Cindy Richards, Empty Nest TravelingMom

Cindy Richards, Empty Nest TravelingMom

Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of TravelingMom.com. She also is the mom of two terrific teens who have traveled with her since that first, fateful plane ride when one preschooler discovered a barf bag in his seat pocket and his sister, finding none in hers, demanded, "I want a barf bag too!" She has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, an editor at Chicago Parent and Catalyst Chicago and an instructor in the graduate school at Northwestern's prestigious Medill School of Journalism.


Southwest Florida: Find Old Florida (and Gators) Along the Gulf Coast

When you think “family vacation” and Florida, a certain mouse is likely to be the first thing that comes to mind. But there is so much more to Florida, from alligators to rivers, to birds, to beaches and back to alligators. Read on as a city girl faces down wildlife as she discovers Old Florida along the Gulf Coast in southwest Florida. Gators and More in Southwest Florida As a city girl, I have to try to love nature. In Florida in the springtime, sunny days, 75-degree temperatures, low humidity and lovely vistas make it easy to be a...

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Spring Break Planning Challenges, and How We Cope with Them

We might know that spring break comes around every year, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready for it. That’s one of the surprising conclusions of the first-ever survey of readers of TravelingMom, our partner site, TravelingDad, and guests of Vacatia, the leading resort rentals company. Learn more about that and the other surprises from this survey. Spring Break Planning 2017 Still planning your spring break family vacation for 2017? Don’t panic. You’re not alone. And if you’re a mom doing all of the planning herself, you also are not alone. Nor are those of you who are planning to...

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10 Staycation Ideas to Make it Feel More Like a Real Vacation

Sometimes, as much as we’d like to get away, we simply can’t venture beyond our own backyard. But sleeping in your own bed at night still can feel like a vacation if you follow these 10 staycation ideas. All it takes is a little creativity and some advance planning to make a staycation feel more like a real vacation. Winning Staycation Ideas Yes, it would be lovely to pack up the kids and head to Hawaii for a relaxing family vacation. But, if you don’t happen to have a few thousand dollars for plane tickets, luxury accommodations and fabulous...

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An Up-Close Look at the Ugliness of Slavery – Follow the North Star at Conner Prairie

It’s one thing to help teens understand slavery by having them read about it in history class or visit the new African American Museum in DC. But if you really want a kid to understand the ugliness of slavery, take him or her to Indiana to “follow the north star.” The emotional, stirring experience at Conner Prairie is sure to leave lasting impression. Follow the North Star at Conner Prairie Few things can make someone understand the horror of being a slave better than living it. Even if it’s just for a few hours. Even if you know the...

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Take Our Spring Break Survey! (And Be Entered to Win!)

Spring break is a family vacation ritual. For some families, it’s a time for that ultimate family bonding experience: a road trip across America. For others, spring break means flying to a warm Caribbean island. For still others, it means organizing a big, multigenerational trip. We want to know about your spring break plans. Take our survey and be entered to win a set of four Ricardo of Beverly Hills roll aboard suitcases! Our Spring Break Family Vacation Survey is now closed!   We keep hearing that family travel, including spring break family vacations, are changing. So we partnered with...

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Travel Like a Royal at These Romantic Spots in the UK

Ah. To travel like the royals do. You may not have the servants. Or the crown jewels. But with this list of places in the United Kingdom where the royals have visited, you can feel like a royal yourself. These 9 destinations, suggested by Visit Britain, are some of the most romantic spots in UK – Scotland, Wales and England. London Visitors to London are spoiled for choice when it comes to romantic experiences. You can find romance simply by touring around this beautiful city to see some of its famous spots, like Big Ben and Parliament. If you...

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Why Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is Right for Families

A new waterpark and lazy river, access to a private island beach, large, well-appointed rooms and incredible foodie-friendly dining make the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point resort a great option for families looking for something a little different in a Florida vacation. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Located just about 20 minutes from the Fort Myers, Florida, airport, the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point resort is a convention and meeting hotel with a family friendly twist. A new $7.1 million dollar water park with three twisty, turny slides and a 1500X-foot lazy river entertain kids onsite. (Note: kids must be at least...

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Tips for Traveling with Gifts

To wrap or not to wrap? Whether wrapping gifts is OK before heading through TSA security is just one of the questions you need to ask if you’re traveling with gifts during the Christmas holidays. Here we offer some tips on traveling with gifts. And, yes, sometimes wrapping is OK. Except when it’s not. Tips for Traveling with Gifts ‘Tis the season for gift giving. And visiting family. Combining those two means you end up flying with gifts, figuring out how to hide the gifts in the car for the road trip and deciding whether wrapping the gifts at home...

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New Years Resolution Ideas that Are Easy to Keep

It’s that time of the year when we all resolve to lose 10 pounds, be more patient with the kids, exercise more. Blah Blah Blah. By Feb. 1, we’ll be back to our old selves, eating chips and waiting for spring to arrive. So this new year, let’s make some resolutions that are easier to keep: Travel Resolutions. Here are a few to get you started. New Years Resolution Ideas It’s been a number of years since I gave up making New Years Resolutions. While I believe in the process — taking stock and starting fresh with the dawning of a...

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Things to Do with Kids in Millennium Park Chicago

Millennium Park is to Chicago what Central Park is to New York City: a place where locals come to play and visitors come to enjoy. The park is filled with free things to do, quiet places to sit and think. Here are the best things to do with kids in Millennium Park during a day-long visit. Things to Do in Millennium Park Before you go, visit the Millennium Park website to find out what free concert or hands-on kid craft is planned for the day of your visit. Then you can build the rest of your day around that...

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