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.


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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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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