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.


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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Universal Orlando Resort: 7 Things Every Disney Fan Needs to Know

You know every nook and cranny of the Magic Kingdom. Epcot is your home-away-from-home. But this trip… you are ready to cheat on Disney. As a die-hard Disney fan, going somewhere else may give you pause, but a day at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a worthy gamble. Find out what skills and tricks transfer – and what don’t – in this guide to Universal for Disney fans. As a Disney super-fan, going to any other theme park makes me feel a little guilty. My loyalty to Walt runs deep. When I found myself looking...

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8 Things to Know about Visiting Palm Springs with Kids

Palm Springs, California, is much more than a desert dotted with golf courses. Californians have long known it to be a family-friendly destination with engaging activities and attractions (not to mention the perfect pool weather year round). Find out what else might surprise you about Palm Springs and why you should consider it for a trip with your kids. You might know Palm Springs, California,  for its lusciously green golf courses in the desert. It’s also famous as a place where grandma and grandpa retire in their golden years. Not everyone thinks of it as a destination for a family...

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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. However, staying off-site 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, but one of the biggest planning decisions...

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High Flying with Mickey: What You Need to Know About Flying to Orlando

Planning a trip by plane down to Orlando to meet Mickey Mouse? With any travel – especially if you are bringing the kids – a little preparation before your trip goes a long way. Our Frequent Flyer TravelingMom flies to MCO often and offers her very best tips for navigating the airport, picking the right ground transportation, having a magical time aboard the Magical Express, and more. For many families, a trip to Walt Disney World requires a plane trip before the fun can start. For anyone who isn’t a frequent flyer, flying can sometimes be the most anxiety-producing...

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The Ultimate Guide to Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World

One of the biggest complaints about taking a Walt Disney World vacation is waiting in long lines. Fortunately, Disney has made many tools available to guests willing to plan and prepare that will significantly reduce waits during a Disney trip. Extra Magic Hours are just one of those tools that can greatly help with crowd avoidance and make a Disney vacation extra magical. Find out how, when, and when not to use them for your next Walt Disney World visit. Extra Magic Hours. If you are a Walt Disney World veteran, those three little words are probably magic to your...

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The Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Character Meals

Dining with Mickey and pals is an important part of a Disney vacation for most families. Find out tips, tricks, and advice for character dining at Disneyland from a mom who has eaten with kids at every single Disneyland character meal. Tough work, but someone’s gotta do it! Few families plan a visit to Disneyland without scheduling a meal with their favorite Disney characters. Character meals are a perfect way to get photos and autographs with a wide variety of characters in a quieter setting. You avoid the theme park lines and have a more relaxed sit-down dining experience...

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Choose the Right Travel Rewards Credit Card

Are you leaving money or miles on the table when it comes to travel? You might be if you don’t have the right credit card working for your family to earn travel rewards. Find out a few simple steps from our Frequent Flyer TMOM for maximizing your miles and identifying the right credit card to do just that.  A travel rewards credit card is an invaluable tool for earning “free” travel. So many traveling families, however, don’t maximize their value. Inertia is powerful; it is so much easier to stick with the card you already have than it is...

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