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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Two great ways for families to visit the Galapagos

Giant Galapagos Tortoise © J Unger

For wildlife and nature lovers, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s ultimate destinations. Swimming with sea lions, penguins, sea turtles, and marine iguanas are just a regular part of your day. And while visitors are advised to remain at least six feet away from wildlife to minimize any human impact, the animals haven’t received that message yet and fearlessly approach, nonchalantly walk by or playfully swim past, oblivious to your intrusion into their world.

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Walt Disney World

3 ways to save on your Disney vacation

by Stacey J. Cabell, Starstuff Travel

Rivers of Light, Disney Parks

Years ago when my kids were still very young, we lived on a very tight budget. I obsessed on how I would get us all down to Orlando for our very first Walt Disney World vacation and spent hours researching money-saving tips. Ironically, many of the things that were supposed to save our family money often ended up costing us more in the long run. There are, though, some excellent ways to save while planning your Disney vacation.

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Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio National Parks

Family adventure in Costa Rica

White-faced Capuchin Monkey, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Boasting more species of plants and animals than any other country in the world, Costa Rica deserves a place on every family’s bucket list. Kids (and adults) who are excited by nature and wildlife will discover a surprise with every step. Schedule a rain­forest tour with a certified guide early on and you will be amazed at all you will be able to find on your own after that, and all that you missed beforehand.

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Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson

Family escape to a Tucson ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson, AZWhen the last dreary days of winter linger, there’s nothing better than a trip that promises warm sun and clear blue skies. Tucson, Arizona, is renowned for its superb weather, boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year, more than any city in the U.S.

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