Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino is a freelance writer, content strategist, runner, cancer survivor and chaser of dreams. She believes that active travel connects families with new adventures and experiences. Her pursuit of active travel includes hiking, endurance running, beach, boating/cruising and kayaking trips. Elena is a sought after voice for social good campaigns like the American Cancer Society and Shot@Life and developing global citizenship in tweens.


Staying Active at the Four Seasons Chicago

Travel and vacations are meant to help us explore whether you are in a new city or taking a staycation. Finding ways to stay active while vacationing, whether you are taking a girls’ getaway or family vacation can open up new parts of a city that might otherwise be missed.  Chicago is a destination that is a perfect example a city that caters to cultural, foodie, family and active travel. One of the things that I look for in a destination is a property that will help make staying active even easier, which is why the Four Seasons Chicago,...

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Happy Families at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

When most people think of a family trip to Orlando, they think of a trip to Disney World.  Kids and adults flock to all things Disney for the magic, the pixie dust, and the sense of adventure every year in droves.  What if there was a place where a family could still be close to Disney and the other Orlando area attractions, AND soak up the dolce vita, in a blissful setting for both parents and children?  The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes knows family travel is more than just for children, and caters to parents that want to combine family...

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The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival for Foodies

When you think of exploring Epcot at Walt Disney World, you probably think of immersing yourself culture and languages without needing a passport. While you may not think of flowers, gardens, and foodie experiences, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival puts a new spin on cultural exploration with a feast for the senses.  Beyond just the stunning flowers and topiary displays, the festival run through May 19th, 2013 in Orlando Florida offering global culinary experiences fit for every foodie and culinary traveling family. Favorite Foodie Stops at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Italy: Well of course I would suggest you start...

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Off the Beaten Path in Charlottesville, Va., with Kids

What do a historic hand poled ferry, a small town with big festivals, wineries, the home of the 5th president of the United States, and tubing have in common? Each are part of a one day itinerary featuring off the beaten path attractions in Charlottesville Virginia. When most people think of visiting Charlottesville Virginia, they think of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the campus of the University of Virginia. While it is true that this southern town is home to both, it is also home to many other adventure attractions that make Charlottesville a perfect road trip destination for mid-Atlantic...

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Summer Vacation at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia

Summer vacations for some families mean active adventures, while for others the summer is a perfect time to start exploring college campuses.  Imagine being able to do both in one place.  A place where you can find yourself in a beautifully appointed room, set amidst 500 acres of welcoming southern Charlottesville Virginia hospitality.  Whether you are there for a college tour of the University of Virginia, an off the beaten path family trip in Charlottesville or a family friendly summer (or spring or fall) adventure, staying at the Boar’s Head Inn will take you back in time to with an abandoned gristmill...

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Take a Dolphin Watching Boat Trip in Virginia Beach

Enjoying a beach vacation looks different to every family. Some opt for a schedule of beach, beach and more beach, while others pack in attraction after attraction to keep everyone in the family entertained.  While a day at the beach is great for a tan, exploring Virginia Beach from the water is a must for any family making their way to this ocean destination.   One popular and worthwhile excursion is taking a dolphin watching boat trip facilitated by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. The highlight of this trip aboard the 65-foot Rudee Flipper is the possibility of seeing dolphins...

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Healthy Living at Disney

The first thing that comes to mind when planning a Disney World vacation probably has something to do with a specific theme park, character, or favorite ride.  From the Disney magic that excited and lights up the sky with fireworks to the high spectacled theatrics of shows around the parks, Disney can keep you going from morning till night. Except that the key to a truly magical Walt Disney World vacation is to focus on healthy living while still having fun. Healthy living is easy at Walt Disney World thanks to new initiatives and off the beaten path activities for all...

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How to Travel in Italy by Train

Traveling from city to city in Italy with kids is often something that families wonder about as they start to plan a trip to Italy. Many families try to pack in cities like Venice, Florence and Rome during a trip, spending a few days in each city as a way to “see it all.”  The question of how to get from city to city often comes up–wondering if it is best to rent a car, fly or take a train to get around. The answer of how to travel in Italy between cities is easy: by train. I know...

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Beyond Skiing: Durango Colorado for Foodies

When you think of Durango Colorado, you are likely to think of fabulous skiing without all the crowds of other Colorado ski resorts. You might also think about the mining history of this small, Old West style town that is home to the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The great news is that travelers to Durango will find all those things, but the even better news is that Durango is a bit of a foodie’s paradise.This small town of less than 20,000 inhabitants has a main street that is lined with hipster cafes, restaurants, and quaint gift shops that...

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Harry Potter The Exhibition Hits NYC

Harry Potter mania has hit New York City.  The city that never sleeps is now also home to the Harry Potter: The Exhibition at New York City’s Discovery Time Square. This unique exhibit brings Harry Potter fans up close and personal with props and costumes used in the Harry Potter movies as well as nuggets of trivia.   Exhibit goers weave their way through Hogwarts with artifacts from the real sets of the Great Hall, Hagrid’s Hut, and the Gryffindor common room.  Book and movie fans will love seeing the sorting hat, wands, and models of characters like Dobby the...

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