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The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

Rainforest Alliance also supports and promotes certification in sustainable tourism as a tool for improvement and market competitiveness and we work together with local certification schemes form the countries we are working with. We are leading the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas as a way of facilitating the communication between programs and also standardize a minimum of criteria acceptable in order to be part of the network and recognized as a verifiable program. We are currently working in the second edition of a catalog that includes all the certified businesses in the continent.

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Travel Tip For Today

Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

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Travel advice, deals and other tidbits from our professional travel writers, families on the go and special guests!

Fall Family Travels

Fall sunset

The temperatures are dropping, the first rains have arrived, and the leaves are turning to gorgeous yellows, oranges and reds the sunset of summertime has once again rolled around, my friends! If your kids are getting restless for some travel fun, theyve got the right idea. Fall can be the perfect time for a family vacation, with historical holidays, seasonal attractions for kids, and breath taking natural beauty to encounter. Ive done a bit of brainstorming for fall activities you and your family will love during this fall season!

A hands-on museum

First on the agenda is getting some historical sightseeing under way! Your kids, whether elementary or high school aged, have been hard at work learning different historical and cultural knowledge for the past couple of months so why not plan some time on your family vacation to nurture their efforts? American and world history museums can be very entertaining on a family trip, offering special exhibits, antiquated artifacts, and historical entertainment for the whole family. This also gives the perfect excuse to take a vacation over the long 3-day weekend of Columbus Day!

Kids surrounded by corn stalks

Just because summer is coming to a close does not mean outdoor excursions are out of the question. Only during the autumn months are families able to hike among beautiful fall foliage and get some leaf-peeping in, or experience the exuberance of a fall maze among the corn fields. Some excellent get away spots have pick-your-own farms, which give the amazing opportunity for families to participate in the local harvest and enjoy the reason for the season. Your kids will love the natural elements that become vibrant during fall just remember to pack an extra jacket and gloves for those crisp autumn nights!

A girl and her pumpkin

Families can also be on the lookout for seasonal attractions, like fall festivals celebrating local growers or cultural heritage. These festivals are great fun for families, as they usually offer a variety of activities to keep parents and kids entertained. Since Halloween is just around the corner (get your costumes ready!), spooky haunted houses are beginning to creep up everywhere, along with Halloween specials and deals at family friendly lodgings dont be afraid to take advantage of that! Another great change that comes about during fall is the shift in taste we all seem to have families can now enjoy cider and pumpkin pie on their journey, and really get into the groove of autumn.

Kids at play in the water

And finally, if the mild weather and changing leafs dont do it for your family take them to an island! Tropical travel is a great option during fall if your family is longing to extend summer just a bit longer. Island getaways lodgings in the Caribbean or Hawaii usually have amazing deals and offers during fall, and your family can enjoy the off season privacy and leisure. Pack up the sandals and swimsuits for one last hurrah before its time to hunker down and wait for Christmas!

Where ever your travels take you this fall, whether it is the local history museum or the sandy beaches of Maui, I wish you safe and happy family travels!




Thank you that is such wonderful advice...we too have had many family vacations that have started out with trips to explore possible new colleges and have ended up being such fun with all our family involved. You can certainly see some wonderful and unexpected sights on these road trips.

Jane Smith, Virginia.

Thank you Pamela for all your ideas. You have inspired my wife and I to take a long road trip this summer while taking our son to his new college. We are planning a different route there this time and hope to take in the many wonderful sights along the way there.

Mallard Cross, Oregon

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