Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom

Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom

Dia Adams is a Mom of two elementary school kids in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 30 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born). With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at TheDealMommy.com to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity.


Is the Mall of America Fun for Tweens?

Ah, tweens. Too old to enjoy “kids stuff,” too young to enjoy shopping. Is the Mall of America, the USA’s largest shopping center, really a tourist destination for the 8-12 set? Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams set off with five tweens in tow to find out. As excited as I was to visit family in Minneapolis, MN, I have to admit I dreaded the idea of keeping five tween cousins entertained. The Mall of America seemed a logical choice for the grownups, but any mom of tweens knows they can be tricky. The last thing any parent wants...

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Marseille France: An Unexpectedly Perfect Family Getaway

Marseille, France is a living, breathing French city often overlooked by tourists on their way to Provence or the French Riviera. That’s a real shame. If you’re looking to see France as the French do, Marseille makes for a perfect family getaway. Even better, Marseille is a terrific value. Before I tell you about Marseille, I should share a confession: I tend to love destinations others overlook and feel “meh” about places others rave about.  For instance, in Italy I didn’t love Rome, but did love Naples.  So while I enjoy Parisian shopping as much as the next girl,...

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Travel Hack Traveling Mom’s 10 Favorite Miles and Points Tips

Miles and points are one of many tools in the travel hacker’s arsenal. Most families think (erroneously) that travel rewards are only for the top 1%. Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams shares her 10 favorite miles and points tips to help you travel more for less. Last year our family of four flew first class in lie flat beds from the US to Japan. We spent a month in hotels, mostly suites, in Japan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. The total cost? Less than $5,000 using our travel rewards points. While using miles and points can be challenging, the...

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Traveling Mom’s Long Haul Flight Must Haves

Not only have the Traveling Moms “been there”, we’ve had to get there with our share of long haul air travel. How your trip begins depends so much on how you feel when you arrive. While we can’t turn your coach seat into a lie-flat bed, the Traveling Moms do have some long haul flight must haves to make you more comfortable up in the air. Here at Traveling Mom we have packing lists for the beach, for camping, for ski trips and day trips.  I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the stuff we bring along when we’re stuck on...

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B Resort Lake Buena Vista Review- Disney World Deluxe at a Value Price

On site or off site got you down? With Disney Springs hotels, you get the best of on site- transportation, convenience, location with prices much closer to off site locations. B Resort Lake Buena Vista shines as a deluxe Disney Springs property at a value price. Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams is a fan; check out her B Resort Lake Buena Vista review to see why. B Resort Lake Buena Vista Review The B Resort wouldn’t be out of place on South Beach. Your first impression is a day-glo throne shining in the gleaming white marble lobby. (Go ahead, take a...

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Car Rental 101: The Traveling Mom Guide

Car rental can eat up a huge chunk of your vacation budget. Let Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams show you easy tricks and tips to save big on rental cars. I often hear from readers that one of most frustrating parts of the vacation planning process is renting a car. With each company having its own promotions, loyalty programs, and extra fees, you may feel like you’re never going to find the best deal. After close to 100 car rentals I’ve gotten the process down to a science and want to share my best hacks with you. In...

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