Allison Taylor, Research TravelingMom

Allison Taylor, Research TravelingMom

Allison Taylor loves to write and to travel! As Research TMOM she often wears her family out by over researching just about anything that she and her family are going to do! Allison has 2 boys ages 5 and 8 whose antics keep her very busy, and being married to a firefighter adds a whole other element to the chaos! You can check out her own travel blog at Family Vacations U.S.


Restaurants at Walt Disney World: A Complete Guide

Deciphering all of the dining options at Walt Disney World can be daunting. There are so many restaurants to choose from and often it can become overwhelming to decide which direction to go as far as dining is concern. Research TravelingMom has broken down the Restaurants at Walt Disney World. Hopefully, your dining dilemma is solved! While zipping around the parks, it is important to have a good grasp on where to find a specific type of food (ahem, a Dole whip). This guide to Magic Kingdom restaurants at Walt Disney World can help keep hangry kids (and parents!)...

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Plan a Visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Our Research TravelingMom recently visited the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. What she found there was not the Shaker Village she visited in the days of field trips oh so many years ago. Read on to find out how things have changed (for the better) since she last visited! Can I be brutally honest with ya’ll for just a bit? When I found out that my travels would be taking me to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky, I groaned a bit internally. My mind instantly took me back to what seemed like the most...

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Never Again: Reasons We Won’t Drive to Walt Disney World

Have you driven to Walt Disney World before? Our Research TravelingMom shares why, after her last road trip to Walt Disney World, she will save for flights for her entire family before enduring the long trip again. Never Again: Four Reasons I Won’t Drive To Disney As a wife and mother, I always look for way to save money on my family vacations. But some money-savers cost you dearly….and I don’t mean in cash! After my family’s road trip to Walt Disney World last year, I decided that I’d cut out the character breakfast, the room service, the in-park...

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Stay in Southern Charm at the Plantation on Crystal River

After an arduous journey, my family and I ended our trek from Louisville, Kentucky to the old world charm of Florida.  It wasn’t a short drive, but it was oh so worth it! The stately driveway that opened before us led us to the Plantation on Crystal River, a hotel with tons of southern charm, located just about 90 minutes from Orlando. Stay in Southern Charm at the Plantation on Crystal River My family is always on the hunt for local, from local places to shop to eat and even down to hotels. There is something special about supporting the people that...

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Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville

Our Research TravelingMom recently hopped in her car and headed two hours south of her home base in Louisville, KY to the Gaylord Opryland. Learn about what she and her family did while they were visiting!   Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville Since I live just over two hours from Nashville, I am well aware of the Gaylord Opryland and its annual Christmas event. Although I wanted to, I never had the chance to visit during the holiday season. When the opportunity presented itself to go and see the festivities for myself, I jumped at the chance! For years,...

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5 Things You Should Know Before Booking a Mega Ship Cruise

Our Research TravelingMom headed out on her first ever cruise, and it happened to be a mega ship cruise on Royal Carribean’s Harmony of the Seas. She shares 5 things you need to know before you book your first sailing on a mega ship. I recently cruised for the very first time on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Harmony of the Seas. The Harmony just so happens that it is the largest ship in the world! Having never cruised before, let alone on a mega-cruise ship,  I have to say that there were some aspects that took me by...

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When the beach is all you need, Navarre is your spot

Our Research TravelingMom recently visited Navarre Beach Florida and fell in love with the small coastal town. Read more about what she loved and what she thinks will work for families!   When the Beach is All You Need, Think Navarre Beach Florida During the madness of Hurricane Matthew, I was in the middle of packing my bags for a beach trip…in Florida. Luckily for me, I was headed for the Gulf Coast, which saw nothing but blue skies and calm surf the entire visit. When I arrived, I noticed something very very different from the traditional ‘beachy’ towns I’ve visited before. This...

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How to Make the Most of Your Hawaii Vacation!

Many years ago my husband and I honeymooned in Hawaii. We lived the life of luxury staying in a very nice four-star hotel that will remain un-named. While we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we also spent a pretty penny on our trip. When we traveled we had less baggage, specifically two bags less than we currently travel with now, otherwise known as kids! Since our children have been born, my husband and I have had numerous conversations about what a return trip to Hawaii would look like. The overarching theme that has come as a result of these conversations has...

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Navigating Mammoth Cave with Kids!

Our Research TravelingMom’s family is nothing if not spontaneous. This was especially evident when they headed out for a Saturday breakfast with no particular destination in mind. It was after all, free admission day at the National Parks, so why not take advantage of this wallet saving occasion? Visiting Mammoth Cave Mammoth Cave is just about an hour and a half from Louisville, Kentucky, and 30 minutes from Bowling Green Kentucky. It is nestled in a little town, whose biggest claim has always been the park, and what a claim it is! The size of the park most definitely...

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Get Your Bourbon On at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Having family from the Bourbon Capitol of the World can make you numb to the spirit with the rich heritage. As our Research TravelingMom shares, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown KY rekindles a love for the Kentucky legend. A City of Tradition Nestled just 40 miles from the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, is the unassuming town of Bardstown. Named the most beautiful small town in America by Rand McNally, there truly is something special about this little town. It’s surrounded by rolling hills with green pastures, and horses and cows dot the hillsides. But its beauty hides a...

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