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.

What to Expect on the Disney Magic Cruise Ship, the Oldest, Smallest Ship

Disney Cruise Line vacations are as close as you can get to an all-inclusive Disney vacation. So how do you know which itinerary to choose? What about the ship? Disney Cruise Line’s first ship, the Disney Magic, is the oldest and smallest. Find out why this TravelingMom and her family specifically chose to sail onboard the Magic. What to Expect on the Disney Magic Cruise Ship Disney Cruise Line currently operates four cruise ships: the Fantasy, Wonder, Dream, and Magic. Three new ships will be added, one each in 2021, 2022, and 2023. The Disney Magic is the fleet’s...

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Best Fall Activities for Families in the US

Fall is almost upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about travel plans for the upcoming holidays. Most families will have kids in school, so weekend jaunts are more likely than long excursions away from home. Where should your family go on your weekend getaways? Twins TravelingMom has the scoop on what’s going on near you! If you’re looking for some of the best fall activities for families in the US, we’ve got a great list to get you started! Best Fall Activities for Families in the US Fall is a fantastic time of year for travel. The...

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The Chattanoogan Hotel Review in Chattanooga, TN

Family vacations don’t always have to be expensive affairs to far flung destinations. Chattanooga, Tennessee is a short drive from many major southeastern cities, and it is full of potential fun for families. Where should you stay while you’re in town? Twins Traveling Mom Sarah has just the place. Spacious rooms, a relaxing spa, and a Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas can all be found at The Chattanoogan Hotel. Find out why else Traveling Mom thinks this centrally located hotel can’t be beat. The Chattanoogan Hotel Review The first thing I do when planning our family trips is determine...

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Family Friendly Activities in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee is a city teeming with potential family fun. Just over 2 hours away from several big, southern cities like Birmingham and Atlanta, Chattanooga is a perfect weekend getaway destination for families. Best of all, many of the activities for families are cost effective! As with any vacation, big or small, research is key. Keep reading to see what family friendly activities in Chattanooga, Tennessee are recommended by Traveling Mom. Family Friendly Activities in Chattanooga, Tennessee When planning a family vacation, what factors do you consider? Cost? Travel time? Activities at the destination in question? All of those...

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7 Best Things to Do in Disney Springs for Families

Disney vacations are all about the rides and character meets, right? Not so fast, my friends! Far too often, fun extras like tours, water parks, and other outside the parks adventures fall to the wayside in favor of riding all. the. things. Disney Springs should not be one of those overlooked outside the parks adventures. There is so much for families to do and see, guests can easily spend an entire day there and feel completely satisfied with how they spent their time. Best Things to Do in Disney Springs for Families No trip to Walt Disney World would...

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DisneyBounding: What is It and Why is it so Much Fun?

What is Disneybounding? Why should Disney fans do it? Many times these questions keep fans from giving this easy, fun activity a try, but I’m here to put your mind at ease. It’s a lot simpler than it looks, and Disneybounding is a fun way to share your fandom without breaking the bank or wearing a costume all day. Find out my best tips for making Disneybounding part of your Disney vacation wardrobe. What to Wear at Disney World Dressing for a Disney Parks vacation is unlike any other vacation experience. Comfort is key, especially in the unpredictable climate...

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11 Best Rides at Magic Kingdom for Toddlers Under 48 inches

With a little research and planning, Walt Disney World vacations can be incredible family adventures. If taking young children for the first time, parents can easily become overwhelmed with all of the choices that have to be made. Our Traveling Mom family recently returned from a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. We scoped out the 11 best rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers under 48 inches that are sure to put a smile on the face of everyone it the family. The Magic Kingdom is Walt Disney World’s most iconic park. From opening day in 1971 to...

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6 Reasons to Take a Carnival Cruise Vacation

With so many cruise lines to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to pick just one for your next family vacation. Sarah, our Twins Traveling Mom, recently returned from a 5 night Carnival Cruise out of Mobile, Alabama. She took her entire family with her (yes, grandparents included!), and it was a wonderful vacation. Find out why she thinks your family will love Carnival Cruise Lines too. Carnival Cruise Vacation With 25 ships in their current fleet and number 26 on the way, Carnival Cruise Lines is the largest cruise fleet currently sailing. A Carnival cruise vacation can...

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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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