Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Patty Holliday is a wife, mother of four, and travel agent specializing in Disney and Universal vacations. She loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty Honda Odyssey takes her. That's 35 states and counting! With her teen, two tweens and kindergartener, her world is loud, sassy, hilarious as she balances family, work, travel, and fitness. If you need straight talk about mom'ing and traveling, she’s the one to call. She blogs at My No-Guilt Life.


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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How To Halloween At Disney

The Disney parks are a year-round destination for the TravelingMom crew. If you ask us, there’s never a bad time to go! But if you are looking for recommendations on some of the best times to visit, many of us will suggest heading to Walt Disney World or Disneyland in the fall. The crowds are lower, and so are the temps. Plus you don’t want to miss the way Disney does Halloween. It’s not-so-scary and dripping in extra magic! Don’t blink, folks; Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re like us, you might be making plans to celebrate...

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How to Run Away With a Great runDisney Costume

There are many reasons I runDisney. High on my list: costumes! While it’s not required, it sure ups the fun factor when you dress up. My philosophy is simple: since I’m probably not going to win, I might as well look cute. And it’s easier than you might think. Here are some tips to make a runDisney costume great. Over the years my costumes have evolved, and I’ve learned some simple rules to racing in costume. Here are my thoughts as you plan out your costumes for the upcoming runDisney race season. Follow the runDisney Costume Rules Be sure you stay in line with...

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The Candid Costs of runDisney Magic

Disney parks truly offer something for everyone. Every budget and every interest can find their own magic at the parks. The running community is one such group that’s embraced Disney as their own. There are eight runDisney event weekends in the US alone! What are the real costs of runDisney racecations? Welp, it won’t be pretty, but I’m ready to candidly reveal how much it can cost to run through the magic at a Disney park. Every now and then I do something crazy. Like run a marathon or a half-marathon for “fun.” This typically involves a castle and a...

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