The city of romance with kids? Yes, it can be done with a family, and it doesn’t have to be at a sterile hotel, either. For those reluctant to gamble in the Airbnb lotto comes a similar concept that offers up more service: Paris Perfect. Each apartment is vetted by local staff who speak English and French fluently, so there are no surprises when it comes to location, cleanliness or, gasp, smoking (still easy to find here in France). And if you think it will be difficult to find or you’ll struggle with bags, babies or jet lag after a six-hour red-eye, fear not: You can arrange everything you’ll need to stay like a local, including transportation from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports, easily.
It’s what I did recently, grabbing one of the new direct flights on Norwegian Airlines out of Boston’s Logan International Airport. The brand-new fleet of Boeing 787-9 planes has better cabin pressure than its predecessors, sunglasses-style lighting that can be controlled by the lucky person (like me!) near the windows, and quieter, more fuel-efficient flying. Premium seats also include a three-course meal and spirits (along with lounge access and early boarding), so you can enjoy a glass of Champagne even before getting there. Whether you upgrade to 55 inches of legroom in premium so there’s plenty of room for the kids to stretch out (there are kids games and movies, too) or keep it budget-friendly with some low-cost routes out of Boston, T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, Chicago (ORD), Austin (AUS) or Newark (EWR), there’s plenty left over to convert from dollars to euros for some fun.
The whole process is pretty seamless. Grab the bags and get whisked away to your home away from home for the next five to seven days (typically the rental period for Paris Perfect), or head to the local office so they can store your bags if you arrive early. I was able to settle in, meet my greeter and take a stroll and enjoy lunch in the charming St. Julien neighborhood — just around the corner from the main Paris office — all before checking in prior to the official time of 3 p.m.
From there, it’s concierge-level service, who will explain to you the best local coffee shops, unique charms of the apartment (like 12 different voltage adaptors) and the free local and international calls available on the household landline. Add in the bottle of wine upon arrival with a corkscrew and crackers, and you’re good to go. For each check-in, there’s also milk, orange juice and, thankfully to chase away any jet lag, a Nespresso coffee and espresso maker just like the one I have in the United States. This place is like home, away from home. My apartment had three sets of extra linens and blankets and an extra set of towels; two pullout couches; and two bathrooms, one with a separated toilet and sink, for the ultimate ease of getting ready for families. While I wouldn’t recommend more than two adults and two kids in the St. Julien space, most are a bit larger with iconic Parisian-style furnishings (some even have Eiffel Tower views!) for an unforgettable experience living like a local. Information for local hospitals and a handy binder with activities is all at the ready, too.
It contains some of the same helpful information available online via Paris Perfect newsletters and blogs. Whether you’re traveling with kids and looking for child-friendly eateries and activities or with just your sweetie and seeking shopping and Champagne, there are plenty of curated activities for every age, interest and ability level. Concierges can even help reserve a skip-the-line catacombs tour, a French cooking class for kids, small-group Louvre tours and even Christmas activities.
Should you wish to take any of the guesswork out of it — or high-school French lessons are well-forgotten — there’s also handy trip-planning services. Level one offers reservations for those who already know what they’d like to do, and the advanced service includes a questionnaire, phone calls and emails to put together a pace and theme. C’est magnifique, indeed.
There’s no reason to shiver your way through the holidays this month. Family travelers can escape to Mexico for the season with family-friendly Christmas offerings at Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and beyond.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
As family travelers get ready for the holiday and gift-giving season, this thrilling and unique offer from SkyBridge Michigan at Boyne Mountain Resort should be on all travelers’ radar. The new SkyBridge Michigan Flex Ticket is the perfect experience-style gift for your adventure-loving loved one.
The end of the year is a great time to plan family travels — kids have time off and the holiday season is the perfect time for bonding and making memories. But while there are plenty of destinations known for big New Year’s Eve parties, it can be tough to find just the right spot for a family-friendly trip to celebrate this annual milestone. This year, Door County in Northern Wisconsin offers the perfect solution.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a colorful, festive time filled with holiday spirit, a perfect choice for a couples’ getaway to shop without the whole family in tow. It’s worth traveling to this historic seacoast city to be part of the weeks full of twinkling lights, decorated shops and streets, holiday music, theater and merriment, all of which led Portsmouth to be called the Christmas Capital of North America.