Travel September 2011

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Alanna Weissman

Creature Comforts
Perfect for bringing along on flights or long car rides, Aroma Home’s Pillow Friendz are plush critters that unfold to become cozy pillows. The adorable and affordable creatures come in a variety of styles that make travels pass faster and more comfortably. View the collection at

Tee Time
With countless amenities and beautiful greens on three courses, Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados is a golfer’s dream come true. Parents of all golfing abilities enjoy swinging clubs in paradise, as well as the resort’s spa, tennis facility, world-class dining options and luxury accommodations. Kids and teens love the Treehouse Club, which offers mini-golf and other age-appropriate activities, as well as seasonal programming like the sand castle building competition during Christmastime. Visit to plan a golf excursion or family getaway.

Disney Destinations
With more than 25 family-friendly destinations around the world, Adventures by Disney provides unforgettable experiences and VIP access. From cities on United States soil to far-off locales like the Galapagos Islands, Egypt and China, Disney’s spectrum of vacations is hard to beat. Led by Adventure Guides, who are incredible storytellers, the group vacations are informed by local experts and offer unique programming for kids. Explore for details.

Road Trip Tunes
Name Your Tune CDs are personalized albums that put children in the spotlight, entertaining kids for the duration of car, plane and train trips. By taking familiar songs such as “Old McDonald” and substituting your child’s name for repeated names, old tunes become fresh and fun. Name Your Tune is available in two volumes and can be purchased at

Uncharted Territory
Richard Panchyk’s Charting the World: Geography and Maps from Cave Paintings to GPS with 21 Activities (Chicago Review Press) is a great first foray into geography and cartography. Covering everything from maps to mazes, the book schools tykes on historic and modern travel. Get your kids going on geography by buying the tome at

This column appeared in the September 2011 issue.