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Does Back to School mean an end to travel? No, but...

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September is the true beginning of the new year (Credit: Kaytee Riek, Flickr Commons)

Four years ago (how can it be so long?), I wrote an ode to the trouble of travelling with school-aged kids. In reality, it's less 'trouble' than simply challenging, at times, and it's never stood in the way of us taking the kids out of school for family trips. 

Only once has a teacher written back in reply to an absence notice, unhappily so, berating us for our youngest missing a week of middle school before spring break. 

Harrison Hot Springs: family fun beyond the resort

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The epic inflatable water park of Harrison Watersports on Harrison Lake

The resort town of Harrison Hot Springs offers much more than the relaxing hot springs and resort on its lakeshore. {See my detailed post about visiting the springs at Harrison Hot Springs Resort.} In less than two hours from Vancouver, you can enjoy fun in the water, hiking on scenic mountain trails, and touring local family farms while sampling freshly made goods. Here are 5 fun and active family-friendly things to do in Harrison Hot Springs and nearby Agassiz.

Soaking in summer at Harrison Hot Springs Resort

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A scenic sunset on beautiful Harrison Lake, Harrison Hot Springs

With majestic Mount Cheam overlooking Harrison Hot Springs, you'd be hard pressed to remember that you're in British Columbia and not in some Alpine valley. It is that scenic. Scores of travellers who've been visiting this area since the 19th century must have thought so as well, given the popularity of this resort town.

Harrison Hot Springs is an easy 90 minute drive east of Vancouver, along Highway 1. …

I lost my son at the beach: tips to prevent losing your child in a public place

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It can be easy to get lost in a public place, like on a crowded beach | Oostende, Belgium

Ah, lovely summer! The holidays are in full swing, with road trips, visits to grandma's house, and days spent poolside and at the beach. 

In my latest article for Travel Mamas, I go back in time nine years, to the gorgeous summer day that we lost sight of our son on a crowded beach. While it's a scary story - every parent's nightmare - it had a happy ending, thank goodness. 

A Swiss Alpine Summer in Adelboden

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You will see many Swiss cows in the high alpine in the summer months

I love Switzerland in the winter time - the snow, fondue and skiing! - but my absolute favorite time to be in the Alps is in summer. There are so many reasons to love Switzerland in summer; the vast miles of hiking paths, the clear, alpine air and warm sunshine, fresh Alp cheese and chocolate sandwiches on mountain picnics, and a delicious Is Kaffe or Zwetschekuchen {plum tart} after a busy day of trottinette or mountain biking. 

Unlocking London's charms on a long weekend

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An eye on London: as seen from the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral

London is an amazing city. It's big, busy, and so packed full of culture, fun, food, and wonderful things to see & do, it's almost overwhelming. 

We certainly had a tough time organizing ourselves last summer during a whirlwind long weekend in London-town, but it IS possible to get a real taste of the city, even if you only have limited time. Here are our best bets for a super London long weekend.