Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids.

Sunset Beach Pontoon BridgeEvery family probably has that one special vacation spot they visit annually – a favorite place that both parents and kids really look forward to visiting each year. Chances are, summer is the time when most folks have these destinations marked on their calendars, and the Jensses are no exception.  

There are actually two family traditions we commit to every year between the Memorial and Labor Day weekends:  Cape Cod, MA, and Sunset Beach, NC. The former is certainly known throughout the world and is quite popular with vacationers up and down the East Coast as well as visitors from across the country and overseas. The latter, not so much. In fact, very few people here in the Northeast have even heard of Sunset Beach, and that’s what helps make it special for us — kind of like our own little secret. So I’m going to risk it and let the cat out of the bag in hopes that it doesn’t spoil a good thing, although the city council may have already taken care of that – but more on that later.

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