotte New

Candace Derickx

Jeff Bogle

Michele Peterson

Vawn Himmelsbach

Heather Greenwood Davis

CREATIVE MANAGER

Liz Scull

CREATIVE DESIGNER

Cherry Ann Valles

FOXX Advertising & Design Inc.

PRODUCTION MANAGERS

Joe Viecili, Dalia Shamkhani

FOXX Advertising & Design Inc.

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PRODUCTION SERVICES

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THE HAGUE

JEFF AND HIS DAUGHTERS ENJOYING CHURROS

AND HOT CHOCOLATE ©JEFF BOGLE

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

COTTON CANDY IN HARAJUKU

©HEATHER GREENWOOD DAVIS

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Ultimate Family Vacations | SPRING 2018

EDITOR'S NOTE

What will your family remember?

When I was 14, my lifelong ambition was to see a grizzly in the wild. Some girls my

age ached to meet Britney Spears, or pierce their navels, but not me. I was all about

bears.

It was thrilling, then, on a summer road trip to the Rocky Mountains, when my

family and I found ourselves gawping at a full-grown

Ursus arctos

foraging in a

meadow some 200 yards away. My photographer mother was at the wheel, and

her second-in-command was overcome by the jubilant hysterics of a teenage girl

realizing her dream, so it was down to my father to document the moment with

our video camera.

Upon arriving home, the first thing I wanted to do was see that video, to relive the

best five minutes of our two-week trip and my own short life. But when we played

the tape, Dad had floundered: it was 15 seconds of shaking and blur, scored by my

own frenzied shrieks of “It’s a bear! It’s a real bear!”

The memory of that frenzied moment on the side of the road – and the resulting

failure of a video, lives on in our family, employed as a final climactic twist in

moments when we’re all together, reliving our favourite family vacations.

That’s sort of the thing about family trips, isn’t it? You can plan and plan, like our

writer Candace Derickx for her blended family’s trip to Holland (pg. 12), but when

it comes to making memories, you can’t predict what will stick. Perhaps it’ll be

something wildly unexpected, like when Michele Peterson’s grandson learned the

facts of life from an iguana in Panama (pg. 18). Or, maybe it will be something as

simple as a day with your teens on a beach in Mexico, which created a moment

of motherly triumph for Claudia Laroye (pg. 34).

In the end, it’s not the trip specifics, but the silly moments, the disasters that are

only funny in hindsight, and the memories of time spent together that are revisited

years later as our families grow up and away and on. So don’t get hung up on the

details of your next big getaway – that’s what your travel advisor is for. Instead, make

the experience about connection and quality time – from the planning stages to the

return trip home.

Don’t knowwhere to start? Sit back, relax with the kids, and let our stories of real

families who transformed while abroad be the inspiration for your own 2018 travels.

Happy reading,

Britney Hope

Editor

bhope@ensembletravel.ca