Christina Bird

Christina Bird

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!


How to Fly Standby on a Buddy Pass

Are you luck enough to know someone who works for an airline who would give you a coveted buddy pass? A buddy pass lets you fly for free on that airline. But there are rules around how and when you can use a buddy pass. Read on to get all of the details from a veteran buddy pass user. What is a Buddy Pass? Buddy passes are non-revenue, standby tickets provided as a benefit to all airline employees. The employees then share those passes with friends and family. While there is no fee to fly (non-revenue), the passenger who...

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7 DIY Family Shirts for Disney

Thinking of making matching Disney family shirts for your trip to Disney World or Disneyland with the family and don’t know where to start? Between Pinterest and Etsy, the options can be overwhelming. The first step is to narrow down the method by which you will create your custom design. Traveling Mom’s Director of Design lists some of the most common methods used to help you get started. Every time we visit Disney World, we see matching Disney shirts becoming more and more popular. Customized Disney shirts has become a huge cottage industry on Etsy. It’s always fun to see...

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Why You Should Send Your Girls to Camp Kennedy Space Center

Would you like your child to be more interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Or do they already have their head in the stars and dream about one day visiting Mars? One Traveling Mom is on a mission to make sure her daughter is as confident about her abilities in math and science as she is in reading and writing. She sent her daughter to NASA’s Camp Kennedy Space Center to show her anything is possible for girls who do well in STEM subjects. Here’s what happened… Why You Should Send Your Girls to Camp Kennedy Space Center My...

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United Airlines Bans Teen Girls Wearing Leggings from Flying

Why were two teen girls recently prevented from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings? And does the airline have a sexist dress code that needs to be modernized?  Here’s what our Standby TravelingMom has to say about the recent incident that has social media in a tizzy. Do you agree or disagree? No Leggings on a Plane On Sunday a story about two early-teen girls in leggings prevented from boarding a United Airlines flight blew up on social media. It was reported that one girl was just 10 years old and traveling with her father. The gate...

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River Run Village Condominiums, Keystone, Colorado

Keystone Resort is a top family ski destination in Colorado and River Run Village is the epicenter of all winter and summer activities in Keystone. River Run Village Condominiums places your family in the middle of all that fun-ness. Vacationers are walking distance to the gondola to the top of Dercum Mountain, making this an ideal location for families wanting to keep the fun front and center. Read on as Standby Traveling Mom says choosing River Run Village Condominiums is a smart choice for your family. For ski-in/out or walking distance to the gondola at Keystone, River Run Village Condominiums...

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Saying Goodbye to the Greatest Show on Earth!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced this month that it is closing down its show for good in May of 2017, marking the end of an era. Even after winning a 14-year-long legal battle over allegations their elephants were mis-treated, many factors such as loss of public interest and high operating costs contributed to the decision. Standby Traveling Mom and friends reflect on memories of attending the Greatest Show on Earth for the last time. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Closing for Good I always knew it was only a matter of time. And yet, a few...

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Is the Heroes and Legends Exhibit Featuring the Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center Good for Kids?

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a unique tourist attraction that offers its guests a hands-on feel for space exploration. Guests have the opportunity to train like an astronaut, view one-of-a-kind artifacts and take tours of the inner workings of a real working space center. Standby Traveling Mom and her daughter attended the Grand Opening of the Kennedy Space Center’s newest attraction, Heroes and Legends, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Read her review of this new experience.   Why You Should Bring Your Kids to Kennedy Space Center My most recent visit to the Kennedy Space...

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Put Keystone on Top of Your Winter Vacation List

When choosing a family ski destination, many factors should be considered, including how to entertain every member of the family, even if they don’t ski or ride. With lots to do on and off the mountain, one Traveling Mom sums up why family-oriented Keystone Resort is sure to please everyone and every budget, day and night. While living in Colorado, we had the privilege of visiting a few different ski resorts one year, including Winter Park and Powderhorn. By far, our favorite was the last one we visited near the end of ski season: Keystone Resort. Now that we live in Florida,...

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Learn from My Mistakes: What I Wish I Knew Before Attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Scaredy cats beware! The Disney villains are out and about during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party which takes place at the Magic Kingdom on select evenings in the fall. And if you don’t do your proper research before showing up to this special event, you might have a frightening time! Read on for what one Traveling Mom wishes she’d known before attending Mickey’s Halloween Party. Mickey’s Halloween Party Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event that requires a separate admission ticket. As night falls, regular guests must exit the park. Only those who have purchased tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary...

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3 Great Places to Eat at Disney Springs (Plus Dessert!)

Walt Disney World resort is known for its great dining, both inside and outside of its parks. Guests can reserve dining experiences at all four of the parks, as well as in the resort hotels and Disney Springs area. Now that we are Floridians, flying standby into Orlando to visit Walt Disney World is no longer necessary for my family. This means we get to experience all of the great dining options Walt Disney World has to offer at our leisure! I did just that recently and share three great options including a quick service lunch, a family meal...

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