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Candyce Stapen

Travel Journalist

Articles, Apps, Columns, Books, Broadcasts
Leader in family travel; writing about the topic for 20+ years
Columnist/Blogger Adventure Living,

Highly respected family travel expert, Candyce Stapen has authored 30 travel guide books—including two for National Geographic-- appeared on the TODAY Show and written 2,300+ travel articles for a variety of outlets.

FamilyiTrips Apps, Stapen's newest venture.

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

Featured Article: Say aloha to authentic Hawaii
Authentic Hawaii

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DC with Kids app
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DC With Kids, a seven+ weeks iTunes Hot List Pick. Written and created by Candyce Stapen. Click here to find out some fun facts.

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 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
Read the review 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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DC with Kids app
only $3.99

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

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.”

"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."
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DC with Kids app
only $3.99

NYC Family Guide, Written by Deb Geigis Berry

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.
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Book: An Explorer's Guide to Virginia

Lush vineyards, exciting cities, deep history, space-age science - VA has lots to offer. (Countryman Press) Available July 2011. View page

Awards & Offices
  • Society of American Travel Journalists Award for Best Travel Industry Website, 2013
  • Four-time winner, Society of American Travel Writers'
    Lowell Thomas Journalism Award (3 national & 1 regional awards)
  • Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year, North America, 2004
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Travel Books
Author, 30 travel books, including:
  • 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)
Travel Articles
 Published more than 2300 articles:
  • Continental Magazine; Budget; Family Fun; Caribbean Travel and Life; Redbook; Parents; Better Homes & Gardens;; New York Post; Boston Herald; Physicians' Travel & Meeting Guide; Conde Nast Traveler; National Geographic Traveler; Miami Herald; Family Travel; Washington Times;; Postcards; USA;; Caribbean World U.K.; Cruise; Family Vacation; USA; USA Today; Washingtonian; Where to Retire and more
Travel Videos
  • Travel Expert WUSA-TV, Washington D.C.'s CBS affiliate topics
  • Additional Broadcasts: Travel Expert "Today" Show, two appearances
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Featured Items

Say aloha to authentic Hawaii
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Florida's Best Beaches
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Former Robben Island inmate leads memorable prison tour
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DC With Kids App, FamilyTrips
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Featured Videos

Washington, DC Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fun for Kids in DC

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Fun for Kids in DC

FamilyiTrips Fun in the City WBAL-TV (NBC) Baltimore

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Fun in the City
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WUSA-TV, CBS' DC Affiliate Broadcast

DC With Kids,

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DC with Kids app

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Featured Book

An Explorers Guide to Virginia
“A classy series with encyclopedic coverage.”
--National Geographic Traveler

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