Judy Antell, Vegetarian TravelingMom

Judy Antell, Vegetarian TravelingMom

Judy Antell is the Free in 50 States editor of TravelingMom. Judy lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and three daughters. The vegetarian family loves to visit the farmer’s market for local, organic produce. They have bicycled in Europe, skied downhill and cross country across the US, and hit the beaches all over the Caribbean. They visit cities and small towns around the country, always seeking vegetarian food – and chocolate. Read her blog, http://wheelsandeats.blogspot.com


Making a Green Travel Choice: Driving a Prius Prime

Travelers who worry about their carbon footprint can breathe easier – literally – with a Prius Prime. The sedan gets 25 miles on an electric charge, and over 60 miles per gallon with the gas engine. We drove from Brooklyn to Washington, DC, with a detour in Pennsylvania, on a couple of charges and about $6 in gas. Going green is not only a no-brainer, it saves you money! Green travel doesn’t have to be punishing. We drove a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime for a week and it was extremely comfortable. Though it is far from luxurious – we...

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New Cars & Family Fun at the New York International Auto Show

 The New York International Auto Show, zipping through New York City April 14-23, is an extravaganza of new cars and fun. If you love to travel, you are likely in different cars around the world. Here you can get up close and personal with shiny new vehicles – and see lots of gorgeous vintage ones, too. Plus there is a ton of interactive family fun, from rides in a Jeep course to virtual reality. Best of all, you can win a new designer handbag! The annual New York International Auto Show is here. Running April 14-23, the show has something for...

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Choose Your Poison: Free in New York or Priceless Views

You can have it all in New York City: a vista that extends over three states from the tallest building in the city, to free events throughout the day.. and all in the same place. Downtown Manhattan is the latest destination, with free attractions like FordHub and programming at Brookfield Place. The new One World Trade Center Observatory charges for the view. NOT Free in New York City: the View From the Top As a lifelong New Yorker, it is bred in me that I am not supposed to go to the touristy observatories. I never went to the top...

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6 Reasons the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Detroit is Family Friendly

Detroit as a vacation destination may seem like comic fodder, but the city is enjoying a renaissance that suits family travelers. To court the family market, a hotel needs luxury family friendly accommodations. The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Detroit fits the bill, with an ideal downtown location and amenities that make every guest feel the love. Motoring in to Motor City On our way to see my in-laws in Cincinnati, my husband, daughter and I picked up a Jeep in Detroit for the drive. Since we had to return the car to Detroit, we decided to spend a couple of days...

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Hiking Near NYC: Free Fun with Family and Friends

Visitors to New York City – and even residents – sometimes make the mistake of never leaving the city. But one of the beauties, and curses, of NYC, is how close it is to so much more. Rockland County, just an hour from New York, is remote, gorgeous, and perfect for hiking. Don’t forget that tick check! Day trip from NYC: immersed in nature and enjoying free fun There is so much to do in New York City that people who live here have bouts of FOMO – fear of missing out. How can you leave NYC, if just for...

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8 Free Things to Do with Kids on Amelia Island

Luxury and free fun can co-exist! Just because you splurged on a luxe beach resort doesn’t mean you have to bust your family vacation budget. There are plenty of free things to do with kids on Amelia Island–and not all of them are at the beach. Use all that money you save to splurge on a spa treatment. Historic Amelia Island Historic Amelia Island, in Northeast Florida, is close to the Georgia border and has nature preserves at either end. The 13 mile long (by only two miles wide) barrier island is home to two luxury resorts, Omni Amelia...

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Why Should You Head to the Philadelphia Flower Show?

New Yorkers believe they have the best in everything, but one New Yorker says she can concede this: the Philadelphia Flower Show rates among the top shows she’s been to anywhere. If you love flowers, foliage, gardening – get to Philadelphia March 11-19, 2017. The Philadelphia Flower Show The annual Philadelphia Flower Show hits town in March and it is a great way to spend a day. The show has special events for kids, adults, and even dogs. This year, the show celebrates “Holland: Flowering the World.” If you are a gardener or enjoy strolling through botanic gardens, the show is nirvana. Since the...

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7 Fun Free Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids

New Orleans has an infectious party atmosphere that appeals to visitors of all ages. Though the cocktail bars are off limits to children, it’s still fun to see New Orleans with kids. The frequent celebrations – parades and festivals can be found most weekends – make NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) a fun family destination – and you can watch them all for free! In addition to all the fun free things to do in New Orleans, if your kids are adventurous eaters, you will find all sorts of food to introduce to them, from spicy Cajun cuisine to sweet...

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Free in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday: Pre-Gaming Georgia Style

Expect a day-long celebration in Atlanta on February 5, when the city’s football team plays in the evening Super Bowl. Atlanta Super Bowl Sunday also coincides with an annual event, Super Museum Sunday. This day offers free admission to historic sites around Atlanta. Free in Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday If your pre-gaming plan for Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, has you in Atlanta, take advantage of the free annual “Super Museum Sunday.” This event celebrates Georgia’s diverse and fascinating history, with the State Parks and Historic Sites Division of the Department of Natural Resources offering free admission at museums...

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Going Rogue: Taking a New Nissan on the Road

The number one movie of 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was also a boon for Nissan, which coincidentally released a new model of its popular SUV, the Rogue. On a test drive of the 2017 Nissan Rogue, I drove the car to Philadelphia for a rogue’s list of fun, including spending the day at the Eastern State Penitentiary, the world’s first penitentiary. We also found plenty of delicious food. Hear all about our Rogue adventure during our road trip to Philadelphia! Going Rogue: Taking a New Nissan on the Road Despite living his life on the straight...

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