Karyn Locke, Road Trip TravelingMom

Karyn Locke, Road Trip TravelingMom

Karyn Locke is a travel writer and blogger from small town Ohio who was bitten by the travel bug at an early age compliments her military brat background. Happy to call the tri-state area her home, she adores traveling to large cities, as well as small town U.S.A., and everywhere in between. She loves the fact that her family digs road tripping just as much as she does and they plan to conquer America one city at a time. Karyn writes her own lifestyle & travel blog and may be found at Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between! , or on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Google+ as Karyn Locke.


Traveling Overseas? Don’t Make a $15,000 Mistake

Thinking about a medical emergency while traveling with your family is probably one of the last things you want to think about. But sadly, they do happen more frequently than we’d like to admit. To ease the financial (and mental) burden for overseas travel, MedEvac Plans have come to the proverbial rescue. Think you don’t need a MedEvac Plan? Here’s four reasons you may want to consider purchasing one of these affordable plans–especially because one medical evacuation transport can cost $15,000. Or more. Avoid Costly Emergencies with MedEvac Insurance When my daughter was two years old, we began taking...

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Planning for a Medical Emergency while Traveling: 7 Simple Steps

Picture this: You’re on a dream vacation with your family and it’s perfect. You planned out well in advance the resort, the meals, the itinerary. And then something throws a wrench into your perfect vacation. No one ever wants to think that it can happen, but it does. Whether it’s a stomach bug or a broken bone, emergencies happen, and the steps you take to prepare for them are just as important as planning the vacation. Here’s hoping you’ll never need these seven simple steps for planning for a medical emergency while traveling. Planning for a Medical Emergency while...

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The Best Indoor Pittsburgh Activities with Kids

Pittsburgh, PA, offers four-season fun, there’s no doubt. We’ve got outdoor water sports and events from spring through fall, and the gardens and parks to trek through when the weather is mild. But when the temps start falling, it’s time to begin thinking of indoor fun! From museums to give you and your family creative inspiration to places to get your jump on, here are the best indoor Pittsburgh activities with kids. Check them out to escape the cold – and have lots of fun. Trust me when I say that Pittsburgh, PA, is beautiful any time of year. At this point, my...

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Why Snowshoe Mountain with Family Makes for a Great Ski Vacation – Even If You Don’t Ski!

When you think of skiing, you want to naturally think of heading out west to the big ski resorts, right? But did you know that there are some spectacular places to ski in the South? Yep! Not only can you learn the basics, you don’t even need to ski to be able to enjoy a visit. Ready to strap on those skis and get the scoop on one of our favorite resorts in West Virginia? Here’s why Snowshoe Mountain with family makes for a great ski vacation – skiing or not. My first visit to Snowshoe Mountain in Snowshoe,...

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How to Decorate Your Disney Resort Room for Halloween: Easy DIYs

Once you hit those Walt Disney World gates, you’re submerged in that Disney bubble, decorations and all! And, while the beauty each of the resorts is lovely, decorating your resort room for Halloween can make your family’s vacation space extra special. Here’s six easy (and inexpensive!) tips on how to decorate your Disney resort room for Halloween! Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. Decorate Your Disney Resort Room for Halloween With a family whose favorite holiday is Halloween, I can tell you spending...

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Is a Gateway Clipper Cruise Fun for Teens?

Think Pittsburgh river cruises are only for older folks and wee ones? Think again. Setting sail for a two-hour Gateway Clipper Cruise was just what this Pittsburgh-loving family need this summer. From good food to good music, there’s plenty of reasons why teens will love a Gateway Clipper Fleet cruise -and here’s five of the best ones to keep your teen entertained and happy. No eye-rolling involved! Taking my daughter on the Gateway Clipper Fleet in Pittsburgh, PA is something we’ve always done – especially for its kid-friendly Lollipop Cruises. It was fun to take a cruise for an...

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Become a Walt Disney World Expert in 10 Super Easy Steps

So, you’re headed to Walt Disney World for the first time. Now what? There’s logistics to consider, dining reservations, resort choices – gah! To help you wade through the countless and endless barrage of information, we’ve narrowed it down to make you a Walt Disney World expert with these 10 super easy steps. Ready? Set? Let’s Mouse! Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. I remember my first visit to Walt Disney World. Scratch that, I remember the stress of planning my first...

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Walt Disney World Resorts: Should You Stay On Property or Off-Property?

Are you on the fence whether to book a Walt Disney World on-property resort or stay offsite? While there are plenty of benefits and perks to both, it’s enough to make your head spin weighing the pros and cons. We put in the legwork to break it down and help you decide which is best for your family and budget. Here’s the scoop on Walt Disney World resorts: on-site versus off-site. I’m a lucky lady; I’ve got a family that loves Walt Disney World. We jump at the chance to visit as much as we can. Whether it’s road trips or...

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Why You Need to Plan a Visit to Pittsburgh in 2017

Visiting Pittsburgh is a great idea no matter what time of year or when, but 2017 is THE year for city fun! It’s actually got something for everyone: a booming foodie scene, ambitious outdoor activities, and its love for visiting families is not covert. If you’ve visited recently and are thinking about visiting before the end of 2017 (or if you’ve never visited before and are planning a visit!), good news! There are plenty of new things to discover in Pittsburgh. Here’s why you need to plan a visit to Pittsburgh in 2017. For my family, a trip to Pittsburgh, PA,...

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TravelingMom’s Best Picks for Disney Dining for Families

When it comes to dining at Walt Disney World, narrowing down the proverbial playing field can be tough. After all, there’s quick service, table, service, character meals, all-you-care-to-enjoy, and buffet styles –  you name it! If you had the inside scoop on where to go and what to what to eat, it would certainly help, right? We think so, too. From all of us that are Disney passionate, here’s TravelingMom’s favorite places for on-property Disney dining! I remember the first time I planned a visit to Walt Disney World with my family. Once our travel dates were locked down,...

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