Shannon Entin, Roadschooling TravelingMom

Shannon Entin, Roadschooling TravelingMom

Shannon Entin is a New Jersey-based family travel writer who grew up under the impression that the highest form of family fun was driving aimlessly to get to anywhere. Today, Shannon takes her own family on extended driving adventures, criss-crossing America from the Jersey Shore to San Francisco Bay, Niagara Falls to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and more, always ready to veer off the interstate to investigate a quirky attraction, sample a local delicacy, or try a new adventure. Homeschooling her two kids along the way, she chronicles her adventures and roadschooling experiences at 100 Routes Across America.


New In-App Universal Orlando Ticket Purchase and Redemption

Have you ever headed to Universal Orlando bright and early with really excited children, only to wait in an insanely long, slow line at a Universal Orlando ticket or Will Call window? Well starting today, you can purchase and redeem your tickets right in The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. But is that enough in today’s technology-driven society? When It’s All About the App For locals, or those buying tickets last-minute, the in-app purchase can be a time-saver. Once you purchase your Universal Orlando tickets within the app, simply head to the gate with your phone, navigate to “My Tickets”...

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Hammondsport, NY: Adventures in the Finger Lakes

Hammondsport, NY is a charming lake town on the southern shores of Keuka Lake in Upstate New York. Part of the southern Finger Lakes region, Hammondsport offers the perfect combination of family adventure and relaxation. Where to Stay in the Finger Lakes: Hammondsport, NY Keuka Lakeside Inn is a charming property right on the southern shore of Keuka Lake. The recently renovated rooms are clean and comfortable and include a mini-fridge, free wi-fi, and television. Owner Ron personifies the friendly, small-town vibe of the area. He explains that visitors are very loyal to the Inn, coming back year after...

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Don’t Get Frozen Out: How Early to Book a Disney Vacation

There’s never a wrong time to book a magical Disney vacation, right? Not so fast! There are some key time frames you need to know to help you make the most of your visit. Knowing when to book your resort, dining, and fast passes will ensure you are not “frozen” out of any must-see experiences! Booking Your Disney Vacation: Timing is Important TravelingMom reader Sharon asks, “How early is too early to book Disney?” First, let’s look at accommodation options, since that’s the first thing you’ll want to pin down. Generally, booking a Disney resort property six to seven months in...

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Getting a Medal from Mickey: How runDisney Inspires Healthy Living

Think you can’t run a half marathon? Mickey Mouse says you can! Since 1994, when the Walt Disney World Marathon was launched, runDisney has been inspiring people of all ages and abilities to set – and achieve – serious health and fitness goals. And this is especially true for women – those Moms out there who want to channel their fitness motivation into a magical family vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth! runDisney Inspires New Runners Runner’s World magazine calls runDisney events the perfect races for new runners because there’s less pressure, no qualifying time required and runners...

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Kid-Friendly Chicago Restaurants and Must-See Museums

Chicago is a popular family vacation destination, and our TravelingMoms have the scoop on the best kid-friendly Chicago restaurants and the must-see museums. From Eataly to the Field Museum, here is your guide to eating and learning in the Windy City. Kid-Friendly Chicago Restaurants Chicago,Illinois, a popular family vacation destination, has so many places to eat and museums to visit, it’s challenging to narrow down the choices and determine which are the most kid-friendly. But our TravelingMoms have been there! In this “Ask a TMOM” post, we uncover the best, kid-friendly Chicago restaurants and the must-see museums. TravelingMom reader...

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Where the Walking Dead Will be Heading Next

Get ready, the dead are coming. To Universal Hollywood, that is! Beginning in Summer 2016, you’ll be able to get a taste of what post-zombie-apocalypse life might be like. The new permanent attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood will bring to life the most popular cable TV show in history – AMC’s The Walking Dead. Walk Among the Walking Dead at Universal Hollywood The zombie-themed walk-through attraction was announced by Chris Hardwick during his talk show, The Talking Dead. According to Hardwick, the attraction will be an entirely new structure that will mix live performers with animatronics and special effects to create one of...

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Planning a California Family Vacation: Cars Land and More!

Planning a California family vacation? Looking for tips on visiting Disneyland’s Cars Land, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and San Francisco with kids? Our TravelingMoms have been there! California Family Vacation – Start at Disneyland! Melissa, a TravelingMom.com reader, asks, “Thinking about a Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Muir Woods and San Francisco trip with our three kids, ages 5, 9 and 12, this summer. We have no problem driving. Just looking for tips. Cars Land is our priority, thrill rides are not. It’s our first time out west!” Your first visit to Disneyland can be overwhelming, and you’ll definitely want to...

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Lock Up Your Love in Lovelock, Nevada

While you can no longer place a love lock on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, you can still lock up your love with your spouse or family in the little town of Lovelock, Nevada. City of Love Bans the Love Lock For more than seven years, tourists have flocked to Pont des Arts in Paris to place a lock on the bridge’s fence and toss the key into the Seine River below, symbolizing everlasting love. Last year, Paris began removing the locks because the bridge’s fences were crumbling under the weight. There are several other places you...

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How to Book a Hotel That’s Sold Out

A TravelingMom reader asks, “I was curious if any of you have experience trying to book a hotel where there weren’t any rooms available. And if so, how did you handle a sold-out situation?” Can you get a hotel room if they are sold out? Most of the time, you can! Solo TravelingMom Sarah Pittard says, “I do this all the time. Hotels always save rooms. I call the hotel direct – not the 1-800 number – and explain why we want to stay, etc. We can get a room 85% of the time. Ask for the manager, not...

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Ask a TMOM: Plan a Spring Visit to Zion National Park

A TravelingMom reader wants to plan a family trip to Zion National Park in March. There’s a lot to consider – where to fly in, where to stay, how he can effectively use travel bonus points, and how to find the best deal. Stay in a cabin, hotel or camp? And what will the Zion weather be like?   Visiting Zion: Where to Stay? A TravelingMom reader asks, “My kids and I decided to go to Zion National Park at the end of March. Would love any advice you might have on who could plan a trip for us,...

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