Travel planning can be a huge headache, but it doesn't have to be. The internet has proven an invaluable resource for researching and scheduling your family getaway, whether you're searching for the lowest fares or just gawking at pictures of your favorite isolated beach. Here's a list of family-focused travel web sites that are sure to inform and inspire you this season.
Debbie Dubrow is a superstar in the mommy blogosphere, and for good reason. DeliciousBaby, her travel blog, is so much more than just lovingly and beautifully written. It's full of useful tips -- I doubt you'll find better information about kid safety seats anywhere -- and more, it makes traveling with children, even overseas, seem truly doable. Check out DeliciousBaby on Photo Fridays, when you'll find a new (adorable) photo from somewhere around the globe.
Founded by four moms who are also travel writers, this site includes information on specific destinations and hotels, gear recommendations and news. Reviews focusing on the western part of the United States -- where a few of the moms are based-- are particularly rich. Its updated constantly and a great read.
This colorful new site full of destination, hotel and attraction reviews aims to be a social networking and travel ratings site for families. That is, the reviews are created by you. Check out where other families have been, and read about what worked for them. By logging in yourself, you can rate the things you've visited, too. There's also a place to submit your cutest travel photos, connect with other travelers and create lists of recommendations.
This travel planning site for families is a great place to start if you're thinking of taking a vacation but haven't nailed down the specifics. You can browse the site's enormous archive by topic or type of vacation, but the real draw at WeJustGotBack is its Travel Deals blog. Look for discounts on vacation packages, hotel stays and attractions.
Planning a road trip this summer? Dreading the inevitable hours in the car with your weepy, arguing kids? MomsMinivan promises relief in the form of 101 games to keep kids absorbed as the miles roll by. The site includes things like printable coloring pages and bingo cards as well as ideas for singing and memory games.