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.


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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10 Travel Hacks Using Dryer Sheets

Travel gadgets that take up little or no space but serve a number of travel needs and cost next to nothing? Sign us up, please. One of our favorite travel hacks is dryer sheets. It’s amazing how many ways they come in handy while traveling. You can use them to reduce static in your hair and keep your suitcase smelling nice. Here are 10 other ideas for packing dryer sheets for your trip… Travel Hacks for Dryer Sheets Use Them to deodorize shoes  Tuck a dryer sheet into each shoe before packing into your luggage, and it will prevent shoe...

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Talk Tech and Travel (and win prizes!) Nov. 16 #TNTSLC

We’re hosting a special tech and travel Twitter chat with our pals at Techlicious. Join us on Twitter at 9pm Eastern time Nov. 16. Follow the hashtag #TNTSLC to  talk tech and travel and share your holiday wish list for this year. #TNTSLC Twitter Chat From fashionable wearable technology to fun retro cameras, find out what’s hot in tech gifts this year. During our Twitter chat on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 9PM ET/8PM CT/7PM MT/6PM PT we will talk about some the year’s best gadgets, discuss the ways tech improves travel and give away some cool tech and...

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Best Tech Holiday Gift Ideas for 2016

Technology is such a key part of life in the modern world that it’s hard to imagine anyone won’t put at least one tech gadget on their holiday wish list this year. The Consumer Technology Association, sponsor of #TNTSLC, has a long list of fun tech gift ideas, some retro, some cutting edge, some fashionable and some that simply make our home life easier. Best Tech Holiday gifts ideas then and now Do you remember what you wanted most for Christmas 10 years ago? According to the Consumer Technology Association, these were the top 5 wants for Christmas in...

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Family Hotels: The Tech-Driven Hilton Salt Lake City Center

Things move fast in the world of tech and travel. In just a few short years, our Christmas lists have evolved from wishing for a cutting-edge VCR (1996) to ­­­wearable devices (2016). Travel has evolved too, with hotels upping their tech game to keep current. Best Tech and Travel How did we ever travel before technology? It was only a few years ago that maps helped me find my way. But I had to pull off the road and study the map. If things went well, I would get back on the road and find my destination with only a...

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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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Tips for First Time Fliers Traveling with Kids

Here’s a news flash: Airline travel with kids isn’t all that bad. Really. Airports have gotten a lot more family friendly. These tips for navigating airports with kids will help, even at the height of the holiday rush. Tips for Air travel with kids Airports have gotten more family friendly. There are family bathrooms, nursing rooms, play areas for little ones, restaurants with high chairs and kid menus and apps to help you find it all. But that doesn’t mean flying with a baby or toddler or even a tween or teen is a slam dunk. There are rules...

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Finding Paradise in the Florida Keys: Hawks Cay Resort

Some resorts are great for kids—amazing pools, character breakfasts, cool kids’ clubs. Some are great for adults—amazing spas, fine dining and plenty of foodie-friendly dining. A few, like Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys, work really well for kids and parents, too. Florida Keys Resort: Hawks Cay First, a pronunciation lesson. It’s Hawks Cay, as in kay. And it’s the Florida Keys, as in, well, keys. It’s a bit confusing since the word Cay is actually pronounced key if you happen to be in the Caribbean. But if you’re just close to the Caribbean, the way you are...

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