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Articles, Digital travel content, Apps, Columns, Books, Broadcasts; Leader in family travel for 20+ years; Columnist/Blogger Adventure Living; BellaOnline.com; Former USA TODAY travel editor/ digital producer

Highly respected family travel expert, Candyce H. Stapen has authored 30 travel guide books—including two for National Geographic– developed FamilyiTrips apps, written 2,500+ travel articles for a variety of outlets, appeared on the TODAY Show and other broadcasts to talk about travel.
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Featured articles:
Planning a trip to Miami Beach? Go north for a different vibe.

A Miami Beach vacation doesn’t have to be all about music blasting from outdoor bars. If, like us, you’re in search of an alternative to South Beach’s noise, $30 valet parking, packed sands and traffic, do what we do: Stay in North Beach.

The Washington Post, March 5, 2015 Read More


Okavango Delta, Botswana and Kenya Migration

Photos © A. Kempler

Hippo at Mombo CampHow to Explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Ears twitching and snouts semi-submerged in the water, the hippos, in chorus-line formation, stare back at us as the guide maneuvers our small boat through the grass-lined channels of the flooded Okavango Delta. A young bull elephant, his reflection caught in the silvery water, cools off by arcing his trunk and spraying his back and a crocodile suns on a sandbar.

MD Magazine, December 1, 2014 Read More


Kenya MigrationDream Trips: Catching the Migration in Kenya

Two-by-two, the wildebeest come in a seemingly endless line of gray that cuts through the Masai Mara’s golden plains. The wildebeest and their migrating companions, the zebra, move toward the Mara River. Hundreds upon hundreds of animals mass on the savannah just above the river bank, braying as they push into already crowded circles.

MD Magazine, December 1, 2014 Read More


Tips, News, Deals, Blog Posts

Tips for Traveling with your Dog

USA Today, June 20, 2013
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Photo by H. Darr Beiser

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Hotel fees catch travelers off guard

WUSA-TV, DC’s CBS affiliate, July 11, 2014


Kiawah IslandBeach and Nature Vacation, Kiawah Island, SC

Make your family beach vacation more than just sun and sand by selecting a destination that enables you to explore the natural environment. In Kiawah Island, South Carolina, you can add kayak outings in search of ibis, pond explorations to peer at turtles and alligator safaris that get you safely close to the toothy critters.

www.BellaOnline.com, March 4, 2015 Read More


David Royce GlassAmerican Craft Council and SOFA Shows

Some craft and art shows are worth traveling to, especially the American Craft Council (ACC) shows, hosted in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul and San Francisco, as well as Sculptural Objects and Fine Arts (SOFA) yearly show in Chicago. At these events, you can find high-quality handmade objects. Even if you can’t buy, go ahead and browse.

www.BellaOnline.com, February 22, 2015 Read More


Grace Bay BeachBest Caribbean Beaches

The Caribbean is known for its glorious beaches and some of the region’s best fringe Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and Aruba. Follow this guide to some top spots. Grace Bay Beach–12 miles of white sands—is the big draw on Providenciales, affectionately called “Provo,” the main tourist island of the Turks and Caicos chain.

www.BellaOnline.com, February 21, 2015 Read More


share a mealTouring President Lincoln’s Washington, D.C.

This Presidents’ Weekend and through spring, take part in special events and exhibits throughout Washington, D.C., including an historic all-night vigil, to mark the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, who died in the District, April 15, 1865.

www.BellaOnline.com, February 9, 2015 Read More


share a mealShare a meal when traveling?

MealSharing.com, a new website service, connects travelers with locals who, in their own homes, cook meals for visitors, often for a small fee to cover the cost of the food.

www.BellaOnline.com, January 27, 2015 Read More


Washington, D.C.’s, Other Air and Space Museum

If your visit to the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in downtown Washington, D.C., got you excited about airplanes, then be sure to visit its companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center located near Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA.

www.BellaOnline.com, January 14,2015 Read More


San Juan: Trendy Santurce Near Condado Resorts

Santurce, an up-and-coming neighborhood in San Juan, draws locals in their twenties and thirties, and increasingly, millennial travelers who like the still-rough-around-the edges vibe as well as the bars, restaurants and burgeoning art scene.

www.BellaOnline.com, January 4,2015 Read More


Winston SalemHistoric Homes and Art in Winston-Salem, NC

The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, art trail weaves together a tale of tobacco, textiles and three historic houses: Reynolda, the former manor of R. J. Reynolds; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), once the residence of textile industrialist James Hanes, and Graylyn, the estate built by tobacco executive Bowman Gray.

www.BellaOnline.com, December 8, 2014 Read More


Hawk Sonora DesertTucson, AZ, Highlights

Tucson gives you mountain views, desert landscapes, sunny skies and upscale resorts. An extra bonus: you can learn about Cold War secrets. On your visit, don’t miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Titan Missile Museum, or a stay at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

www.BellaOnline.com, November 20, 2014 Read More


Laughs at Sea: Cruise Ship Comedy Clubs for summer family travel

For many cruise passengers, one of the best parts of their voyage isn’t the elaborate buffets, the casino bets or the booze. It’s the belly laughs. These days, several major lines are showcasing more humor by way of their comedy clubs. Forget about the stuff-food-in-your-face jokes; the performers and the material are better than ever.

“Back in the day, being labeled a ‘cruise ship comedian’ certainly carried a negative connotation, as it was believed that performing on a cruise ship meant it was either the beginning or the end of your career,” says Mark Tamis, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior vice president of guest operations. “That is certainly not the case these days.

Cruise Critic, August, 2014. Read More


Best new products for summer family travel The right gear and gadgets go a long way toward making a family vacation successful. These new products make traveling easier for families by doing away with such common “trip-ups” as bored kids, lost dogs, cramped tents, too much to carry and not enough luggage.

USA Today, June 2014. Read More


Family Cruising Basics Two million kids younger than 15 sailed the high seas in 2013 on lines that are members of the Cruise Lines International Association Industry.
Cruise Critic, May 14, 2014. Read More


10 Tips for Cruising with Teens Why cruises work well for teens and how to plan the best voyage for your family, as well as some rules you might want to consider for smooth sailing.
Cruise Critic, June 2014 Read More


Get Patrick Henry to take a Selfie. The bewigged gentleman wearing spectacles leans over his demitasse at Charlton’s Coffeehouse in Williamsburg, the capital of the colonies, points to a visitor’s cellphone, raises his eyebrows and declares, “That looks like the work of the devil, madam.”

MapQuest, June 12, 2014 Read more


Use Photos to engage with Locals on Trips How to teach your kids to give back and engage with locals while traveling?

When visiting poor areas in developing countries, we take Polaroid photos of willing people and give the images to them as gifts. Even in the digital age, many people in rural areas do not have photos of themselves.

www.bellaonline.com Read more


Book: An Explorer’s Guide to Virginia

Lush vineyards, exciting cities, deep history, space-age science – VA has lots to offer. (Countryman Press)
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FamilyiTrips

Stapen has taken her love and experience of travel writing and combined it with her entrepreneurial spirit to launch FamilyiTrips, a series of user-friendly and informative family travel apps. Stapen wrote DC With Kids, and noted journalist Deb Geigis Berry wrote Boston With Kids and NYC Family Guide.

DC With Kids ReviewsBoston with Kids ReviewsNYC Family Guide Reviews
DC With Kids, a seven+ weeks iTunes Hot List Pick. Written and created by Candyce Stapen. Click here to find out some fun facts.
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New York Times Review
The apps, which landed on iTunes’s hot list last month, allow users to nimbly explore listings, including shops, hotels and restaurants. But they also offer filters through which to explore the cities: by budget, by activities that are “like a local,” and by attractions according to age group.
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Huffington Post, 12/24/2012
DC With Kids: This app from www.FamilyiTrips.com is a gem for locals and visitors to D.C. alike. A mere $3.99 gets you access to over 250 ideas for activities for children in the D.C. area and free updates whenever new activities are added. You can search for things to do by age (young children, grade schoolers, and teens) or by using a number of other categories including the “Top 11,” seasonal events, seasonal happenings, and free activities. The app offers practical advice, such as where to find family-friendly places to eat near attractions. This is a good choice to help find attractions on the go. If your holiday travel includes Boston or New York City, you can find similar apps for those cities here.

Chicago Tribune Review
“Why it’s great: It’s loaded with info. By selecting favorites, you can create custom itineraries.” May 6, 2012
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Travelingmom.com says FamilyiTrips apps worth the cost
“After having taken these apps out for a test run I can tell you that these apps are 100% worth their cost. If you are traveling to DC or Boston I highly recommend you get these apps.”
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Read the Boston With Kids app review

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Boston with Kids, a two times iTunes Hot List Pick. Written by Deb Geigis Berry, a noted family travel expert.
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Boston Globe praises FamilyiTrips

“Each colorful, nicely illustrated app has more than 250 entries that include top picks, outdoor activities, and freebies, along with places to eat, sleep, and shop. Or find an activity for a specific age group: young kids, grade-schoolers, or teens. Discover everything from science workshops to puppet shows, moonlight tours, museum sleep- overs, or animal adventures.”
4/1/2012

“This is my new favorite app. As a family that travels a lot, we’re constantly getting pamphlets, guides, and whatever we can to help us, but nothing has been as helpful, thorough, or fun as Boston with Kids. My kids love it for the fun, whimsical illustrations, and my wife and I are still learning just how in depth it is and how much there is to do. We highly recommend.”
Read the Boston with Kids reviews and more. Rated

buy the Boston with kids app here

NYC Family Guide, Written by Deb Geigis Berry
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only $3.99

Lots of great info for kids of any age. I really love that this app gives lots of great suggestions for tots through teens. No one is left out. I particularly appreciate that there are so many food choices. We sometimes feel overwhelmed when visiting NYC because of the number of places to eat. Finding the best ones for us is a lot easier now.
by Aunt Di bethesda – version 1.0 – Sep 19,2012

Best NYC Guide for Families! If you are going to be in New York City, then this app is just as important as a subway card. It is a great guide for families with kids of all ages. It includes comprehensive information about the major attractions as well as lots of really great things to see and do beyond the typical tourist stuff in town.

Read the reviews and more. Rated

buy the NYC Family Guide app here

Awards & OfficesOnline Columns & More Articles
  • Five-time winner, Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Journalism Award
  • Society of American Travel Journalists Award for Best Travel Industry Website, 2013
  • Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year, North America, 2004
  • Travel Journalist Guild president, 2006-2008
Author, 30 travel books, including:Published more than 2400 articles:Broadcasts
Travel Books

• An Explorer’s Guide to Virginia (Countryman Press, 2011)

• Fun with the Family: Virginia, 8th ed. (Globe Pequot, 2010)

• National Geographic Guide to the Caribbean Family Vacations (National Geographic)

• National Geographic Guide to Family Adventure Vacations, Wildlife Encounters, Cultural Explorations and Learning Escapes In the U.S. and Canada (National Geographic)

Published Articles

Former USA TODAY travel editor & producer; USA TODAY; USA TODAY.com; USA WEEKEND; Cruise Critic.com; Family Vacation Critic.com; National Geographic Traveler, Budget Travel.com; Family Fun; Washingtonian; Caribbean Travel and Life; Redbook; Parents; Better Homes & Gardens; MSNBC.com; New York Post; Boston Herald; Condé Nast Traveler; Miami Herald; Family Travel Network.com; Washington Times; Expedia.com; Postcards; Away.com; Caribbean World U.K.; Where to Retire and more.

Travel Videos

• Travel expert USA TODAY.com

• Should Pets fly on Jets? Click here to view

• Tips for traveling with your dog Click here to view

• Travel Expert WUSA-TV, Washington D.C.’s CBS affiliate topics

• Travel Expert “Today” Show, two appearances

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Featured Articles

The Tour of Washington D.C.’s Political Thrillers

The Tour of Washington D.C.’s Political Thrillers

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All in the family

All in the Family

MD Magazine
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Tips for road trips with dogs

Tips for road trips with dogs

www.BellaOnline
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Advice for going on Safari
Photo: Alissa Kempler

Advice for going on Safari

MD Magazine
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say aloha to authentic Hawaii
Photo: Candyce Stapen

Say aloha to authentic Hawaii

USA Today
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Tucson

Profile: Tucson, AZ

www.WheretoRetire.com
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Laughs at Sea

Laughs at Sea: Cruise Ship Comedy Clubs

www.CruiseCritic.com
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Water parks

15 Water Parks to Make a Splash at Near Washington

www.Washingtonian.com
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best Florida beaches

Florida’s Best Beaches

USA Today
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Featured Videos

Washington, DC Convention & Visitors BureauFun for Kids in DC
www.Washington.org
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DC With Kids App

DC With Kids, FamilyiTrips.com

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“A classy series with encyclopedic coverage.”
–National Geographic Traveler

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