Long live the long weekend! Sure, we at TravelingMom spend a lot of time planning our travel. But we also have a deep appreciation for the joy that comes with just getting up and going. Who doesn’t love spontaneous travel – hassle free long weekends, when you hop in the car and just go, no agenda, just unplanned time and memory making with your family? If the idea of a spontaneous getaway stirs your traveling soul, join us at our next #TMOM Twitter party, where we’ll share stories of great getaways – and you may even win one of your own, thanks so our partnership with the Staybridge Suites brand.

Staybridge Twitter Party

Pack a few things, grab the kids, and hit the road. It’s time to talk spontaneous travel at the #TMOM #StaybridgeSuitesWeekend Twitter Party.

If you feel the call of the open road, it may be time to pack up the car and head out on a Family Weekend Getaway. Be it just across town or several states away, there’s something renewing about getting away from the pressures of everyday life and spending time in new surroundings, bonding with the people you love.

Our partner this week, the Staybridge Suites brand, is all about providing vacation-starved families with the perfect home base for their long weekend adventures. Staybridge Suites provide home-like suites for family travel in more than 200 locations across the Americas.

Staybridge is sponsoring an essay contest, with three winning families treated to the ultimate road trip long weekend. Winners will receive everything they need to capture the memories you’ll be making as you relax, unwind, and simply enjoy time with your family on that trip, including:

  • a three night stay at a Staybridge Suites hotel
  • a $250 MasterCard prepaid card
  • a $50 Amazon gift card
  • a Kindle Fire HD 7

Come join us on July 20 to discuss the ins and outs of spontaneous travel. How far will you travel for a road trip? What are your best last minute packing tips? Who will you bring along to fill your weekend and feed your soul? We’ll compare tips, share funny stories, and get ideas for writing a great essay!

And we have prizes this week! Separate from the grand prize of three Staybridge Suites Long Weekend packages awarded in the essay contest, we will be giving away five $25 iTunes cards, one every ten minutes to those who RSVP for the TWITTER party in the widget below. (Standard rules apply.) Because what’s a road trip without blasting tunes?

So drop everything and come party with us on Monday, July 20.

WHEN: July 20, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 om MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn @7OnAShoestring @RanblingStump @NicoleWakelin  @MeaganShamy  @RaisingDickJane

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM and #StaybridgeSuitesWeekends hashtags

SPREAD THE WORD. Get up and go to the next #TMOM Twitter party 7/20 @9pmET. We’re talking about spontaneous travel with #StaybridgeSuitesWeekends

PRIZES: 5 $25 iTunes giftcards

HOW TO ENTER: To be eligible, you must:

1. RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle in the Gleam widget below – NOT in the comments. (If you aren’t on Twitter, it’s easy—and free—to sign up. Go to www.twitter.com to see how – or just leave your name in the widget)

2. Have at least three unique Tweets (other than a RT) on the party from 9-10 pm ET on July 20.

20Jul2015 #StaybridgeSuitesWeekend

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