TravelingMom, the Family Vacation Experts

Get family vacation ideas, tips, tricks and hacks from the family vacation experts at TravelingMom. Learn what works for kids, what doesn't and what you need to know before you go.

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AMEX Offers: A No-Brainer Way to Save Traveling Mom

I’ve been watching the dress for over a month and finally a set of deals made me pull the trigger. I got 25% off from a coupon, $21 back from Ebates, and an extra $20 back just by using my American Express card. So my $200 dress went down to $150, then down again to $129, and finally to …

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Vacation Weight Gain: How To Shed Those Extra Pounds

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Best Disney World Military Discounts for 2021 TravelingMom

Aerophile (formally Characters in Flight) – This is the big balloon ride in Disney Springs. The regular price is $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 3-9. The reported discount is $3 off an adult ticket and $2 off a child’s ticket. AMC Dine-In Theater – $2.50 off after 4 p.m.

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7 Tips for Saving Money on Disney's D23 Expo TravelingMom

Lastly, if the previous two suggestions are not feasible, then there are always services such as Uber and Lyft. Rates are reasonable, and sometimes riders can score an extra $10 off coupons through various offers. We got a $15 off through our American Express credit card. Read our tips on using Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services with kids.

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Free Things to Do in Albuquerque New Mexico Traveling Mom

There is an entire page dedicated to downloadable coupons and discounts. You can also check out Groupon and set Albuquerque New Mexico as your location. I’ve focused on free and cheap activities but pricier Albuquerque attractions include ABQ Biopark, the terrific Explora children’s museum, and of course, hot air ballooning .

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15+ Easy Ways To Save Money For a Family Vacation

Examining the cost per meal can help you to slim up your grocery store spending. Lower cost meals that include pasta, quinoa, or rice with less protein can free up extra money to go to vacation savings. Suddenly, that $10 pack of chicken is making 4 meals instead of 2. Buy in bulk.

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Maui on a Budget

Any of the free guidebooks offer coupons for snorkeling gear. With our handy coupon, we got two complete sets of fins and masks for $9 for the week. Since the beach by the El Dorado Outrigger offered great reefs, we simply took a short walk to a snorkeling area known as the home of a giant turtle named Volkswagen.

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Prepare to Takeoff: 6 Tips for Visiting the US Space

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Complete Guide to Dollywood for Families TravelingMom

TravelingMom Tip #3: Dollywood often offers special deals. To learn about them ahead of a visit, subscribe to the Dollywood newsletter and check the “Special Offers” section of the Dollywood website. Dollywood offers military families a 30 percent discount on one-day admission tickets.

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How to Save Money on Passport Photos Traveling Mom

Position yourself in front of a plain white or off-white background. You need a neutral expression. While you may be giddy to be traveling, save it for the plane. Your full face must show, facing the camera straight on. No head tilts. The photo needs to …

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17 Unexpected Expenses that Can Ruin Your Vacation Budget

It’s better for your vacation budget and for the environment. If you must use disposable bottles, pack your own. A 24 pack of bottled water sells for about $3 at my local grocery, much less than the $24 or more i would have paid to buy those 24 bottles individually. Think about this with all your drinks – sodas can cost $1 per can, you can

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Orlando Military Discounts 2021 and More! TravelingMom

Military members can save 30 percent off admission. FYI, teachers, government employees and first responders will receive the same level of discount. You’ll pay $42.50 for adults and $35.00 for kids, reduced from $60.99/$50.29.

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Off Site Disney Hotels 5 Ways You Can Save More Money

However, when you stay at one of the off-site Disney hotels, you can use coupons. Use them at the grocery store. Look for Publix deals during the week you will be there and stock up on their buy-one-get-one-free specials. Check the online forums to find coupons to local restaurants or even kids eat free promotions.

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Is AAA Membership Worth It

Parking at the airport during a trip is an expense that can add up. With AAA you’ll get a discount of 10% at the Parking Spot and there are often special offers available to members. I’ve routinely seen 20% off parking coupons when you enter through the AAA portal.

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One Way Car Rental Deals

We did a drive off last Memorial Day from Fort Myers to Los Angeles with Enterprise. 13 days in a Nissan Altima (40 mpg), 3,400 miles and total bill when we dropped it off…$98.47. That is the total including all fees. In fact the fees cost more than the …

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Great Wolf Lodge

6. Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive the following grand prize (the “Grand Prize”): • Four (4) round-trip coach class airfare tickets for Grand Prize Winner and three (3) guests from a major airport closest to the Grand Prize Winner’s residence and a major airport closest to Orlando, FL.

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5 Tips for Visiting the North Pole Experience Flagstaff

The trolley picks you up and drops you off near the lobby of the hotel. You can even add on breakfast with Santa. In addition, the Little America Hotel features over a million holiday lights on their 500+ acre property. Boarding the North Pole Experience Trolley to Santa’s Workshop. Photo credit: Karen Heffren / Desert TravelingMom

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29 Awesome Ways to Save Money at Disney World Traveling Mom

6. Stay Off-Site. There are so many incredible Disney resorts but the truth is that most of them are not budget-friendly. The good news is that there are so many awesome places to stay off-site.Look for hotels located near the Disney parks that offer some of the same perks that you get at the on-site resorts such as Extra Magic Hours.Some off-site accommodations offer transportation to and

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20 Car Rental Tips to Keep You From Getting Ripped Off

The rental car company will fill it up for you — at monstrously high per-gallon rates. 8. Cut down on the number of days of the car rental. The biggest way to save on a rental is a shorter car rental period. One year, we had a late flight into Florida over the …

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Santa's Wonderland Texas

Located off of Highway 6 a little over an hour north of Houston, Santa’s Wonderland gives you the Texas Christmas Experience y’all are looking for! Photo Credit: Nasreen Stump 3. If you can go to Santa’s Wonderland on a weeknight, DO IT! Weeknights are far less crowded than weekends, and I highly recommend aiming for a weeknight for your

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6 Best Spots for Vegetarians to Eat at Pike Place

Country Dough, which specializes in stuffed Szechuan flatbreads, is a new gem off the beaten path. While everyone else had chicken, we had incurably spicy and tasty tofu sandwiches. Pike Place for vegetarians. Savor Seattle says it only accommodates non-pork requests, and cannot offer dairy-free or gluten free options.

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Complete Guide for Families Flying Southwest Airlines

What started off as a regional airline has expanded in a big way over the years. Southwest flies all over the Southwest (as you’d expect). They also fly up and down the east coast, Midwest and southeast United States. Southwest doesn’t fly to Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. It has more limited service in the Pacific

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20 Fun Things to Do in Panama City Beach with Kids 2021

20. Take a Dolphin or Snorkel Tour. Snorkeling in St. Andrews Bay is one of many fun things to do with kids in Panama City Beach. Photo credit: Visit PCB. A final activity that is slightly different from the dolphin watching catamaran cruise is an up …

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Universal Dining Plan Suspended Indefinitely TravelingMom

The Quick Service Dining Plan offers guests one (1) quick service meal, one (1) snack, and one (1) non-alcoholic beverage, per day. The cost is $25.55 for adults (ages 10 and up), and $17.03 for children (ages 3-9), per day.*. Y’all, that’s pretty cheap for a theme park if you ask me.

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6 Must Dos at National Harbor With Kids Traveling Mom

Traveling Mom Tip: Check the Capital Wheel site for coupons. 2. Eat Your Weight in Peeps. The Peeps Store is a National Harbor highlight. Photo by Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom. The original Peeps and Company store is a magnet for both adults and kids alike. With a distinctive Volkswagen Bug at the entry, the store engages the senses with

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Myrtle Beach on a Budget: A Top-Ranked Family Destination

Myrtle Beach hotel rates are sky high during the season, especially on “the strip,” or Ocean Boulevard, so if traveling off-season is an option, that is definitely your best pick. If you have to go during the months between June and August, consider an Airbnb or even camping, a popular way to explore Myrtle Beach through a variety of family

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7 LEGOLAND Florida Money Saving Secrets that Will Shock You

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a 150-acre interactive Orlando theme park dedicated to families. LEGOLAND Florida has more than 50 rides, shows and attractions at the park. And now that the weather is warming up, the LEGOLAND Water Park is an additional fun experience the whole family can enjoy. The water park is especially great if you’re bringing kids over 12 to LEGOLAND.

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14 Great Things to Do in Seattle Washington with Kids

Happily satisfied with my local food foray, we set off for our next adventure. 8. Things to Do in Seattle, Washington: The Gum Wall. No visit to Pike Place Market is complete without stopping by the Gum Wall, just outside the market. Yes, the Gum Wall.

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Things That Are Included in the Price of a Disney Cruise

2. Entertainment. You’ll find Broadway quality shows on a Disney Cruise…all included in the price of your cruise. Additionally, you’ll find movies practically around the clock, both on the pool deck and in the beautiful Art Deco inspired Buena Vista Theater. You’ll find classics as …

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Secrets of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando

Secrets of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando. If you’ve come to this post to hear all about the Harry Potter rides at Universal Studios, I hate to disappoint you.While “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” is awesome, I will not be focusing on it today.Instead, I’m sharing some hidden gems for making the most of your visit to Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry

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6 Tips for Taking Kids on the Georgetown Loop Railroad

This is a perfect day trip from Denver! Georgetown Devil’s Gate station is located on I-70 about 45 miles west of the city, a few minutes off Exit #228. Silver Plume is one exit (two miles) west of Georgetown on the south side of I-70, Exit #226. 1. Ride the Rails – Georgetown Loop Railroad.

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Six Flags White Water

Tons of money saving coupons for merchandise as well as food & drink for both parks are loaded on to your season pass; these include “bring a friend free” passes for certain days. I’m getting the kids off the electronics and they’re getting exercise.

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Crayola Experience

1.Take Your Kids When They Are Between 3-5 Years Old. Making his personalized crayon. Photo credit: Anuja De Silva/Cosmopolitan with Kids TravelingMom. Though kids from babies to tweens can be seeing having fun with all the colorful exhibits, the optimal ages for this experience is between 3-5 years of age. At 3 and ½ years old, my son was

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Travel Tips for Family Vacations Allianz Travel

Give kids space and time to explore before rushing off to the next destination. Make memories with your children. They grow up so fast. Don’t forget to get a little silly. Get kids on the water: gondola ride, boat ride, cruise, ferry boat, river tour. They like it all.

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Seven Best Walt Disney World Restaurants That Don't Need

Olivia’s Cafe, Old Key West Resort. Olivia’s is probably my favorite off the beaten path restaurant in all of Disney World. I love taking the ferry over to Old Key West from Disney Springs for a change of pace. If you do take the ferry, be sure to schedule extra …

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With so much to do in Chicago, is the Shedd Aquarium worth

Chicago Shedd Aquarium: Additional Pass Options. The most common ticket sold (the Shedd Pass) – is more than $30, and only adds a few more exhibits. The one thing that always bothered us about the Newport Aquarium was the $20 cost, which seemed steep.

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7 Reasons to Choose a Waterpark Cabana Rental at Aquatica

Cool off at a waterpark. Read on to see how SeaWorld’s waterpark, Aquatica, is operating this year. Photo credit: Jill Robbins. Although there are lots of choices for cooling off during hot weather in Texas, I have to say that this is my favorite water park. It’s …

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Charleston, SC Budget-Friendly Charleston TravelingMom

The best place to head indoors with toddler is the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Tickets are $12, and children under one are free. Don’t worry, you don’t have to pay full price because you can easily find coupons to the museum in hotel lobbies, tourist magazines, and the visitors bureau.

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SS Badger Review

The SS Badger is a carferry service which makes runs across Lake Michigan from Ludington on Michigan’s west coast to Manitowoc on Wisconsin’s east coast and back. Ludington is about 95 miles from Grand Rapids, MI and Manitowoc is about 80 miles from Milwaukee, WI. The ferry had its maiden voyage in 1953 and is the last coal-fired passenger

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Best Things to Do in Taos with Kids TravelingMom

Grandkids are snowboarders for life at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. Photo credit: Diana Rowe / Traveling Grandmom. Pack up the entire family to enjoy this New Mexico mountain town’s winter sports at 9,500 feet of elevation, nearly 1,300 skiable acres with 13 ski lifts, and a new and improved Children’s Center.

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10 Things to Do in Waco Texas Besides Magnolia Market

Texas is a big state and there are lots of charming places to explore in Texas; Waco is no exception.Here are 10 fun things to do in Waco, Texas (also known as the Heart of Texas by those who live there), Magnolia Market not included.

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Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Sandusky Ohio TravelingMom

With Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort housing 237 rooms and suites, community rooms, an arcade, restaurants, and even a 38,000-square-foot indoor waterpark all under one roof, it may be easier than you think to fit it all in. Here are my families top picks for things to do during your vacation without ever needing to leave the resort.

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Budget Travel Tips Save on Zoos, Museums & More

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums offers 50-100% reciprocity depending on your home zoo or aquarium. This means if you have a membership at one zoo or aquarium that is accredited with the association, you can get in for 50% off or even free at more than 150 other zoos and aquariums in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

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Disneyland Food and Wine Festival 2018 Essential Guide

Annual Passholders can purchase a Sip And Savor Pass that includes 8 coupons good for food or non-alcoholic drinks at the Festival Marketplaces for $45. Before you go, buy discounted tickets through Getaway Today. Disneyland Food and Wine Menu. An amazing menu of options is the main reason everyone should attend the Disneyland Food and Wine

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