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There's nothing quite as relaxing and invigorating as that perfect summer holiday – be it to a sun-kissed beach or a snowy ski resort. But it's also a time for families to get together and we know how hectic it can be to find the perfect journey to fit everyone's needs. So, we asked our destination experts for suggestions and tips for families planning to travel together. Whether you are looking to escape the crowds or jump right into the thick of the madness, here's how you can plan the best family summer ever. read more...

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LATVIA – A Midsummer Dream

One of the less explored areas of Eastern Europe, Latvia is full of enchanting moments – from soaring medieval castles speckled across a vast and untouched countryside to sprawlinggolden beaches and a beautifully layered culture. Here are our top recommendations for a trip to this Baltic state.

Must See: No journey to Latvia is complete without a trip to the coastal capital of Riga. Check out Old Town Townfor a taste of Latvian history and architecture. Sit down at one of the countless cafes that line the cobbled streets for a cup of artisanal coffee. And cap it off with a walk down Jauniela, considered to be one of the most beautiful streets in all of Latvia.

Must Try: Food in Riga is an intriguing mix of foreign influences and local traditions, with elegant restaurants and Europe's biggest food market. Don't forget to try pork – a key element in Latvian dishes, accompanied with dark rye bread or rupjmaize. Top it off with Black Balsam, Latvia's national spirit which is said to aid digestion!

Pro Tip: To experience life like a local, visit Latvia in time for the dreamy celebrations of Jāņi. This magical midsummer festival dates to the medieval era and is a local favourite! People celebrate the summer solstice by getting out into the countryside and staying up all night long with bonfires, folk songs, good food and warm company.

Local Legend: Believe it or not, mushroom picking is a favourite hobby of Latvians, come autumn. And with 50% of Latvia covered in jungles, there's a larger area to go foraging! You can even hire a mycologist (mushroom expert) for a day to take you around.

Best time to travel: Spring and Autumn are usually the most popular time to visit, with temperatures on the milder side. But we recommend the Summer months of July-August, as the crowds are lesser and max temperature hardly exceeds 20-25 degrees Celsius. Carry a raincoat as occasional showers are normal.

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Top Five Cruises for Families (And Teens)

Gone are the days when "family-friendly" meant long lines, noisy crowds or boring brunches. The all-inclusive cruise has gone through a complete makeover with personalised services, tailor-made shore excursions, smaller groups and exclusive offerings, which are redefining how families travel together. So, whether you are looking for something entertaining, luxurious, intimate or educative, here's our top pick for the cruises you should be taking with your kids this summer! read more...

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In Mexico, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is set to open in Spring 2019 along the dramatic coastline of Puerto Los Cabos. The striking design of Zadún will celebrate the desert and the sea with 115 elegantly appointed suites and villas placed gently along the natural slopes of the land. And one of the most exclusive spas, with a variety of customised, locally-inspired treatments.

Along the Caribbean, the uber luxury of The Liming, Bequia is in the spotlight. A place where you can "master the art of doing nothing" The Liming is inspired by the serenity of the surrounding nature and sweeping views of the ocean. Stay at their GingerlilyMansion House, which boasts five en-suite bedrooms, a private lounge and fresh water pools, surrounded by lush gardens.

In Aspen, the EMP Winter House is the latest dining sensation, where diners are clamouring for Chef Daniel Humm's Eleven Madison Park-twist on classic Swiss dishes. The pop-up has set up shop at the Chefs Club inSt. Regis, with a more casual atmosphere than its sister concern, inspired by the beauty of the mountains.

In Barcelona, the trendy new neighbourhood of Passeig de Sant Joan is all the rage right now, with a mix of exotic patisseries, laid-back brunches, hipster cafes and cocktail bars. A favourite haunt for the locals, the spot is perfect to feel the pulse of the city with venues like Granja Petitbo, Taberna Hoffman and the ever-popular Casa Bonay hotel.

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Seven Days Aboard The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Take a journey of luxury and romance aboard the Rocky Mountaineer that travels through the holy grail of Canadian travel – the quaint resort town of Banff and the serene hamlet of Lake Louise. On route, the landscape undergoes transformation from lush green plains to charming towns, cascading waterfalls andthe towering peaks of the Coast Mountains.

Day 1: First Taste
Step into the beautiful city of Vancouver and dive right into somefresh seafood and craft beer that the region is known for.

Day 2: Then Sight
Explore the area with a sightseeing tour. We recommend a guided cycling tour, culinary walk or sea safari.

Day 3: On Board
Enjoy the scenic route to the sunny city of Kamloops, fromthe comfort of your luxurious Rocky Mountaineer coach.

Day 4: The Rockies
Venture into the heart of the mountains at the tranquil Lake Louise.

Day 5: Alpine Wild
Stop by the astounding Yoho National Park for a taste of the wilderness.

Day 6: Aerial Views
Hope onto a helicopter ride for panoramic views of the Rockies from Banff to Calgary.

Day 7: Foothill and Prairie
Spend your last day in a city that brings alive the warmth of Canada – Calgary.

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