Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Patty Holliday is a wife, mother of four, certified Disney travel agent and lover of candid confession. Find her in Arizona or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty Honda Odyssey take her. That's 33 states and counting! With her teen, two tweens and kindergartener, her world is loud, sassy, hilarious as she balances family, work, travel, and fitness. She’s probably planning where her next racecation can take her. Spoiler: it’s probably to Disney. If you need straight talk about mom’ing, traveling with a bunch of kids, or planning Disney vacations she’s the one to call. She blogs at My No-Guilt Life.

How Universal Studios Hollywood Is Better Than Disneyland

On a recent road trip to California, Candid TravelingMom Patty Holliday did something rather unusual. She made a stop in Southern California and did not go to Disneyland. This Disney-loving family turned their backs on the Mouse and went to Universal Studios Hollywood instead. Here are the ways that Universal Studios Hollywood is better than Disneyland.   How Universal Studios Hollywood Is Better Than Disneyland I know, I know. It’s hard to believe that this ultra Disney fan was breathing the air in Southern California and did NOT go to Disneyland. But it’s true, and even more shocking: Universal Studios...

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When You Fall Asleep in One Hotel But Wake Up in Another

    When You Fall Asleep in One Hotel But Wake Up in Another On a recent trip to Washington, DC, I found myself planning the hotel arrangements for my family. This is nothing new as I tend to be the planner by nature. But what was quite the shock was the husband’s desire to stay somewhere new. What?! But, but, but…. we’re Hilton people! We are loyalists when it comes to our airlines (we almost always fly Southwest) and to our hotels. It’s a tip Road Warrior TravelingMom Nasreen Stump says is important for frequent travelers. We hardly stray from...

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Travel Hack: Know Where To Find Free WiFi On The Road

In this day and age, staying connected is a must. Cell phones and laptops are not mere conviences but necessary tools for most of us. We need digital access, yes, even when we are traveling. One thing that has made life (and the data plan) manageable has been finding free wifi options while on the road. Here are 25 places to find free wifi on the road if you need to make a connected pitstop.   Travel Hack: Know Where To Find Free WiFi On The Road Recently I found myself scouring the internet for reliable info: I needed to find...

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Five Ways to Save Money When You Travel to Hawaii

I can picture it now: me lying on the beach watching my four children build sand castles and frolic in the Hawaiian surf. What I can’t picture is how I’m going to pay for this little slice of heaven! Next to “expensive” in the dictionary are the words “Hawaiian Family Vacation.” Gulp. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and I’m sharing five ways to save money when you travel to Hawaii today. This is probably not a surprise to anyone, but Hawaii is on my travel bucket list. The surprise might be that it hasn’t always been....

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10 Family Friendly Ways to Spend the Holidays in Arizona

Winter travel in Arizona doesn’t really bring to mind a Norman Rockwell painting. There are no sleigh rides or white winters. Yet spending the winter holidays in Arizona can still be a beautiful thing! With a multicultural population, you can find festivities influenced by Arizona’s Spanish, Native American and cowboy cultures, creating unique holiday experiences. Here are 10 family friendly holiday events in Arizona you need to know about! Holidays in Arizona I have a confession to make: when I moved to Arizona, I had no idea that the state was diverse and rich with culture. Like many people, I saw...

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How to Choose the Best Hawaiian Island for Your Family Vacation

A Hawaiian vacation is as American as The Brady Bunch and Scooby Doo. Heck, even the kids from Saved By the Bell made it to Hawaii. And, yet, I’ve never been. Which means my kids have never been either. Does that mean I’m a failure as a mom? Ha! Probably not, but I think this is one of those vacation spots that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially during Christmas or Spring Break travel seasons. Picking the best Hawaiian Island for your family vacation takes some investigation and planning. Here’s what I found. Which Hawaiian Island is Right for You? Time for...

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Is Carlsbad Caverns Worth the Detour?

Happy Birthday, National Park Service! 100 years young and going strong. If you haven’t visted a National Park recently, you might be missing out on some of the most beautiful natural experiences that the USA offers. We try to visit a park every year, even if it’s a bit out of the way. This summer we hit up the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Was it worth the detour and additional gripping from the kids? Well, let me tell you… Road Trip Detour: Carlsbad Caverns Upfront I’ll say that my kids are pretty good about my road...

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How To Christmas At Disney

A tried and true TravelingMom will tell you there’s never a bad time to go to Disney… except maybe during the Christmas holiday break. Don’t get us wrong: we love Christmas at Disney! There are tons of special Christmas experiences at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. But it’s also the number one season to visit the Disney Parks, which means it’s extra crowded. If you are going, you’ll need all the tips you can find! We’re here to help. We are in agreement: Christmas at Disney is simply the most magical time to visit. But a visit during...

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Flying Frontier Airlines: Know Before You Book

Next to the date I need to arrive, the cost is my main concern when I am booking airfare. Cheap is good. CheapER is better! But at what point does a cheap airfare begin to feel like a mistake? I recently booked and learned a few lessons about low-cost airlines while flying Frontier Airlines. Know before you book that AH-MAZING $29 fare. The dollars are in the details! The Fly for Less Dilemma Like most of us who fly often, flying on a budget is a priority. And I do believe in flying cheaply whenever possible. Or at least...

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Disney Decision: 6 Reasons Why Haunted Mansion at Disneyland RULES!

Melodious TravelingMom Sherry and I were debating, er, discussing the merits of Walt Disney World vs Disneyland. She thinks she’s right, I think I am. Harrumph. Since we’re at an impasse, we’re putting the vote to you! Comment on the post that you agree with to support your favorite version. We’re kicking off our “discussion” series with the ultimate attraction for Halloween visits: the Haunted Mansion. Here are 6 reasons why the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is better! Welcome, Foolish Mortals. We’ll be your hosts- your TravelingMom ghost hosts- during your stay. Why Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Rules It’s...

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