Traveling alone can be fun, but it can also be nerve-wracking for some. I quite enjoy the aspect of solo travel, as it provides a reprieve from having to compromise on decisions or having to take charge of everyone in my family. I can eat where I want, order a glass of wine during my flight, stay at whatever type of lodging I choose, and I can truly relax. Solo travel can also have its downside, such as loneliness or issues of safety. During my recent attendance at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, I did what I always do when booking my own lodging —Read More →

It’s been a pleasure for me to see the changes going on in downtown Baton Rouge. When I was growing up, it consisted of a few neighborhood bars, restaurants to feed the area office workers, and office buildings. In the evenings and on the weekends, downtown Baton Rouge was a ghost town. Fortunately that’s changed over the years, and now Baton Rouge has its first boutique hotel — Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge. The building where the hotel now stands has gone through a variety of changes, with its original use as a hotel. Formerly, the Hotel King, the building was converted to dormitories during theRead More →

The Gaylord Opryland hotel has re-opened after flooding in Nashville, Tennessee, forced the landmark’s closure this spring. And its grand re-opening festivities happened during the season that the Gaylord Opryland does best – Christmas! I stopped by the Gaylord Opryland on a drive through Nashville recently and checked out some of the Christmas decorations that adorn the hotel’s atriums. There are hundreds of poinsettias, and millions of lights. The resort calls its holiday events “A Country Christmas.” This season, the celebration continues until Jan. 2, 2011. It includes: ICE! – A walk-through exhibit in a building chilled to 9 degrees. ICE! is an environment carvedRead More →

If you are looking for a tropical getaway with the family, the Mayan Riviera is a wonderful option. It is located on the east coast of Mexico and spans an area moving south from Cancun. The resorts are generally quite large with multiple dining options, entertainment, miles of white sandy beaches, a number of pools and many activities to keep your family occupied. Many families opt to book a vacation with a resort that is geared towards families, like Beaches Resorts, Breezes and Club Med. These are great options and include lots of activities for kids, babysitting services and day care. We stayed at AzulRead More →

The Gaylord Opryland Resort re-opened this month after the spring floods in Nashville forced major renovations at the hotel. I got a chance to stop by and check out the new look earlier this week. If you don’t know much about the Gaylord Opryland, calling it a “hotel” doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a giant complex – the largest non-gaming hotel in the country — and besides the guest rooms and convention space, there are four atriums, more than a dozen eateries, shopping, nightclubs and even a river. As for what’s new inside following the grand re-opening, the Cascades Lobby has been totally redone.Read More →

Traveling to MD Anderson Cancer Center for medical treatment or second opinion can be a daunting experience. When my doctor made the announcement that he felt that I should go to MD Anderson, I was both scared and hopeful. I didn’t know what to expect or how to even go about making plans to visit this world renowned medical facility. Patients from all over the globe come to MD Anderson looking for answers and cures. One thing that is essential, is finding lodging that is not just affordable, but is close enough to the facility for the patient and friends, and also offers the little extrasRead More →

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has introduced a fun new Facebook promotion that could net you a new trip, or at least help out a great charity. To enter, you send a “Wish I Were There” digital postcard from a Hilton destination to friends either near or far. Kind of like a virtual vacation! Two grand prizes that include roundtrip airfare, a 4-night stay and a $500 Hilton hotel credit will be awarded. And there’s a charity aspect to his sweepstakes. You tell the app where you are and where your friend is. For each 100 “virtual miles” your postcard travels, Hilton will donate $1 to TheRead More →

When you think about a weekend getaway or escape, what city immediately comes to mind? For many people I know, that city is Las Vegas. That’s why I was so excited to make my first trip to Vegas last month for a girlfriend getaway with CajunMama and MommyMusings. And I was absolutely thrilled when I found out we would be staying at Aria, one of Vegas’s newest hotels. Aria is in Las Vegas’s City Center adjacent to Crystals, a brand-new upscale shopping destination where the storefronts boast names like Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and even Harry Winston. The Public Spaces While hotel-casinos with names like NewRead More →

Hawaii always seems to be in the top choice of destinations on almost any travel list. It definitely was one of those places I could only dream about from my house in Louisiana. A few years ago, Hilton Hotels in Hawai’i invited me to experience one of their most iconic properties in the world. I was excited at the opportunity and felt like I was dreaming when I stepped off the plane in Honolulu and entered the world of Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa – a perfect place for a family vacation in Hawaii, a gathering of gal pals, or a Hawaiian honeymoon. IRead More →

TripAlertz, a new site that has been described as “Groupon for travel,” launches today. As I told Traveling Mamas readers a couple of weeks ago, I love the TripAlertz concept of harnessing the power of social media to sell vacation packages. As more people buy a particular package, it gets cheaper for everyone. And the TripAlertz folks are offering some clever extras, too. If you refer other people to the site, you earn “TripCash” to be spent on your own vacation. And, TripAlertz members can design their own dream vacation packages for a chance to win the package for free. But no matter how funRead More →