After Terry Thompson's daughter runs away from home, she cancels her Disney World vacation. But her travel insurance company refuses to refund $588 in airline tickets. Can't Disney help? Mickey says it's beyond his control. But is it?
Sometimes a parent wants a little more pampering on a family vacation than camping or a road trip to the beach can offer. But you don't have to leave the kids at home to enjoy a vacation to a five-star hotel or a villa in Hawaii.
Troy Pelias and his extended family have a disastrous Disney vacation, featuring everything from a broken-down monorail to confusing meal plans. But his complaints are being ignored. What can he do to get Mickey's attention?
The airline tickets Marianne Ellis buys for a family vacation to Tanzania are refundable with a change fee, but her online travel agent fails to tell her that the fee is about a quarter of the cost of the ticket. Now that she has to cancel, will she lose thousands of dollars?
Todd Hawkins never figured himself for a cruising kind of guy. He grew up camping and still loves long road trips. But he got married to someone whose family vacation style couldn't have been more different.
Summer travel doesn't have to break the bank. Here are five smart ways to have a great experience your kids will never forget -- without leaving you with credit-card bills that make you wish you'd never gone in the first place.
So obviously, an activity-packed destination is a must. But which destination? That depends on the kinds of activities most likely to engage your particular brood: the bright lights of the Big Apple, where we hear there's a lot to do, or the rugged charms of a Colorado dude ranch, where the nonstop diversions include fly fishing, white-water rafting and, of course, horseback riding. --D.R. AND K.A. ...
taker to keep an eye on things when you're not there, but that requires hiring a local caretaker, which isn't easy. And if something does go wrong, such as a burst pipe, it's now your problem to find le plombier in Paris--even if it's 4 a.m. and you're in bed--in Chicago. Even if you're not so far away, having paid for your getaway, you're now obligated to spend every vacation there. Time-shares used to be one option, if you wanted a week in Myrtle Beach, but there's now a new way to own your dream: fractional-ownership plans and destination clubs. Both give you the space and seclusion of a private home without the responsibilities of actually owning one. Maintenance and upkeep are taken care of by the management company. All you have to do is show up. Read on to find out how, in some cases, the sweetest home can be someone else's. ...