Preparing for a big family vacation to Disney World — with grandparents, siblings and children in tow — can be very different from a typical Disney trip. Sure, you’re still visiting Fantasyland, riding Spaceship Earth and exploring Animal Kingdom, but the circumstances have changed: You’ll need to rethink the basics to make the most of your visit.

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Those looking for a bit more sunshine in their lives may want to head to one of two very distinct and different places: the American Southwest and northeastern Africa. Both of these regions, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, register high on the “Sunshine Hours” index by the World Meteorological Association.

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In today’s fast-paced work and social environment, where technology allows for 24/7 connectivity, taking time to switch off and recharge is critical.

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For those making holiday plans, carry these short, insightful books as on-board entertainment for some unplugged fun.

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Leave it to an obscure archipelago between Norway and Iceland to take on Google. Last year, camera-strapped livestock began streaming a “Sheep View 360” to let potential tourists see what they couldn’t on Google Street View.

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When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some experts disagree, the majority of them say that it’s just after the start of the new year, when air tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a departure and stay in May or June.

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Head to Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans, Nl-nh, Netherlands

If you want to go away from the hustle bustle of the city and gaze at some Windmills in peace amidst serene surroundings, Zaanse Schans is the place. It took me about half an hour by bus to reach the Zaanse Schans terminal from Amsterdam Central Bus Station.

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Head to Paris

Paris, France

CULINARY TRAILS WITH A TWIST  Region: Paris 
There’s never enough to try out when on a gastronomic adventure, especially in Paris! Read along for top suggestions. 

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What is your favorite family vacation you have ever taken? What did you love about it? In “How Do Families Around the World Spend Their Vacations?” Jaime Lowe writes about the different ways families across the globe spend their time off together.

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10 Fun and Affordable Vacation Escapes
10 Fun and Affordable Vacation Escapes

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