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.


How to Become a TravelingMom

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 travel writers, bloggers and social media influencers. We only accept referrals from existing members 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. Home Tips for Travelers There are a lot of things to think about in the days before you head off on a family vacation. Did you pack everything you need? Do you need to get the tires checked on...

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An Inside Look at Pandora’s Stunning World of Avatar  

Disney’s newest attraction in Orlando, Pandora – The World of Avator, opens May 27, 2017. It’s a visually stunning space with two breathtakingly beautiful rides. These Pandora Avatar tips will help you make the most of the experience, including a little warning about those banshees. Pandora Avatar Tips Animal Kingdom has long been my favorite of the four Disney World theme parks. I love the Expedition Everest roller coaster with its Yeti, but I also love the animals and the environmental message. So I was admittedly a little worried that adding a hot movie-themed section to Animal Kingdom would...

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Budget Travel Tips for an Affordable Family Trip

Traveling with kids is never cheap, but there are ways to make it more affordable. A little creativity, some willing relatives and an Internet-savvy planning search are just some of the budget travel tips that will add up to an easier-on-the-wallet family trip. Surprisingly, sometimes paying a little more saves money in the long run. Budget Travel Tips for Families Americans continue to do the unthinkable: leave millions of vacation days unused each year—658 million of them in 2015. According to a Project: Time Off, the average U.S. worker took only 16.2 days of paid time off in 2015 and 55%...

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Get Family Travel Tips on ‘The List’

“The List,” an Emmy-award-winning TV show, features TravelingMom Editor Cindy Richards talking about hacks to get the best travel deals, secrets for traveling with kids and more. The show airs in 44 markets. Family Travel Hacks on ‘The List’ When “The List” called to ask me to fly to Phoenix to talk about family travel, I was thrilled. It is my favorite subject, after all. And a trip to Phoenix? Yes. Time with a professional hair and make up artist? Yes, please. Talking on camera about family travel? You bet. Here’s my list of the best tips for that:...

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Take Our Multigenerational Travel Survey! Be Entered to Win!

O urLarge group travel—traveling with the grands, with friends, with extended family—is one of the hottest trends in travel. Many of our Traveling Moms have taken a multigenerational family vacation. Have you? Would you? We want to know! We’re giving away two Ricardo of Beverly Hills roll aboard suitcases to one lucky participant. Multigenerational Travel We live busy lives. Work. School. Kids’ activities. Family demands. Laundry. You name it. There always seems to be a pressing need that makes it difficult to relax and just enjoy one another’s company. It’s not surprising that family vacations are becoming the time...

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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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