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!


Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, Orlando

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, Orlando at Halloween is ideal for family-friendly fun whether you’re headed to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or staying in. Spread over 1,450 acres and ideally located next to Walt Disney World Parks® and Animal Kingdom, families will enjoy a multitude of entertainment options at their doorstep. An 80-acre lake with watersports, 12-acre waterpark, seven swimming pools, four golf courses, mini-golf, a kid’s center and lots of Halloween-themed activities mean never running out of things to do at this ultra family-friendly resort. What Works for Families at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort,...

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Orlando, Florida Halloween Events – The Most in the Country!

Halloween is one of our favorite times to travel standby, as we’ve found most people spend this Holiday at home. It’s also great because there are so many fun happenings going on in cities all across the U.S. Of course, no other city celebrates Halloween with as many nationally recognized events at some of the world’s most popular theme parks than Orlando. From horrifying haunted houses to costume parties with friendly characters, Orlando’s theme parks bring Halloween to a whole new level with more than 80 individual events leading up to October 31. We were fortunate to spend last Halloween in Orlando, where we...

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Orlando Florida Attractions to Visit This Fall: 20 Under $20

Visiting Orlando during off-season times will always bring you the best deals. That’s why we’re excited about our school’s new year-round schedule; it means we’ll be flying standby to some of our favorite vacation spots while everyone else is still in school! And yes, Orlando is on our list for 2015. But, I kinda wish we were going this September. Read on for why… September is Magical Deal Month! If you have plans to visit Orlando in the month of September, you’ll be able to take advantage of 30 days of savings at up to 50 percent off by visiting VisitOrlando.com/September. During...

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Disney World’s Be Our Guest Restaurant with Young Kids

With the ability to fly standby as an airline employee family, we often make travel plans last minute. One place that’s not really an option is at Walt Disney World, where just about everything needs to be planned in advance, including where you eat. One of Disney World’s most sought-after dining experiences is the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the new Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. Be Our Guest Restaurant: Reservations The maximum number of days out you can book a dinner reservation (lunch is first-come-first-served) at Be Our Guest (or any of Disney’s full-service restaurants or dinner shows)...

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The Advantages of Staying at Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania

Originally opening as Hershey Motor Lodge in 1967, the completely renovated Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania combines comfort and convenience. Pulling up to the door of our room at the Lodge brought back great memories of how my family used to vacation together growing up. Other than that, Hershey Lodge bore no resemblance to the motor lodges of my childhood. Guest rooms feature rich, regionally crafted furnishings and chocolate-themed décor and artwork. Our room was luxuriously warm and welcoming, from the comfortably soft beds and linens, to the bedside chocolate Kisses we found every evening. I loved the little details like built-in reading lamps...

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Hersheypark and Chocolate World, Hershey, Pennsylvania: A Sweet Family Destination

No, the stop signs aren’t made of chocolate, but Hershey, Pennsylvania ­is still all about its namesake chocolatier. The sweet chocolate theme spills over into everything. From fun family attractions to shopping, dining, golf, spa, arts and culture – there is something for everyone. Hershey is as unique a destination as Milton S. Hershey envisioned it to be. We barely made a “chocolate chip” in all there is to do and see in Hershey, but we did make it to its two biggest attractions: Hersheypark and Chocolate World. Hersheypark With 65 rides and attractions including 12 rollercoasters, 20+ kiddie...

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Lancaster County: The Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Country farms, wide-brim hats and horse-pulled buggies are just a few of the sights that greeted us upon arriving in Lancaster County – less than an hour drive from Harrisburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania. We had one day to explore this beautiful part of South Central Pennsylvania and learn about the Amish way of life. Visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country has always been on the bucket list, and now that we’ve been, I can’t wait to go back. On our tight schedule, we barely scratched the surface of all there is to do and see in Lancaster County. Fortunately, now that...

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Ride Safer Travel Vest Review

The Ride Safer Travel Vest is a must-have product especially for families who fly often as we do. It lightens the load as a booster seat replacement. Good for toddlers and up, take a look at my video review of our first-time experience using the vest on a recent trip to Florida, and enter to win one for yourself in my giveaway at Mama Bird’s Blog! (Ends...

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Downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Hilton – In the Middle of it All

Seasonal direct service from Denver to downtown Harrisburg on Frontier Airlines (May – January) opened up a whole new part of the country my family is eager to explore. Our first taste of Central Pennsylvania came this summer when we spent the night of our arrival at the downtown Harrisburg Hilton. Just as one could expect from Hilton, the Hilton Harrisburg provides everything a weary traveler could need: comfort, class and convenience. Complimentary WiFi, a heated indoor pool and state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment are just a few of the modern amenities you will enjoy. One amenity you can’t put...

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Da Vinci Restaurant Winter Park: Modern European Cuisine

Fine dining in Winter Park, Colorado just got taken up a notch. Da Vinci Restaurant in downtown Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Square is Modern European Cuisine with French, Italian and Greek Mediterranean influences, served in a casual dining atmosphere. Pasta is made from scratch and seafood flown in fresh to Owner/Chef, Leonid Shukan and Executive Chef, Brandon Park’s kitchen where each plate is served with artistic flair. Food so beautiful, I dare you not to Instagram it. Recently opened, Da Vinci is located on the third floor of Cooper Creek Square and has great views of the downtown area...

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