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 7 and 2. 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 programs.


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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How to Spot a Truly Kid-Friendly Ski Resort

Ready to take your kids on a ski vacation? Choose wisely! Many ski resorts are excellent fits for families, but others just go through the family-friendly motions. How can you tell the difference between ski resorts that offer the bare minimum to kids and ones that are a kid-friendly ski resort paradise? Learn how one mom who skis often with her kids spots destinations that are truly a good fit for families. When it comes to skiing with kids, all ski resorts are not created equal. Sure, most will have a few bunny slopes and usually even a children’s...

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Flying with a Baby? Here’s what You need to know about Changing Diapers on a Plane

Traveling with kids can be a messy business. It can get especially messy when you’re flying with a baby and it comes time for changing diapers on a plane. Why? Because – believe it or not – many airplanes do not have diaper changing tables. Here’s what you need to know. Changing Diapers on a Plane I remember well the first time I found myself flying with a baby onboard an airplane with no changing table. I was on a cross-country flight, and my daughter was 6 months old. I wondered how any reasonable airline could expect parents to go...

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10 Things to Know About Staying Off-Property at Disneyland

Thinking of staying off-property on your family’s next Disneyland vacation? Worried you are going to miss out on the perks or suffer some inconveniences by trying to save a few bucks? Never fear! Armed with these pieces of Disneyland knowledge, you too can have a magical off-property Disneyland stay. A major decision every Disneyland visitor needs to make is choosing a hotel. The three Disney-owned properties (the Grand Californian, the Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier) certainly loom large. They offer magical theming and some special perks. Staying on-property, however, isn’t always possible for all families. The Disney hotels...

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Disneyland Thrill Ride Guide for Young Kids

Taking young children to Disneyland but not sure if they are ready to race with Lightning McQueen or battle the bad guys on Hyperspace Mountain? One TravelingMom put her 6 year old to the ultimate thrill ride test at Disneyland: ride them all! She returned with these tips and reviews to help you decide what attractions are just right and what might be too thrilling for all but the littlest daredevils. The Thrill of Disneyland Rides A child’s first thrill ride at Disneyland is always memorable. It usually goes one of two ways. Your kid will either be the...

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The Ultimate Disneyland Cars Land Guide

Have kids who are mad about Mater? In love with Lightning McQueen? Then a visit to Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park is a must-do on a Disneyland vacation. Cars Land is exceedingly popular and often very crowded. Uncover the best planning and strategy tips from a Disneyland veteran in this complete Disneyland Cars Land guide. Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park in Anaheim, California has been one of the most successful Disney theme park lands of all time. Cars Land opened at Disneyland in the summer of 2012 and has been packed with crowds ever since....

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The Family-Friendly Side of Sedona, Arizona

Sometimes the best travel experiences happen on accident. Visiting Sedona, Arizona, in the spring was one such accidental destination for my family that turned into a major family travel success. A city known for luxury spas and mystical spirituality may not seem like an obvious destination for family travelers. But the hikes, outdoor adventures, and kid-friendly activities turn this into family-friendly Sedona. On my family’s spring break travels last year, we were looking to break up a long drive on a road trip taking us from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and finally on to Phoenix. With my...

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10 Fun Free Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids

Cable cars. Famous hills. The Golden Gate. There are a lot of reasons to visit San Francisco with kids, but it’s also easy to spend a lot of money in the city by the bay. There’s no reason, however, to blow your family travel budget on your next trip. Let a TravelingMom local show you lots of fun and totally free things to do in San Francisco with kids. San Francisco, California, is one of the most popular family travel destinations in the United States. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive. Hotel prices have surged in recent...

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