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Veronique Autphenne

Véronique Autphenne grew up on three different continents and has had a passion for travel ever since she can remember. She has settled in Alexandria, VA, and still travels as often as possible with her husband John and three boys. She started Pax Travel Design to help busy families realize their travel dreams while staying sane in the process. Vero runs the blog, Belgium with Kids, wrote the e-book Brussels with Kids, and co-founded All Over the Map. Follow her on Twitter: @veroautphenne and on Facebook: Pax Travel Design. Her favorite moments, both on the road and at home, tend to involve food, family, and lots of laughter.

Ten Things You Should Always Pack for Travel with the Family

TRAVEL TIPS – Packing for Travel with the Family: Like that je ne sais quoi that exemplifies a French woman’s style, and one which I sorely lack as my scarf-wearing snafus will attest, I long thought packing was a skill that you either had or you didn’t. Before I had kids, I tended toward quantity …

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Ten Tips for a Smoother London Vacation with Kids

ENGLAND, London Vacation Tips – There’s nothing worse than arriving in a new city with no game plan—trust me, I grew up with an anti-planning family and still have nightmares of arriving in Bombay in the middle of the night with no transit or hotel planned. Yes, it’s scarring. Yet to even the best planners …

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Ten Things You Should Do Before Booking Family Vacation Rentals

TIPS: Before Booking Family Vacation Rentals –  Is your idea of a perfect Parisian morning flinging open your iron balcony doors to peer over at the neighborhood rooftops, to the smell of coffee brewing in your small but efficient kitchen? Maybe you’ll let the children sleep in (in their own room!) and enjoy that cup …

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Ten Things to Know Before Taking Kids to a Broadway Show

NYC, Taking Kids to a Broadway Show – There’s been a lot written about the difference between the traveler and the tourist. The traveler typically heads off in the morning with no plans, filling her days discovering  treasures known only to locals. The tourist, however, has a plan and more or less sticks to the …

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Ten Ways to Live Like a Local Family During Travel

TRAVEL TIPS: Ten Ways to Live Like a Local Family – Imagine sitting around a crackling fire years from now. You’ve just cooked a big holiday meal and your now-adult children are regaling you with memories of their childhood vacations. Mom, remember the chicken nuggets in Rome? They were just like the ones we ate …

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Nice with Kids – France Family Vacation Guide

FRANCE FAMILY VACATIONS: Nice with Kids – It’s dusk in the south of France and you’re enjoying the sun’s last rays at an outdoor café as amber light shines on the faded façade of the centuries-old building across the street. Take a sip of rosé and glance at your only-slightly sun-burnt, very quiet children who …

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Ten Things You Should Do When Planning College Visits with Your Teen

Shake off the disbelief. Put away the baby photos you’ve been poring (tearing up?) over. It’s really happening. Your baby is heading to college! And you’re about to be swept up in a tornado of activity, online research, financial discussions, philosophical debates, and general maelstrom leading up to that final goodbye in front of the …

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Los Angeles with Kids – California Family Vacation Guide

CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles with Kids – Take a sip of a cool fruit smoothie, your feet buried in warm golden sand. As you watch your children make sand castles, thoughts of your afternoon plans sleepily buzz in your head. Old Hollywood? Ancient Rome? Natural history? It’s all possible when you visit Los Angeles with kids. …

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