Sarah Gilliland, Twins TravelingMom

Sarah Gilliland, Twins TravelingMom

Sarah Gilliland is a mom to fraternal twin girls, lover of road trips big and small, and a passionate SEC football fan (War Eagle!). Although her father’s military service took her all over the world as a child, Sarah's family now calls Birmingham, Alabama home. Sarah happily shares the ups and downs of her parenting journey at Sarah in the Suburbs, and she co-authors a Disney fan blog with two wonderful friends called The Mouse and the Monorail. When she’s not writing or traveling, Sarah is digging deep into a good book, binging on Netflix, or planning other people's vacations.


March Madness: Traveling for Your Team

The NCAA College Basketball Tournament is a month long love affair with basketball. Teams compete for the ultimate prize of tournament champion, and fans get to enjoy the camaraderie and excitement of watching their favorite teams play all over the U.S. tapping her adventures following her favorite college sports team around the country, Twins TravelingMom shares her best tips for experiencing March Madness no matter where your travels take you. What is March Madness? March Madness, or the “Big Dance,” is the term most commonly used to describe the almost month-long NCAA basketball tournament. This tournament takes place each year...

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Why You Should Visit Mobile, Alabama for Mardi Gras

Mobile Alabama considers itself the birthplace of the American Mardi Gras celebration. With a history of celebration reaching as far back as the 1830s, Mobile certainly has the right to claim a piece of Mardi Gras history. Family friendly fun abounds in the coastal city, and it’s easy to find a parade or two just about every weekend of the month leading up to Fat Tuesday. Find out why Twins Traveling Mom, Sarah, prefers the Mobile, Alabama Mardi Gras to any other celebration. Mobile, Alabama Mardi Gras My first experience with Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama came when I...

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Best Children’s Museums Southeast

Unlike other areas of the US, the southeast isn’t “known” for its museums, especially not for children. However, Sarah, our Twins Traveling Mom, has discovered just how great these southeastern children’s museums can be. If you want to experience friendly, educational atmospheres for yourself and your children, then you need to make plans to head south this year. Although not as famous as their northern counterparts, the south boasts some excellent, educational museums. Sarah has got our roundup of some of the best children’s museums southeast. Best Children’s Museums Southeast Most folks don’t travel to the southern US specifically for...

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Why You Should Stay at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel

So many choices when planning a Disney vacation, so little time. Price is generally a deciding factor in many decisions during the planning process. Our Twins TravelingMom and her family recently stayed at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel while on Disney property for a conference. Because of frequent visits, deluxe hotels had not previously been on her radar while planning a Walt Disney World vacation. See why her family may rethink their accommodation strategy after upgrading their lodging. Why You Should Stay at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel My family recently stayed a few night’s at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel. On a typical family vacation, this...

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Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina with Family

Charleston, South Carolina is known for its incredible history and food scene, but did you know that it’s family friendly too? Sarah, our Twins Traveling Mom, recently traveled to the coastal southern city and found out just how much there is for families to do. Check out what she did during her week long stay and see what you might want to do the next time you plan a visit. Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina with Family Charleston, South Carolina prides itself on being one of the oldest cities in America. There is so much history to explore,...

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Best Disney World Rides for Kids Under 5

“Hooray, we’re going to Disney World!” This phrase brings about great joy for many families, and great anxiety for others. Sarah, our Twins Traveling Mom, is eager to share some insight with you on that topic as she is all too familiar with taking small children to the place where dreams come true. Keep reading to find out the Best Disney World Rides for Kids Under 5. It’s All in the Preparation Gone are the days of just “winging it” when planning a trip to Walt Disney World. With the ability to make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance and...

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Disney Lost and Found: Tips for Getting Your Items Back

No one wants to experience frustration and regret on their Disney vacation, but that is exactly what happened to our Twins TravelingMom on her most recent trip. She wished she had known then what she knows now, and, thankfully, her story had a happy ending. Now she want so share what she learned with you. These are her best tips for retrieving items for Disney lost and found. Disney Lost and Found A Disney vacation is a magical vacation. Whether you’re surprising your kids with their first trip or heading back for another stay this year, a Disney vacation never seems...

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What You Need to Know About Disney Cruise Line Character Meets

Earlier this year, my family cruised on the Disney Magic for the first time. It was our first ever Disney Cruise Line Vacation, and my girls first cruise. From the moment we stepped foot inside the terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida, I knew we were in for a special vacation. Frequenting Walt Disney World as much as my family does, I didn’t think we’d want to take time to meet Disney Cruise Line character meets on this trip, but boy was I wrong. Meeting characters only adds to the magic you and your family can experience on a cruise. Tips...

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Planning Your Visit to Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia

Recently, I was invited to attend opening night of Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia. I have not attended a Fright Fest event since I was in high school, so it’s been over 10 years since I’ve seen what they’ve been up to. While scary events are not typically my thing, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had on my recent visit. If you love to experience Halloween-style thrills and chills, Fright Fest is definitely the event for you. Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia Whether you’ve visited before or it’s your first time attending, Fright Fest...

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6 Places to Experience Autumn in the South

While “experience autumn in the south” may sound like an oxymoron, I am a witness to the fact that our seasons do indeed change. They may not follow the traditional seasonal calendar,  but if you are headed our way this fall, you’ll be in for a real treat. Our trees change color ever so slowly, the humidity lowers to a manageable range, and we have an extended playtime in the fallen leaves before winter winds sweep them away (I use the word “winter” lightly there). Just because the south isn’t “known” for our fall atmosphere doesn’t mean we don’t have any. 6 Places to...

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