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.


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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Seven Photo-Worthy Places to Watch Sunsets in Pittsburgh with Kids

Think about where to watch beautiful sunsets and your first thought may be the beach. But have you considered Pittsburgh, PA, as a sunset viewing destination? If a visit to the city proper is on your radar, from an eagle’s eye view to a classic amusement park ride, here’s seven amazing places to watch sunsets in Pittsburgh! Don’t get me wrong, I love sunsets on the beach, in the mountains, on the water – you name it. But when I really think about gorgeous sunsets I’ve been able to share with my family, I always think of our own...

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3 Awesome Pittsburgh Staycation Ideas

Keeping the kids entertained on spring break doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, especially when you can plan fun staycation style. While you’ll never need an excuse to visit the city, it’s always fun to go with a particular theme in mind. From families that are active to ones that love educational spots, here’s three fun options for Pittsburgh, PA, staycations. 3 Awesome Pittsburgh Staycation Ideas I love reading and following along with family Spring Break travel tales but, personally, I’d rather stay home with my family and hit our favorite local spots. Not only do we save a...

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5 Ways for Teens to Have Fun at Walt Disney World Beyond the Thrill Rides

Taking a teen to Walt Disney World can be a crap shoot. With a 15-year old daughter, we’ve found plenty of fun inside the parks beyond the thrill rides to keep her engaged and entertained. From interactive games to testing bravery with soda samples, here are our top five ways for teens to have fun at Walt Disney World beyond the thrill rides. Five Ways for Teens to Have Fun at Walt Disney World If there’s one place that teens don’t have to be cool it’s Walt Disney World. The rides and attractions, the parades and shows, and the all-over...

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How to Learn and Save with Disney YES Program

Disney lovers know that there’s so much more to the theme parks than just rides and attractions. There’s great dining, shows, character meet and greets- and even educational opportunities. As a family that road trips bi-annually to Walt Disney World, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate learning while on the road into my teen daughter’s trips to the parks, and the Disney YES Program has the perfect melding of education and pixie dust- and it’s a great way to save on your next vacation! What is Disney Y.E.S. Individual Enrollment? Disney Youth Education Series (or Y.E.S. Program) is...

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The Ultimate Pittsburgh Family Travel Bucket List

For those of us lucky enough to live in or around Pittsburgh, we know how many amazing activities there are for kids and families. It’s these same fun things to do that keep us heading back to the city for family fun no matter what time of year. From educational activities to ways to burn off extra energy, here’s my Pittsburgh family travel bucket list. Visiting Pittsburgh, PA, is always fun any time of the year. There are the outdoor water sports and events from spring through fall, the gardens and parks to trek through when the weather is mild, and all...

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10 Life-Saving Winter Road Trip Tips for Holiday Travel

No one wants to find themselves stranded in sub-zero temperatures in the middle of nowhere – especially when driving home for the holidays.  While this type of road trip disaster has probably happened to you at least once, there are ways to avoid the worst: by knowing what to expect when the unexpected happens and preparing for it ahead of time. Need to brush up on your winter weather safety tips for this season? Here are 10 life-saving winter road trip tips to keep you safe and in the know. As Road Trip TravelingMom, I’ve traveled the U.S. and Canada in...

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Seven Important Lessons Learned from a Walt Disney World Road Trip

Yep, we’ve flown to Walt Disney World. Sure, flying is fast and efficient, but there’s just something about packing up the car and hitting the highway for 1,000+ miles at a time. Our Road Trip TravelingMom learns new lessons with each new road tripping experience – and the important ones from my family’s road trips to Walt Disney World will stick with me forever.   Seven Important Lessons from a Walt Disney World Road Trip There’s a feeling that I love about road tripping to WDW. If you’re road warriors like we are, you know it, too. It’s that giddy, exuberant, all...

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How Travel Brands Give Back: Hilton’s Military Operation: Opportunity

As a former military brat, I love hearing about the ways companies give back to its military, both retired and active, on Veterans Day. There’s free meals, parades, and all of the graciousness that surrounds the holiday. This year, join Hilton as it celebrates America’s troops in a major way with Operation: Opportunity. It’s a special Hilton career program for military members. Operation: Opportunity Truth: within the next five years an estimated 1 million members of our military are expected to “draw down.” In celebration of Veterans Day 2016, the Hilton hotel brand will be giving back to our troops in a major...

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Secret to Saving Money at Disney : Knowing What’s Free!

How can you save a bundle on your next Disney vacation? By knowing how to get stuff for FREE at Walt Disney World! For example, you could buy the Memory Maker Photo Package. Or you can take home the same great shots taken by the same great professional photographers for free. That’s just a couple of the absolutely free things you can do or get at WDW- keep reading for more. Glasses of Water and Ice If I were to give only one freebie in this list it would be this: There’s no need to spend upwards of $4 for a bottle of...

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