Gina Vercesi

Gina Vercesi

Gina Vercesi is a mother, teacher, writer, runner, hiker, gardener, foodie, and nature girl, with an adventurous spirit and an unyielding sense of wanderlust. In 2009, Gina founded Kids Unplugged as a family nature club. Kids Unplugged has since morphed into a full-fledged family travel site focusing on low-tech, off-the-grid adventures for families. On the flip side, Gina also has what she calls a Disney vice and is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner and Disney travel guru creating magical, stress-free Disney vacations for families.


5 Steps to Planning an Unplugged Road Trip

Think of the scene that comes to mind when you think of an old-school road trip–everyone piled into the family car, kids squished together in the backseat, windows down, radio on. Sure, there was probably some bickering, some wilted bologna sandwiches on Wonder bread, and a good amount of asking the proverbial road trip question, “When are we gonna be there?” It was messy and it was noisy, but that’s the stuff of memories. And it was probably a lot of fun. Think of the scene of road trips today–kids in the backseat staring at a handheld device, parents...

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Disney Magic on the Run – A Guide to Walt Disney World’s Strolling Performers

You’ve found the perfect resort, booked your Fastpasses, and ordered your Magic Bands. You’ve purchased plane tickets, researched touring plans, and had and matching t-shirts printed. With all of the work that goes into a Walt Disney World vacation, it’s easy to succumb to the urge to drive your family into high gear, and keep them there, once you’ve arrived at the most magical place on earth, bound by a strict mission to do it all. But even if you start the day eating breakfast with Mickey and end it watching the fireworks over the castle, it’s important to...

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Is it Safe to Travel in Europe?

In the past six months, terrorist attacks have besieged the European cities of Paris, Istanbul, and, just last week, Brussels. In the aftermath of this most recent tragedy, the U.S. State Department issued an alert advising American citizens of the possible risks associated with travel to and throughout Europe. This isn’t the first time the State Department has furnished such a statement—a global alert was announced following the November attacks in Paris and remained in effect through late February. Despite the fact that this new alert is set to expire on June 20, with summer travel on the horizon...

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Yosemite National Park Forced to Rename Iconic Landmarks

In an ongoing legal battle over trademark rights, Yosemite National Park has renamed five of its most iconic landmarks. Delaware North Company (DNC), which has served as the park’s concessionaire since 1993, claims ownership over several of the park’s trade names and is demanding more than $50 million for their continued use, despite the fact that the U.S. government puts their worth at $3.5 million. DNC lost the bid to run Yosemite’s hotels, restaurants, and activities to Aramark, which took over the contract on March 1. The most notable of the changes is to the famed Ahwahnee Hotel, which...

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Hotel Review – Winter Magic at the Hilton Québec

Ice slides, skating rinks, and snowy streets sparkling beneath the glow of hundreds of twinkle lights make the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Québec City a wonderland to visit during the frostiest months of the year. For families looking for a cold-weather adventure, Québec City and the surrounding area is a paradise of snow sports and outdoor fun. At the same time, the city’s rich Amerindian, French, British heritage means history and culture abound as well. Just steps from the charming Rue St. Jean, the Hilton Québec was the perfect home base for our family while we explored all the...

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Mom Unplugged-Stratton Resort’s Women on Snow Camp

As moms, we spend the majority of our time and energy focused on our kids, both on and off the slopes. During a family ski trip it seems that someone always needs their boots adjusted, their goggles tightened, or help putting hand-warmers into their mittens. Kids tend to get cold and skiing as a family usually includes as much time in the lodge with hot cocoa as out on the slopes. All of this means that as moms we rarely get the chance to really ski, to hone our skills, to improve our techniques. Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont...

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Bolton Valley Resort – Vermont Mountain Magic on a Budget

A family ski vacation can be an expensive undertaking—accommodations, gear, lift tickets, on-site dining, lessons for the kids—all of these things add up quickly, making it tough for frugal families to hit the slopes more than once each season. At the same time, skiing on a budget often requires making sacrifices in terms of your overall experience. Budget resorts may offer less terrain and you’ll likely end up staying somewhere off-mountain meaning driving and schlepping equipment each morning and afternoon. Fortunately, Vermont’s Bolton Valley Resort strikes the perfect balance between fantastic terrain, a slope-side location, and old-school ski resort...

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TMOM Words of Wisdom – Making the Most of Your Holiday Travels

  Now that November is upon us, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the holidays are just around the corner–and for many people that means lots of travel. Traveling Mom teamed up with TravelGuard® Insurance by AIG Travel to share our experiences with getting on the road during this busy time of year and to hear your tips for making holiday travels a success. We’ve compiled a selection of party tweets from some of the Traveling Mom writers to explore in more detail the unique ways TMOMs get organized and make travel plans for the holiday season. Whether that means...

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Get Down and Dirty for National Public Lands Day!

Parks across the United States are gearing up for National Public Lands Day, slated to take place this Saturday, September 26, 2015. More than 175,000 people will be volunteering to work together at what is considered the largest, single-day effort to clean up our nation’s public spaces. From clearing invasive plants from engulfing native species to collecting trash to planting trees to simply getting outdoors to enjoy the abundant beauty of nature, there are plenty of ways to get involved. So how can you get down and dirty in a park near you this weekend?  Here are some of our...

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West Bay Club Turks and Caicos – Seamlessly Connected to Nature

  You’ve seen the pictures. They pop up into your news feed when friends are on vacation and jump from the glossy pages of travel magazines while you wait at the orthodontist in February. Whatever this place is, you think, I want to go there. A long swath of powder-white sand joins with ultramarine water stretching to the horizon. Lounge chairs accessorized with brightly colored parasols decorate a seemingly endless beach. The images are of the Turks and Caicos Islands—more specifically of Grace Bay, on Providenciales—the beach that has been consistently voted the best in the world over the...

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