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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.


Order Up! Tips For Managing Large Groups At Restaurants

As the parents of a daughter in travel sports, we often find ourselves participating in out-of-state tournament play. When on these sports trips, there are two undeniable facts…the players need to rest and they need to eat. Often getting together for a meal can be a team-building event, however organizing it is no easy feat. As a team manager, or mom, I’m sharing my   tips on how to put together a successful team dinner and managing large groups at restaurants. Order Up! Tips For Managing Large Groups At Restaurants There are a lot of factors to consider when...

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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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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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7 Easy Tips To Survive Traveling Alone On Crutches

Sometimes the unexpected happens when you least expect it. You’re scheduled to go away when suddenly, life throws you a curve ball and for whatever reason, you find yourself on crutches. Whether it’s a broken bone, or you’re recovering from surgery, there’s hope. Just by doing a few simple things that in some cases are as easy as just picking up the phone, you will help to make your trip just a little smoother while still ensuring you can put your best foot forward (even when you’re traveling all on your own on crutches! Over the years, I’ve traveled...

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Insider Tips for Making the Most of a Visit to Washington DC

Thinking about visiting Washington, DC? You can go whenever you want, but there are certain times that are better to go than others. These tips from an insider will help you know when is the best time to visit Washington DC and the best things to do in DC. Best Time to Visit Washington DC Living in the DC area for more than 13 years has given me some insider tips that I like to share. Whether you’re coming over the bridge from the burbs for a visit or a longer trek from out-of-town, the biggest tip is that it’s all...

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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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