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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.


Relax and Recharge: 7 Fun Things To Do In Aruba on a Momcation

As moms, it can seem as though our job is never done – there is always something to do to take care of our families. However, every once in a while, we just need to step away, recharge and do something just for us. When it comes to taking a relaxing, yet fulfilling momcation, Aruba is the perfect destination. With everything from snorkeling in crystal clear waters to taking adventurous jeep rides through the rugged desert, Aruba provides its visitors the opportunity to witness beautiful sunsets, meet a variety of people, step out of their comfort zone, and have...

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Why It’s Okay to Splurge on a Family Vacation to Australia

Australia isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you think “budget vacation.” But it’s certainly a destination where you can make some unforgettable family memories. Guest author Beth Graham shares why a family vacation to Australia is worth the splurge and a great family vacation destination. She’ll share the really important must-see activities and offer some budget-friendly options for transportation and dining. When my college-aged son announced he wanted to study abroad in Australia, my first thought was, “Cool! Now I have an excuse to visit!”  I quickly took out that bucket list and prepared to cross...

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4 Fun Things to Do in Anchorage as a Family

As the starting or ending point for many Alaskan cruises, Anchorage is more than just an airport stop. Extend your family’s adventure by adding a few days to the beginning or end of your voyage. More time will give your kids the opportunity to experience the majesty of the Alaskan interior. Get the inside scoop on four of this multigenerational family’s favorite things to do in Anchorage to uncover a feel for the “real Alaska.” 4 Fun Things to Do in Anchorage as a Family Unless you’re taking a round trip Alaskan cruise out of Seattle or Vancouver, you’re...

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Conquering Cancun with Kids

For families with young children, it’s often difficult to find a vacation destination that will suit everyone’s needs. If you are looking for a safe and family-friendly destination that won’t break the bank, look no further than Cancun, Mexico. With everything from white sand beaches to parks and aquariums, Cancun is the perfect place for an affordable family vacation. Here is how one mom conquered sunny Cancun with kids while having a vacation that was enjoyable for the both of them. When I first told friends and family about my intentions to spend a week in Cancun, Mexico with...

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10 Great Things to Do in Winter in Toronto

Canada in the winter may stir up images of snow-capped mountains, of people huddled together to keep warm and of a place you wouldn’t want to visit unless you were wearing a snowsuit and carrying skis. But we ventured to Toronto sans skis, snowsuit or even a scarf – and returned with plans to visit again next winter. Perhaps those Canadians try to scare us with their tales of winter in Toronto so they can keep this lovely city all to themselves? But with a brand new urban ice-rink, tons of kid-friendly yet trendy restaurants and free things to...

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8 Kid-Friendly Wineries in the US that Offer Fun Activities

“Kid-friendly winery” may sound like an oxymoron, but astute vineyard owners are getting wise to the fact that wine tasting is a popular and rapidly growing ‘sport’ among mommies and daddies. So they’re creating activities and spaces just to entertain the little ones while the adults imbibe. From “wine” (grape juice) tastings to petting zoos to outdoor sports, here are some of the best kid-friendly wineries in the US. Let’s face it. Wine tasting is a popular activity these days for parents, but some wineries aren’t the most family-friendly places. No worries. Guest Author Beth Graham pinpoints some of...

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The Ultimate Key West Weekend Itinerary

A visit to Key West, Florida is a trip like no other. A vibrant island located at the southern tip of the Florida Keys, Key West is the land of tropical sunshine, amazing water activities, and a lively downtown known for its haunting history and world-famous sunsets. It’s the ideal spot for a weekend jaunt – as relaxing or invigorating as you want it to be. Here’s an itinerary for a weekend in Key West to help get your adventure started! Though Key West is only four miles long, it is jam-packed with enough gems to easily fill a week....

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Tips for Visiting Europe with Kids (and Without Complaints!)

Europe is this guest writer’s favorite travel destination, yet she avoided it for nearly a decade because . . . kids. Not anymore, she decided. Kids or no kids, she returned to Paris, where the French children are so well-behaved, and to London, where incredibly fragile items seemed to appear in every store we entered. A museum that demands the attention span of a monk? Fine. A tour of an opera house that requires complete silence? No problem. Read this Traveling Mom’s tips for visiting Europe with kids. And remember: they don’t look down upon drinking at any time...

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Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort Review: A Family Friendly Florida Keys Hotel

Just an hour south of Miami is Key Largo, the northernmost of the Florida Keys. A stay at the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, a family friendly Florida Keys hotel, was just what this Traveling Mom needed to put her and her family in a sunny mood. Key Largo Bay Marriot Beach Resort Review Boasting a tropical waterfront setting, the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort sprawls across 17 acres along the Gulf of Mexico, only an hour’s drive from Miami. This family-friendly Florida Keys hotel had everything my family needs: lots of things to do, great dining...

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How to Take a Self-Guided Austrian Biking Tour: Successful Tips

Thinking of taking a guided tour of a European country but don’t want to be “herded” from place to place? Not sure if you feel comfortable exploring a country entirely on your own? Here’s a happy solution. Try a self-guided Austrian cycling tour that arranges your hotel and meals. The tour also provides step-by-step directions on how to get from one place to the next. Be independent while having the guidance of an “unseen” tour guide! My husband and I usually plan our trips by ourselves. Of course,this means scouring websites, comparing open-jaw versus round trip flights and searching...

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