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Guest Author

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


Best Vermont State Parks for Families with Children

Vermont State Parks are treasure troves for families who want to explore the natural wonders of the Green Mountain State. Kids and their parents will appreciate the adventurous opportunities these parks provide — swimming, paddling, hiking, and camping. All of Vermont’s state parks are incredible, but these are our top picks for families with children. If you’ve ever visited Vermont, you know that it’s a state of great natural beauty — home to lush forests, ancient mountains, and secret valleys. It’s the second least populated state (after Wyoming), but it’s always attracted lots of visitors, who come to experience...

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Where to Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion in Chicago

Chicago has a rich history of diversity—not of all of it good. But there are a number of museums and attractions that celebrate social justice and diversity in this city where the population now is just about evenly split—one-third white, one-third African American and one-third Hispanic. Celebrating Diversity in Chicago I like bringing my kids to sites that offer them opportunities to learn about social justice, or a marginalized group of people. I haven’t been to all of these places, but they are on our list of spots we want to take our kids. The National A. Philip Randolph...

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Where to Find Family Friendly LGBTQ+ Attractions in Chicago

While not every business or attraction in Chicago makes an effort to welcome non-traditional families, there are many that do. From public art to museums to a nontraditional hair salon, here are a few spots that are particularly open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people and their families. Family Friendly LGBT Chicago When my kids, my spouse and I head out for the day in Chicago, we want to visit places that treat us like royalty. We’re an LGBT family. We’re special. We want a red carpet rolled out, horns to announce our arrival, and somebody to...

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What makes a place welcoming to LGBTQ Families?

Businesses or attractions don’t always make a conscience effort to be welcoming and inclusive for non-traditional families. But there are some common signs that indicate a place is welcoming to LGBTQ+ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning — people and their families. Read on to learn key ways public places can be more inclusive. What LGBTQ+ Families want As a lesbian mom, I demand equality for my family. When I take my kids out in Chicago to our favorite places, I expect to be treated like any other family. Go ahead, charge me five bucks for a Walking...

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10 Timeless Travel Books – Tales to Take on Your Journey

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a thousand (or more) poetic words about a place have the power to inspire us to travel. Here, a literature professor and author shares her top 10 timeless travel books all but guaranteed to you to get out and explore. Travel Books that Inspire One of my favorite calming pre-flight rituals is to buy a book in the airport bookstore. If I can find a novel set in the place I’m traveling to, so much the better. But I’ll settle for reading any book with a strong sense of place....

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Business Trip Travel Tips – All Work and No Play Makes Travel Very Dull

Is it possible to have a fun family vacation when recreation is not the only thing on the agenda? Not only is it possible, but even a business trip can equal an amazing time for everyone if you follow these travel tips – plan ahead, ask the right questions of the right people and use a few time management skills. Travel Tips Not all travel is created equal. Families are not just hitting the road or riding the big silver bird for recreation only. Travel for a child’s team sport or for a business trips for a parent is becoming...

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August 1 #TMOM Twitter Party – Using Points for Travel

We all want to see the world – but who can pay for all that? Well, if you save your miles and use your points wisely, you can earn rewards that can help you travel all over. Not sure how? Talk to the experts at the next #TMOM and #TDADPoints Twitter party on August 1 at 9 p.m. ET to find out more!   One of the easiest ways to routinely travel at a bargain is by racking up and using points and miles from airlines, hotels, and credit cards. Did you know that after getting two credit cards you...

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How to Make the Most of Your First Family Cruise

We wanted to take our family of four on a vacation and picked a family cruise to the Bahamas. At first it sounds a little scary hearing that you are going to be confined to a Royal Caribbean ship for 5 days and 4 nights with kids ages 4 and 2. What are we to do? How will we keep them occupied? How are we going to do the excursions off of the ship? Turns out there was no reason to worry. We decided to take a Royal Caribbean family cruise to the Bahamas. It sounds daunting and maybe...

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SUMMER FUN AT SMUGGLERS’ NOTCH RESORT IN VERMONT!

Smugglers’ Notch is well known as a family friendly ski resort in Vermont. But it’s also a great spot for summer fun. This single mom found plenty to keep her teens and tween (and herself) happy. In fact, she thinks the resort is better for older kids than little ones. Smugglers’ Notch in the Summer I’ve read a lot about great child-friendly vacations, but now that my kids are a bit older (15, 13 and 9), I wanted to find the perfect place for their ages (and for me, a single mom) where we could all be happy. So I...

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Free Things to Do with Kids in Omaha

TravelingMoms and their Guest Author colleagues explore hometowns and home states as well as travel the globe. Take a look at Omaha, Nebraska, through the eyes of a local mom who knows free stuff to do with the kids. Free fun Things to Do in Omaha Omaha has more to offer than a world-class zoo to attract travelers – and a lot of it is free. From theater and concerts to a world-class art museum with an area just for kids, there are plenty of fun things to do that don’t cost a thing. Here are a few of...

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