Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage TMOM

Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage TMOM

Christine Tibbetts believes family travel is shared discovery -- almost like having a secret among generations who travel together. She's Destinations Editor and writing coach for TravelingMom. The matriarch of a big blended clan with many adventuresome traveling members, she is a classically-trained journalist. Christine handled PR and marketing accounts for four decades, specializing in tourism, the arts, education, politics and community development.  She builds travel features with depth interviews and abundant musing to uncover the soul of each place.


Southeast Holiday Lights Celebrate Gardens, Regional Traditions Too

Where you are geographically makes a difference looking at dazzling holiday light shows. In the Southeast, many displays pay homage to the temperate region with LED bulbs and intricate scenes recreating the gardens, waterways and animals of the South. Sure you’ll find traditions and the stories that define the holidays, but here a traveling family can also  immerse in holiday lights that tell a story of treasures particularly southern too. There’s always a chance the weather will be easy-breezy for viewing holiday lights in the U.S. Southeast. It might even be warm enough to unbutton your sweater. Perhaps that’s why...

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Wisconsin Northwoods More Than Autumn Leaves

When the Deep South is home base, travel to the Wisconsin Northwoods opens up vast new experiences. In the Fall, Cultural Heritage TravelingMom checked out one Wisconsin county with a dozen communities. Deep-snow winter would be another adventure. Expect the Unexpected at Wisconsin Northwoods Autumn leaves failed as my reason to travel to the Wisconsin Northwoods in late September. Nothing wrong with the leafy color wheel. But I couldn’t stay focused on gold, red, orange and green because of other unexpected pleasures. Water dominated my activities, as did the woods, in ways richer than the leaf palette I sought. I wonder...

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Going Back: 5 Reasons To Revisit Travel to Jordan

The peaceful kingdom of Jordan enticed Cultural Heritage TravelingMom to a first visit just because she could. Intent to delve deeper, perhaps listen more carefully, and connect more of the dots of history propelled her back to Jordan. Read on for five reasons to revisit travel to Jordan. Why Travel to Jordan…Again? Friends and family raised an eyebrow or two when I announced I was returning to Jordan. Easy to tell they were thinking, “Any reason travel to Jordan AGAIN?” Instinct told me to go back, travel to Jordan for the second time, to delve more deeply in what...

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6 Sensational Tips For Taking The Family To Jordan

Rely on experts to connect the itinerary when taking the family to Jordan. Consult with the Jordan Tourism Board North America with offices in Virginia. Book a tour. Take a Bedouin jeep into the desert, not a rental car. Then use these 6 subtle tips Cultural Heritage Traveling Mom figured out during her first trip to this calm, peaceful, hospitable Kingdom in the Middle East. Taking The Family To Jordan When considering taking the family to Jordan, my first hint that kids are special in the Middle East became clear while flying to Amman, Jordan on Royal Jordanian Airline....

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Why Lodging Adds Cultural Oomph To Visiting Jordan

With the Under 17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan attracting girls and families from 16 countries September 30 – October 1 this year, there’s a new buzz about visiting this peaceful kingdom in the Middle East. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom took a firsthand look to see what families need to know. Visiting Jordan A good night’s sleep in a brand new travel location makes sense. On my first trip to the Middle East, looking for every possible angle to slip into the culture – places to snooze turned out to be among the most robust.Visiting Jordan delivered so many diverse opportunities,...

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7 Ways To Choose Art In Daytona Beach Communities

Beach vacations mean sand, surf and fresh air. Yet Daytona Beach communities also offer ways to soak up the Florida sunshine in the midst of art – both painted and naturally growing. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom discovered specific ways to choose art in Daytona Beach with  museums, murals, galleries and arts districts that flow easily inside and out. Art In Daytona Beach Taking the family — or just yourself — to the beach for a few days should involve a little time out of the sun, don’t you think?  Even a balcony with a snazzy ocean-view room can be too...

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Hotel Review: Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach, Florida

Cars-on-the-beach options lure families to Florida’s fabled Daytona Beach area because it’s so darn easy to unload all the paraphernalia. But the ones who book a room or suite at The Plaza Resort & Spa rave just as much about the no cars rule on the 600 foot stretch of oceanfront sand in front of the hotel. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom looked into some of those reasons. History wraps itself gently into vacation life in Florida’s Daytona Beach. That’s where The Plaza Resort and Spa presents large lobby paintings evoking a sense of a grand four-story hotel built on this...

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5 Reasons to Skip the Sand in Daytona Beach

Fast cars on the Daytona International Speedway and parked cars on wide beaches are solid reasons to visit. Cultural Heritage Traveling Mom agrees, but also discovered fun for the kids, the elders, girlfriend getaways, and multigen travelers to engage in the arts, nature, sports and history. Check out these 5 reasons to skip the sand in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sure my big family of many ages plays well all day in the surf and on the sand but the last trip to Daytona Beach lured me off to other adventures as well. Good chance some of them would appeal...

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How To Look At History With A Twist In Hampton, Virginia

Do your eyes glaze over not really caring about the same-old, same-old history lessons you’ve known since grade school? Look at history with a twist In Hampton, Virginia where the past is recharged. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom found lots more than great seafood, dozens of festivals and a walkable downtown. Close to Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and even Richmond, Hampton is a 400-year-old destination that stands on its own with pleasures and intrigues to fuel a family vacation. Beaches, brews, antique carousel, NASA Visitor Center, Norfolk Naval Base for starters. Head to Hampton with the pleasures of the Chesapeake Bay...

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No Way A Leaky Bladder Stops My Travels

Urinary incontinence can be uncomfortable at home. But it can be a much bigger challenge when you travel. Long flights, hours of walking, and road trips with infrequent bathroom stops all can lead to worries with a leaky bladder. This TravelingMom shares her very personal experience in this review of Always Discreet liners. Disclosure: Always Discreet paid a sponsorship fee for this post, but the experiences are all the author’s own. I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Always Discreet®. I received free samples from P&G. All opinions stated are my own. Seeking solutions to urinary incontinence...

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