Traveling Mamas

Inspiring you to explore our world

  • We’re always on the lookout for informative and entertaining blogs and websites. Here are a few family travel sites (and other traveling mamas) we like to read:

    Bootsnall Family Travel Blog – We all just love Sheila Scarborough, who is a blogging maniac. She’s always been a traveler, growing up in a Navy family and then serving for 23 years herself. She travels with (and without) kids, blogging about the great finds in the travel world. She also blogs for Perceptive Travel. You can find out more about Sheila at her website.

    About.com’s Family Vacations – I met Teresa Plowright many moons ago in Curacao, a small island off the coast of Venezuela. I’ve been following her site, and now her blog, which offers so much information for traveling families.

    The Perrin Post – Wendy Perrin is a traveling mama that spends her time at hotels and resorts with pen and pad in-hand. She offers fun and insightful takes of hotels and destinations in her blog for Concierge.com, where she is employed full time as a Senior Editor, but seems to do so much more. Check out her interview on Write to Travel.

    Families.com Travel Blog – Michele Cheplic is one of Families.com’s senior bloggers. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii and spent a few years in broadcast journalism. She now spends her time as a freelancing mom sharing her love of travel.

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  • When I found the Hungry Suitcase, I knew then that Royal Caribbean’s marketing department was full of great ideas. Who knew that they would be THIS brilliant?

    Royal Caribbean and USA Today are holding a contest where the average traveler has an opportunity to get in on the ship-naming action. The winner not only gets to name one of two ships in the contest, but they will also attend the naming gala, and get to take a week-long, first-class, all-expense paid cruise on the ship he/she names.

    The Name That Ship contest coincides with the launch of USA Today’s new cruise community. Readers can log on to cruises.usatoday.com for an active community of cruise enthusiasts and get an extensive resource of useful information for all their cruise traveling needs. For additional information about the cruise industry, check out CruiseDiva.com.

    Full contest details and entry information can be found at namethatship.usatoday.com. I’m off to fill out my entry so that I can maybe take my first cruise and name a ship Cajun Mama.

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  • Matthew McConaughey announced yesterday on his website that his girlfriend, Camila, is three months pregnant. This means that their window of opportunity for planning a Babymoon is slowly closing. They have passed the first trimester, where travel isn’t recommended, so this gives them three to four months before the end is near…….the end of life as freewheeling travelers.

    But what is a Babymoon, you ask? A Babymoon is the last travel hurrah for an expecting couple before another being is added to the relationship. Here are some of TravelingMamas.com picks for Babymoons:

    Jamaica

    The Grand Lido Resort and Spa in Negril is an all inclusive resort offers 24 hour room service, prenatal spa treatments, a 30 minute personal training session for dad, and the in room bar is stocked daily with pickles, chocolate bars, and ginger ale for mom.

    Mexico

    Las Ventanas al Paraiso in San Jose del Cabo beautifies mom and distresses dad with prenatal massage, luxury accommodations, and even a gift for baby.

    Canada

    E’Terra in Tobermory, Ontario offers extra pillows for mom’s comfort at night, special treats to satisfy cravings, spa treatments for mom and dad, fitness advice for before the birth and after, and they even offer a cooking class on how to make your own babyfood and healthy eating during and after pregnancy.

    Charleston, SC

    This destination offers various Babymoon packages at local hotels and inns, such as Planters Inn and Andrew Pickeney Inn.

    California

    Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa in Sausalito offers Babymoon packages for short or longer visits. The packages include a private picnic, parent-to-be spa treatments, and special treats for Mom and Dad.

    The Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach offers a baby moon getaway that includes a basket of diapers and a onesie, an evening treat of Baby Brickle ice cream, breakfast in bed, and a commemorative bottle of wine, for after the birth.

    These are just a few of the many Babymoon packages offered around the world. If you have a favorite hotel, be sure to inquire about available Babymoon packages, or make your own. Before traveling during pregnancy, consult your physician.

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  • I was watching CBS this morning and they interviewed Heidi Roizen, an entreprenuer and the brains behind SkinnySongs, a new cd to help lose weight. One of the songs really clicked with me when I read these lyrics:

    “About six months back, I took one helluva trip
    had a swank vacation on a big cruise ship
    but later all my friends sent their photos to me
    and I sure didn’t like, what I had to see”

    You can listen to Who the Hell is That?, sung by Rachelle Byrne.

    I thought this CD might be a good choice for a Traveling Mama (hello, me) who needs to shed a few pounds before her next trip. If you would like to learn more about SkinnySongs, be sure to visit the website, or you could purchase the CD by clicking below.

    Buy SkinnySongs now!

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  • Yesterday I was browsing website designer portfolios when I came across Hungry Suitcase.

    Sammy the Suitcase helps you plan your trip by what you place inside of him. He even has sarcastic or humorous comments to make, depending upon your item selection. I didn’t even realize what company it was for until the end, when my vacation choice was determined. Whoever came up with this marketing site for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines should be commended. They certaining were reeling me in!

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