Christina Bird, Standby TravelingMom

Christina Bird, Standby TravelingMom

Director of Design for Traveling Mom and new resident of Florida, Christina and her family take advantage of her husband's airline employee standby privileges whenever and wherever they can. Even flying as far as Denver to Dubai and back on standby passes. Traveling across the country is currently taking a back seat to discovering all there is to see and do in beautiful Florida though. But, with Orlando as their jumping off point, more travels to new destinations are never off the table!


Roll N Rock Out at Splitsville Luxury Lanes Disney Springs

It’s hard to miss this upscale, two-story, retro-styled bowling alley and restaurant on the west side of Disney Springs. The few times my family and I have been to Disney Springs, we thought we couldn’t eat at Splitsville Luxury Lanes unless we planned to bowl too. Wrong. We also thought they’d have just pizza and nachos. Wrong. Not only do they have amazing food but, you can eat, or bowl, or both. You can also enjoy the live entertainment, five bars, outside patio and balcony with incredible views and shoot some pool. Roll N Rock Out at Splitsville Luxury Lanes...

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3 Days of Adventure in South Central Pennsylvania

Beyond Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and Pat and Geno’s Philly cheesesteaks is the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside packed with American history and adventure that will entertain every member of the family, young and old. Specifically, it is South Central Pennsylvania’s historical sites, culture, fantastic scenery, family fun and theme parks that won’t disappoint and can be done in just three days. Harrisburg International Airport PR invited us to come visit and see all there is for families to do just a short drive outside of Harrisburg. Frontier Airlines’ new direct service from Denver to Harrisburg makes exploring South Central Pennsylvania even...

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Hotel Review: The Timbers, Keystone Colorado

Are you planning your mountain getaway in Colorado and looking for the perfect family destination with affordable but upscale accommodations? Keystone is where you want to look for winter or summer fun with kids and the Timbers in River Run Village is the place to stay. If location is key for you when you pick a mountain retreat, read why the Timbers is tops of them all in Keystone. Family-friendly Keystone Colorado is my family’s favorite mountain destination year-round. The mountains are a frequent getaway destination for us as locals here in the Denver area. We love Keystone for skiing...

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Does the California Coastal Commission Decision Mean the End of Shamu?

Last week the California Coastal Commission decided to ban orca breeding at SeaWorld San Diego in exchange for approval of the park’s proposed orca tank expansion, the “Blue World” project. The $100 million project would double the tank size for the 11 orcas now in captivity. Sea World had already agreed to not capture orcas from the wild (which it hasn’t done in 35 years) as a condition of the project’s approval. Now, without the ability to allow for natural breeding, the Commission’s ban could spell the end of killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego and eventually even Orlando...

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Most Affordable Times of the Year to Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort

It’s cheaper to book a “room-only” reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort than it is to buy a vacation package that includes the room and park tickets. It may be a bit more work, but it pays off in the end. Not only that, but there are certain times of the year when seasonal room rates are lower. It pays to know the best times of the year to visit a Disney World resort. Fewer Choices When You Fly StandBy In order to use our standby flight benefits, we try to plan all our major vacations during the times when...

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Aquatica Orlando: More than Just a Water Park

  Find out what makes SeaWorld’s Aquatica in beautiful Orlando more than just a water park and see point-of-view video footage of five of their most thrilling water rides captured using the new, waterproof, Panasonic HX-A500 wearable camera. Want to know how to save money on tickets and food? I’ll share what you need to know before you go and more! In concert with SeaWorld’s goal to “deliver personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable our guests to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share,” Aquatica Orlando truly is unlike your...

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Disney Princess Storybook Dining Epcot: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

A character dining experience at Disney can be a memorable event for the whole family. It’s also a great way to meet many characters at once, saving you precious time in the parks. And sometimes you get even more than you bargained for. You’ll never guess which unlikely Disney princess we met at their character dining experience at the Epcot castle, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway. And, no, it wasn’t Anna or Elsa! Disney Princess Storybook Dining Epcot: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall While flying standby internationally isn’t out of the question (we’ve actually managed it once to Dubai) when...

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Want the Best Counter Service BBQ at Disney Parks? Check Out Flame Tree Barbecue

Flame Tree Barbecue is one of two counter service barbecue restaurants at the Disney Parks – but its gorgeous all-outdoor seating area sets it apart. Find out why a former St. Louis resident says it’s the best counter service BBQ at Walt Disney World. Flame Tree Barbecue: The Best Counter Service BBQ at Disney Parks After having lived in St. Louis for a while, I’ll sometimes crave St. Louis-style ribs so badly, I think about hopping on a plane and flying standby back to St. Louis just for some Pappy’s smoked ribs. Thankfully, St. Louis-style ribs were about to...

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Colorado Ski Resorts Spring Events Roundup

Combine record snow fall and warmer temperatures and 2015 is shaping up to be a great spring skiing season! Colorado ski resorts spring festivities have just begun. From now until the end of ski season, there will be fun activities and events as well as free concerts going on every weekend. Check the list below for what’s planned at your favorite Colorado ski resort.   Colorado Ski Resorts Arapahoe Basin 9th Annual Fire Hose Relay – February 27 Fire departments from across Colorado team up to participate in a unique slalom-style event benefiting the Burn Camps Program at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Teams of...

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Bighorn Bistro’s New Pajama Family Brunch in Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado is always finding new ways to cater to families. Introducing the Pajama Family Brunch at Bighorn Bistro, where kids get their own room, buffet table, crafts and entertainment to keep them busy for hours and the adults get bottomless mimosas to accompany the gorgeous views! Just a few miles from Keystone Resort in Lakeside Village, Bighorn Bistro overlooks Lakeside Ice Rink – the largest Zamboni-maintained lake in the United States. Be sure to ask for a table by the windows as the scenery is as relaxing as it is dazzling. Norman Rockwell paintings are guaranteed to come to mind. We arrived...

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