Melody Pittman, Southern TravelingMom

Melody Pittman, Southern TravelingMom

Melody Pittman is a blogger and travel writer from Vero Beach, Florida who is on a quest to conquer all 50 states and visit as many countries as she is years old. To date, Melody has visited 38 states (12 to go) and 47 countries (1 to go). She and her daughter, Taylor Pittman Hardy, write about luxury travel, culture, and food on their blog, Wherever I May Roam. After years of traveling big cities both locally and abroad, Melody is now finding that her passion is exploring the Southern charms of small towns across the country. She loves exploring the local festivals, museums, bed and breakfasts, and the concept of buying and eating local.


10 Awesome Things to Do in Northern Michigan

Are you looking for a unique U.S. vacation that isn’t the same old, same old? Our Southern TravelingMom was stuck in that rut until she headed across the entire country for a different kind of vacation in the state of Michigan. Wait until you see the one-of-a-kind things to do in Northern Michigan that she shares to replicate on your family travels. Some places were only reachable by boat! 10 Things to Do in Northern Michigan 1. Eat Fudge from the Fudge Capital of the World 2. Search for Petoskey Stones 3. Stroll Around the Leland Historic District 4. Take...

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5 Mississippi Cities with Small Town Charm

How cool is it to do a Mississippi road trip visiting multiple unique towns along the way? That is how Southern TravelingMom Melody and several other travel writers set out to explore the state of Mississippi. Beginning in Oxford and ending in Hattiesburg, see what these small-town Mississippi cities had to offer. Mississippi Road Trip: 5 Mississippi Cities with Small-Town Charm 1. Oxford: The High-Brow College Town 2. New Albany, The Sweetest Town in Mississippi 3. Tupelo, Synonymous with Elvis Presley 4. Columbus, A Town With Hundreds of Historical Homes 5. Hattiesburg, A Place To Revisit I’m always eager to...

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6 Super Florida Family Vacation Ideas (Besides Disney)

Florida fits the bill for most families when they start talking vacation. Though Walt Disney World is by far the most visited attraction in Florida, Southern TravelingMom reminds us that there is much more to the Sunshine State. See where this local recommends for super Florida family vacation ideas that are an alternative to the major theme parks. 6 Florida Family Vacation Ideas 1. Jacksonville/Jacksonville Beach, Florida 2. Clearwater Beach, Florida 3. Gainesville, Florida 4. Hollywood, Florida 5. Siesta Key, Florida 6. Cocoa Beach, Florida When you think of vacation ideas in Florida, you generally picture packing up your...

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Eating My Way Around Puerto Vallarta: Vallarta Food Tours

Southern TravelingMom Melody takes her travels to the Mexican Riviera on a recent cruise. During her port day in Puerto Vallarta, she had to have her own taste on Vallarta Food Tours, a site she sees mentioned and showcased daily on Instagram. Did her tour measure up to the countless photos she has drooled over for so long? Read on to see. Whether you are visiting Puerto Vallarta by land or sea, taking a fun and educational food tour is the way to go. Vallarta Food Tour is the perfect way to get a taste, no pun intended, for...

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Kid-Friendly Tallahassee Museum: Why it’s Worth the Trip

An online search of top things to do in Tallahassee is to visit the kid-friendly Tallahassee Museum. The city has a lot of museums and my itinerary was already riddled with many of them, but the reviews insisted on making this a must-see attraction. So I went. What this Southern TravelingMom found was that simply calling this place the Tallahassee Museum does not begin to encompass the awesome offerings you will find here. Let’s see what you think! The Kid-Friendly Tallahassee Museum The Tallahassee Museum is one of several highly recommended museums in the capital city of Florida. I have...

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Sirata Beach Resort Review: Before and After $15 Million Facelift

Southern TravelingMom Melody made her first visit to St. Pete Beach in Florida. Sipping cocktails on the white sugary sand beach and splashing in three oceanfront pools kinda grew on her. Find out which timeless resort wowed her and rejuvenated her mind, body, and soul — and enjoy these Sirata Beach Resort photos. Sitting on a private white-sugary sand Florida beach is the lovely Sirata Beach Resort, a mammoth property where every room has a full or partial view of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests have been coming to the Sirata for countless years now for vacation, celebrating special...

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2 Day Itinerary for Louisville With Kids (or Without)

The Horse Racing capital of the world held a treasure trove of fun for Southern TravelingMom her daughter. Louisville, Kentucky is much more than delicious food and thoroughbred horses, though they both just add more allure to the artsy city. Get ready to discover this and more with her 2 day itinerary for Louisville with kids (or without). 2 Day Itinerary for Louisville With Kids (or Without) It had been years since I visited the state of Kentucky. My daughter Taylor, and I were driving through the state and decided to take a little detour and see what fun...

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A Two-Day Itinerary to Orlando, Florida: More than a Theme Park

There’s more to Orlando than theme parks! In just two days, you can experience delectable dining, world-class shopping, family adventures, and lots of special memories! See what Southern TravelingMom suggests for two days of travel in Orlando, Florida, the No. 1 family vacation destination in the world! She has your fast-paced days planned out with fun for the entire family, rainy day activities, and hotel recommendations that won’t break the bank. A Two-Day Itinerary to Orlando, Florida Florida is a popular family travel destination. The biggest draw in the Sunshine State is Orlando. Not only is Orlando home to...

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A One-Day Itinerary for Visiting Orlando, Florida

A vacation to Orlando, Florida can be more than just an expensive theme park visit. In one day, Orlando-goers can enjoy shopping, tasty eats, adventure, relaxation, and family fun! Our Southern TravelingMom, a frequent visitor, offers her suggestions for a suitable one-day itinerary for visiting Orlando for families with children of all ages. She has your normal-paced day planned out with activities that will entertain the entire family (shopping, sightseeing, play, food) and hotel suggestions for where to lay your head. A One-Day Itinerary for Visiting Orlando Florida is a popular family travel destination. The biggest draw in the Sunshine...

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A Weekend Guide to Panama City, Panama

What happens when one couple semi-retires and decides to live as part-time expats in a foreign country? Southern TravelingMom Melody and her husband, Eddie, ventured to Central America to put roots down in the Republic of Panama. Find out their recommendations on where to stay, play, eat, and shop in this weekend guide to Panama City.  Weekend Guide to Panama City, Panama Having lived part-time as an expat in Boquete, Panama, my husband, Eddie, and I know the Republic of Panama’s capital city quite well. We often travel to Panama City, about six hours from our Boquete home. It’s...

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