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Spring Break is Abloom With Family Travel Choices

2/27/2007

SPRING BREAK IS ABLOOM WITH FAMILY TRAVEL
CHOICES, SAYS “THE TRAVEL MOM”

PHOENIX (February 27, 2007) – Whether it’s a vacation at the beach or one last dash down the ski slopes , family travel expert and BestWestern.com columnist Emily Kaufman, better known as “The Travel Mom,” says families should begin planning their Spring Break escapes before winter melts away.

Vacationers will have greater choices and flexibility, both from a destination and financial perspective, by acting now, says the travel authority.

“Before the weather begins to warm, opportunities for family travel start to blossom,” says Kaufman. “Kick-starting your Spring Break plans right away improves your chances of booking a great trip and getting the most value for your money.”

To help create a memorable Spring Break vacation, The Travel Mom suggests the following:

•Gather as a family to discuss potential Spring Break destinations and activities, creating excitement and involving every member in the decision-making process
•Avoid destinations made popular by college students, and head to quieter locations that cater to families
•Search for hotels that offer package deals, which often include tickets or admission to local attractions, as this helps families maximize their budgets

In her monthly travel column posted on the “Trip Planner” section of Best Western International’s Web site (www.bestwestern.com), Kaufman includes a sampling of her personal Spring Break family travel favorites, including:

Orlando, Florida:
The classic all-American family vacation spot is bursting with theme parks, activities and restaurants that are ideal for families. Walt Disney World is celebrating the “Year of a Million Dreams,” as well as the debut of a spectacular, Broadway-style musical, ”Finding Nemo.”

Where to stay:
Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel
2000 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Toll-Free Reservations: 1 (800) WESTERN

Maui, Hawaii:
Families can’t help but flock to the tropical beaches, outdoor fun, fine dinning and culture of Maui. Goofy Foot Surf School, the Lahaina Luau and the Maui Ocean Center are just a few attractions that capture the unique traditions and features of the island.

Where to stay:
Best Western Pioneer Inn
658 Wharf Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Toll-Free Reservations: 1 (800) WESTERN

San Diego, California:
If the family enjoys animals and wildlife adventures, then San Diego is your Spring Break destination. The San Diego Zoo is home to some of the most popular exhibits in the world, featuring the Wild Animal Park and Balloon Safari Tour. Another family favorite in San Diego is SeaWorld, which is celebrating the season with a “Spring Into Night” vacation package and a new show, “Shamu Rocks.”

Where to stay:
Best Western Hacienda Suites-Old Town
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, California 92110
Toll-Free Reservations: 1 (800) WESTERN

Lake Tahoe, California:
Spring Break is not always synonymous with warm weather – there is still time for the entire family, including preschoolers, to hit the slopes and enjoy one last ski and snowboard vacation.

Where to stay:
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn
11331 Brockway Road
Truckee, California 96161
Toll-Free Reservations: 1 (800) WESTERN

Burlington, Iowa:
Perhaps considered an unusual choice for a family Spring Break getaway, this small town has more for your kids to do than most other vacation destinations. Located just outside of Des Moines, Burlington is home to Pzazz Fun City – a complete hotel/entertainment complex that includes a 70,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor water park, an indoor speedway and laser tag arena, among other features.

Where to stay:
Best Western Pzazz Fun City
3001 Winegard Drive
Burlington, Iowa 52601
Toll-Free Reservations: 1 (800) WESTERN

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