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.


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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Washington D.C. Cherry Blossoms Peak Dates Announced- 4 Tips to Know Before You Go

Visiting the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. is a must-do but if not done correctly can just be the pits! The National Park Service has just announced the Cherry Blossom peak dates. Read on for the details and what to know before you go. It’s Cherry Blossom season!  Droves of tourists, many for the first time, attack the Tidal Basin (the area that has the nearly 1,700 trees around the Jefferson Memorial) in Washington D.C. The Cherry Blossom peak dates for 2016 – when 70 percent of the trees are expected to be in bloom- are March 18-23. As a 20...

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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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Florida One Way Car Rental Deal: Drive a Car Home for $10/Day

It’s one way car rental season again! It’s what? One way car rental season is that magical time in Spring when rental car companies practically give away car rentals because you’re doing them a favor: getting the cars back up north from Florida.  You can create an amazing road trip with half the miles and half the price! Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams has the scoop on how to score a Florida one way car rental.   Every April I look for the sure signs of spring: flowers in bloom, kids growing a mile a minute, and one...

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Southwest Airlines Schedule Updated to November: Book Your Fall Tickets Now!

Southwest Airlines, the go-to airline for budget travelers, has released their new schedule.  You can now book trips up until November 4.  It’s time to buy those late summer and fall tickets not only to US destinations, but to many cities in the Caribbean and Latin America.     Exciting news today for budget travelers: Southwest Airlines has updated its schedule until November 4, 2016. This means late summer and fall 2016 are now bookable on the new Southwest Airlines schedule, so what are you waiting for? Most of you know that Southwest is a go-to airline for flights within the...

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Baltimore Aquarium Tips that Will Save Your Sanity

The Baltimore Aquarium is a must-see but is also costly and often crowded. While worth the price of admission, the Aquarium’s crowds can be maddening if you go in without a plan. Don’t get squished like a sardine!  Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams’ tips will make the difference between loving the Aquarium and tearing your hair out.   As a ten year member of the Baltimore Aquarium, I’m shocked at how most visitors get the place exactly wrong. With that in mind, I put together this two hour tour that I’ve been using with my own kids since...

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Costco Living Social Deal – and Why it Matters to Travelers

Costco is one of my favorite sources for travel hacks and Living Social has just released one of my favorite deals! For the cost of a basic membership you get an extra $20 cash card and coupons for stuff you already use.  The coupons vary from deal to deal but in the past have included items such as a free 24 pack of AA batteries and a free Rotisserie Chicken. Costco for Travel Deals? You betcha! I find major savings in two ways: Discount Gift Cards: I’ve seen 25% off theme park tickets, discount ski lift passes, restaurant gift cards with freebies and...

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