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 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.

5 Smartphone Travel Photos You MUST Take BEFORE You Travel!

Yes. Smartphone travel photography is an important part of your family vacation. But these 5 photos are ones you must take before you ever leave home—and keep stored in your smartphone gallery. They will make your travels easier and far less stressful. They might even help keep your kids safe. 5 Smartphone Photos to Take BEFORE You Leave Home 1. Snap a screenshot of your airline boarding pass. 2. Snap a smartphone photo of your parking space. 3. Snap a Smartphone Photo of Your Valet Parking Receipt. 4. Snap a Smartphone Photo of Your Driver’s License and Passport. 5....

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11 Best Things to Do in Mobile Alabama

Mobile, Alabama, is one of those genteel southern cities with a storied past, a fabulous foodie scene and enough outdoor water activities to keep just about any family happy. A weekend visit is enough to sample the cuisine, get a peak at the history (did you know Mobile is where Mardi Gras started in the USA?) and spend plenty of time on the water. Things to Do in Mobile Alabama In the heady years leading up to the Civil War, this port city was known as the Paris of the South. That was in the 1800s, when Mobile was...

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10 Reasons to Take the Family to an Auto Show, Even if You Aren’t in the Market to Buy a New Car

The first auto show happened in 1901 in Chicago and Chicago’s is still the largest auto show in North America. But the 110th Chicago Auto Show in early February 2018 bore little resemblance to that early effort. Today, auto shows are all about pomp, presentation and pizzazz. The displays are spiced up with mega multimedia, bright lights, pounding music and plenty of hip virtual reality. Here are 10 things to do at an auto show with kids, and why you should take the family, even if you aren’t planning to buy a new car this year—and a little about the right...

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Travel Healthy – Where to Find Germs on an Airplane (and How to Avoid Them)

There are plenty of challenges to flying today–from finding a seat on an overbooked plane to weathering the storms of delayed flights and missed connections. Here’s one more: Figuring out how to stay healthy in the germ factories known as airplanes. With hundreds of people passing through on a daily basis, ever shorter turnaround times on the ground (who could possibly clean 250 tray tables in 10 minutes?) and people who are, let’s face it, slobs, the germs on an airplane are multiplying even as you fasten your seat belt low and tight across your lap. Here are the places...

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Take Our Spring Break Survey!

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 Spring Break Family Vacation Survey Survey not displaying correctly? Take it here. Create your own user feedback survey We keep hearing that family travel, including spring break family vacations, are changing. So we partnered with TravelingDad and Vacatia to hear from you, the folks Vacatia calls the...

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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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