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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.


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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7 Reasons to Make Worlds of Fun WinterFest with Kids a New Holiday Tradition

Begin a new family tradition this year with Worlds of Fun Winterfest in Kansas City, Missouri! Holiday cheer will surround you with millions of spectacular holiday lights, 10 world-class live festive shows, 25 rides, a 7-story Christmas tree, mouth-watering treats, ice-skating, a 300′ tree of lights, and the best part of it all – every night it snows, regardless of the temperature outside. Here are seven reasons to make Worlds of Fun WinterFest with kids a new holiday tradition. Worlds of Fun has successfully expanded their open dates from being a one-season theme park (and a brief period around Halloween)...

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The Disney Difference: A Family Vacation Tour of Arizona and Utah

An Adventures by Disney tour of Arizona and Utah left this Traveling Mom teary-eyed. Why? She calls it the “Disney difference.” Find out why this family vacation tour brought her family closer together and created memories they could not have gotten any other way. Adventures by Disney Family Vacation Tour On the last night of our Arizona/Utah Adventures by Disney, they hosted a farewell dinner. As my family and I were walking to the dinner, I picked up my camera to start vlogging our experience. As I started talking about our week long Adventures by Disney trip, I started...

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5 Weird Things to See in Cleveland that Won’t Cost you a Penny

Cleveland has given us Superman, Pierogis, and Rock and Roll. But, there’s much more to this lakeside Midwestern city to discover. A new book, Secret Cleveland: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure, points readers to some of the lessor known attractions and shares some of Cleveland’s hidden secrets, including some located in plain sight! If you’re looking for weird things to see in Cleveland, look no further. 5 Weird and Free Things to Do in Cleveland When you think of Cleveland, I doubt weird is a word that you would use to describe this city full of art,...

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13 Fun Things To Do With Toddlers in The Palm Beaches, FL

Pleasant surprises can benefit traveling families and a big toddler-friendly one happened in The Palm Beaches of Florida. TravelingMom’s new Guest Author expected mostly arts, culture and fine food, but also found abundant delights for her toddlers too. She shares 13 fun things to do with toddlers in the Palm Beaches, FL. When I first heard the Palm Beaches, Florida, a vacation with my toddler was not the first thought that came to mind. If you are like me you think of the Palm Beaches as a great Florida destination for experiencing arts and culture with some beautiful beach time....

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Spend a Weekend in Puerto Rico With Kids – Successfully

Looking to take an exciting weekend getaway with kids to a beautiful island? Get a chance to enjoy warm weather, beautiful beaches, eat delicious foods, explore, learn and more. A weekend in Puerto Rico with kids is a family-friendly vacation destination with things to see and do for all ages. We have discovered that Puerto Rico is a place that we can easily escape to – even with kids. The flight from the East Coast is about 4 hours, with no passports needed. My family and I first discovered Puerto Rico a few years ago when our kids were 3 and 9 years old....

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Feeling “Royal” at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Phoenix, Arizona, is a hot spot for vacationers. But in the summer, it’s literally a hot spot as temps can get upwards of 120 degrees. That is is why even high-end resorts and hotels like Fairmont Scottsdale Princess lure people in with amazing deals. And that’s a win-win for Phoenician staycationers like me! On a whim, my (almost) 4-year-old son, Mateo, and our dog Jeter (yes, it’s dog friendly—more on that later) checked in at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. I can only describe it as magic. It’s a AAA Five Diamond resort so I don’t have to tell you...

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9 Ways to Spend a Weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne isn’t always the first place that pops into your mind when you think about planning a weekend getaway in the Midwest.  But it should be. A hidden gem known mostly to devoted Vera Bradley fans, a weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities amidst the charm and friendliness you expect from the Midwest. For Midwesterners, it can often feel like a big hassle to get away for a weekend.  While one of the beautiful things about the Midwest is its wide-open spaces, that can also limit the options for someone looking for...

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Destination: Hollywood. Experience the Hollywood Bowl and BLVD Hotel

Love music and history? Next time you purchase tickets to a legendary concert at the Hollywood Bowl, make it a vacation and enjoy some of the magic that Hollywood, CA has to offer. From dining to cozy lounges to chic lodging options, there’s plenty to see, do, and eat at and around Hollywood Bowl! Los Angeles (LA) will always have my heart. As a native Angeleno transplanted to Northern California, I tend to get homesick often. I’ve officially been away for twenty years now, and it doesn’t get easier. I miss the traffic (crazy, right?!), hustle and bustle, and countless...

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