TMOM Travel Writers
Alli Berman loves to share. This is your online destination for her; best travel fitness secrets, creativity and brainy fitness tips and tricks, useful hands-on brainy fun ideas and activities, and packing lists to develop a more creative kid on the road. Packed with loads of kid-friendly, educational ideas, helpful advice and more. Everything to help you and your kids develop more creativity to explore, enjoy and live a more fully integrated, colorful, brainy life. Alli is a Brain Fitness thru Creativity expert, educator, author, motivational speaker, therapeutic product developer, and an exhibiting interactive social practice installation artist (her art has been in 50 countries), and has traveled to 20 countries with her kids; one deaf daughter, one perfectionist son!
Allison Taylor loves to write and to travel! As Research TMOM she often wears her family out by over researching just about anything that she and her family are going to do! Allison has 2 boys ages 5 and 7 whose antics keep her very busy, and being married to a firefighter adds a whole other element to the chaos! You can check out her own travel blog at Family Vacations U.S.
Amanda Topinka is a Kansas mom of two boys and wife to a man with ADD. She’s a self-proclaimed “Disnerd” and occasionally writes about Disney as a way of keeping the magic alive. She’s blog creator of The ProcrastinatingMommy where she often blogs about her wild brood of boys. She’s a boisterous traveler who strongly feels that no destination is ever too close to home in order to create lasting memories. Amanda and her family have a serious case of wanderlust and enjoy scratching the travel itch as soon as it hits. She knows that spontaneous travel can be frustrating, miserable, crazy, and challenging – sometimes all on just one trip. But she wouldn’t trade the memories they make for anything.
Amanda Williams is a self-proclaimed bird-nerd and mother to two high energy sons under five years old. She has worked as a wildlife biologist, wildland firefighter, and environmental educator, so she has a lot of outdoors experience to share--but those jobs pale in comparison to the adventure of being MOM! You can find her writing as a freelancer or exploring with the family for her own site, Field Guide to Parenting Outside. Amanda and her family aspire to become Global Citizens and consider their house merely a base camp for trip-planning operations. More comfortable in the middle of nowhere than in a big city, most of the year they'll be at large in a loaded down minivan, wandering National Parks and frequenting festivals all over the map.
Amy is an Atlanta runner mom of three behaviorally spunky boys - two ADHD teens and a gradeschooler. As a preschool teacher, she applies her skills with two year olds to traveling with teens and employs patience, humor and lots of distractions. She loves to expose her kids to learning and new experiences while satisfying a family divided over beach or mountain destinations. Fortunately, both are plentiful in the South! She is known for having a slight Disney obsession and prefers superheroes to princesses. You can catch up on her running, parenting and family travel adventures at Mom's Magical Miles.
Amy Barseghian has been a social media influencer and writer since 2008; after spending most of her life in the Midwest and a four-year stay in Arizona, Amy and her family now call Orange County, California home. Amy is the founder of The Best of Life Magazine, where she writes about travel, technology, parenting, and family lifestyle. Amy is also a freelance writer for AndroidLife Magazine and SheBuysCars; additionally she is the owner of Social Halo Media where she helps companies manage their digital communities. Amy and her husband have two children that also love to travel; they are happy to call Aulani their Disney Vacation Club home.
Andrea Guthmann is a freelance journalist focusing on family travel. She spent many years as a writer and producer for WTTW-TV, the PBS station in Chicago. Her travel stories have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Parent, Daily Herald, Cruise Critic, Family Vacation Critic, and other publications & sites. A native Floridian, Andrea's now a big (windy) city mom of 3. She loves sailing Lake Michigan and visiting the world class museums and restaurants in her sweet home Chicago. Being a scenery starved city girl, she loves escaping to the outdoors during vacations and is working hard to raise 3 happy campers!
Angela Tiffin lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, daughter and dog, Karma. She is an avid reader and explores her love of books and travel on her blog, TravelingKarma.com. When not traveling, Angela works in self-regulation to promote responsible children’s advertising and online privacy.
Anuja De Silva is a full time working mom and aspiring writer. She is learning to integrate, family, career and travel with two little ones in tow. She lives in Albany, New York with her husband, pre-school aged son and infant daughter. She loves to explore new cultures and inspire other working moms through her adventures.
Becky Davenport began sharing her family travel stories after many of her friends called, texted, or nagged to find out where her latest adventure was. The real truth about her adventures is she has a strong dislike for sitting still, being bored, and really doesn’t like to go to the same old places everyone else goes. She says she's no nature expert even though they spend a lot of time outdoors, however, she has a firm belief that fresh air exhausts kids, getting a little dirty is good for their health, and discovering new things keeps them diversified. When Becky is not blogging, traveling, or chasing kids, she enjoys running, dancing, and photography.
Britni grew up in a fun-loving family that went to amusement parks on the weekends and played games at night. From canyoning in Switzerland to sky-diving over the Las Vegas airfields, Britni’s best memories are from family adventures together. Those memories have inspired Britni’s love of travel and desire to find the most unique and memorable things to do in every destination she visits. She is also the mom of a toddler boy and while her travels have changed, she now just finds memorable things to do with a toddler as well instead of focusing on adult-friendly activities. Britni shares her daily adventures at home and abroad at Play.Party.Plan., a blog full of ideas to have more fun every day including family travel tips, fun activities to do at home, or even simple recipes to make and enjoy together.
Caroline Knowles lives on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and two children (ages 16 and 9). She is the owner of Magical DIStractions Vacations, a travel agency that specializes in sending her clients anywhere their heart’s desire. She is an AMResorts Master Agent, Certified Sandals Specialist, Hawaii Destinations Specialist, and an Orlando Certified Travel Expert, among others. She is also the founder of Magical DIStractions, a website focused on her love for Disney travel.
Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only two states left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a major North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting national parks, historic sites and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas, dividing her time between writing and restoring a 95-year-old house. She shares her life with her three kids, her husband, two cats, a dog and six backyard chickens.
Cathy Bennett Kopf pays her bills working as a municipal finance officer and feeds her soul with travel, documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly on her blog, The Open Suitcase. When things go wrong on the road, she retains her sunny disposition knowing that the best travel memories come from unexpected detours. She has nudged her 3 children out of the nest but travels with them regularly, despite the complex logistical maneuvers required to coordinate their schedules. Cathy is a lifelong resident and passionate promoter of New York’s scenic Hudson River Valley, a region hailed by National Geographic as one of its Top 20 Destinations in the World. In addition to her blog, Cathy’s work appears on Yahoo, Budget Travel, and Mode.
Christine Tibbetts believes family travel is shared discovery -- almost like having a secret among generations who travel together. She's Destinations Editor and writing coach for TravelingMom. The matriarch of a big blended clan with many adventuresome traveling members, she is a classically-trained journalist. Christine handled PR and marketing accounts for four decades, specializing in tourism, the arts, education, politics and community development. She builds travel features with depth interviews and abundant musing to uncover the soul of each place.
Cindy Richards is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of TravelingMom.com. She also is the mom of two terrific teens who have traveled with her since that first, fateful plane ride when one preschooler discovered a barf bag in his seat pocket and his sister, finding none in hers, demanded, "I want a barf bag too!" She has been a reporter, editor and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, an editor at Chicago Parent and Catalyst Chicago and an instructor in the graduate school at Northwestern's prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
Dana Zucker is one of the three co- founders of the TriWivesClub. She has been planning, traveling to and attending triathlons with her Ironman triathlete husband and twins for over 7 years. She is an avid runner and into preparing fresh, local and organic food for her family. When not running, traveling or hanging with her family she can be found in the kitchen cooking or developing her own recipes and family friendly recipes for Omaha Steaks. Dana currently resides in Austin, Texas and is moving in June to Omaha, Nebraska. Sherry Wernicke is one of three co-founders of the TriWivesClub. She has been her triathlete husband’s biggest supporter and co-traveler for over 10 years. She is a former co-owner of the California Apparel News. She lives a healthy lifestyle, has been a vegetarian for 27 years, travels extensively, and is very active in animal welfare activities. She and her husband and two four-legged pups live in Connecticut.
Debra Ponzek graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1984. After cooking in top New Jersey restaurants, she was hired as sous chef at the then fledgling Montrachet. Ten months later, Deb was promoted to Chef, a position she held for seven years and where she earned three consecutive three-star reviews from the New York Times. At the age of 28, she was selected one of the “Ten Best New American Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine. In 1990, Debra was named “Chef of the Year” by the Chefs of America Association, and a year later was the recipient of the coveted “Rising Chef of the Year” award by the James Beard Foundation. Debra left Montrachet in June 1994 to open Aux Délices, a gourmet prepared food shop, café and catering business in Greenwich, Connecticut. She and her husband have four retail shops located in Greenwich, Riverside, Westport and Darien, Connecticut . Debra has also written four cooks books; French Food American Accent, The Summer House Cookbook, The Family Kitchen, and The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook.
Deb is Director of Operations for TravelingMom.com and the mom of 3 teen and tween girls. She lives in the greater Grand Rapids area in West Michigan, and is a former city planner and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst who loves gadgets, maps, writing, and traveling both within and outside of Michigan. She also enjoys reading, running and knitting. You can follow her thoughts and drama-filled adventures at Mom of 3 Girls.
Denedriane (Dee) Dean is a sunny wife and mom of two young adults and one lively teenager. She lives in the lovely landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and blogs at Refreshing Talk. As a homeschooling parent of more than 14 years, Dee believes every moment in life can be a learning experience, including (and especially) the traveling moments. She enjoys traveling with all of her family, just her husband, and by herself, on occasion. Dee believes that the world is so much bigger than her backyard, and loves to give her readers a taste of what she has experienced in her USA travels, and abroad.
Desiree Miller is a veteran television news journalist who loves to travel for business and pleasure. There are four children in her family, from 8 to 18, who have become travel experts, as well. She shares stories of inspiration, hope and humor on her site, www.StressFreeBaby.com. She specializes in video on her sites so that her readers can get as much of the experience as she does. She also maintains Bottles to Britches, an international premier baby planning business that helps overwhelmed parents figure out who and what they need to ease into life with a stress free baby-to-be and beyond, and organizes the Atlanta Baby and Child Expo each year.
Dia Adams is a Mom of two elementary school kids in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 30 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born). With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at TheDealMommy.com to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity.
Diane Rowe After Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe raised her two daughters (now ages 30 and 28) as a single mom, she met the man of her dreams and inherited two stepdaughters, ages 26 and 18. However, as any Grandmom will agree, her pride and joys is her blended family of six grandchildren, ages 3 months to 11 years. . For more than 16 years, she’s etched a living as a freelance writer, publishing hundreds of articles (online and print) ranging from family travel to girlfriend getaways to golf and hotel reviews. Diana rides her own Harley, edits a local motorcycle newspaper, writes for numerous leisure, travel & business publicatoins. She also blogs about her various travel adventures with (and without) her family and her HOG at www.TravelinginHeels.com and www.dianarowe.com/blog.
Eden Pontz is an award-winning journalist, writer and media professional who served as Executive Producer at CNN's New York Bureau, for more than a decade. She's produced and reported from around the world. In addition to writing for Travelingmom, she's contributed to CNN.com., Techlicious.com and blogged for NYC Moms and Technorati. Her humor essay on motherhood appears in the anthology "See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Moms" (Plain White Press). Eden lives in Brooklyn , New York with her husband and tween-aged daughter--who secretly hopes someday her parents, will have the moxie and means to move back to Manhattan.
Fran Capo As an adventurer Fran has bungee jumped, swam with sharks, flown combat aircraft, driven race cars, eaten fire & chased tornadoes. Her other 4 world records: Highest book signing -Kilimanjaro; Deepest book signing - wreck site of Titanic; Most patients seen in 2 days; 21, 695. Fastest theme song to national airplay. She has appeared on over 350 TV shows including; Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Inside Edition, ET, Ripley's Believe it or Not, More than Human ,Martha Stewart and CNN where her segment was voted top 5 watched. She’s been heard on over 3700 radio shows including Howard Stern, Bloomberg news and Rick Dees. As a comedienne, Fran Capo has performed in major comedy clubs from Dangerfield’s in NY to the Tropicana in Vegasto Okinawa for the Marines.
Gina Vercesi is a mother, teacher, writer, runner, hiker, gardener, foodie, and nature girl, with an adventurous spirit and an unyielding sense of wanderlust. In 2009, Gina founded Kids Unplugged as a family nature club. Kids Unplugged has since morphed into a full-fledged family travel site focusing on low-tech, off-the-grid adventures for families. On the flip side, Gina also has what she calls a Disney vice and is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner and Disney travel guru creating magical, stress-free Disney vacations for families. Gina writes about everything Disney at her other blog, In the Mouse House.
Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer and PR professional who works full-time at a major medical center in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. Her articles have appeared in San Diego Family Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Cat Fancy, Huntington Beach Magazine, and she was a contributing author to Explorer Publishing’s guidebook, Los Angeles: The Complete Resident’s Guide. Follow her on Twitter at @HealthTravelMom.
Hannah Rinaldi is a fabulously frugal traveler who loves to experience the finer things in life on a shoestring budget. She lives in Naples, FL with her husband and two young sons. Originally from Alabama, she has a great appreciation for Southern cities with great cuisine such as New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah. She's always looking to take advantage of, as well as share, the best travel deals to make the most out of fine living on a shoestring budget. You can follow all of her adventures in frugal living at Eat, Drink, and Save Money.
Heidi Gollub is the founder and editor of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages three to 16–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and creates content for the local news. She frequently appears on television and was recently a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.
Jackie Gibson is a marketing professional and freelance writer. She is also Mommy to an energetic (gorgeous genius) baby. An anxious traveler, she is finally leaving her postnatal cocoon to get the family out of the house and make memories with the little one. Past trips have taken her from the Caribbean to China to the California Coast. But these days she is looking for simple, stress-free fun that is easy on the baby.
Jacquie Fisher is a writer, nature lover, educator and mom to two adventurous kids. She loves to encourage families to get outside and believes that travel is one of the best learning experiences in childhood! One of her lifelong goals is to visit all 50 states (she’s currently up to 29). When she’s not planning their next adventure, Jacquie blogs at Edventures with Kids where she shares ideas for kids activities, family travel and fun ways to learn. She’s also the founder of KCEdventures, a travel resource for families visiting or living in Kansas City.
Jamie Bartosch is an award-winning newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. She loves to travel, and blogs for TravelingMom.com from the viewpoint of a "typical suburban mom." Her goal is to provide honest, useful information to help families save time and money, and to make the most of their family vacation. A married mother of two, Jamie grew up in suburban Chicago, lived in the city for 16 years, and then moved back out to the suburbs to raise her kids. She writes as Suburban TravelingMom. Learn more about her at www.JamieBartosch.com
Jana Seitzer is a mom to four kids (including twins), owner of a marketing/communications and graphic designer firm (Geek Girl Digital), and is owner/writer at Merlot Mommy. She runs on coffee, good food, wine, and the geek life. She’s a comic-con immersed, tech loving, spreadsheet using nerd girl who loves to find the geek side of things when she travels. Whether it's finding National Parks where movies were filmed, finding a high-tech feature in a hotel room, or being uber organized, she lives the geek life.
Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her personal fitness journey was published in Prevention Magazine. She’s also been featured in Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, and Fitness magazines. Jenn blogs at Comeback Momma, where her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.
Jenn is a Maryland Mom of two girls (ages 7 & 16) married to a Road Warrior who travels 60% of the year for work. She loves to travel any chance she can, a trip can be last minute or planned in advance; either way is fine with her. A self proclaimed Orlando expert; she can tell you everything you need to know about the Number One Vacation Destination in the U.S. Jenn can be found writing about her own adventures on her blog Journeyswithjenn.com. No destination is ever off-limits for Jenn and her family.
Jessica Lippe loves traveling with kids, adults, and even solo. She is a travel and devotional lifestyle writer who has lived all across the United States but is presently rediscovering her native home state of Oregon. Her sustainable and frugal travel skills that have permitted her through about a dozen countries with more to come. At home, Jessica enjoys volunteering, cooking, hiking, and planning the next adventure. Visit a collection of her work at JessicaLippe.com.
Judy Antell is the News Editor of SheBuysCars and the Free in 50 States editor of TravelingMom. Judy lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and three daughters. The vegetarian family loves to visit the farmer’s market for local, organic produce. They have bicycled in Europe, skied downhill and cross country across the US, and hit the beaches all over the Caribbean. They visit cities and small towns around the country, always seeking vegetarian food – and chocolate. Read her blog, http://travelveggiemom.blogspot.com/
Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children. Since her first visit to Disneyland at one year old, Julie has developed a love of amusement parks. She blogs Disney tips and tricks, along with budgeting advice on her website Saving Up for Disney. When not writing, Julie enjoys sewing and crafting.
Julie Thompson-Adolf is a garden and travel writer, organic grower, nature lover, Master Gardener, ecoadventurer, and local foodie...who still has to convince the kids to eat their veggies. She is the author of the blog Garden Delights, where she shares her love of all things green and helps readers learn to grow their own organic gardens. A former PR executive, Julie travels throughout the world with her Swiss husband and dual-citizen children, visiting European family or searching for botanical treasures. Follow along as she experiences beautiful gardens, ecoadventures with kids, and fabulous local food.
Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan is the founder of Momaboard.com, a network for globe-trotting kids and their parents. Kaamna is an avid world traveler and carts her pint-sized companions with her wherever she goes. Kaamna has lived in India, Australia, the US, and now resides in London, from where she hops over to a new country every month. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Karen Heffen is a Tucson native who can't imagine moving but loves traveling outside the desert whenever she can. Naturally with two little boys, Disneyland is a frequent destination for her family. Most often they head to California or explore Arizona but love when they can travel outside their comfort zone! Karen shares her family adventures including DIY costumes, fun cupcakes and social good and at Desert Chica
Karyn Locke is a travel writer and blogger from small town Ohio who was bitten by the travel bug at an early age compliments her military brat background. Happy to call the tri-state area her home, she adores traveling to large cities, as well as small town U.S.A., and everywhere in between. She loves the fact that her family digs road tripping just as much as she does and they plan to conquer America one city at a time. Karyn writes her own lifestyle & travel blog and may be found at Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between! , or on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & Google+ as Karyn Locke.
Kendra Pierson has been the family-designated travel researcher since she was 16 and now shares that title with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 8. As a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), she used to spend 50% of her time planning meetings for clients around the US and was lucky enough to bring her boys along for most of that ride. She is a pro at maximizing travel to include business and personal, most often including a long weekend. When she’s not traveling, she lives in the Atlanta area and can be found blogging at Headband For Today.
Kim Orlando After years of traveling every week for business, Kim sought out other moms who traveled to understand how they dealt with the guilt, the scheduling and their family relationships. Advice from the trenches made travel–and life–much easier and often much more fun. Kim realized that other traveling moms would appreciate these insights, too, and TravelingMom.com was born. Just a few years later, TravelingMom is among the best known family travel web communities with the leading travel writer network. The advice and insight of this community is sought out by national news networks, travel companies and traveling moms who need to know. She has been selected as the travel expert for Wyndham's Women on Their Way, Mom Talk Radio and has been featured in Good HouseKeeping, NY Times Travel, Forbes.com, Hannah Storm’s CBS News Blog, JuJu Chang's Moms Get Real and The Montel Williams Show. Follow her on Twitter @KimOrlando
Kimberly Tate resides in the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington by way of the yellow brick road from Kansas. She’s the owner and writer at Stuffed Suitcase, a travel and family lifestyle site. Her knowledge of family travel has come via her own experiences exploring the globe with her two daughters and husband. During free time she enjoys running, reading, and spending time online. She also enjoys sipping coffee and wine, but never at the same time.
Kirsten lives in the Chicago area with her husband, three children, and their puppy, Ivy. When she is not writing about her family’s travels or chauffeuring her children all over town, she is a substitute teacher for the local school district. Kirsten loves to find teachable moments for every travel experience, because she believes travel is one of the best educations you can give a child.
Kristi Mehes is a full time working mom who lives in the Southwest with her son, her husband, and golden retriever. She’s always dreaming of and planning her family’s next adventure! She’s traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as Canada, Central America and Europe. Now that she has a 3 year old son, her trips have taken off in a new direction. You can read about her family’s adventures at The Cactus Chronicles.
Kuleen Lashley is a self-described “kids whisperer”. Random children discover her as she travels, some even hold her hand in line and have hopped on a ride with her at Disney World. Her own kids are now teens, but her fun-loving family still prefers travel locations and activities recommended for kids. Kuleen loves all things Disney. Proof of that? She married her husband Eric at the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World. Her family frequently travels to The Most Magical Place on Earth along with her parents that live across the street, and her siblings and their families. Kuleen blogs about her life at MySmall.World and her hometown in Central Texas at RedPoppyTX.com.
Kymri Wilt is a freelance travel photographer, writer, travel director, and passionate world explorer based in Cardiff by the Sea, California. She studied and lived in Europe, got engaged in South America, and married in Africa. An extensive background in the travel industry created the network from which she has grown her own business - Mira Terra Images Travel Photography & Services. Her travel images have been published in guidebooks, textbooks, travel magazines, calendars, and brochures. She shares both her professional and family travel adventures and photos at her blog, Mira Terra Travels. Follow her on twitter, instagram, and vine @kymri.
Leslie Harvey is a former attorney from the San Francisco Bay Area and mom of two kids, ages 7 and 2. She blogs about the joys and challenges of travel with little ones at Trips With Tykes. She has a passion for all things air travel related (well, everything except the TSA) and is also a lifelong Disney geek. She saves money on her family’s travels by maximizing the benefits of airline frequent flyer programs.
Linda Arceo is the voice behind the popular food and drink blog, Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps. A mother of two boys (born in 2007 and 2009), Linda likes to share easy, relatable food and cocktail recipes, as well as travel and events-related features. Her boys also play an active role on the blog with their weekly food series, Mini Chef Mondays. When not blogging on her site, Linda is a contributor to several food, drink and travel sites where she dishes on everything you need to know when it comes to food and traveling.
Lorraine Robertson is an author, nationally published freelance writer and creator of the site RunWifeyRun.com. After three marathons, 13 half marathons and countless smaller races she's still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show and on TLC’s “A Wedding Story.”
Margalit Sturm Francus has lived in five different countries on three continents, where she exposed and educated her own children about the world through. In 2009, she established a nonprofit website, Autistic Globetrotting, to inspire and encourage autistic families to explore the world. Her articles have appeared in many media publications, including The Friendship Circle, SATH, HuffPost and Blogher. By communicating with both the autistic and travel communities, she aims to raise autism awareness and facilitate the implementation of much-needed accommodations for special needs travelers.
Maria Perez has been traveling for more than 60 years. She took her first cross-country trip before she was two years old and if you ask her when the next one is, the answer might be “tomorrow.” Planes, trains, automobiles – she loves all modes of travel but the best trips are those with her children and grandchildren. Maria blogs at Sew Travel Inspired and since her other passion is sewing, she often packs up her sewing machine and sews her way across the USA.
Maria Smith is a wife and on-the-go stay at home mom to four children ages 9 to 3. Maria lives in Atlanta and blogs at MamaliciousMaria.com. A former Oprah Winfrey Show producer, she is now a freelance writer and editor. When not writing, Maria can be found on the tennis courts, savoring a book, or traveling the world with her family.
Marina Kuperman Villatoro is CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. She's been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. We travel all over the world. Needless to say, it’s never boring! So find out where you can eat, stay and play with your kids all around the world.
Mary Dixon Lebeau was forced into East Coast travel. A Jersey girl herself, Mary married a guy from New England who has a penchant for Florida, so she has become acquainted with - and loves - all the wonderful sites from Caribou, Maine to Key West, Florida. Mary is also adept at creating vacations that are "one size fits all." The mother of five (ranging from "Expedition Everest" to "Dumbo"), she has become skilled at planning for all ages, collecting kiddie swap passes and making sure everyone is happy (sometimes all at the same time). A former newspaper columnist, Mary is now a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, Conceive and Family Circle (are you sensing a theme?). She was also the former travel editor at REAL Magazine (RIP). Her essays have appeared in such publications as the Christian Science Monitor, God Allows U Turns, and four different editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Mary Heston is a mom of four amazing kids who, over the past 20 years, have only asked “Are we there yet?” a couple of times. Getting there is part of the adventure. They have lived in 6 different US states and 2 countries. She was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show talking about connecting with your kids. Mary is the founder of Stayathomemom.com (although her friends like to joke that she is rarely at home). Traveling with kids has meant homeschooling along the way and a gratitude for growing Internet access around the world.
Mary Moore is the retro loving mother of two young children who enjoys the freedom of driving the open road in search of adventure. She and her family are working their way through the backroads and cities of America in their seafoam green 1950s Bel Air. You can read more about their lifestyle and adventures on the blog Raising Dick and Jane.
Meagan Shamy is a freelance writer and mom to three kids, Noah 15, Eden 12, and Jonah 9. She has been an Air Force military wife for 15.5 years now, which has taken her from West Texas to Mississippi, Oregon, Idaho, Alabama, Florida, Honduras, Scotland, Nevada, and finally back to Oregon. Although she hates moving, she loves to travel and embraces the opportunity. With each move, her goal is to make the most of their new area, time, and budget to explore all the new fun stuff around them. Meagan can also be found blogging at www.MommyTravels.net.
Mimi Slawoff A Los Angeles native, Mimi Slawoff spent her childhood traveling with her parents and sister. The summers she spent living in Bulgaria with relatives fueled her love of travel and linguistics (she is fairly fluent in Bulgarian and stumbles through French). A former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Mimi swapped news for travel writing when she became a mom. She freelances and writes a monthly family travel column for L.A. Parent magazine (www.laparent.com). Mimi's kids - Christina, Michael and Megan - have been traveling with her since they were tots and are now hooked on travel too.
Nasreen Stump is the married mother to a 12 year old boy, a 5 year old girl, and a 3 year old girl. Nasreen specializes in business travel, pregnant travel, and travel with children of varying ages. Nasreen travels weekly as a sales person for a coffee company when she isn't writing travel. Addicted to social media she shares her adventure on the road with those back home. She is back in Texas after 10 years in the Northeast.
Patty Holliday is a wife, mother of four, certified Disney travel agent and lover of candid confession. Find her in Arizona or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty Honda Odyssey take her. That's 33 states and counting! With her teen, two tweens and kindergartener, her world is loud, sassy, hilarious as she balances family, work, travel, and fitness. She’s probably planning where her next racecation can take her. Spoiler: it’s probably to Disney. If you need straight talk about mom’ing, traveling with a bunch of kids, or planning Disney vacations she’s the one to call. She blogs at My No-Guilt Life.
Rebecca Darling, momma of 3 sassy Texas kiddos, writes a blog dedicated to family travel at R We There Yet Mom?. Born & raised in the great state of Texas, this Traveling Mom is very proud of her state. She enthusiastically welcomes you to visit all the great parks, museums, cities, and events that the Lone Star State has, though honestly, she hasn't even scratched the surface at all the amazing things there are to do in Texas! Although she swears she is not crafty, this momma never lacks in creativity and enthusiasm - her ultimate goal is making exceptional memories for her family. Follow her memory making at R We There Yet Mom?, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Appointed by her mom to be the planner of family vacations and navigator during road trips since she was 9, Robin fell in love with travel and travel planning. With most of her career as a magazine publisher, she launched Luxe Recess: For Parents Who Like Really Nice Hotels in 2014 to share her passion for and knowledge of hotels with other parents. Family travel plays a key role in her personal sanity and gives her an easier path to being present with her children. You’ll see her happiest wandering historic cities and gazing at architecture, with her two kids’ shirts sporting newly made stains from local chocolate treats.
Sara Pittman is a writer/blogger and mother of 3. She writes about the reality of parenting and the love and chaos of life as a wife and mother with plenty of humor and sarcasm. Traveling and outdoor adventure are something that she is most passionate about and will always make time for with her family.
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.
Sarah Pittard is the mom of two young and well traveled children. An avid traveler since her youth she has not let motherhood stop her or her kids from seeing some amazing sights. As a former lawyer and current stay-at-home mom, Sarah loves to educate her children by showing them the world. While her husband stays in Canada working, Sarah and her kids can often be found galavanting through Europe, snorkeling in the Caribbean or enjoying the delights of Canadian winters. When not traveling she plays tennis, does yoga with her kids and is continually planning their next adventure. To follow along on their adventure, visit her web page at Solo Mom Takes Flight.
Seeing and tasting what’s unique about a place, its history, architecture and culture. Sarah loves exploring Philadelphia when she isn't traveling for fun or for work as a law professor. Both her college-age kids have been enthusiastic travelers since they were tiny. Follow her as Very Hungry Traveller on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter. Recent: France, Portland, South Africa, Croatia, London, Korea, New York. Next: Florida.
Scotty Reiss A TravelingMom contributor since the site's early days, Scotty and TMOM founder Kim Orlando recently launched SheBuysCars, a community built to empower women to be smarter, happier car owners. Prior to SheBuysCars, Scotty was the founding editor-in-chief of Luxe magazine, and wrote for the New York Times, Town & Country, Entrepreneur and Adweek, among others. She is the co-author of Stew Leonard, My Story, a biography of the founder of the iconic grocery company Stew Leonard’s, and developed program content for American Express Publishing’s Luxury Summit, PRWeek magazine’s annual conference and selected Luxury Marketing Council events.
Shannon Entin is a New Jersey-based family travel writer who grew up under the impression that the highest form of family fun was driving aimlessly to get to anywhere. Today, Shannon takes her own family on extended driving adventures, criss-crossing America from the Jersey Shore to San Francisco Bay, Niagara Falls to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and more, always ready to veer off the interstate to investigate a quirky attraction, sample a local delicacy, or try a new adventure. Homeschooling her two kids along the way, she chronicles her adventures and roadschooling experiences at 100 Routes Across America.
Sherry is a South Carolina born and bred mom who is the “conductor” of her family orchestra, including a teenage daughter, a tween son, and her Prince Charming of 20 years. From the moment she picked up her violin in the fifth grade, a lifelong musician was born. What helps this attorney “whistle while she works” are chai tea lattes, Walt Disney World, and macarons. Travel “high notes” include getting married on a beach in the Virgin Islands, playing an electric blue violin in European cathedrals, and watching her kids take their first steps in Paris and London. You can get "in tune" with her on her blog at SherryBoswell.com.
Silvana Clark began her exciting travel adventures when her mother put valuable porcelain in Silvana's stroller and smuggled items out of East Germany. Since that time Silvana has been happily married to a travel-crazy guy for 36 years. Her two daughters grew up knowing whenever there was a reason to travel or a great air fare bargain, they would be on the road. Silvana and her husband have spent the last three years getting paid to travel the country as Brand Ambassadors.
Sue Rodman is an Atlanta transplant, the mom of 3 boys and publisher of Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about Atlanta and fun places to visit from the South. She covers outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a Parents.com best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. She also shares her knowledge of family travel in a regular Field Trips with Sue segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has also captured hundreds of trip ideas, inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”
Susie Kellogg is truly unstoppable as a traveling mom. She and her crazy husband, Dan, travel the continent full-time with their 12 kids in an RV. Her life is complete as she travels, writes, blogs, teaches and raises their 12 beautiful, faith-filled, fun-loving, crazy, adventurous kids. Susie and her family are adrenaline junkies and love extreme sports -- whitewater kayaking, rafting, snowboarding, surfing, and SUPing, to name a few. As a family, they are sponsored by Jackson Kayak and Kokatat Watersports Wear and her kids compete at the highest levels of the sport, racking up awards as well as their own sponsors. Susie and her family have appeared on the Today Show, Fox News, Sunrise at 7 and have been featured in dozens of magazine and newspaper articles. Nick News produced a 30 minute episode on their family, titled “12 for the Road”. Susie is the author of “Raising a Badass Family” and blogs at kelloggshow.com.
Suzanne Chan is student, daughter, wife, (labor & delivery) certified registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, entrepreneur and blogger – but the job she's most proud of is mother… to 3 amazing kids and 1 awesomely cool nephew (ages 1, 4, 7 and 10 respectively). Her son Marcus was born with life threatening allergies which has changed her and her entire family's life. All she wishes for her children is to see the world, while safely navigating Marcus' allergies. She shares her and her family's journey on Mom Confessionals.
Tami Mittan has lived in Colorado for a decade, and feels happiest when there are mountains on the horizon. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 kids, frequently exploring their backyard nature playground through hiking, camping, and biking. Although Tami is employed as a computer programmer, she’s a writer at heart and enjoys blogging at Colorado Mountain Mom about her family’s outdoor and travel adventures, and her occasional forays into fitness and fashion. She simply can’t get enough of travel, Disney World, and chocolate cake.
Tania Lamb is a Latina mom of 5 girls, ages tweens to preschooler. Dance parties, lip sync battles, the Avengers, and general tomfoolery are what bond this familia together. Tania lived in Ecuador and Russia, is proud of her Bolivian heritage, and loves to travel with and without her clan. She was a Disney Parks Moms Panelist, is a Role Mother for Another Mother Runner, and shares her stories on her blog, Lola Lambchops. Tania is happy to go on a run with you as long as there are empanadas waiting at the finish.
From celebrity hot spots, secret entrances, to off-the-beaten path restaurants, Tara likes to be "in the know" when she travels. A mom of twin toddler boys and wife to a TravelingDad, Tara often travels with her family utilizing advice and insider tips for a true VIP experience when vacationing. You can also follow Tara’s adventures via Twitter at @TaraMetBlog and on her blog.
Originally from South America, Taty is a proud Miami resident who has feels at one with Latin America because of her extensive professional and personal travels. She likes to think that she is fostering tireless wonder to discover the world in the children in her life,while aiming to bridge across cultures via food, travel, exploring and education, to name a few. All the while looking for great finds that help keep families cool, chill and zen.
“Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Teronya Holmes, a former healthcare sales professional and member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, is now loving being a “never stay at home” mother of two adventurous boys. “Tron” wants her guys to learn by experiencing and exploring. She finds storytelling & traveling, both to familiar and faraway places, brings many of the stories they hear to life. Hailing from the enchanting Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Tennessee, where the National Storytelling Festival is held close by, you could say she grew up with storytelling in her backyard and in her blood. Teronya believes it’s important to find out the history and stories of a place and its people, because that turns a trip into a travel adventure, inspiring new ones along the way. Faith, family, and living a purpose-filled life in service to others are part of the story she weaves through all of her writing and travels.
Terri left her life in the South after her kids grew up, to move to New York City and start a new career as a travel writer. She is happiest when she’s globetrotting and loves bringing stories of her adventures to her readers. She is the mom of two amazing adults, and the proud Grandmom of three beautiful little ones – who believe she lives in the airport. You can learn more about Terri and her work at Tripping With Terri.
Tonya Prater This mom of two young adults and one teen spent several years on the road traveling with her husband's job. Together, her family of five camped, stayed in hotels, rented temporary apartments and finally purchased a camper which they called home for over a year before the road led them back to Ohio. It’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Having missed her home state, this Ohio Traveling Mom is on a mission to rediscover everything great in the Buckeye State and hopefully, convince the rest of the world to visit in the process.
Yvonne Jasinski has been living her dream of traveling ever since she arrived from Poland to the USA in 1987. She is fascinated with the natural beauty of North America and working her way to see all American national parks. Over the years she shared her passion for travel with family and friends by organizing numerous trips from group camping to luxurious vacations on the beach. She works full time for a non-profit organization. She makes her trips possible by using credit card opening bonuses, cash back, miles and loyalty programs to generate free travel. She is a mother of an adult son. Yvonne shares her travel adventures on Yvonne's Travel Blog.