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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.


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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Beaches & Boats — 7 Fun Free Things to do in Myrtle Beach

Known as The Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to many golf courses, wide miles-long beaches and plenty of family friendly and free things to do. This affordable family vacation spots is one of the premier resort communities in the country. The weather is mild and much of the beachfront entertainment is free, making summer the best time to take advantage of these free activities. The Beach The area’s biggest attraction is the ocean, and of course it is a free and public space. Visitors should bring beach towels, blankets, and chairs to avoid the cost of rentals. Murrells Inlet...

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Eureka – A Great Northern California Getaway

Eureka, California is a historic port town on the Northern California coast.  Its attractions include towering redwood forests, abundant wildlife, and hearty food.  A trip to the “Lost Coast” is a perfect multigenerational getaway. Eureka, California, is a great central spot to base a tour of California’s north coast.  This 19th century seaport town was built by farmers, miners, fishermen, and loggers.  Today, Eureka lures visitors with a mix of dining, shopping, and outdoor diversions. This vibrant Northern California seaport is famous for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests.  Families can experience a Victorian-styled Old Town, water sports on...

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Our Tween Daughters’ Emotional, Life-Changing Vist to Ethiopia

When my husband and I adopted our two daughters from Ethiopia over a decade ago, we made a promise that we would return. It was important to us that the girls establish a relationship with their birth families and forge a personal connection with their heritage. This spring, we made the journey with our three children, ages 10, 11 and 12. Thoughtful planning and research helped us prepare for the trip, and the generous, joyous spirit of the Ethiopian people made it a life-changing experience for the whole family. Here are some tips that helped us make the most of traveling internationally with our three children as well as...

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