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.


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! With a family whose favorite holiday is Halloween, I can tell you spending it at Walt Disney World is absolute heaven. From the park decorations to the parties, we keep smiles on our faces from beginning to end. To amp up the holiday...

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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! I remember my first visit to Walt Disney World. Scratch that, I remember the stress of planning my first visit to Walt Disney World. Back then there wasn’t a ton of options in regards to learning the proverbial ropes so I spent...

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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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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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