News & Features by Laura Kidder

  • 12 Spa Retreats in Paradise for Any Budget

    12 Spa Retreats in Paradise for Any Budget

    It's not hard to find bliss in sunshine and warm breezes, particularly when you've made a fast retreat from winter's frosty edge. But there are places in this world where stays take you beyond bliss. Here are a dozen properties—some splurges and some saves—in beautiful, balmy settings where you'll be stretched and massaged, cocooned and cared for guilt free. In these places, you see, nurturing health and well-being, quieting the spirit, and pampering yourself are entirely the point.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on April 15, 2014 at 2:00:00 PM EDT Tagged: Bahamas, Escapes, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica
  • What's New in Mexico City: Openings and Trends in the Distrito Federal

    Mexico’s capital is buzzing with a new museum funded by the world’s richest man, restaurants providing fresh takes on tradition, hotels with trendy bar scenes, and developments that address health and safety issues.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on June 21, 2011 at 10:09:30 AM EDT
  • Disney Cruise Lines to Sail from New York City, Seattle, and Galveston in 2012

    Disney Cruise Lines announced today that next year will bring new itineraries from three new ports of embarkation: New York City, Seattle, and Galveston, Texas.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on April 06, 2011 at 4:26:50 PM EDT Tagged: Cruises, Disney Cruise Lines, Disney
  • The Disney Dream Sets Sail

    Disney Cruise Lines christened its newest ship, the Dream, in Port Canaveral, Florida, on January 19 with a red-carpet, waterside spectacle. But, as usual, it was Mickey who stole the show, especially with his dramatic christening using an enormous bottle full of dreams.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on February 01, 2011 at 11:42:57 AM EST Tagged: Disney, Disney Cruise Lines, Family Travel, Florida
  • Where to Be in 30 Days: Los Cabos Two Ways for Valentines Day

    Whether you're contemplating a romantic escape or a singles getaway for Valentine's Day, Los Cabos makes the perfect long-weekend destination. Here's what you need to know about where to stay and what to do.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on January 13, 2010 at 1:01:03 PM EST Tagged: Escapes, Los Angeles, Los Cabos
  • Disney Cruises: Dream Big in 2011

    Disney Cruise Line has announced the launch of its third vessel, the Disney Dream, which sails for the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, FL, for the first time on January 26, 2011. Seem like a long way off? Trust us, this is a trip worth waiting for, so you might just want to mark your calendars and book now. The folks at Disney are never at a loss for creativity and innovation, and they've applied plenty of both to the Dream.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on November 10, 2009 at 4:22:22 PM EST Tagged: Disney Cruises, Disney, Cruises
  • Top Three Reasons to Visit Mexico's Capital

    Reports of crime, air pollution, poverty, and, more lately, H1N1, have made it easy to dismiss Mexico City as a vacation spot. In the second in a series of articles on travel to Mexico, editor Laura Kidder takes a short trip to the capital and gets another story. It's one about Aztecs and Spaniards; Frida and Diego; and a sophisticated, multifaceted city of 22 million people—most of whom didn't catch swine flu and aren't out to steal wallets.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on October 20, 2009 at 6:22:58 PM EDT Tagged: Mexico
  • Is Mexico Safe?

    In the first of a series of articles on travel to Mexico, a Fodor's editor—with the help of a few Fodor's writers and readers—weighs in on current safety south of the border.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on October 06, 2009 at 3:43:00 PM EDT Tagged: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos
  • Luxury for Less: 5 Tips for Planning Spa Vacations on a Budget

    If you're like most people, you probably consider spa vacations a luxury. In this economy, you may have even taken that monthly mani/pedi out of your budget. But is it really wise to skip the spa when you're busier, more sleep deprived, and more stressed out than ever? Here are some ways you can make visiting a spa less of a luxury and more of an essential.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on September 08, 2009 at 10:29:53 AM EDT Tagged: Budget Travel, Caribbean, Spa
  • Go Beyond the Theme Parks: Adventures By Disney

    There are several ways that you and your family can experience the world of Disney beyond the theme parks. Taking a trip with Adventures by Disney, a group-tour program started in 2005, is one. The program is geared specifically to the needs of families, and, in 2010, will offer 19 excursions to destinations in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe, and Latin and North America.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on August 20, 2009 at 12:47:36 PM EDT Tagged: Disney
  • Disney World Ticket Prices Increase: Here's How to Save

    Thinking of traveling to Walt Disney World in the near future? The theme park has just raised its ticket prices, but there's still ways to save.

    Posted by Laura Kidder on August 04, 2009 at 11:10:28 AM EDT Tagged: Disney, Florida, Walt Disney World
  • Gifts for the World Traveler

    For the traveler who has everything, something new and practical...

    Posted by Laura Kidder on December 19, 2007 at 11:59:54 PM EST
  • Tips for the Super-Organized Traveler

    There are scads of Web sites on the Internet that can help travelers plan every aspect of their travels, from sending luggage ahead to finding a public bathroom...

    Posted by Laura Kidder on December 04, 2007 at 11:59:55 PM EST
  • Fear Factor: What's Your Travel Risk Tolerance?

    Not everyone is an intrepid traveler. When choosing a destination, it's important to know your limits -- and not only in terms of personal safety and political security. Some places also require tolerance for delays and cancellations, bumpy roads, badly labeled streets, crowded buses, poor sanitation, and big ugly bugs. Other places require a degree of strength when facing heartbreaking poverty -- often made even more startling because it's juxtaposed with extreme wealth. Still other places require concerted efforts just to stay healthy by taking medication or daily precautionary measures or both. The following sources will help you determine just what health, safety, and other issues you'll face in a given destination. How boldly do you go? Share your reasons for traveling to challenging destinations. Centers for Disease Control ( The CDC has information on health risks associated with almost every country on the planet as well as what precautions to take. If you're

    Posted by Laura Kidder on January 09, 2007 at 12:10:21 PM EST