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Packing the kids and suitcases

August 09, 2009|Jen Leo

Trekaroo.com aims to answer the parental cry for a more family-oriented, review-centric travel site.

What's hot: When it comes to traveling with kids, sometimes the only people moms can trust for advice are other moms. Trekaroo is focused solely on family travel and offers tips, hotel reviews and destination information for children of all ages. It's well on its way to becoming the Yelp.com of family travel. Users can dive into the latest reviews from the home page or look for what other parents (and some kids) have said about the hotels, theme parks, zoos and other attractions they've visited. Two features are especially convenient for time-stretched moms and dads -- the age filter that allows you to amend your search results to a specific age range and the amenities search for a quick look at accommodations with cribs, adjoining rooms, child-care programs, laundry facilities and more.

What's not: It's great that this website offers a comfortable space where users can talk about family travel. There seem to be more topics on how to use the site (which launched in January) than there are about family travel. Fortunately, the individual reviews are loaded with insider info you expect to find in message boards. The newish website has 65 locations, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Oahu, as well as attractions such as Yellowstone National Park and Disneyland. The site plans to add 15 more by year's end.

-- Jen Leo

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