TMOM Travel Writers
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 8 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.
Amy Tara Koch is an author, journalist and television personality. Koch contributes to Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal and Food & Wine. She has appeared on Today, Access Hollywood, Fox & Friends, CBS Early Show and Steve Harvey. Her first book, BUMP IT UP (2010) has retained its position as the gold standard in pregnancy style. She is currently working on her second book, a memoir.
Andrea Guthmann is a Midwest Emmy award-winning freelance journalist. 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, Midwest Living and more. 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!
Andrea Traynor is mom to The K Man (8) and Miss Q (closing in on 6), and a wife to Big B—but also married to her blog and online community. After spending her 20s travelling solo, she’s not letting motherhood get in the way of world exploration. Andrea, a.k.a. Mommy Gearest, spends every spare dime on family jaunts, girlfriend getaways and pushing her physical limits—like that time she went to Ibiza at 41 years old. Indulgence is Andrea’s middle name and she never shies away from splurges or fabulous adventures that help amp up any travel experience.
Anuja De Silva is a full time working mom and aspiring writer. She is learning to integrate, family, career and travel along with her love for fashion and party planning. She lives in Albany, New York with her husband, a five year old son and toddler daughter. She loves to explore new cultures and inspire other working moms through her adventures.
Audra Rogers was born and raised in small-town Kansas and followed her TV husband to his dream job in Nashville, TN. A TV news journalist herself, Audra slowed down to enjoy life and all things mom, and now works from home as a freelance writer. She stays encouraged in a slower paced life by collecting new experiences with her two young sons and staying in touch with her inner child. Audra encourages natural exploration as a brand ambassador for National Geographic Kids and has traveled to see things from Superman in Metropolis to the World's Largest Fork. You can follow her latest adventures on her blog RealHonestMom.
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.
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 preschooler boy and while her travels have changed, she now just finds memorable things to do with a preschooler as well instead of focusing on adult-friendly activities. Britni shares her daily adventures at home and abroad at , 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 17 and 10). 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 queen of doing things her way! She is the mother of millennials who inherited her travel bug. Dana travels solo often and also loves to travel with her husband to fly fish around the world. She believes travel should always be in luxury and full of adventure. Dana is an avid cook and food traveler. She cooks whole, real food, using local ingredients. When on the road, she finds local hotspots, celebrated chefs, cooking classes and cocktails. Sherry Wernicke and her triathlete husband travel extensively in style, not only for races, but for their love of adventure, new experiences, fine wine and cuisine, and luxury resorts. In addition to traveling whenever she gets the chance, she lives a healthy lifestyle, loves to run, has been a vegetarian for 27 years, and is very active in animal welfare activities. She is a former co-owner of the California Apparel News. She and her husband and two four-legged pups live in Connecticut. Dana is the founder of MomsGoodEats and Sherry is the Editor, Publisher, and Contributor. The site is based on a life done well, a love of food, and luxury travel. They are also co-founders of the TriWivesClub for triathlon families and WineLoversVillage, where wine, food, travel, and conversation meet. In addition, they are freelance writers for print and on-line media for US and international magazines.
Danielle Faust, named one of People.com's favorite mom instagrammers, is the mother of two semi-homeschooled preschoolers and is always on the go. The New York native now living in south Florida enjoys making memories around the world, marrying her husband in the canyons of Nevada, scuba diving with whale sharks in Mexico, climbing an active volcano in Guatemala, and "attempting" to surf in El Salvador. Dani enjoys mixing solo "momcations" and family vacations with active girls trips and romantic escapes with her husband. You can catch up with the certified life and wellness coach at her award-winning family lifestyle site, Ok, Dani or her coaching site Danielle Faust. Otherwise Dani can be found at the gym, researching her next travel adventure, trying to figure out her DSLR... or seeking out coffee.
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.
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.
Diana Rowe Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe is enjoying her 'after 50" life with her blended family of 5 adult children, 7 grandchildren (ages 18 months to 14 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.
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.
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 of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages four 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.
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, money, and make the most of their family vacation. A married mother of two, Jamie grew up in the Chicago suburbs, lived in the city for 16 years, and is now back in the suburbs raising her two kids. 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.
Jennifer Auer is a hyperlocal mom blogger from New Jersey who can’t sit still. Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped. She doesn’t let her husband and three boys slow her down. Instead, she brings them along, believing boys behave better when they are out exploring. As her boys start to become teens there are still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the United States and internationally. Together on family adventures, they’ve learned to ski the slopes, kayak along the Chesapeake Bay, dig at an archaeological site, make chocolate by hand at a chocolate factory, and climb a stairway to heaven. There may be no stopping them. Jennifer created and manages Jersey Family Fun, a blog and resource site where her and other moms blog about how to have family fun in New Jersey and the surrounding area.
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, many trips are last minute due to her husbands constant work travel. As an Orlando expert; she can tell you everything you need to know about the Number One Vacation Destination in the U.S. She can be found writing about her own adventures on her blog Journeyswithjenn.com. No destination is ever off-limits for Jenn and her family. She firmly believes that you should allow your kids to experience the rich experiences of travel..even if that means they miss school. What you learn in travel cannot be taught in a classroom.
Jennifer Kaufman is a stay-at-home mom of three travel-crazy kids: 8-year-old twin girls, and their 4-year-old little brother. Commonly known as “that Disney family”, she and her husband have discovered that the very things that draw them to Disney destinations – the story, the attention to detail, and the “little things” – can often be found anywhere they look. She has always had an insurmountable case of wanderlust, daydreaming of what it would be like to pick up the family and move to Europe for a few years, or perhaps live off of a boat for a while. As she waits for such a grand adventure, she has dedicated herself to exploring the stories and details wherever she travels, and finding the joy in the everyday moments at home. Jennifer and her family can be found in articles, videos, and podcast episodes at The Delightful Life.
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 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://wheelsandeats.blogspot.com
Julie Bigboy is a Southern California native who loves exploring sunny San Diego with her husband and four children. With much to see and do in SoCal, Julie and her family are day trip experts, returning home after a day of fun. Julie writes parenting tips, family travel and little changes that make a big difference on her blog, Mom Rewritten. She also shares parenting tips and Disney travel advice on the DisneyBaby blog.
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.
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 - Love. Learn.Travel..
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 5 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.
Leslie Harvey is a former attorney from the San Francisco Bay Area and mom of two kids, ages 8 and 3. 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 and other loyalty programs.
Linda Arceo is the voice behind the popular food and drink blog, . 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.
Lisa O’Driscoll is a former kindergarten teacher turned blogger living in Sarasota, Florida with her hubby and two daughters. She’s backpacked several times through Europe (well, she had a carry-on but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it), studied Portuguese in Brazil, and loves vacationing in the Caribbean. When it comes to travel, she wants to do it all and her ultimate travel dream is to be on The Amazing Race! You’ll find Lisa writing about parenting, food, travel and more at Fun Money Mom.
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 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 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 Wristen is a freelance writer and mom to three kids, Noah 15, Eden 13, and Jonah 9. Newly divorced and embracing life as a single mom, Meagan continues to travel solo and with her kids. She believes that just because your single doesn't mean you can't take your kids around the world. Meagan can also be found blogging about family travel and more at www.MommyTravels.net.
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 38 states (12 to go) and 47 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.
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, and travel agent specializing in Disney and Universal vacations. She loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty Honda Odyssey takes her. That's 35 states and counting! With her teen, two tweens and kindergartener, her world is loud, sassy, hilarious as she balances family, work, travel, and fitness. If you need straight talk about mom'ing and traveling, 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.
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.
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.
Robin is a New England native and loves to take her family on as many adventures as possible. For her that means traveling to as many new places and having as many new experiences as they can. She is a mom to two energetic little boys ages 9 & 12 and wife to an accountant who also happens to be an Air Force Vet. She loves to share her family's adventures and travel tips on her website, Masshole Mommy. When Robin's not busy chasing her boys around, you might find her at her condo up in New Hampshire making memories with her family.
Sarah Cody has trouble sitting still! In televised reports, this Connecticut lifestyle reporter has hiked, zip lined and skied her way through New England and the tri-state area – showing-off area destinations for family fun. Sarah also writes about travel and parenting topics for blogs, newspapers and magazines. Mostly, she loves to take her two sons – ages 13 and 11 – to area museums for tech-free outings that inspire conversation and curiosity. The mission? To simply enjoy each other’s company.
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 .
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: Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, South Africa, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, California.
Scotty Reiss 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.