Christine Loomis has traveled across the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and the South Pacific with and without her children. Among her favorite family adventures: More than 30,000 miles by RV criss-crossing America for weeks at a time, and spending a month exploring France and Italy by train, boat, van, bicycle, and foot (with a self-drive boat in the canals of southern France being the highlight).
Christine, whose children are now 18, 21, and 27, is the author of three family-travel guidebooks, Fodor's Family Adventures, Fodor's Around Denver with Kids, and Simplify Family Travel. She writes for publications including AAAEncompass, Creators Syndicate, Desert Golf Magazine, Colorado Golf Magazine, Westways, and Diversion among others, is a former editor on staff at Parents and Family Life magazines, and former editor-in-chief of Scientific American's Explorations.
Christine believes that travel offers nearly endless possibilities for engaging families. It can make learning not just fun but exciting and it helps promote understanding between diverse peoples and cultures. Her advice to every family with kids of any ages exploring the world: Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path, take time to meet local people, spend as little time in hotel rooms as possible, schedule do-nothing time, and eat at local restaurants. Most important of all, communicate to kids that going anywhere with an open and curious mind will always lead to a richer experience.
Christine Loomis's Articles
Top Ten Spring Break Destinations for Families
What's your pleasure? Our Family Travel Expert Christine Loomis compiles ten excellent (and easy) spring break destinations for your family.
Family Trips to Big Sur, California
Family Trips to Mendocino, California
Beach Vacations to Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Beach Vacations to Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Beach Vacations to Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Beach Vacations to Tulum
Beach Vacations to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Family Vacations to Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Beach Vacations to La Paz, Mexico
Beach Vacations to Loreto, Mexico
Beach Vacations to Acapulco, Mexico
Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park Vacations
Family Vacations to Ticino, Swiss Alps
Family Vacations to Valais, Swiss Alps
A Day Out of Denver
The best day trips and overnighters from Colorado's Mile High City
Single Parent Family Travel Guide
Traveling with your kids can be fulfilling but also overwhelming at times, especially if youre the only adult in the group. Here are some tips on how to keep your cool as a single parent on your next family vacation.
A Riveting Paradox
The paradors of Spainhistoric monasteries, palaces, and buildings transformed into luxe accommodations with just the right brush of historyblend New and Old World charms with seamless perfection.
Family Vacations to Lake Geneva, Swiss Alps
Family Vacations to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Family Vacations to Swiss National Park, Swiss Alps
Family Vacations to Graubunden, Swiss Alps
Family Vacations to The Bernese Highlands, Swiss Alps
Family Vacations to the Dolomites, Italy
Happy Holidays, Frohe Feiertage, Joyeuses fêtes, ¡Felices Fiestas!
However you say it, the holidays are celebrated in style in Europeand you and the kids are invited
Barging into the South of France
Want a Euro family outing you're really going to remember? Grab the kids, rent a boat, and take to France's canals.
The state of Utah is proof that Mother Nature has a surreal streak--hoodoos, arches, deep canyons, and vertigo-inducing overlooks just brush the surface of this weeklong foray into the wonderfully odd world of canyons and national parks.
Drive into the past and capture your family's imagination by visiting the ancient abodes of the Native Americans as you drive across the southwestern stretches of the United States, from Durango to Dolores and beyond.
If CGI-enhanced T-rexes gets your family excited, then head into the fossil-dense realm of Wyoming and Montana, where the real dinosaurs once roamed.
West Texas Multisport
On most atlases, this expansive Lone Star landscape appears as featureless as a pancake-flat mesa. But head into this region of Texas, and you'll find a brave new world of rugged family adventures.
Rocky Mountain Playground
In Colorado's banner national park, you'll traverse the country's highest continually-paved highway, trek to raging waterfalls, grind over sinewy singletrack, and get in touch with your inner Audubon.