- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Books

• "Are We There Yet?: A Parent's Guide to Fun Family Vacations," by Eileen Ogintz, HarperCollins, 1996. This easy-to-use guide, written by a nationally syndicated family travel writer whose column runs periodically in the Family Times, can help parents maximize fun and minimize whining.

• "Family Travel: Terrific New Vacations for Today's Families," by Evelyn Kaye, Blue Panda Publishing, 1993. This guide offers parents creative alternatives to expensive hotels and predictable theme parks.

• "Great Adventure Vacations With Your Kids," by Dorothy Jordon, World Leisure, 1996. Considered the "den mother" of family travel writing, Mrs. Jordon suggests a number of off-the-beaten-path vacations.

• "Fun With the Family In Virginia: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips With the Kids," by Candyce H. Stapen, Globe Pequot Press, 1998. The newest in a series of regional travel books, this one provides information on fun destinations for short day trips or getaways for a long weekend.

• "Ski Vacations With Kids in the U.S. & Canada," by Candyce H. Stapen, Prima Publishing, 1997. This guide on family-friendly resorts emphasizes having family fun both on and off the slopes.

• "Family Travel: How to Plan a Family Vacation the Whole Family Will Enjoy," by Christine Loomis, Reader's Digest Association Inc., 1998. Part of Reader's Digest's "Simpler Life" series, this book offers tips, lists and guides to help families take the stress out of vacation time.

• "Family Adventures: More than 700 Great Trips for You and Your Kids of All Ages," by Christine Loomis, Fodor's Travel Publications, 2000.

Newsletters

• Have Children Will Travel, Lake Oswego, Ore. 97034. Phone: 877/699-5969. Web site: www.havechildrenwilltravel.com. This on-line newsletter, edited by veteran mom and traveler Deb Cornick, offers columns, advice and an on-line travel agent.

• Family Travel Times, Travel With Your Children Ltd., 40 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011. Phone: 888/822-4388. Web site: www.familytraveltimes.com. Edited by author and pioneer family travel writer Dorothy Jordon, the newsletter gives families practical advice, creative ideas and travel resources. It's available by mail as well as on line.

On line

• The American Automobile Association has devoted a portion of its Web site (www.aaa.com) to children's games, contests and information. Parents can download fun games for the car ride.

• Disney has a site (www.family.com) that focuses on family travel. Family Fun is an on-line magazine that provides articles, travel checklists and family-friendly guides to a number of cities.

• Donna Parker is the publisher and editor of Adventure.com, a family-oriented Web site (www.adventuremom.com). It offers news, reviews, travel journals from other moms, travel resources and a spot where children can offer tips to their peers.

• Nancy Nelson-Duac and Lisa Kamp Duac have created a family travel Web site (www.thefamilytravelfiles.com) that has an e-zine with practical travel tips for families, a directory, a list of events, ideas for family vacations and news.

• A local entrepreneur, Dee Hoffman, has created a concierge service for families and children called Children's Concierge. She arranges custom vacations in specific cities around the world. Phone: 301/948-3312. Web site: www.kidsgotoo.com.

• Kyle McCarthy is editorin chief of Family Travel Forum, a Web site dedicated to family travel (www.familytravelforum.com). The site has news, resources and extensive links to other travel sites.

• Peter and Mari Van Buren have taken their 15 years of experience of living and traveling abroad with their children and developed a Web site (www.travelwithyourkids.com) to help ease other parents' international travel experiences.

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