Renee Virata, Military TravelingMom

Renee Virata, Military TravelingMom

Renee Virata is a Navy wife, mother of 3 and a self proclaimed adventurer. She currently calls San Diego home, but as a military family “home” changes frequently which feeds her need for adventure. When Renee isn't traveling you can find her pretending to run her way to a half marathon medal or cooking up her next traveling exploit. She has a passion for all things Disney and shares that love with readers as a writer for Magical DIStractions where she also serves as the Media Director.


9 Awesome Things to Do in Council Bluffs with Kids

Located in Pottawattamie County running north to south on the Missouri River, Council Bluffs, Iowa, has fun filled activities that will keep the whole family entertained for days. Stand in two states at once and go earthcaching through the hills at the nature center, then go directly to jail – The Squirrel Cage Jail that is! Our Military TravelingMom says there are a million things to do in Council Bluffs, but she narrowed it down to her top 9 things to do in Council Bluffs for kids. 9 Awesome Things to Do in Council Bluffs with Kids 1. Tom Hanafan...

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Discover One of the Best Beaches in Southern California for Families

San Diego, California, offers an abundance of sunshine, warm temperatures year-round and 70 miles of glorious coastline. Nestled in the hills lies the neighborhood of La Jolla where sandy beaches – find out why our Military TravelingMom says it’s one of the best beaches in Southern California for families. Discover the Best Beaches in Southern California for Families With tweens and a teen in the house, it’s unusual for everyone to agree on anything, but hitting the beach is something they all enjoy. And lucky, for them (and my sanity) we live within minutes from 10 or more beaches....

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4 Reasons Why Solvang is the Perfect California Getaway

Hidden in the hills of California lies the picturesque city of Solvang. As the sister city of Alborg, Denmark, Solvang embraces the Danish culture with gorgeous architecture and delectable Danish cuisine. On their anniversary road trip, Military TravelingMom stopped at this small village. Here are 4 reasons why she says Solvang is the perfect California getaway. Things to do in Solvang, California On our quest for unique places to stop on our anniversary road trip to San Francisco, a friend recommended Solvang. After a little research, this little Danish town seemed like the perfect way to kick off our anniversary....

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13 of the Best Orlando Military Discounts

Orlando, Florida is a top vacation destination for families, especially military families. But it can be cost prohibitive for some. Deals, coupons and military discounts are great ways to help keep the cost down. Our Military TravelingMom has gathered her favorite Orlando area savings including Universal Studios military discounts and more. 13 of the Best Orlando Area Military Discounts  1. Universal Studios 2. SeaWorld 3. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens 4. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 5. Kennedy Space Center 6. Medieval Times Dinner Show 7. LEGOLand 8. Blue Man Group 9. AMC Theater 10. Crayola Experience 11. The Escape...

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8 Must Haves to Survive the Heat at Disney World

Number one Disney planning trip – “Don’t go during summer!” But sometimes visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the hot summer months is unavoidable. Unfortunately, a dream vacation can go downhill fast when you add in heat and humidity to a crowded theme park. Our Quick Weekender TravelingMom has put together the ultimate packing list that guarantees you’ll survive the heat at Disney World. Traveling Mom uses affiliate links that may pay us if you purchase through them. Thanks for your support. 8 Must-Pack Items to Survive the Heat at Disney World 1. Mister spray bottle 2. Tylenol/Excedrin 3. Hydro Flask...

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What to Pack in Your Tweens Carry On

Do you have a 10 – 12 year old? Those tween years can be tough. No longer a little kid, but not quite a teenager. Their likes and dislikes change rapidly leaving parents clueless. So, when vacation time rolls around what goes into their carry on? Our Military TravelingMom solves the problem with these tweens carry on packing tips. Traveling Mom uses affiliate links that may pay us if you purchase through them. Thanks for your support. Tweens Carry On Packing Tips 1. Tablet/Cell Phone 2. Handheld Video Games 3. Portable Battery Charger 4. Headphones 5. EarPlanes 6. Snacks...

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New Orleans Mardi Gras – Not Just for Adults!

New Orleans and Mardi Gras brings to mind images of drunken debauchery, nudity and an excess of wickedness. It doesn’t necessarily make you think “kid friendly.” But wait! Our Military TravelingMom shares her guide to family friendly Mardi Gras. New Orleans Mardi Gras – Not Just for Adults When orders came that we were moving to New Orleans my first thought was – Mardi Gras! But then reality set in and I remembered that I had kids. How could I subject them to the Mardi Gras I’ve seen portrayed on television? Our first year in New Orleans we stuck...

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How to Take Care of Your Dog While You Travel

Dogs might be “man’s best friend,” but being a dog owner and travel lover don’t always go hand in hand. Dream vacations can turn stressful when it’s time to plan what to do with a furry four-legged kid. Do you take Fido along? Hire a pet sitter? Kennel him at a dog boarding facility? Try to find a pet friendly hotel? Our Military TravelingMom breaks down the most common travel options for dogs. Traveling Mom uses affiliate links that may pay us if you purchase through them. Thanks for your support. Travel Options for Dogs Being the owner of...

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How to Make the Most of One Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells and a prince in disguise – it all comes to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Do your teens love roller coasters, but your little ones wants to see Anna and Elsa? With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming trying to hit it all in one day. Never fear! Military TravelingMom shares her ultimate one day touring plan for Hollywood Studios. How to Make the Most of One Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hollywood Studios is my family’s favorite Disney park. I adore the shows, my daughters and...

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8 Money Saving Military Discounts at Disney World

Missed birthdays and holidays combined with long deployments makes vacations priceless for military families. Disney understands time is valuable and offers fabulous discounts to help make family vacations more attainable. Our Military TravelingMom shares who and where offers the best military discounts at Disney World. Being a military wife for over 10 years I know how precious family time can be. There have been many times I’ve dreamed of taking a vacation once the current deployment was over, but was dropped back into “it’s not in the budget” reality. But with all the discounts available at Disney World this...

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