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.


Tips for Disney’s Aulani with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Considering a Hawaiian Disney vacation at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa? This luxury resort on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu has plenty to offer families with kids of any age, but it is an especially ideal destination with younger kids. Get insider tips for experiencing the best of the Disney magic and Aloha spirit at Aulani with toddlers and preschoolers. Many families take their toddlers and preschoolers to Walt Disney World and Disneyland every year. But not as many consider a Disney vacation in Hawaii at Aulani. After all, it is a longer trip for many traveling families....

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Complete Guide and Insider Tips for Using Disneyland MaxPass

Disneyland’s next generation FASTPASS service, MaxPass, is here. There are some big changes from what Disneyland regulars have been used to over the years as well as major differences from FASTPASS+ at Walt Disney World–not the least of which is the new system costs $10 per day per person. A Disneyland regular walks you through how the new paid Disneyland MaxPass system works and offers insider tips for how to use the digital FASTPASS alternative for free. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thank for helping support TravelingMom....

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White Stallion Ranch: Arizona Dude Ranch Family Vacation

Hey, dude! Have you ever considered a dude ranch for your family? Get a TravelingMom’s take on the dude ranch vacation experience at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Take a peek at the dining, horsebacking riding, and amenities you might not expect. Plus, learn why your kids may be ready for a dude ranch family vacation sooner than you think. Why a Dude Ranch Family Vacation? Like many travelers, dude ranches were not exactly on my family travel radar. Not because I was unaware of them, but rather because I thought that my kids (ages 8 and 4)...

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Is the Disney Credit Card Right for You?

A Disney credit card is often a popular choice among Disney-going travelers. But are the two Disney credit card offerings from Chase really giving you the most or the best travel rewards? One of TravelingMom’s credit card rewards experts looks at the pros and cons of these cards. Rewards credit cards can be an incredibly useful tool to save money on your family’s vacations. With a plethora of airline miles cards, hotel cards, points cards, and cash-back cards, choosing the right one requires serious research and a detailed cost-benefit analysis. Credit cards also come with risk and potential for making...

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1 Day Itinerary for San Francisco

The City by the Bay in a single day? It can be done. Although the city of San Francisco is a destination worthy of a week or more, sometimes travelers just do not have the time for a longer visit. Get a local’s take on how to hit the highlights in this 1 day itinerary for San Francisco. San Francisco, California is one of the top United States travel destinations for travelers around the globe. I recommend that visitors come and stay awhile, taking a few day trips around Northern California on a longer visit. But longer vacations are...

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Touring the California Mendocino Coast with Kids

North of the San Francisco Bay Area, hundreds of miles of breathtaking California coastline stretch up to the Oregon border. These more remote coastal areas are often overlooked by travelers. Find out why families should venture off the beaten path and head north to the Mendocino Coast with kids for a family-friendly getaway full of trains, hikes, and beaches. Mendocino County with kids in Northern California may not seem like the obvious choice for a family vacation. The area is best known as a couples getaway destination for active baby boomers. The quiet rugged coastline is hundreds of miles...

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3 Reasons Cash Back Credit Cards May Be Smarter for Travel Rewards

Credit card rewards are a common way to earn money and points for travel. Travelers in search of a free flight or hotel night, however, often get the wrong card. Are airline or hotel cards the smartest choice? Maybe not. Frequent Flyer TravelingMom explains why cash back credit cards might be the better bet for casual travelers looking for easy travel rewards. Disclosure: TMOM may earn a commission on credit cards approved via links on this page. Opinion is solely that of the author. Choosing the Right Rewards Credit Card Want free travel? Sure, we all do. Over the...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Disneyland Summer of Heroes

Saving the Guardians of the Galaxy. Training with Hawkeye and Black Widow. Dancing with Groot. Getting a selfie with Captain America. These are just a few of the things that superhero fans can do at Disneyland this summer during the Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure. Get one of the very first exclusive looks inside the event to plan your trip. And get crucial tips for surviving the busy summer vacation season at the Happiest Place on Earth. The summer season at Disneyland is always special, but Summer 2017 is shaping up to be truly epic. Officially coined...

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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. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. Transportation Tips for Off-Site Hotels...

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