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 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,, Hannah Storm’s CBS News Blog, JuJu Chang's Moms Get Real and The Montel Williams Show. Follow her on Twitter @KimOrlando

Beyond the Blue Lagoon: Things to Do in Malta on a Mother-Daughter Getaway

What are the best things to do in Malta, especially when you’re on a mother daughter getaway? How do you tempt your college-age kid to share a travel adventure with you? Our Traveling Mom says the first step is to pick a cool destination. Something not too, too far out of either of your comfort zones. Safety is key. Read on to find out why Malta not only made the grade, but rated an A+. I was craving some one-on-one time with my college-age daughter Sophia. They grow up so fast, don’t they? We had a family vacation planned...

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California Road Trip – Beaches, Sushi and a Buick Enclave

California can only mean one thing – the beach! Or in our case, many beaches: Manhattan, Pacific, Mission and throw in Mission Bay for good measure!  But was the lure of all that sand and sun enough to convince a college-age daughter that a week-long California road trip with her mom in a Buick Enclave would be #BetterthanCabo? California Road Trip I was on a mission. My daughter had passed up a spring break in Cabo with friends to spend a week with me on a California road trip. I was determined she wouldn’t regret that choice. After spending...

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Would a Popular College Student Choose a Mother Daughter Trip Over Cabo with Friends? You Bet!

A daughter with dreams of a spring break in Cabo meets the mighty force of a mom with ideas of her own. Read on to learn how two women, a Buick Enclave and a couple of bikes convinced a college daughter that spending a spring break week with her mom would be #BetterthanCabo. Mom vs Cabo: a Battle for Spring Break And I quote, “Best spring break ever”–said my daughter, the social butterfly, about our trip to CA together. Get this – she opted for a road trip and biking with her mom over Cabo. The backstory: she is...

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Above Average Travel: Luxury Girlfriend Getaway in Los Angeles

What makes a trip luxurious? Is it high thread counts, a destination spa, a concierge who anticipates your every need? Or is it unfettered time with friends and family, drinking wine and feeding rescued animals? Maybe real luxury is time and experiences; the rest is just financial. It was easy to ponder the questions and come up with answers on a luxury girlfriend getaway in Los Angeles.   Every hotel can’t be luxury; if all hotels are deemed luxury, the luxurious becomes, well, average. But nothing was average when I was a guest of  Fox Searchlight at the premiere of the movie Gifted in...

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16 Top Things to Do at The Wharf in Southwest DC with Kids

The Wharf in DC, also known as Southwest Waterfront, is the hot new neighborhood in Washington DC, just a short Metro ride (or a free shuttle bus!) to the National Mall. Opened in late 2017 along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River, The Wharf has great new restaurants, music venues, live theater, a gorgeous riverwalk and plenty of ways to enjoy the water. Here are the 16 top things to do at The Wharf in Southwest DC, including a hip new place to stay in this hip new neighborhood. 16 Top Things to Do in Southwest DC 1....

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Canopy by Hilton Review: Hip, New Lifestyle Hotel in Washington DC

Canopy by Hilton is a new Hilton brand aimed at innovative ways to make hotel life more enjoyable. The newest Canopy hotel in Southwest Washington DC is part of the hot new waterfront development called The Wharf. TravelingMom Kim Orlando says it’s a hip and trendy hotel for a hip and trendy spot. Canopy by Hilton at The Wharf The Canopy by Hilton brand debuted in Reykjavik, Iceland. The location at The Wharf in Washington, DC opened in October 2017.  It is the realization of Hilton’s focus on innovative ways to make hotel life more enjoyable, based on research from the company’s...

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Top Tips for Visiting India with Kids

India is an exotic-as-they-come destination and in the hands of well-planned tour – as safe as can be.  Should you make it a family vacation and take the kids? Yes! Culturally it will be eye-opening and maybe life-altering. Iconic sightseeing includes palaces, temples, mosques and minarets. There are forts to climb, bazaars to shop, and they’ll be wowed by camels, elephants, and mischievous monkeys. And just think about all  that wonderful Indian food to eat in situ. Here are our top tips for visiting India with kids. Namaste. Tips for Visiting India When I returned from my recent trip...

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3 Products that Make International Travel Easier, Safer and More Economical

Travel at the holidays doesn’t always mean visiting family. Sometimes it means taking a bucket list trip, like an international vacation. These three products make international easier, safer and more economical. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  International Travel on Our Minds When we asked readers of TravelingMom and TravelingDad about their holiday travel plans, we found that one quarter of them will travel, but they won’t be going home to see family. Instead, they’ll be going somewhere else. At least some of them are planning bucket list trips like an international vacation. These three products can make international...

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Amish Country Family Vacation

What’s better than some old-fashioned, down-on-the-farm family fun – with some education tossed in as well? That’s what you’ll find if you head to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for an Amish Country Family Vacation. Here are TravelingMom’s four simple rules for enjoying yourself in Lancaster. Four Simple Rules for a Trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania As the fearless leader of TravelingMom, I am constantly looking for the next road trip family vacation. I enjoy taking time with my family to head to new destinations or to explore new ones. One of my favorite road trips was our visit to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For...

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Gifted Kids: A Blessing and a Curse (and a New Movie)

Raising children always has challenges. Many parents wonder what it would be like to raise a prodigy. In the movie Gifted, coming out this April, you can get a good look at the challenges. You can also see quite of bit of Tybee Island, near Savannah, Georgia, where the movie was filmed. Raising Gifted Kids In the new movie Gifted, Mary Adler, the child prodigy at the center of the story, is played by 10-year-old Mckenna Grace. When Mckenna arrived at the press junket, I asked her as a veteran traveler: “What is your must-pack item?” She left and returned with...

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