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Good Morning, Vietnam! Introducing Our First Travel Vloggers: HTYolo and Pawprint.

It’s a blog, it’s a video, it’s a vlog! Today’s post is something new: two travel vloggers reporting from Vietnam. Henrik and Anouk Thomas have traveled extensively with their parents since they were eight and six years old, respectively. Here are a few fun things they did while visiting Vietnam and what they learned while exploring this exotically beautiful country. Hikes through brilliantly green rice paddies, bat-filled caves, underground tunnels, exotic markets, squid fishing and more. Check it out! (Editor’s...

Helping the Syrian Refugees in Bodrum, Turkey

By Travelin’ Kait Global traveler, citizen of the world and avid volunteer who has (so far) visited more than 60 countries on six continents. She is also co-founder of Kids Unite 4 Hope, inspired by her time volunteering at a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. | For one month we volunteered with the Syrian refugees in Bodrum, Turkey who were getting ready to cross the Aegean Sea to reach Greece. It was the most life-changing time of our lives and...

Angkor What? Getting to Know the Largest Religious Site on the Planet.

By Alessia Hansel Papini Curious traveler, hard-working student and passionate human being who is based in Rome   |  In the midst of the deepest Cambodian jungle lie the remote Angkor temples – the very heart of the Khmer Empire and the holy grail of Buddhists over centuries. Located about six kilometers north of Siem Reap, these breathtaking complexes truly represent the very soul of Cambodia and have been for years a source of fierce national pride, becoming a symbol of Cambodia by appearing on its national...

Tokyo with Kids: 3 Days, 2 Tweens, 1 Amazing Time

By guest writer and dad Jon Bailey. This article was originally featured on the website Hilton Mom Voyage. On a whirlwind family trip to Asia (we hit Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam too), Tokyo was our first stop after a long flight from the West Coast. Having visited many places around the world, we asked our girls to name a place they always wanted to visit, and the resounding answer was “Tokyo!” Was it their love of sushi? A growing obsession with...

Setting Foot in a Nation of Faith and Resilience

The Family Travel Forum recently announced the winners of its 2016 Teen Travel Writing Contest. Interested in submitting your work in 2017? Learn how here. By Arnold Icaro Winner, 2016 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Contest A blank computer screen… This is the scholarship applicant’s dreaded nightmare, yet at the same time, the cherished dream of countless poverty-stricken Filipino sidewalk dwellers. Gratefully exchanging their handful of coins for the use of an outdated computer in a run-down wooden shack, they marvel...

Thailand: Together We Can Help a Village

By Kaden Arias de Cordoba Tenth grader at Kalani High School in Honolulu, Hawaii This is a true story about my friend Ken Hagerman, whose memory lives on through support of the Rain Tree Foundation. This social welfare organization helps the poor in Thailand, including providing access to clean water. My family first went to Thailand in 2005 when I was four and my sister was two. I lived in a town called Chiang Mai and it was in the north...