Turning an Eye Toward Fall

August is back to school for most of us with kids, and even if you don't have children, this is the time of year that you usually associate with buying your fall wardrobe and reading weightier books than those you can flip through at the beach.

And yes, you may still have a week planned at the shore, or a spa getaway on tap, but you can combine both relaxation and an eye towards fall.

My Volunteer Travel Packing Style

By Charyn Pfeuffer

My packing style: Carry on whenever possible and prepare like a Girl Scout (I didn't earn my nickname, Global Girl Scout, for nothin'). In my former lux travel writer life, there was rarely a situation where my every whim wasn't within a phone call's reach. As I've embraced a more rough, tumble and lowbrow lifestyle as a volunteer and adventure traveler in recent years, I've learned to make the most of every square inch of my luggage.

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New Disney Ride Will Make You Happy, Not Grumpy

On a recent visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando, I discovered many fabulous, new features that will make vacation experiences even better.

New Disney Programs Make More Magic for Families

School is out (for most children) and summer vacation is here! If a visit to the Walt Disney World Parks is on your list, there are several important and very valuable changes that Disney has made to improve the vacation experience.

5 Tips for Enjoyable, Scream-Free Plane Travel

Growing up as the daughter of a United Nations human rights officer, Mina Olivera was a seasoned traveler before she could tie her own shoes. Born in Brazil, she spent much of her childhood bouncing from country to country.

Now, as the co-founder of NOVICA, an online, fair trade company based in Los Angeles, she is on the road often, searching the world for one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade art. Her socially-driven company, part owned by National Geographic, has helped more than 75,000 people in developing nations earn real-world prices for their work.

Almost out of necessity, Olivera is proactively instilling a love of adventure and excitement about long flights to the youngest of her four children, 7-year-old twins, who've already traveled to Bali, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and the Bahamas. While other people's kids throw tantrums on planes, hers play with toys and nap.

Here's how Olivera does it:  

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