Don’t like your home? Trade! Not really … but you can shake up your family vacation with a home swap. Sure, Airbnb and hotels are readily available, but there’s something fun about having a built-in house sitter while your family is away, and feeling like locals in a new locale.
Search available homes in a destination your family has been meaning to visit and see if there’s one enticing enough to trade yours for a week or two. This site is also great for travel inspo. Just browse incredible houses worth traveling for and see where the kids want to call home, even if only temporary. Destinations include nearly every corner of the world, including villas in Thailand, ski-ready apartments in Quebec, farm houses in British Columbia or rustic stays in Huachuca City, Arizona. The tough part will be deciding who gets what room.
Another option your family might want to consider, trading spaces with homeowners around the world using Home Exchange. You can find the perfect apartment for two in Paris; a lofty space in New York or London; or something that can accommodate your whole group in Sydney, Rome and Portugal.
For true luxury seekers, Third Home is an upscale way to vacation. For families who already have two homes in their repertoire, Third Home is a way to swap with fellow travelers in “the club” — literally, you have to join a club. Swap the family beach house with one across the country, or rent out the cabin for a 5-star stay abroad. Not exactly roughing it, but your family will just be out of their element in someone else’s vacation home for a change. The only catch, users have to apply for a membership, get accepted into the club and pay a minimum $395 fee for swaps. Ahh, the cost of luxury.
Swapping homes for that last summer vacation can be an easy way to save some cash. Your family will still feel completely immersed in a new location, but with a built-in house sitter and sense of general security you can appreciate. Typically, rates are more affordable during peak seasons, unlike many of the competing home-away options — just a few reasons to consider a house swap.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
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.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
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.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.