family_adventureSometimes planning a family vacation can feel like another job for overworked moms (the people who plan most family vacations). Get the help you need during a special early edition #TMOM Twitter party on June 20 sponsored by the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau and “The Complete Idiots’ Guide to the Best Family Destinations.”

We will share new family travel destination ideas, learning vacations, affordable weekends, theme parks, eco-adventures, road trips and family festivals you never considered from 8-9 pm ET during this special early edition #TMOM Monday Twitter party.

During the party, we’ll give away a $100 gift card, a bag of travel goodies and four copies of “The Complete Idiots’ Guide to the Best Family Destinations,”  which covers almost 200 destinations in the US, Canada and Mexico and is the go-to guidebook for anyone who wants to simplify vacation planning and find the very best. 

RSVP below for this special early edition of #TMOM Monday and you’ll also be entered to win a fabulous 4 night/5 day vacation in San Antonio for a family of four. For more ways to enter to win the San Antonio family vacation, which will be awarded on June 30, visit Family Travel Forum and enter on our contest page as well. 

Then, join our regular 9-10 pm ET #TMOM Monday when we will share tips for getting the best travel deals and give away a $250 American Express gift card in a party sponsored by Click here for details and to RSVP for the 9 pm party. (RSVP for this 8 pm party in the comment section below.)

What the heck is a Twitter party and how does TMOM Monday work?

Party Details:

WHEN: June 20, 8-9 pm ET (7-8 pm CT; 6-7 pm MT; 5-6 pm PT) (Please note this is an hour earlier than our regular TMOM parties.)
WHO: @kimorlando @familytravel4um @CindyRichards @TravelingMoms
WHAT: Twitter party – Idiot Proof Family Vacations
HOW TO JOIN: Follow the hashtags #TMOM and #TMOMFTF


RSVP below to be eligible to win a 4 Night/5 Day vacation for a family of four in San Antonio, Texas, to be awarded on June 30. Your family will stay in the celebrated Westin La Cantera Resort and enjoy 5 days of sightseeing and attractions provided courtesy of the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.

During the June 20 Twitter party, we also will give away four copies of “The Complete Idiots Guides to the Best Family Destinations” (Alpha/Penguin, 2011), a Whatyagot toiletry bag stocked with travel-size goodies, and a $100 gift card!

As always, there is more than one way to enter:

1. RSVP for the party below by leaving your Twitter handle. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter by leaving a comment below telling us why you aren’t on Twitter (i.e. “It’s stupid,” or “How can I say anything important in 140 characters or less?”)

2. Help us spread the word about TMOM Monday by tweeting the following BEFORE 8 pm ET on June 20:

#TMOM Twitter Party 8pET 6/20. Join us to share your best family destinations and planning tips. RSVP here:

Then leave the link to the tweet here. (To get a link to your tweet, simply right click on the time and date stamp below your tweet. It will take you to the page and give you the link. Clip and paste the link below in the comments section.) Remember, you only get credit for this entry if you leave the link to your tweet in the comment section below. You may tweet as often as you like and get a new entry for each tweet but remember: There is a fine line between being promotional and spamming your followers.

3. “The Complete Idiots’ Guide to the Best Family Destinations” by founder Kyle McCarthy lists almost 200 great family travel destinations. Leave a comment below telling us how you discover the best family travel destinations.

4. Leave a comment on Family Travel Forum’s Facebook page, then come back and leave the link to your comment below. (Get an FB link the same way you get a Twitter link, by clicking on the time and date stamp.)

Choosing winners

We’ll choose winners for the $100 gift card, bag of travel products and books from the RSVP list during the party. You must have at least one tweet on the party to win.

The Grand Prize San Antonio Vacation Winner will be chosen at 5 pm ET on June 30, 2011, from entries left in the comment section here combined with comments left on our story about the San Antonio giveaway. Please note: Airfare is not included in San Antonio vacation prize.

Prizes and details subject to change. See TMOM Twitter party policies for more info.

All winners will be chosen using You will have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize. Winners please DM your address to @TravelingMoms and allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.