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.


Priceless Surprises Deal: A Hotel Night for 10 Postage Stamps

IHG Hotels Pointbreaks, a list of hotels that go for only 5,000 points a night, are one of the best deals in travel. For the next few weeks, what’s normally a great deal becomes jaw-dropping: With Priceless Surprises you can get a room for the price of 10 stamped envelopes.   PointBreaks and Priceless Surprises IHG Hotels Pointbreaks, a list of hotels that go for only 5,000 points a night, are one of the best deals in travel.  The new list, out today, has hotels you book up until April 30th all around the world.  I find Pointbreaks really useful,...

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My Secret for Discount Airport Parking: Meet Parking Panda

Parking at major city airports can cost more than the plane ticket…unless you know the secret to getting a great deal on daily parking. This option will get you nearby parking, a warm place to wait for the shuffle and drop off right at your airport terminal. Parking Near the Airport Headed home for the Holidays? The parking bill at the airport can cost more than the ticket! I’m just back from a weekend away where I utilized one of my favorite discount airport parking secrets: Parking Panda. Parking Panda is this awesome site (also available as an app)...

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100% IHG Hotels Points Bonus: The Best Hotel Deal of the Year

Cyber Monday may be over but the travel deals aren’t! The 100% IHG Hotels points bonus is my single favorite hotel promotion of the year. Learn why stocking up on points now will save you big later. How big? How about $30/night hotel room big? IHG Points Deal I’m not a fan of buying hotel points, with one blazing exception: IHG Points at IHG Hotels points bonus time. In a Cyber Week deal that has been extended till 12/2, IHG is offering a Bonus promotion with 100% bonus points. That means you get 1 point free for every one you...

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AMEX Offers: A No-Brainer Way to Save on Disney World Tickets (and Lots More)

There’s nothing better than saving money by doing nothing more than you normally do. AMEX Offers is just that- if you have an American Express card all you have to do is register for a specific offer and dollars come right off your bill when you make a purchase at that merchant. No muss, no fuss! Even better, through 12/31 AMEX Offers features one I know many of you can use: Undercover Tourist – my favorite source for discount Disney World (and many other attraction) tickets. Great! How Do I Get in on AMEX Offers? Well, first you do...

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Connect With Your Daughter in Mexico City

“You took your 8 year old daughter to Mexico City?” I’m hearing the same question over and over again since our recent four day weekend in yes, Mexico City! Put away your notions about the largest city in the Western Hemisphere and learn what I discovered: Mexico City is the perfect getaway for a Mother/Daughter connection. Why Mexico City? My daughter is in third grade and has been in a Spanish Immersion education program. Half her school day since kindergarten has been in Spanish – not Spanish lessons – but math and science being taught in Spanish. I really wanted...

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Las Alcobas Hotel Mexico City Review- Subtle Luxury Defined

As a travel blogger, I review a LOT of hotels. With every stay it gets harder and harder to impress me. So it means a lot when I say I was blown away by the subtly luxurious service at Las Alcobas Hotel in Mexico City- from before we checked in to the moment we left, the hotel went above and beyond. While it’s not right for every family, Las Alcobas is one of the few hotels I would go out of my way to revisit. Las Alcobas, Mexico City My positive experience with Las Alcobas Hotel in Mexico City...

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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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