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.


3 Things to Do in Hollywood with Teens

Probably the most famous neighborhood in all of California, Hollywood is the birthplace of glitz and glam. And of course, celebrities! Let’s be honest – most of us are intrigued by celebrities. We love reading the the latest gossip and freak a little when we spot them in the wild. And there is no better place for celeb sightings than Hollywood, California. Here are our Quick Weekender TravelingMom’s favorite things to do in Hollywood with Teens. Recently, my niece came to visit and I was left to figure out how to entertain two teen girls (not to mention the...

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6 Reasons to Visit Central Iowa

You’ve probably driven through or flown over it, but haven’t ever thought of it as a family vacation spot. Quick Weekender TravelingMom says Central Iowa is so much more than corn fields! There is something for everyone. Movie lovers, hikers, art enthusiast and even sulky teens will be impressed with everything Iowa serves up. She shares just a handful of reasons to visit Central Iowa. I was recently granted the chance to explore Iowa for a few days. Being completely honest, I wasn’t sure there was enough in Iowa to keep us busy… But I was quickly proven wrong....

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Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Discounts

  Snagging that reservation for Be Our Guest at 180 out or scoring a table at T-Rex Cafe at the last minute gives a WDW planner an adrenaline rush. Now that you have all those fantastic dining reservations, the reality of cost starts weaseling its way into your thoughts. But, our TravelingMom, Renee, is here to help you discover Walt Disney World dining discounts so you don’t have to sacrifices your hard won 180 days out victory! Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Discounts Whenever I plan a trip I look for ways to save money. Walt Disney...

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Kid Tested (and Approved) Adventures in Julian California

Known for its apples, the small town of Julian, California was once a “booming” mining town. To this day the people of Julian embrace the town’s history with mine tours, panning for gold and even small historical skits on Main Street. Our Quick Weekender TravelingMom shares kid tested (and approved) adventures in Julian adventures. Kid Tested (and Approved) Adventures in Julian California We are a family of explorers. Give us quaint, unique or even, down-right weird and we’re there! So, ever since I heard about Julian, California, I knew it was just the place for us. When the day...

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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 Quick Weekender TravelingMom breaks down the four most common travel options for dogs. Travel Options for Dogs Being the owner of two adorable, but rambunctious boxers, December Belle and Kylo Finn – I get it. Each trip...

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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 youngest 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! Quick Weekender 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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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, Quick Weekender TravelingMom stopped at this small village. Here are 4 reasons why she says Solvang is the perfect California getaway. Why Solvang is the Perfect California Getaway On our quest for unique places to stop on our anniversary road trip to San Francisco, a friend recommended Solvang, California. After a little research, this little Danish town seemed like the perfect way to kick...

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6 Reason Families will Love Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze Florida

Visiting Gulf Breeze, Florida and looking for an adventure away from the sandy beaches? Look no farther than the Gulf Breeze Zoo. This zoo is kids tested and mom approved! The Gulf Breeze Zoo offers a wide range of activities, including hands on exploration of farm animals, up close and personal giraffe feedings, and so much more. Why Families Will Love the Gulf Breeze Zoo My husband was in Pensacola, Florida for Navy business, so the kids and I packed our bags and hit the road for a quick weekend visit. We adore a relaxing beach trip, but we...

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Point, Click, Save: Using Deal Websites for Travel

Travel is all about the adventure and many times that comes with a price tag. Not everyone has an overstuffed wallet, so when budget is a concern deal websites can be travel-savers. With the wide range of deal websites available to consumers nowadays, getting discounts on inclusive travel packages, experiences and restaurants is easy as pie. Our Quick Weekender TravelingMom shares how using deal websites for travel saves her family a ton! How to Save Money on Travel Using Deal Websites When we travel I’m pretty budget conscience as we do not have unlimited funds. I try to save...

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GIVING THE GIFT OF TRAVEL – TOP 4 DESTINATION IDEAS

Toys, electronics, clothes – Oh my! It seems like kids have everything nowadays. Which makes finding that perfect gift a daunting task. If you are looking for a gift that won’t be forgotten in a week, but will instead provide lasting memories – look no further. Give the gift of travel. My kids are getting older and coming up with gift ideas gets harder each year. It is coming to the point that they struggle to make a wish list. I have always wanted to surprise them with a trip on Christmas, but it never seems to work out....

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