crowded-airportWhen you’re on the road, how do you find the best grocery store, after-hours clinic or dry cleaner? Do you ask around, read guidebooks or review sites, or just hope for the best?

Hospitality expert Residence Inn wants to help you feel at home away from home with the Residence Inn Thrival Guide. Users can share tips and recommendations for family friendly tours, insider tips and more with the Thrival Guide.Be sure to join us to share your tips on traveling like a local on the October 1 Twitter party, sponsored by Residence Inn.

And don’t forget to check out our Travel Like a Local contest – you could win a 4-night stay at the Residence Inn of your choice along with a Marriott Platinum Rewards membership!

WHEN: October 1, 9-10 pm EDT (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @TravelingMoms @KimOrlando @CindyRichards @DebMomOf3 @chaotic_barb @verasweeney @maryheston @bloggymoms @Takingthekids @familytravel4um @ramblingstump @dipaolamomma @according2kelly @eightymphmom

WHAT: Twitter party – Travel Like a Local

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the hashtags #TMOM #RIThrival

PRIZES: We’ll be giving away three 2-night stays at a Residence Inn property of your choice.During your visit, you’ll stay in a one-bedroom spacious suite and enjoy Residence Inn’s complimentary daily breakfast. Trip must be completed within one year, by September 30, 2013. Subject to availability and blackout dates apply. Transportation, gratuities, incidentals and all other expenses not included.

To be eligible, you must:
1. RSVP by leaving your Twitter handle in the comment section below. (If you aren’t on Twitter, it’s easy—and free—to sign up. Go to to see how.)

2. Have at least one tweet on the party from 9-10 pm EDT on October 1 (follow #RIThrival).

For extra entries:
1. Help us spread the word about #TMOM Monday by tweeting:

Get insider tips for traveling like a local on the Oct. 1 #TMOM Twitter party with #RIThrival. RSVP for prizes:

Then leave the link to the tweet here. (To get a link to your tweet, simply 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 no more than three times a day, and each Tweet must be different.

2. Leave a comment below sharing a local travel tip (up to 3/day).

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Prizes and details subject to change and subject to availability. All winners will be chosen using Restrictions may apply. 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.

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