Traveling Mamas

Inspiring you to explore our world

  • I’m so excited about seeing all the other Mamas today at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino that I went to check out Marriott’s new forum for rewards members to find what great things there are to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico. One member, CorpTraveler, says, “We were referred to a local Puerto Rican restaurant on Tapia Ave. in San Juan. La Casita Blanca was one of the most enjoyable experiences in nearly three years of travel to the island.  Genuine home cooking, and a gracious host. Located in a seldom visited area of San Juan, it was safe, and parking was available.”

    This is just one of the many tips you can pick up on Marriott Rewards Insiders, where members share candid travel advice and informed opinions about the rewards program, along with their intimate knowledge of the Marriott family of hotels and resorts.

    To celebrate the launch of the Marriott website and our annual girlfriend getaway to the San Juan Marriott Resort &  Stellaris Casino, we’ve teamed up with Marriott to offer one lucky Traveling Mamas reader a Marriott $100 gift card to put towards your stay at any Marriott property!  To enter, simply leave your favorite travel tip in the comments section below. (We also highly suggest you share your travel knowledge with the folks at the Marriott Rewards Insiders forum, too!)

    Contest ends Tuesday, March 31, at midnight (EST). We’ll announce the winner on Winning Wednesday. Normal contest rules apply (US Citizen, none of our mothers can enter, etc)

    Good luck and feel free to leave tips about San Juan that we can use during our stay this week. We’re still searching for local restaurants to sample and where to find the hottest spots to dance the night away – hey, no kids to worry about on this trip! We’ll be livin’ la vida loca

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  • I’m taking off this morning on a 13-parish road trip of north and central Louisiana with my friend from Twitter, @LouisianaTravel. She’s a mom also, and we plan on exploring parts of the state that people don’t normally think to visit.

    The theme of our road trip is “Off the Beaten Path” and we’ll visit 13 parishes including the cities of Monroe/West Monroe, Colliston, Pioneer, Delhi, Ruston, Gibsland, Minden, Shreveport/Bossier City, Haughton, Clarence, Campti, Saline, Natchitoches, Alexandria/Pineville, Cheneyville, Lecompte, and Forest Hill.

    We plan on checking out Louisiana State Park cabins and various bed and breakfasts along the way. No chain hotels for us on this one. We want to meet the people and the places that make up this upper portion of Louisiana.

    We’ll be using Facebook, Twitter, Twitpic, and Britekite along the way so that anyone who wants to see behind the scenes of how a travel story is developed, can follow along. The hashtag we use on Twitter is #LaMamas. So follow us and send your comments along during our journey.

    CajunMama’s Facebook Page

    CajunMama’s Twitter Page

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  • SouthbySouthwest Interactive (sxsw) in Austin, TX is one of the biggest annual gatherings to learn about new products and issues involving interactive media. I caught up with a few social media personalities last year and they shared with some of the best things they like about Austin. I think Neenz at the end sums the whole thing up.

    If you can’t see the video below, you can view the direct link.

    For me, SxSw offered more than just presentations and panels. It gave me a chance to network with many of the personalities behind the blogs and the twitter feeds. I was able to get a teaser of Austin which has made me yearn for a non-conference visit.

    Some of my favorite moments of SxSw last year include:

    • AllHat
    • Hanging out in the Blogger’s Lounge
    • Attending Sheila Scarborough and Pam Mandel’s Travel Blogging Presentation
    • Meeting many travel bloggers/writers who showed up for the panel
    • Listening to the fantasctic bands that could be found at all the parties
    • Looking at all the movie and music people wearing all black and/or mini skirts with long scarves on their necks (this fashion trend always cracks me up)
    • Meeting Guy Kawasaki
    • Watching Robert Scoble carry all his camera equipment around
    • Seeing my buds Neenz and Noe808 again

    Neenz and Shannon at the Kirtsy/Alltop Party in Austin

    Sure, there are so many things to do in Austin and a bunch more memories that I have than are listed here, but if you are planning your first visit to SxSw, don’t be shy. Say hi to someone and spark up a conversation. That’s what networking is all about.

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  • I’m currently hiding out at Eagle Island, GA, a private island located in the inner coastal area of Georgia. This is a unique destination where all your worries and cares can be left behind. As I’m typing this, there is a bald eagle staring at me from her little hideaway in a tree above me. Whatever your reason for a visit, be it a romantic getaway, a family reunion, or just a place for all your friends to gather, you’ll find this a place to reconnect with nature and your companions.

    If you’re looking for an all-inclusive beach resort with 24 hour room service, you should look elsewhere, but if you want to bring your heart rate real low, visit Private Islands of Georgia.

    Here’s a video I put together of how to get to Eagle Island and the natural setting of this wonderful retreat.

    If you can’t see the video, the direct link is on the Traveling Mamas YouTube Page. I can’t wait to come back to Eagle Island and share it with my family on our travels, or even with the other mamas on a girlfriend getaway.

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