Picture yourself at Walt Disney World, pushing a stroller around, possibly on a multi-generational family trip, and you find nap time is quickly approaching – for everyone. You just want a little Me Time. There’s nothing wrong with that. Parents need to stay sane and take advantage of down time, or even treat themselves to a visit to the parks WITHOUT the kids. Family travel can get crazy, so why not ask a family member to watch the kids, giving you and your spouse a few moments of adult time. Did you know there are nearly 400 places to dine across Walt Disney World Resort? AndRead More →

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 →

Road trips can be a fun time to reconnect with the family, play cheesy road games, or even make random stops along the way. When I hit the road in RedBugg, I always like to seek out the bizarre and kooky roadside attractions that can still be found along America’s highways and byways. One site I use to help me find those crazy places is Roadside America, a guide to uniquely odd tourist attractions. Travelers can find sights by state or city and can then read updates by recent visitors. Here are a few of my favorite roadside attractions. Rock City -This is a classicRead More →

Petaling Street Market in Kuala Lumpur is also known as Jalan Petaling. It’s the Chinatown market located in Kuala Lumpur that is known for pirated products such as purses, DVDs and CDs. It also offers basic good such as groceries and hot foods. I found Petaling Street Market to be a fantastic stop to sample the food stands, such as curry noodles, asam laksa, ikan bakar, and Hokkien Mee. After 6pm the Pasar Malam (night market) comes alive. It gets very crowded, so be sure to keep an eye on your pockets and purses.Read More →

Southwest Airlines has announced a new fare sale today. One-way flights start at $59 to many destinations. The sale is on from today (Nov. 9, 2010) through Nov. 22, but many routes may sell out, so you probably want to act quickly. The cheaper airfare is available for travel on most days between Dec. 1, 2010 and Feb. 16, 2011. Why not plan a January girlfriend getaway to Las Vegas or a romantic escape to Baton Rouge for Mardi Gras festivities? My best tip for getting in on this deal is to be flexible. If you aren’t finding the sale fares for the dates youRead More →

Just in time for Veteran’s Day this month, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort have introduced new discount offers on theme park tickets and hotel rooms for active and retired U.S. military personnel. These offers are good through Oct. 1, 2011, and can be purchased by either the military personnel or their spouses. Active and retired members of the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists are eligible. And the tickets aren’t just for the military personnel. Each eligible person can buy up to six tickets to be used by the military personnel and family and/or friends. Here are the Disney Parks ticket offers: WaltRead More →

The holiday season is the busiest travel time of the year, with many people going home for the holidays. This is also the best time of year to get deals at destinations in some of the most popular destinations. Link to Video of Money Monday: Travel Deals on WAFB TV. Airfare Deals Bing’s Travel Farecaster is a fabulous tool for figuring out if you should purchase that plane ticket right now or if you should wait a few days to see if the price drops. SideStep.com offers a chance to check the airfare on multiple airlines across multiple booking engines. It doesn’t list every airline,Read More →

Value and affordability are always winners when it comes to choosing a hotel for family travel. While we frequent all brands at TravelingMamas.com, we do like to highlight new additions to properties that offer added value for travelers. MommyMusings and her daughter checked out Country Inn & Suites during their ‘1, 2, Free Promotion’ to get a little traveler’s take on this hotel brand. It was a positive experience for the MommyMusings family, but the only thing lacking was a hot breakfast included in the rate. Fortunately, Country Inns & Suites answered the call. This morning, Country Inns & Suites launched its ‘Be Our Guest’ breakfast expansion programRead 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 →

On our recent visit to Las Vegas for a girlfriend getaway, we opted to try out a free tour of Zappos Headquarters, because we love free things to do in Vegas. Since we had arranged a special visit, our new friends with the Zappos Blog Team picked us up in the Blog Bus, which is amazingly similar to the Traveling Mamas logo. It was a match made in heaven! ThemeParkMom, MommyMusings, and I met Graham, Darren, and Pat who showed us around Zappos Headquarters. Zappos.com doesn’t just offer fabulous deals and products, but the work environment looks like absolute fun. Here’s a clip of ourRead More →