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.


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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Luxury Travel – Cruising Europe with AmaWaterways

  The Danube River through central Europe is crowded with river tour boats, but few are as sleek and luxurious as the AmaWaterways river cruise ships. The AmaStella, which launched in 2016, offers comfortable accommodations, incredible food and impeccable service – just the sort of experience one would expect from a luxury European river cruise. AmaWaterways European River Cruise Hubby and I boarded the AmaStella in Vilshofen, Germany, for an 8-day cruise as part of a Backroads Travel active travel vacation. Because we were traveling with Backroads, our experience was a little different from that of the regular AmaWaterways guests....

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Hiking in Europe the Luxury Way, with Backroads Travel on a Danube River Cruise Ship

Power up your Fitbit before you join a Backroads Travel trip hiking in Europe. The company isn’t kidding when it advertises active vacations. The daily hikes are often five miles or more—and that’s the short option. But the service is par excellence, the guides unfailingly helpful and good natured (even when dealing with some less than effective hikers), the food sublime and the views from the top of the world unparalleled. Hiking in Europe with Backroads Travel At home, I regularly put in my 10,000 steps. So when Backroads Travel offered me the chance to join a tour hiking in...

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How to Become a TravelingMom

Please note that we are closed to submissions for new writers until January 15, 2018. The TravelingMom Writers Network is a vibrant, supportive community of travel writers and social media influencers who are moms and grandmoms, sisters, daughters, and significant others. We are always happy to consider quality writers who are referred by current members of the TravelingMom Influencer Network. We are looking for Traveling Moms who share our passion for travel, families, social media and inspiring others to travel, with and without their kids. Becoming a TravelingMom Writer, Phase I The TravelingMom Influencer Network is a tight-knit group of...

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Why You Should Keep a Penny in the Freezer

Summer storms, winter ice and other extreme weather events can lead to widespread power outages. But if you’re not home to see the lights go out in the power failure, how will you know it happened? Read on for the one tip you need to know whether your house (and freezer) endured a power failure while you sipped that Margarita on the beach. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. Home Tips for Travelers There are a lot of things to think about in the days...

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