Kim Orlando, Traveling Mom

Kim Orlando, Traveling Mom

Kim Orlando After years of traveling every week for business, Kim sought out other moms who traveled to understand how they dealt with the guilt, the scheduling and their family relationships. Advice from the trenches made travel–and life–much easier and often much more fun. Kim realized that other traveling moms would appreciate these insights, too, and TravelingMom.com was born. Just a few years later, TravelingMom is among the best known family travel web communities with the leading travel writer network. The advice and insight of this community is sought out by national news networks, travel companies and traveling moms who need to know. She has been selected as the travel expert for Wyndham's Women on Their Way, Mom Talk Radio and has been featured in Good HouseKeeping, NY Times Travel, Forbes.com, Hannah Storm’s CBS News Blog, JuJu Chang's Moms Get Real and The Montel Williams Show. Follow her on Twitter @KimOrlando


Regent Seven Seas Explorer Mother-Son Weekend Getaway

Cruising, luxury, and kids…Probably words you never consider putting together when planning a family vacation.  But, don’t be too hasty. While it may not be the ideal vacation with a 2-year old in tow, a recent mother and teenage son adventure on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer convinced this traveling mom that it’s a good mix. All you need is an adventurous spirit, the right ship, and a luxurious, but not stuffy atmosphere, so the kids feel right at home. Time, for this traveling mom and most moms, is the ultimate luxury. So, when it comes to planning vacations,...

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The Best Super Bowl Chicken Wings in NYC

If you were traveling, taking wings along is probably not the best idea. But if you have folks coming to your house for a Super Bowl party, wings are well worth the sloppy deliciousness. A tried and true wing recipe from Virgil’s BBQ in Times Square is one of the best wings recipes I’ve ever tried – and the restaurant spilled on what makes them so amazing – recipe included.  You think you can only find great chicken wings in the South?  Think again.  Virgil’s BBQ serves up more than 30,000 lbs. of its secret recipe chicken wings every year.  It’s...

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Luxury Vacation in Mali Losinj Croatia

Mali Losinj doesn’t roll trippingly off the tongue (Losinj is pronounced Losheen), but this Croatia resort town should be on everyone’s short list of luxury spa destinations. I spent a week at the seaside Hotel Bellevue, a gorgeous place where the treatments were super luxe, the food and wine was spectacular, and yes, the Europeans were naked. Luxury Vacation in Mali Losinj Croatia You know how it’s cool to have the latest bit of tech before any else, or to see a hit play in London before it comes to Broadway? That’s how I felt about spending a week...

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GMC Canyon Bridges the Gap: Mom Car & Teen Son Whisperer

How can a truck help a mom bridge the gap between her son’s childhood and his new life? Read on as our fearless TravelingMom leader explains the value – and the joys – of a good pick-up truck. Oh, and why a programmable crock pot is always a good idea.   GMC Canyon Bridges the Gap: Mom Car & Teen Son Whisperer The tables are turning for this TravelingMom. Instead of deciding where to go on vacation, I plan my trips around my kids in college and what they need.  I squeezed in a visit to see my own mom en...

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Into The Woods: Off the Grid with Mekoos Outfitters, Quebec

Going off the grid in Quebec and overcoming nature deficit: how I spent a few days with my teen son in Canada, putting down my phone and living in the moment, despite a healthy fear of bugs and bears. We kayaked, hiked and star gazed; the real, night-time stars, not the Hollywood celeb types.   Into The Woods: Off the Grid in Mekoos, Canada Going off the grid for me usually means a couple of hours where I unplug and recharge. But at Mekoos, three hours north of Montreal in the Canadian woods, there’s no grid whatsoever. You are...

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Travel like a Pro: Common Holiday Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

There’s so much happy excitement and anticipation when planning holiday travel. Traveling during the most wonderful time of the year can be fun and festive if you know how to travel smart.  There are easy ways to avoid the most common holiday travel challenges if you know what to look out for- and if you can keep a sense of humor. Plan a Time to Leave – and then Leave Even Earlier How many times have you turned on the news around the holidays and seen massive traffic jams in all of the major cities?  The easiest way to...

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Prevent Identity Theft While Traveling: Important Precautions Every Family Must Take

Traveling opens up a world of new possibilities for families, and it opens up one very big threat – identity theft while traveling. Travelers are especially at risk for data breaches and credit card fraud. Simply being away from home and not monitoring your accounts and data with as much vigilance as usual increases that risk. As does using strange and potentially unsecured credit card machines, ATMs, and even free public WiFi. Find out how to prevent identity theft while traveling with these important tips. Identity Theft While Traveling One thing I love about travel in today’s tech-filled world...

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Epic Discoveries in Vail: Our Multi-Gen Trip

It takes a village to raise a child, but busy families today are often far-flung and unable to vacation together. I hosted my own summertime mini-family reunion in Vail, Colorado. At this luxury resort, my college teen daughter and my younger, grown up cousin, and I explored the outdoor adventures of the mountains and the indoor pleasures of fine dining and high thread counts. Our No-Fail Vail Family Vacation Vail, Colorado, is one of the West’s best-known ski Meccas. As a non-skier, I had resisted its cold weather charms. But just because I don’t love snow doesn’t mean I don’t...

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Smart Financial & Money Management Tips for Frequent Travelers

A busy schedule on the road often means frequent travelers don’t have enough time to manage their money wisely. Get smarter about your financial life – even when away from home – Get smarter about your financial life – even when away from home – with these tried and true tips from TravelingMom and Katie Linendoll, Capital One’s Digital Lifestyle Expert. As if planning two fun-filled, action-packed weeks of vacation for three kids with three different interests and a husband who hates sand is not challenging enough, I have to stay within budget and remember which bills have to be paid...

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Tallahassee with Teens: Beyond FSU?

Like Austin, Tallahassee is a capitol city and like Austin, Tallahassee is the place for live music, great food, craft beer, and family friendly attractions for all ages. Florida State University is a strong part of the allure but there is more to do in and around the city than Seminole football games. Mini Austin, with Rain Tallahassee has a popular live music scene, along with excellent food and craft breweries. It’s a vibrant hip town with a funky vibe.  In Railroad Square Park, colorful railroad cars house locally owned shops and bars like Proof where you can play cornhole and choose from tons...

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