January 6 is Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico. Learn more about why this is such a special day on the calendar, and an integral part of Puerto Rican culture and folklore. Continue to read here

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Scrutinizing the digital view screen of a borrowed camera, I decided I’d never taken a Hawaii photograph like this before. Continue to read here

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It’s been a quiet week on all the Mommy Poppins sites as we spend quality time with our kids over spring break. I can’t say it’s been mellow though—my daughter and I have been running all over town trying to pack as much fun as possible into our NYC staycation! So far we’ve gone on the hunt for giant Fabergé designer eggs, strolled a section of the High Line (where a musician mistook us for tourists!), gawked at outrageous costume jewelry and 3D printing at the Museum of Arts and Design, saw Atlantic for Kids’ fabulous new musical Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, played with snow (yes it really snowed on Tuesday) and romped at our favorite neighborhood playground. And we still have five days left to go, only Sunday is spoken for since we never miss the awesome Easter Bonnet Parade.
Easter of course is the big event this weekend and egg hunts abound in NYC and beyond. If you’re looking for a quick seasonal getaway, consider going on an egg hunt and then hitting a Destination Playground on Long Island, taking a train ride with the Easter Bunny in New Jersey, or picking your own fruits and veggies in Westchester.
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Photo of Hong Kong skyline at dusk – fond memories of my trip this time last year.
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A Weekend on Culebra Island

On your first day in Culebra, you’ll want to get to your hotel, pick up your car or jeep rental, and then head out to Flamenco Beach, Culebra’s star attraction. Page 2. Continue to read here

 

Aston Hotels appoints president

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Hawaii vacation deals & news: April 15, 2014

* The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information.
* Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a 15% discount when booking 10 days or more ahead of your PCC visit. For more information, see this link.
* TravelZoo is offering a couple of excellent travel vouchers.
The five-star Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island, is on sale for $699 for a three-night stay, making the average nightly rate just $233. Multiple vouchers can be purchased and combined for longer stays.
On Oahu’s North Shore, newly renovated, four-star Turtle Bay Resort is on sale starting at just under $200 per night. See more about this voucher deal here. One of our favorite things about Turtle Bay Resort is that just about every room has an amazing ocean view.
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Solo Travel Destination: Christchurch, New Zealand

This Solo Travel Society came away wanting to give every resident of Christchurch a hug, as they continue to rebuild after the earthquakes.
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WeeWork Kids Nature Crafts: Mushroom Prints

Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we’ve been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
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The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is Here!!!

Inspired by one reader, contributed to by many. The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is a FREE download of B&Bs, Hostels, Inns. and Boutique Hotels recommended by solo travelers.
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