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 7 and 9 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 Williams is a self-proclaimed bird-nerd and mother to two high energy sons. 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. 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 SUV, wandering National Parks and frequenting festivals all over the map.
Creating ways to bond during each excursion: that’s the family travel style of Breeze Leonard with her husband and three little girls. The piney woods of East Texas is home and thinking outside the box is the way they take off-road adventures and head to the world’s scenic sites. They’ve four-wheeled in the Ozarks, snorkeled in the Gulf of Mexico, hunted shells in the Caribbean and volunteered for community service projects in Missouri. Through multigenerational and blended family travel, each new destination becomes the perfect place for them to reconnect with each other. You can see more of their adventures at Little Feet Big Adventures.
Carissa Houston is a nine-year homeschooling mom, crackerjack vacation budgeter and Disneyland history nut. She specializes in taking her teens on ultimate day trips to iconic and historic destinations. Her family hits the road from Phoenix to Southern California as often as possible. Carissa spreads the word that every family can afford to travel—and the idea that family travel is essential education money can’t buy—on her blog All Day Mom.
Caroline Knowles lives on the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband and two children (ages 19 and 12). She is the owner of Magical DIStractions Travel Co., a travel agency that specializes in Disney, Universal, and all-inclusive travel. She is also the founder of Magical DIStractions, a website focused on her love for all things Disney.
Catherine Parker has a passion for travel with only one state left in her quest of seeing all 50. As a former flight attendant, she's landed in nearly every major North American airport 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's a freelance writer and journalist 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, yardful of cats, a dog and three backyard chickens.
Cathy Bennett Kopf
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 and TravelingDad.com. She also is the mom of two now grown kids 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.
Connie is a travel industry veteran with some 30 years of experience in all aspects of the business—and a foodie. In 2013, she founded Forks on the Road, a Boston-based boutique culinary travel company. Connie defines culinary travel as discovering a destination's history and culture through its cuisine and foodways. She’s designed itineraries for the elite cookware company Sur La Table, learning journeys for groups of dieticians, and a smorgasbord of adventures for culinary curious travelers with iconic sightseeing and unique experiences on the menu. As a freelance writer, Connie shares her own travels with insight and an extra helping of advice. She adores her four grandgirls ages six to 19 years and her superhero worshipping five-year-old grandson. So, in every destination and amid every experience (making pasta, watching bees produce honey, or visiting the famed black pigs of Parma) she is thinking, “would the kids like this?” She’ll let you know.
Deb is Director of Operations for TravelingMom.com and the mom of 3 teenagers. 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, sewing, running and knitting. You can follow her thoughts and drama-filled adventures at Mom of 3 Girls.
Denedriane (Dee) Dean
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 Refreshingtalk.com. 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.
Dia Adams is a Mom of a teen and a tween 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 40 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. She is also the author of bestselling guidebook Disney World Hacks.
Diana Rowe is a Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe is enjoying her 'after 50" life with her blended family of 5 adult children, 8 grandchildren (ages newborn to 15 years), a dog -- and a very patient husband. For more than 20 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 specializes in multigenerational family travel and writes for numerous print and online publications. She also blogs about her various travel adventures with (and without) her family at http://travelinginheels.com. In addition to writing about her multigenerational family adventures as Traveling Grandmom, she also wears the hat of daily editor at TravelingMom.com
Fran Capo is 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.
Our guest authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but each has something unique to contribute for the traveling mom.
Gwen Kleist is an award-winning writer based in Southern California. She is the mother of one very active son who shares her love of travel and adventure. She writes about their adventures and more on her family travel website, HealthyTravelMom.com. 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.
When not running around on adventures with her five children, Heidi Gollub 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.
Jamie Bartosch is an award-winning journalist in suburban Chicago. Her stories have been published in USA TODAY, A&E, Midwest Living magazine, the Chicago Daily Herald and dozens of other publications. A married mother of two teenagers, she blogs for TravelingMom.com from the viewpoint of a "typical suburban mom." Her goal is to provide honest, useful information to help parents save time, save money, and make the most of their family vacation. Learn more about her at https://www.jamiebartosch.com/.
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.
Jill is the oldest mom with the youngest kids pretty much everywhere she goes. She has a 24-year-old daughter and two seven-year-old sons. She realizes that yes, that’s a really big gap between kids. Jill wears many hats: wife, mom, humorist, writer, wanderer, caffeine addict and wannabe wine snob. She is a news writer for Disney’s parenting website, Babble. Her work has appeared in various other online and print publications, including The Washington Post. Jill is always planning her next adventure, whether that be a week in Ireland or herding her kids into the people-mover (AKA her super-cool minivan) to check out what’s new in her neck of the woods. She lives with her husband and two sons in the San Antonio area. You can find out what Jill is up to by reading her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals, where she writes about adoption and her spin on everyday parenting.
Judy Antell is the Free in 50 States editor of TravelingMom. Judy lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband, three daughters, yellow lab, and tiger cat. Karat, the dog is always eager to hop in the car and road trip. Karat especially loves to hike and search for scraps outside artisanal bakeries. Read Judy's blog.
Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children (aged preschool to teen). With much to see and do in SoCal, Julie and her family are day trip experts, usually returning home after a day of fun. Julie writes about positive parenting, family travel and healthy living on her site, Mom Rewritten.
Kathy Penney's love of travel began with her first drive across her native Texas to Big Bend National Park as a child. She is passing along that love to her children while sharing their story to inspire all families to travel including special needs families like hers. When she's not sharing her family's adventures on her blog you can find her in their travel trailer discovering a new campsite or park or on her way to Walt Disney World for one of their frequent trips or leading her son's Scout meeting or taking her daughter to gymnastics. Life traveling with a busy preschooler and a gifted ADHD boy can be hectic but Kathy wouldn't have it any other way.
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 5 and 9. 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;s homeschooling her sons as they explore the Atlanta area and can be found blogging at KendraPierson -
Keri first tasted travel on a college choir tour to Europe and was immediately hooked. She lived abroad twice, traveled to 28 countries, and was a professional Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort and for an educational travel company, before having kids. Once they came, she wanted to keep traveling and has done so since her oldest was three months old. Keri loves traveling with kids because you have to slow down, take breaks, and sometimes live like a local. It teaches kids flexibility, patience, risk taking, and opens their eyes to the world. Keri moved abroad a third time, to London for a year, when her kids were ages 4, 1 and 1. Her family travels several times per year, to Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Disney and Orlando, and on ski vacations in New England and out west. They take regular weekend getaways all over New England, where she is based. Keri is a stay-at-home mom and in May 2019 launched a family travel blog Bon Voyage with Kids to inspire families to enjoy the journey of traveling with kids.
After years of traveling every week for business, Kim Orlando 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 largest independent family travel website 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 before they go.
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.
Kimberly Miles is a single mother of one and an unapologetic traveler. Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, the two of them relocated to Puerto Vallarta, MX in 2018 for a language and cultural immersion adventure. Through her own experiences, Kimberly motivates, encourages, and inspires single parents and solo female travelers to travel freely, affordably, and without regrets. When she’s not traveling, you’ll find her running or lifting weights, dancing to Latin music, or happily stuffing her face at your neighborhood taqueria. Read more of Kimberly’s work at Travel Unapologetically.
Kristin Shaw was born in New Jersey and has been steadily working her way south, living in Indiana, Ohio, and Georgia along the way and now settled in Austin, Texas with her family. She used to travel all over the world with European-based technology companies as a marketing and PR specialist, and she pulled back the throttle when she had her son. She started her own freelance company in 2011, and now you can find her in her happy place driving cars and trucks in interesting places around the country and writing for Cars Her Way, TODAY Parents, The Washington Post, and Traveling Mom.
Lauren Bruce spends most of her days surrounded by kids. At home with her own two rowdy boys and at school with the 400 kids she serves as an Elementary School Counselor, she is constantly on the go! She survives that many little ones on a daily basis with a lot of coffee and a little bit of sarcasm. She takes every free moment (and lunch break) to plan her family’s next vacation. Lauren loves chronicling her family’s quest to visit every Major League Ballpark in the country (Go Phillies!) - so far they have checked off eight stadiums and always have one on deck. Her other travel obsession is visiting the Disney Parks which became easier when she convinced her husband to become Disney Vacation Club members. She finds the planning process oddly soothing and is always excited to talk to anyone and everyone about their trips.
Liana Moore lived overseas growing up, attending British public school for kindergarten in London. She then moved to Stavanger, Norway for nine years until age 15, growing up with friends of different cultures. Summers involved camps in Switzerland and Wales, plus USA time in East Texas and Minnesota. Liana sees things from others’ viewpoints, believing those experiences shaped the woman she is today. She’s instilling that empathy in her children, having fun along the way. Currently based in the mountains of Colorado, much of her time is spent exploring the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not marketing a resort property professionally, or traveling and writing, find her trying out new sports like BMX biking with her nine-year-old daughter or debating with her five-year-old son (and occasionally winning). Follow Liana’s adventures at Insider Families.
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
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 20+ 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
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.
Melody Pittman is a blogger and travel writer from Vero Beach, Florida who is on a quest to conquer all 50 states and visit as many countries as she is years old. To date, Melody has visited 44 states (12 to go) and 48 countries (1 to go). She and her daughter, Taylor Pittman Hardy, write about luxury travel, culture, and food on their blog, Wherever I May Roam. After years of traveling big cities both locally and abroad, Melody is now finding that her passion is exploring the Southern charms of small towns across the country. She loves exploring the local festivals, museums, bed and breakfasts, and the concept of buying and eating local.
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.
is married to Traveling Dad Greg Stump. Together they live in a multigenerational household with Greg's dad and 4 children- a 14 year old boy, a 7 year old girl, a 5 year old girl, and a 1 year old boy. Nasreen also birthed two twins as a gestational surrogate for her BFF.
For years Nasreen spent up to 5 nights a week on the road as a territory sales manager covering over 21 states during her tenure. She left in 2016 to help out more at home with her father in law's cancer treatment schedule.
Nasreen specializes in business travel, pregnant travel, medical travel and travel with children of varying ages. Lady loves to road trip. Last summer she hit the road from Texas to Vermont and back solo with 4 kids while pregnant with twins.
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.
Sarah loves discovering what’s unique about a place, its history, food, architecture and culture. She explores 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: Spain, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Chile, Israel, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, California.
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. 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 Walker Caron
Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and author based in Maine. She is the creator of the popular food blog sarahscucinabella.com. Her latest cookbooks, The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, are available where books are sold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a cancer survivor celebrating life. 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. He shares her travel adventures at Yvonne's Travel Blog