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.


Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta Review – Luxury All-Inclusive on a Gorgeous Beach

The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta offers just the right mix of all inclusive luxury, family friendly service and gorgeous beachfront sunsets. The resort caters to English speakers, accepts US and Canadian dollars and is just a short cab ride from the charming Old Town of Puerto Vallarta. Gorgeous #sunset courtesy of @hyattzivapuertovallarta #tmom #hosted #beachvibes #sunsetporn #palmtrees #hyattzivapuertovallarta A post shared by Cindy Richards (@cindy_richards) on Nov 30, 2017 at 6:44pm PST Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta Review When I started traveling regularly, I turned up my nose at the idea of an all-inclusive resort. Not for me, I figured....

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When Movies Take to the Stage – 2 Christmas Theater Shows Worth the Money

Buddy the human who thinks he’s an elf and Ralphie the boy who dreams of a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun are two cinematic holiday favorites. But when such beloved characters take to the stage, the results are either going to utterly delightful or truly awful. This TravelingMom found two shows — one featuring Buddy and the other telling Ralphie’s story — were both a delight. Holiday Movies on Stage Christmas traditions in our house include reconnecting with two holiday favorites—Buddy the Elf who is really a human and Ralphie the kid who simply must have a Daisy Red...

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How to Survive a Solo Road Trip When You Aren’t a Solitary Person

Spending long hours driving alone over straight highways with few distractions can be nirvana for a solitary traveler. But for someone who prefers company and dislikes interstate driving, it can be a challenge. Our Empty Nest TravelingMom shares these survival tips learned the hard way, on a solo road trip to visit her daughter at a tiny college in the middle of an Iowa cornfield. Solo Road Trip Tips Being an empty nester means lots of great things. Not worrying about teens who missed their curfews, not buying out the snack aisle at Costco and not being made fun...

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Road Trip Tips: 5 Ways to Give Your Road Trip a Holiday Feel

Traveling with kids over the holidays can feel like just another family obligation. But it doesn’t have to! These road trip tips will turn your annual holiday road trip to Grandma’s house into an opportunity for family memory making that will last for many holidays to come. Holiday Road Trip Tips Give Your Trip a Name See the Same old Journey with New Eyes Create Your Own Games Be Your Own DJ Feature Holiday Road Trip Snacks   Family Bonding on a Holiday Road Trip Jeff Siegel, author of the 2011 book, RelationTrips: A Simple, Powerful Way to Bond with Your...

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Celebrate the Resurgence of Downtown Detroit at the Lovely DoubleTree Suites

If you haven’t been to Detroit in the last five years, you haven’t been to Detroit. Downtown Detroit is under construction as developers reclaim and rebuild its most beautiful buildings, like the historic high rise that now houses the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby. The lovely family friendly hotel was the host for a TravelingMom influencer event, #TLEDetroit, starring YouTube star and TravelingDad Daym Drops. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. Downtown Detroit and Daym Drops Detroit, Michigan,...

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Traveling During the Holidays? You Aren’t Alone

Does anyone still go “home for the holidays?” Yes, according to a new survey. But not everyone. More than a quarter of the people who responded to the survey said they plan to stay home or will be traveling during the holidays—but not to go home or see family. Traveling During the Holidays Ah, the holidays. It’s that special time when the whole family comes together around a festive table to reconnect and renew. Or is it? A new survey suggests that going home for the holidays is no longer a family travel tradition for many. When we asked...

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Add a Little Swashbuckling to Your Family Beach Vacation at Panama City Beach Florida

There’s something about kids and pirates. Maybe it’s the swashbuckling. Maybe it’s the costumes. Or maybe it’s just the chance to whack someone with a sword. Whatever it is, it’s all wrapped up in Pirates of the High Seas Fest, one of the fun things to do in Panama City Beach in October. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. October in Panama City Beach Panama City Beach Florida is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and one of my...

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Family Friendly Maui Hotels – Where to Stay on Beautiful Ka’anapali Beach

The Ka’anapali Beach Resort hotels are nestled on soft sand beaches, with gentle ocean waves. Each of these 12 hotels offers a different Hawaiian vibe, different amenities and different room styles. This guide will help you choose the hotel that’s right for your family vacation on Maui. Disclosure: This post may include affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thank you for helping support TravelingMom. Where to Stay on Maui: Ka’anapali Beach Resort Hotels Maui is known as the “Valley Isle” because central Maui sits between two mountains. It’s also home to a...

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4 Fabulous Fall Foliage Road Trips Through the Midwest

The leaves are changing and there’s no better time to witness the breathtaking beauty of the seasons. Brilliant reds, warm oranges, sunny yellows. But is a fleeting moment in time. So pack up the kids, hop in the car and head off in search of Mother Nature’s beauty with a fall foliage road trip. These four destinations are all within an easy drive of Chicago, so they make great spots for a long weekend getaway. Do you kids get bored just looking at out the car window at the pretty colors? Then pick the two spots that offer alternative...

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14 Best Things to Do in Greenville SC with (or Without) Kids

Greenville South Carolina might be in the South, but it is hardly Southern. At least not in that laid back, sleepy sort of Southern way that is accentuated by a sweet southern drawl. We teamed up with Expedia.com to show you that Greenville SC, rather, is a vibrant metropolis filled with surprises and topped with a generous helping of southern charm. There are lots of fun things to do in Greenville with kids and lots of reasons the hashtag for this town is #yeahTHATgreenville. Visit Expedia.com to explore more of Greenville. 14 Best Things to Do in Greenville with Kids...

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