Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Leslie Harvey, Frequent Flyer TravelingMom

Leslie Harvey is a former attorney from the San Francisco Bay Area and mom of two kids, ages 8 and 3. She blogs about the joys and challenges of travel with little ones at Trips With Tykes. She has a passion for all things air travel related (well, everything except the TSA) and is also a lifelong Disney geek. She saves money on her family’s travels by maximizing the benefits of airline frequent flyer and other loyalty programs.


10 Things Do in Oakland California with Kids

San Francisco may get all of the glory, but the city of Oakland just across the bay has plenty to offer family travelers as well. World-class museums, an up-and-coming food scene, and outdoor adventures make it a worthy stop on a trip to the Bay Area or even an adventure all on its own. Get an East Bay local’s take on visiting Oakland, California with kids. Often overshadowed by its neighbor across the bay, the city of Oakland, California may not seem like an obvious destination for family travelers. I’ll let you in on a local’s secret. There is...

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Transportation Tips for Off-Site Hotels at Disney World

Many travelers opt to stay “off-property” on a Walt Disney World vacation. Staying in a non-Disney hotel means losing out on a few Disney perks. But the compromise often makes sense for many families, for a variety of reasons. Staying off-site, however, means that travelers need to plan a bit more to select the best transportation choices. Learn how navigate your way through Disney while staying off-property with these transit tips. Transportation Tips for Off-Site Hotels at Disney World There are a million and one things to plan for a Disney vacation. One of the biggest planning decisions is...

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Complete Guide to Disney Transportation

Planes, trains, and automobiles? In Orlando, that’s not quite right. For Walt Disney World visitors, let’s revise the old transportation adage. How about monorails, Magical Express, and ferries? Or perhaps ride-sharing, shuttles, and rental cars? Disney transportation can be both overwhelming and overwhelmingly convenient. But you need to know how to use the system. Find out everything you need to know to master Disney World transportation. Walt Disney World is a pretty enormous place. That means transportation is an essential part of the experience. Most new visitors are completely overwhelmed by the choices. How can you best make use of...

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12 Most Important Things to Know about Disney’s MagicBands

At Walt Disney World, it may seem like magic that a little plastic wristband can do so much. Disney’s MagicBands, introduced a few years ago, are still a novelty to many visitors who don’t visit Disney often. Here we answer 12 frequently asked questions about MagicBands and all the conveniences they offer – with all the latest information on MagicBand 2, released in early 2017. If you haven’t been on a Disney vacation in the past few years, then you may not be familiar with Disney’s MagicBands. These bands were introduced in 2013 as part of a major overhaul...

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Best Strollers for Travel with Babies and Toddlers

Planning a trip with a baby or toddler in tow? Whether you are about to embark on baby’s first flight or are a traveling parent veteran, you probably know that having the right stroller for the trip is incredibly important. Our network of expert TravelingMoms put their heads together to share their favorites for every kind of trip. Best Travel Strollers Traveling with a baby or toddler can be a challenge, but having the right gear with you makes the logistics of it much easier. Strollers are one must-have item for almost any kind of trip. Bring the wrong...

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Lyft & Uber Tips: How to Use Ridesharing Services with Kids

Want to take Uber or Lyft on your next family vacation? Whether you are a newbie to ridesharing services with kids or just a newbie to them altogether, learn how Uber and Lyft operate to make the services work for your family in your travels. How to Use Ridesharing Services with Kids Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have become serious players in the transportation market of most major cities in the past year or two. With a smartphone and data connection, you can hail a ride, monitor the driver’s progress to pick you up, and pay for the...

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Tips for Riding Frozen Ever After at Disney World Without the Wait

Want to ride the hottest attraction at Walt Disney World without the long line? Find out all the strategies you can use to shortcut long wait times for Frozen Ever After in Epcot.   Tips for Riding Frozen Ever After at Disney World Without the Wait Even since its debut in June 2016, Walt Disney World’s new Frozen Ever After ride has had the longest line in Orlando. Located in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase in Epcot, Frozen Ever After takes guests to Arendelle to meet their favorite characters from the crazily popular movie. The new attraction was...

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Big Changes to FASTPASS at Disneyland in 2017: Here Comes MaxPass

Breaking Disney News: Disney announced a major change to its Fastpass service to take effect later in 2017. Find out how MaxPass will change Disneyland’s same day virtual queueing system. Plus learn what we don’t yet know about Disneyland MaxPass. If you’re headed to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, big changes are afoot for 2017 to the Disneyland FASTPASS system. Earlier today, Disneyland announced MaxPass. MaxPass will combine smartphone driven FASTPASS reservations with a little bit of the PhotoPass service now offered separately. Ever since Walt Disney World unveiled FASTPASS+ at the end of 2013, the rumor mills have been abuzz about what...

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Celebrating the Holidays at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Union Square

San Francisco’s luxury hotels put on quite a show for the holiday season each year. Decorations, castles of sweets, and holiday tea are just some of the family-friendly offerings at Bay Area hotels. One TravelingMom stayed at one of the most historic and iconic of these hotels, the Westin St. Francis Union Square, and reports back on the best holiday lights and sights. It’s a celebration for the entire family! Celebrating the Holidays at San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Union Square As we walked into our hotel room at the Westin St. Francis and immediately spotted the view of San...

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Free Things to Do in San Francisco for the Holidays

Planning a visit to San Francisco this holiday season? While the city’s ample holiday offerings can be expensive, there are so many family-friendly and free attractions and events to celebrate the season. Get insider tips from a San Francisco local TravelingMom on what to do and see. Things to Do in San Francisco at the Holidays The city of San Francisco is a beloved travel destination, but its star shines even brighter during the winter holidays. Holiday decorations and lights adorn the iconic buildings of the City by the Bay. The city also offers many special events and performances...

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