Let’s face it, European travel this summer can be quite expensive, especially when taking the whole family overseas. But who says you need to leave the country to experience European-inspired cities? These two cities are so embedded in European culture, you’ll forget you’re still in the United States.
New Orleans, Louisiana
We all know the French Quarter has European vibes, but did you know the city’s origins as a Spanish colony can still be seen, heard and even tasted today? The city’s language, music, food and architecture embody different elements of Spanish culture. To immerse the family even further in the city, stay at The Eliza Jane, a hotel steps away from the French Quarter. Situated within a quartet of historic warehouses, the hotel pays homage to its former days as a manufacturing and distribution center for liquor, gunpowder and the city’s daily newspaper. The Eliza Jane also offers unique programming and antique architectural flair.
The country’s capital was designed by a Frenchman named Pierre L’Enfant. First president George Washington dreamed of a city rivaling Paris, and L’Enfant delivered. Low buildings, expansive green spaces, walkable streets and traffic circles all comprise our capital city and transport visitors to a European city altogether. For parents, if you have a glass (or two) of wine at one of the city’s many brasseries, you may eventually think you are in the City of Light! For the night, stay at The Kimpton Banneker, a 144-room, European-inspired hotel with a rooftop bar and lounge. The hotel is the perfect hub for trips to the White House, National Mall and National Cathedral.
Can joining Disney Vacation Club help you save on family travel? Well, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, a source for Disney Vacation Club rentals, can provide some insight. Disney travel experts like Melissa Mullett, director of operations, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, provided some tips and insider knowledge on how Disney Vacation Club works.
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.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
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.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.