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Make Your Summer Vacation the Perfect Holiday Card Spot

by Carley Wade

Jun 8, 2018

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Travel Tips

Why wait until the Thanksgiving crazy to pick the perfect Christmas card image? When you get a jumpstart when you’re on summer vacation, thinking back to the good times and warmer temps make the crackle of the yuletide even warmer.


Almost every New Englander is familiar with the Cape Cod family beach photo card — pleated khakis, starched white shirts and boat shoes. But at Winnetu on Martha’s Vineyard, photographer Randi Baird specialized in personalized portraits along the Atlantic for more than 25 years. Concierges can arrange sessions with her to include much more than the static beach blanket. Hiking, crabbing or lighthouse hopping, she shoots images for cards or compiles whole albums. Just think, all your vacation photos won’t be stuck on your iPhone.


It’s always time to visit the man in red at Santa’s Village in New Hampshire, where it’s Christmas almost year-round. Take a spin on the reindeer carousel, enjoy a free fall on the chimney drop ride and visit the animals at reindeer rendezvous. Even better? Santa’s Village in Jefferson is right near Story Land, with Cinderella’s coach ride, a polar roller coaster and swan boats.


South America celebrates winter during North America’s summertime, so you can get a jumpstart on the opposite seasons. At Puyuhyapi Lodge in Chile, deep in the heart of Patagonia, you can soothe yourself in hot springs while admiring snow-capped peaks. Designed to look like a classic German lodge, you’ll enjoy all of the warmth of its rustic setting and interiors, perhaps getting a view of dolphins swimming in the waters from your room. Enjoy the heated indoor pool or outdoor hot springs heated with geothermal waters.


Seiffen church in winter

Seiffen Church. Photo: Lianem | Dreamstime.com

There’s nothing more classic Christmas than a German village, and Seiffen is among the most quintessential. Tis the season year-round with 100 family-run toy workshops; many are open to admire the handiwork. The half-timbered homes and towering pines make for postcard-worthy memories — and there are plenty of souvenirs to take home.


What could be more apropos than Christmas Island for an amazing holiday — and holiday card? Much different from the North Pole, the warm temperatures and high rainfall here mean there is all kinds of wildlife for kids to enjoy. Much of the island is a national park (almost two-thirds). Don’t miss the walk through the rainforest to Hugh Dale’s waterfall for your perfect shot, but do remember to watch where you step, since the ground is covered with small red crabs!


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United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

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Disney Cruise Line to Offer Year-Round Cruises to Japan in 2029

Earlier this month, Walt Disney and Japan’s Oriental Land Co. announced plans to launch a new cruise ship that will sail from Tokyo in 2029. The ship, to be modeled after Wish, the largest vessel in Disney’s fleet, will have a maximum capacity of 4,000 passengers. The new ship will mark the cruise line’s ninth in its fleet.

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Norfolk Botanical Gardens Loves Kids

Kids can travel around the world of plants in the WOW Children’s Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia, exploring environments as diverse as the African savannas and South American rain forest. The Passport Gardens are only one of the plant-centric experiences in this entire section designed for families.

Travel to Madrid with the Family and Find Activities to Keep Everyone Happy!

If life were a city, it’d be Madrid. Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to find a destination just right for the whole family. Different tastes and ages make agreeing on where to go seem impossible. Unless, of course, the destination you have in mind is Madrid. With all of its new immersive museums, musicals, soccer stadiums and monuments like Royal Palace, anyone who suggests coming to the capital is sure to get a unanimous yes!

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Unveils Summer Programming

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita welcomes family travelers this summer with its Kids for All Seasons and KidsWell offerings. Throughout the summer, children 12 years old and under eat free and can enjoy activities ranging from practicing breathwork to teaching children the diverse nature found in the area. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is the perfect family-friendly destination for relaxation, education and making lifelong memories.