Travel October 2011

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Alanna Weissman

Beachy Keen
Want a fall escape to a moderate climate where you’ll find eclectic entertainment and tons of thrills to keep the entire family amused? Consider the Busch Gardens/Virginia Beach Vacation Package, which provides a fun-filled itinerary and two great destinations in one. Plan your trip at www.visitvirginiabeach.com.

Under the Sea
The South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor isn’t your usual aquarium. With attractions like the 4-D Theater, the Toddler Cove play area and the “Saltmarsh Exhibit,” where you can feed stingrays and a rare albino alligator, the aquarium completely immerses visitors in nature and excitement. For details, head to www.scaquarium.org.

Three in One
Balanzza’s TRUCO (Travel Utility Carry On) luggage makes it easy and efficient to travel. The multi-purpose luggage set offers a small rolling carry-on, a briefcase and a laptop bag that snap together to create one overhead bin-friendly unit. You’ll never have to worry about in-flight storage space again. Buy it at www.balanzza.com.

Smuggled Away
Bid an early hello to ski season at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont, a popular year-round destination and one of the country’s top ten family resorts. Even if skiing doesn’t appeal to your children, a wealth of activities are available, from tubing and shopping to delighting in the indoor FunZone Family Entertainment Center, which has an obstacle course, miniature golf, shuffleboard, an arcade, a crawl-through train and a bouncy house. Discover more at www.smuggs.com.

Simple Fixes
Whether your kids fall and scrape a knee while on vacation or allergies act up while in transit, Simply Saline has a range of portable products designed to keep your family healthy and happy no matter where you are. Pick up Nasal Mists, which also comes in a baby version, and Wound Washes to be prepared for allergic reactions and common boo-boos. Both are antibacterial and a cinch to use. Find products at drugstores and www.simplysaline.com.

Alanna Weissman is an editorial intern.

This column appeared in the October 2011 issue.