Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom

Gwen Kleist, Healthy TravelingMom

Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer and PR professional who works full-time at a major medical center in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. Her articles have appeared in San Diego Family Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Cat Fancy, Huntington Beach Magazine, and she was a contributing author to Explorer Publishing’s guidebook, Los Angeles: The Complete Resident’s Guide. Follow her on Twitter at @HealthTravelMom.


Walt Disney World Resorts – Value vs. Moderate vs. Deluxe

When you stay at one of the Disney World Resorts at Walt Disney World in Orlando, you’re always in the middle of the magic! Disney resorts offer amenities, theming and conveniences you just can’t find at other hotels off-property. But how do you know which one is right for your family? Here’s a guide to help you decide. Which of the Disney World Resorts is Right for You? My brother is awesome. He has a lifetime goal of visiting every state in the U.S. And he’s getting pretty close! Just three or four more to go. My travel goal...

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L’Auberge Del Mar: A Family Friendly, Upscale Beach Resort in San Diego

Thinking about a summer beach vacation? Look no further than L’Auberge Del Mar, a family friendly, upscale beach resort just a few miles north of San Diego. Perched on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, L’Auberge Del Mar is a chic beach retreat perfect for that long-awaited romantic getaway or family beach escape. Sporting stunning views, luxurious rooms, and just steps away from the beach and great shopping and restaurants, this resort has it all. L’Auberge Del Mar: A Family Friendly, Upscale Beach Resort in San Diego Seeped in sophistication, L’Auberge Del Mar, a Destination Hotel, sits perched above...

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Zip Lining Over Alligators and 8 Other Ways to Thrill Teens in St. Augustine

Known as America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, has an unparalleled history and all the museums, historic buildings and points of interest to go along with it! But there’s so much more to this town than educational spots. You’ll find plenty of unique, fun and downright thrilling activities to entertain even the most hard-to-please members of your family – teens and tweens. Teens and tweens are a picky bunch. How do you find the right balance between fun, education and a little R&R when traveling with the 11-16 year old set? That’s a question I asked on a recent...

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Hotel Review: Vdara Resort & Spa in Las Vegas

If you’re traveling to Las Vegas, chances are you want to be right in the center of the action. But if you’re going with kids, maybe having to walk through a casino to get to your room isn’t ideal. That’s where the Vdara Hotel & Spa comes in! Smack in the middle of the Vegas Strip, but set back just far enough to be a relaxing retreat. Add big rooms with kitchenettes to the mix and you’ve got an ideal Las Vegas family hotel.   Las Vegas Family Hotel Review: Vdara Resort and Spa  The Vdara Hotel and Spa is an...

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Hotel Review: Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo Las Vegas

  Some people go to Las Vegas for the nonstop action, electrifying atmosphere and vibrant crowds. Other people love all that, but don’t necessarily want to be immersed in it 24/7. That’s where the Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo comes in. Close enough to the Vegas fun, but a world away when you want to unwind, relax and enjoy some quiet time on your vacation. And, if you’re bringing the kids, it’s an ideal Las Vegas family hotel. The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo is just steps away from the Vegas Strip, adjacent to the...

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The Riviera Palm Springs: Retro Family Fun in the Heart of the Desert

Once the choice hotel of the Hollywood elite, where Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin stayed and played, the Riviera Palm Springs has transformed into an enticing blend of retro sophistication and contemporary comfort. With two pools, sprawling grounds, well-appointed rooms and lots of family-friendly dining options and activities, the Riviera is a great choice for families visiting Palm Springs. The Riviera Palm Springs: Retro Family Fun in the Heart of the Desert Located on 24 lushly landscaped acres at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California, the Riviera Palm Springs captures the essence of...

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Orlando Marriott Village for an Affordable Disney World Getaway

To stay or not to stay on property when visiting Walt Disney World? That is the age old question when planning a trip, and there are strong arguments to be made both ways! But if you are looking to be near the action, have a comfortable, quality hotel room, and enjoy all the perks that come with staying at a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel, then the Orlando Marriott Village may be the perfect choice for you!   Orlando Marriott Village for an Affordable Disney World Getaway Located mere minutes from the parks, Orlando Marriott Village is a...

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Dream Destination: Dreams Los Cabos All-Inclusive Resort

Winter is the perfect time to escape to somewhere warm, and an all-inclusive beach resort is just what the doctor ordered for some stress-free rest and relaxation. Dreams Los Cabos combines all the must-have amenities for a great vacation – fabulous views, a world-class spa, three pools, endless activities and unlimited food and drink. Throw in some amazing, friendly service and you’ve just nailed your dream vacation. Dreams Los Cabos Set along the sparkling Sea of Cortez in Mexico, Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Resort that captures the beauty and elegance...

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MomsEscape Package at All-Inclusive Dreams Resorts

What is a vacation if not a chance to recharge and reconnect? Escape to a warm, beautiful destination, where no cash needed, and nothing to worry about except relaxing and having fun – that’s heaven. And that’s exactly what happens when you stay at one of the all-inclusive Dreams Resorts. Throw in some decadent spa treatments (MomsEscape Package), a bottle of champagne and unlimited quiet time, and that’s one happy Mom! Dreams Resorts Spa Vacation Sound too good to be true? Well, Dreams Resorts and Spas make all this fabulous-ness possible with their MomsEscape package. While most everything IS...

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Hotel Review: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

One of the original and most fabulously themed of Walt Disney World’s Deluxe Resorts in Orlando, Florida, Disney’s Polynesian Village combines all the Tiki goodness of a vintage Hawaiian vacation with the fun of visiting Disney parks. It is located right on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, just a monorail’s ride away from all the action!   Hotel Review: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Disney’s Polynesian Village is one of two original hotels that opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971 (the other was the Contemporary Resort). So I can understand when people describe it as having that...

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