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.


I’ll Never Get Another Gift From My Husband (and I’m Thrilled)

Six years ago I told my husband to never buy me another gift. No more anniversary gifts. No more birthday gifts. No more Christmas gifts. Why would I do this? Because instead I get the greatest gift of all: an opportunity to see the world on my own terms. Here’s why you might want to consider giving up gifts too. I was at a little league game last week and conversation among the moms turned to our summer vacation plans.  I offhandedly mentioned that I’m spending two weeks on the French Riviera while my husband takes the kids to...

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How to Add Disney Magic to Your Off Property Vacation

You’ve decided to stay off-property at Disney World but worry that saving money means losing the “Disney Magic.” Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams shares some easy ways to add Disney Magic and make your off-property stay feel special. Ask a group of Disney experts (like the Traveling Moms) if you should stay on or off property at Disney World and you’ll soon fall down a rabbit hole of opinions. I’ll leave that debate alone for now and assume you’ve decided to stay at a non-Disney resort hotel in order to save money. I get it – and have...

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7 Road Trip Snacks You Must Try on I-95

The I95 road trip down the east coast to Florida can be seen as necessary evil or a fun excursion.  In true “We’ve been there” spirit the Traveling Moms have gathered a handy list of must try road trip snacks for the drive along I95.   I have a love/hate relationship with the drive from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida. On one hand, it’s long, boring in parts, and did I mention long? On the other hand, there are plenty of great snacking options. More about that later. The trip was a lot more pleasant this time thanks to the...

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8 Ways to Save at Disney World Resorts

You’ve saved and scrimped for the trip of a lifetime: a stay at one of the Disney World Resorts. Don’t throw money out the window once you get there! Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams shares tips and tricks to save money and time once you arrive onsite at your Disney World Resort. You’ve solved the on or off site debate for this trip and decided to stay at one of the many Disney World Resorts. You’ve budgeted for the full-on Disney experience. However, once you arrive at your hotel, budget and time killers are lurking behind every hidden...

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Disney World Ticket Secrets That Save Families Real Money

We here at Traveling Mom are Disney World experts. But even an expert can learn something new about Disney World. Today I’m sharing Disney World Ticket Secrets that will save you hundreds on your next trip! As Travel Hack Traveling Mom, I’ve done five Disney Parks trips in the last year. It’s safe to say I have earned my Disney World tips and tricks badge. However, reader Kathy clued me in on a Disney World ticket secret that seemed too good to be true. After a chat with Disney, I can share it with you: When you buy a...

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2016 Daily Getaways -The Best Deals in Travel-Start April 4

One of my favorite travel hacks starts April 4: flash sales called “Daily Getaways”  from the U.S. Travel Association.  With the 2016 list of Daily Getaways, the U.S. Travel Association partners with major travel companies five weeks every spring to release limited quantities of a specific item at 1 p.m. EST every weekday. The first two weeks of cheap vacation deals for families are now available to view. Daily Getaways offer a variety of deals over five weeks with a different one being opened each day beginning April 4.  Deals range from discount attraction tickets to vacation packages to hotel loyalty points...

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eBay: A Surprising Source for Travel Deals

Who doesn’t love eBay? If you need kids’ clothes or an antique lunch box you already know it’s the place to go. But did you know eBay can also save you a ton on travel? Here’s the scoop on how to use eBay to score travel deals. eBay: A Surprising Source for Travel Deals As Travel Hack Traveling Mom, my job is to show you unexpected ways to save on travel. One of my favorites is a site I’m sure you know well: eBay.  Most folks use eBay for collectibles or used kids gear but I find it a consistent source...

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Greenbrier Resort Review: Summer All Year Round

  The Greenbrier Resort in West Sulphur Springs, West Virginia has hosted 26 presidents and more royalty- both actual and Hollywood- than you can count. During the Cold War it even acted as a top secret bunker! Traveling Mom Dia Adams visits The Greenbrier to see if a hotel fit for Congress is a good fit for your family. In 1778 a Lady Took a Bath… So begins the legend of The Greenbrier Resort: in 1778 “the waters” of West Sulphur Springs, West Virginia were discovered to have healing properties. The Greenbrier was known as the “Saratoga of the...

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Jeff Probst Shares Family Travel Tips, Location Faves, and the Joy He Gets From Survivor

Jeff Probst is not only executive producer and host of Survivor and author of the Stranded book series, he’s a Traveling Dad as well. Jeff’s stepson and stepdaughter are regulars on Survivor shoots and, at 12 and 9, are expert travelers themselves. This Traveling Mom was thrilled for the chance to chat with Jeff about what he has learned from so much time traveling with kids. Dreams come true. How else can I explain the email asking if I wanted to interview Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst?  Who, me? The mega-fan who has seen every episode since Richard Hatch strolled...

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Hacking Vacation Rentals: How to Stay Anywhere in the World from $35/Night

Hotel rooms can be both a huge expense and too small for many families.  What if there were a way to get an actual condo, not just a room, for as low as $249/week?  With flexibility and the right timing your family could be living large for pennies.  Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams shares her top tips for hacking vacation rentals and renting condos on the cheap. Hacking Vacation Rentals 101: Should You or Shouldn’t You? We here at Traveling Mom are big fans of living like a local when we travel. However, it’s hard to live locally...

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