Julie Bigboy, Day Trips TravelingMom

Julie Bigboy, Day Trips TravelingMom

Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children. Since her first visit to Disneyland at one year old, Julie has developed a love of amusement parks. She blogs Disney tips and tricks, along with budgeting advice on her website Saving Up for Disney. When not writing, Julie enjoys sewing and crafting.


2 Day Itinerary for Monterey, California

A visit to Monterey, California, is like no other. In one single day, travelers can visit the beach, mountains and farmlands! Our Day Trips TravelingMom recently spent two days in Monterey with her husband and four children. She has the ideal 2-day itinerary for families who enjoy a wide range of activities, rejuvenating downtime and delicious dining. 8 Best Things to do in Monterey, California Even with just two days, you’ll have plenty of things to do in Monterey, California. Located on the state’s rugged central coast, Monterey County includes cities such as Seaside, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Carmel, and Salinas....

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6 Unique Family Experiences in California’s Eastern Sierra

Rising up from the dry landscape are the towering Eastern Sierra, snow-topped mountains that peak at upwards of 14,000 feet. It’s a breathtaking contradiction of landscapes, with much to discover. From lakes, canyons, hot springs and pine forests, our Day Trips TravelingMom found the beauty of the Eastern Sierra offered plenty in the way of breathtaking scenery and unique experiences. Read on for what activities she and her family found in the towns of Big Pine, Bishop and Lone Pine along US Hwy 395. Family Adventure in the Eastern Sierra Follow US Hwy 395 in spring, as my family...

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TravelingMom Favorite Spas for Ultimate Pampering on Vacation

The best spas are a place of restoration. Spending time in the spa will rejuvenate you, relieve your stress, soothe your sore body and simply make you blissfully happy. Our TravelingMoms love pampering themselves at the spa on vacation; read about their favorite spas for ultimate pampering on vacation, as well as tips for choosing and enjoying these great spas around the world. Why Make Time for Pampering on Vacation? Successful vacations should be an absolute blend of adventure and relaxation. How often do we take on too much during our trip, forgetting to decompress and breathe? As the Day Trip...

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14 Disneyland Tips Every Walt Disney Regular Needs to Know

You’re a Walt Disney World regular going to Disneyland for the very first time? You’re in for a new experience, one that you’ll be sure to love if you plan ahead. While Walt Disney World seems to exist in its own “Disney bubble,” Disneyland is set in the middle of a bustling city and surrounded by suburban homes. If you’re used to the rolling green lawns and lush trees of Orlando with sprawling resorts and equally large Parks, you’ll need to rethink that your visit to Anaheim, California. But no fear! The Disney magic is alive in California. Our...

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7 Insider Tips on How to Visit Disneyland with Preschoolers

When considering a vacation to Disneyland with preschoolers, you might have questions and concerns. Namely, is there anything that preschoolers can ride or do at Disneyland? What should you bring with you into the Parks? And that all important question: What about meltdowns and how to avoid those? Our Day Trips Traveling Mom has been taking children to Disneyland for 18 years. In that time, she has collected many insider tips. Keep reading for all the advice you’ll need when visiting Disneyland with preschoolers!   Disneyland with Preschoolers Traveling with preschoolers requires special preparation. From picky palates, fussy schedules,...

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17 Dazzling Fireworks Displays Around the World

New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July aren’t the only times to see bombs bursting in the sky. Check out these 17 festivals around the world that light up the sky with fireworks. From Iceland to Spain and throughout the year, these jubilees will light up your travels with unique celebrations, ceremony, fireworks and pyrotechnics. Light Up Your Life with Fireworks Around the World It’s one thing that people around the world can agree on: Fireworks give your festival the biggest spark! Travel the globe with our TravelingMoms and see how holidays around the world celebrate with fireworks and...

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How to Have the Ultimate Staycation

As much as we’d all love to travel to the far reaches of the earth, seems like it just doesn’t always work out. Perhaps it’s finances, time constraints or work and school schedules that are stopping you from long-distance or extended vacation traveling. Our Day Trips Traveling Mom is a stay-close-to-home pro and is sharing her tips for having the ultimate staycation. 8 Tested Tips for Planning the Ultimate Staycation Experiencing travel envy because you don’t have the time or money for an extended vacation to a far off land? No worries! You can still have a fantastic vacation. Forget about booking...

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9 Must-Do Attraction Tips for Disneyland Christmas Celebrations

If you’re already a Disney fan, you know that visiting Disneyland during the holidays holds a special thrill. From the moment you pass through the gates, you’re immersed in the Disneyland Christmas magic. Our Day Trips TravelingMom tells you what you need to know about the classic holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort. Why You Should Visit Disneyland During the Holidays Disney is a delight 365 days a year, but Disney really pulls out the stops during the holidays! The entire resort is decorated top to bottom, including Downtown Disney District, the 3 resort hotels and both theme parks. There...

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Save Half the Cost on Character Dining Experience at Walt Disney World

Looking for a breakfast with character? Think you can only find it at the Disney Parks or at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurant? Our Traveling Moms have been to many character dining experiences inside the Disney parks. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to reserve ahead of time, expensive, crowded and often rushed. Check out this option for a character dining experience that’s not only still on Walt Disney World property but also value priced and bountiful! And you’ll still be able to meet n’ greet Disney favorites. Character Dining Experience at Walt Disney World Character dining is a Disney...

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express Anaheim – Disneyland Area Hotel

With about a 10 minute walk to the front gates of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California the Holiday Inn Express is a great off-site hotel choice. Our Day Trips TravelingMom recently visited Disneyland and stayed overnight with her extended family at the Holiday Inn Express located on Manchester Ave. This Disneyland area hotel offers an upscale design, complimentary breakfast and ability to walk quickly to the parks, making this hotel an excellent choice. Looking for Disneyland Area Hotel? Check out Holiday Inn Express When visiting the Anaheim area, I usually prefer to stay on-site at a Disneyland Resort hotel to take advantage of...

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