Travel January 2012

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Alanna Weissman

Very Virginia
For educational enjoyment on vacation, visit the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. With family-friendly events and period-dressed actors near Colonial Williamsburg, exploring our nation’s roots has never been this entertaining. Learn more at

Think of Everything
Plan a wonderful trip for your clan without breaking the bank with The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel (F + W). The informative read helps save money on every aspect of a vacation, no matter your destination, interests or family size. For details, visit

Fire It Up
Spice up your next campfire with Funky Colored Flames. The packets of flame crystals cause wood-burning fires to turn colors. And if you don’t have a camping trip planned, Funky Colored Flames can be used at home as they’re safe for both indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces. To purchase, log on

A is for Australia
If you plan on venturing to the land down under, consider buying Bronwyn Bancroft’s W is for Wombat: My First Australian Word Book (Little Hare). An adaptation for children of Bancroft’s Possum and Wattle, the book introduces children to unique Australian worlds, each accompanied by a colorful illustration. Start the journey at

Young Explorers
Make travel experiences more exciting with Mission: Explore (Can of Worms), books that give kids engaging activities on any kind of expedition. With On the Road and Camping editions and activity suggestions like hosting an insect Olympics the series adds an extra dimension to family vacations. Encourage exploration at

This column appeared in the January 2012 issue.