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Our guest authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but each has something unique to contribute for the traveling mom.


9 Reasons Why Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts Beat Hotel Rooms

In addition to Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Hotels, Walt Disney World and Disneyland also offer a handful of Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts. These rooms are not limited to Disney Vacation Club members–they’re also available to the public–and worth a look for every family considering a Disney vacation. Here are the 9 top reasons to consider a Disney Deluxe Villa for your next trip, plus a few tips on how to save money on one! Disney Villa Resorts, not for DVC Members Only In 2006, my husband and I made a purchase that was actually even more fortuitous than we...

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Arkansas Natural Bridge: Unscheduled Stop at a Natural Wonder

Here’s what happened when our traveling family made an unscheduled stop during a road trip in northern Arkansas. We discovered a big natural 100-foot sandstone bridge formation. What fun we had by taking technology out of our lives and exploring the real world around us. We marveled as we learned the history of this site, especially the part about it being an outlaw’s hideout.  This is an attraction for all ages and can be explored in under 30 minutes. Embrace the unexpected! Arkansas Natural Bridge: Unscheduled Stop at a Natural Wonder The Natural Bridge located in Clinton, Arkansas is...

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Finding Giant Pandas in the United States

Despite their adorable looks and mass appeal, there are currently only 13 giant pandas in the United States. All of them are on loan from China. Find out how this agreement began, and where you can visit these beautiful, beloved animals in the US. Then, learn a little about the giant pandas you may find on your visit, and get advice from Traveling Moms on how to have the best viewing experience possible. Finding Giant Pandas in the United States I can’t remember when my daughter’s obsession with Giant Pandas began. Now at 8-years-old, she’ll tell anyone who knows her knows...

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Planning A Visit to Historic Savannah Children’s Museum

Savannah Children’s Museum is located in an 1800’s train station that allows children’s imaginations to soar. And fly they will as they explore over a dozen exhibits including a sensory garden, a maze, an incredible reading nook, and more. The museum is a must see for families visiting Savannah.   Planning A Visit to Historic Savannah Children’s Museum When I was a kid I wanted to time travel and go back in time. I also wanted to have a secret hideout. What kid doesn’t want those things, right? This past summer the family and I made a stop in...

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Conservation Lessons for Families at the Houston Zoo

A trip to the Houston Zoo drives home the importance on recycling and conservation. Learn why animals become endangered and what a zoo and YOU can do to help. Find out how you and your kids can help protect animals and their environment in the wild. Conservation at the Houston Zoo There is a famous poem I read recently about how a soul isn’t truly awakened until someone experiences the love of an animal. Of course we can all read books to our kids about all the animals that exist in the world. Lions, tigers, bears – you know all the...

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Adventuring Alone in Vietnam – The Road Trip of a Lifetime

The word ‘vacation’ often conjures up images of a beautiful day, clear aquamarine waters, a mojito and a comfy lounger on the beach. Vietnam has those things, and you can quite easily enjoy yourself for weeks on end in its balmy waters. However, the absolute best adventure (and best vacation) is to hit all of Vietnam’s beautiful natural wonders by winding your way down the coastal highway on a motorcycle road trip! The Basics for a Vietnam Motorcyle Road Trip Getting a motorcycle in Vietnam & some key motorcycle safety tips Instead of opting for overnight buses, trains, and...

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

There’s just something about planes and space shuttles that capture the imaginations of almost every child.  Want to blow their minds?  Visit the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C., a Smithsonian institution. It contains the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft, comprised of thousands of objects on display.  One of the most visited museums on the globe, this spacious glass and steel building is brimming with famous flight-related artifacts – such as the 1903 Wright Flyer and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis. A STRIKING SIGHT OF FLIGHT When my son was...

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Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge: A Boutique Hotel Perfect for Families Visiting Washington, DC

Is a visit to Washington, DC on your family’s radar? If so, you’ll be glad to know that there is no shortage of hotel options from which to choose. If you want to check the box on most of the amenities that families need and enjoy some comforts of home,  Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge may be the right choice. Kimpton Hotel Rouge I’m not sure how you are when you travel with your family, but I tend to over-research most aspects of the trip, especially the hotel. America’s capital is no exception, especially since I’ve lived in the area for...

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Holiday Light Displays Around the World

No matter the age, seeing holiday lights is one of the most magical parts of the season. While homeowners and decorators in the United States have been known to really put on a show – there are tons of holiday light displays around the world that will dazzle and delight the whole family! Cold chills don’t detract from the joy of the holiday season in large part due to the magnificent holiday light displays around the world country. Here are some of our favorite holiday light displays from other countries: Copenhagen, Denmark The Tivoli Gardens in Denmark has the distinction of being...

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5 PLACES ON OAHU TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HAWAIIAN Culture

For many people, Oahu seems to be the Hawaiian island that was once famous, has a few world-renowned beaches and attractions, but is not a priority to visit when compared to other options. Perhaps it’s worth a visit to Pearl Harbor if you fly into Honolulu, but only en route to Maui or Kauai. In reality, Oahu is perhaps unparalleled for truly discovering Hawaiian history, culture, and food. Not long after my husband and I got married, it came up that I had little interest in visiting Hawaii. (I know, I know…) It’s not that I wouldn’t go if...

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