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.


SWA Schedule Through Mid-2016: Book Spring Break and Memorial Day Travel Now!

Exciting news today for budget travelers: Southwest Airlines — SWA –has updated its schedule until June 3, 2016. This means Spring Break and Memorial Day 2016 are now bookable, so what are you waiting for? Most of you know that Southwest is a go-to airline for flights within the United States and its schedule is expanding almost weekly. With the recent expansion of Houston Hobby’s International Terminal, Southwest is a real option to get out of the States as well. Destinations include Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico; Belize City; San Jose and Liberia, Costa Rica, and Montego Bay, Jamaica....

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World Food Day: Places to Give Back While You Eat Out

  Today is the 70th anniversary of World Food Day, the day the United Nations has set aside to focus public attention on efforts to eradicate hunger. We thought it a good time to share some of our favorite restaurants with a purpose: those establishments who give back while you enjoy a meal out. King’s Kitchen, Charlotte, NC: King’s Kitchen is a “Southern kitchen on a local mission”- training formerly homeless and recovering addicts in the culinary arts.  100% of the profits go to the poor in Charlotte, but you don’t feel anything “charity” about the food from King’s Kitchen-...

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Amazon Prime Adds Free Downloads of 40,000+ Shows: Flying Now Slightly Less Terrible

  THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Get Amazon Prime for only $73! New members only, offer ends 1/17 at 11:59PM PST.  As Travel Hack TMOM, I’m here to show you how the stuff you use everyday can save your sanity when you travel. Here’s a new one: Amazon Prime, which has always been handy for streaming free video, now lets you download over 40,000 shows to take with you on your iPad or other device! The downside to Netflix, Hulu, etc. is that you have to be connected to the internet to watch.  Amazon has removed that obstacle so the entertainment...

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Sick Kids on Vacation: 7 Survival Tips (and 1 Confession)

Do you know what to do if your kids get sick while traveling? Travel Hack TravleingMom Dia Adams is just back from a month in Asia, where learned the hard way how to cope with sick kids in a foreigh land. She’s happy to share what she’s learned with you. When Kids Get Sick While Traveling Every trip I learn something new about traveling with kids. Some of it is fun to share: like Disney World’s Secret Discount Dining Program . Some is not so much fun but is also important to share- like Deal Girl getting tonsillitis in Vietnam....

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Point Breaks: The Secret I Use to Get $30 Hotel Rooms all Over the World

As “Travel Hack TravelingMom,” I’m here to share tricks and tips you’ve probably never heard of to get you places you didn’t imagine you could afford to go. Today I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite hotel hacks: IHG Hotels Point Breaks. IHG Where? Break What? IHG Hotels are brands you know by other names: Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, etc. Point Breaks are this amazing deal where points stays at specific IHG hotels are slashed to 5,000 points a night. This Point Breaks list is good until the end of October. Lists are updated every other month with...

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Before You Sign Up for the “Best Rewards Credit Card,” Do This

Everywhere you turn some “authority” is offering advice on the best rewards credit card. Before you jump on the next great offer, follow Travel Hack TravelingMom Dia Adams’ advice to make sure that credit card is the right one for you. Before You Sign Up for the “Best Rewards Credit Card,” Do This Some variation of the same question has popped up at least five times in the last week: on Twitter, on Facebook, in a comment, even at my son’s Tae Kwon Do practice: “What’s the best rewards credit card“? One friend recently sent me a list from...

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Walt Disney World’s Got the Cure for Frozen Fever! Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun

My daughter and I recently saw the live action Cinderella movie with a preview of “Frozen Fever” and were not ready to “Let it Go”! Another log on the fire: Disney released tantalizing new details about Frozen Ever After; the new ride opening at the Norway pavilion in Epcot next year. Thankfully, no need to wait till next year to get in on the frosty fun: Walt Disney World has lots of chilly events to warm your Frozen heart with “Frozen Summer Fun” at Hollywood Studios in Orlando. From June 17 to September 7 you’ll find Elsa, Anna, Olaf and...

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A Little Birdie Told Me Where The Best Travel Deals Are Hidden

Only 23 percent of online users are on Twitter. That means 77 percent of you are losing out on the single best source of travel deal information. Today I hope to change that. Where the Deals Are An informal survey of my mom community verified my suspicion: almost all of them love Pinterest, but shy away from Twitter. It’s true, Pinterest is great for planning, dreaming, and organizing your thoughts, but if you want immediate news, such as where to find the best travel deals, Twitter is where it’s at. Twitter, of all social media, is the one most in...

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Toys R Us and FAO Schwarz NYC Flagships Closing

Sad news today: Iconic New York City toy store FAO Schwarz is closing its Fifth Avenue location July 15, 2015. This only adds more pain to the recent announcement that the flagship Toys R Us in Times Square shutters at the end of the year. No more Toy Soldiers standing guard at the front door. No more life-sized Big piano. No more fortunes from Zoltar. No more two story tall LEGO T-Rex or King Kong climbing up the Empire State building. No more Holiday Decorations, which always blew us away. Worst of all…no more Ferris wheel. I know we’ll have to get at least one...

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Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Animal Kingdom Turns Your Kids into Conservation Heroes

Worried about your kids’ brains turning to mush at  Walt Disney World? Rest easy! You can sneak in some learning while still having fun when you visit the Animal Kingdom. Plan a visit to the Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, which is chock full of ways we can all work together to help the planet. Read on to learn how to educate your child about the environment, Disney style. Just a short and breezy train ride separates Rafiki’s Planet Watch from the rest of Animal Kingdom, but you feel worlds away from both the heat and the crowds...

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