Did you know today, June 21st is the first day of summer?  Spark Energy in Chicago is powering that summer fun, with lower-cost electricity for ComEd customers as well as a promotion to power family fun at Six Flags. Last time I was in Chicago, one thing I noticed was the energy of everyone who [...]


Branson Family Hotel Grand Country Inn standard room

Branson, Missouri is one of the top family destinations in the US. It’s a midwest city that offers outdoor adventure, theme parks, family friendly entertainment, good food, and plenty of places to stay. My family and I have checked out a few family friendly hotels in Branson. A hotel on the main Branson Strip that [...]

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Traveling with the entire family is always my top priority when I am traveling, but that’s not always possible when I am traveling for work. For this reason, I have been able to scope out hotels that would be great for a couple’s getaway in New Orleans. Life is busy and when the children have [...]


Yesterday, Universal Orlando celebrated the one0-year anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests from all over the world took part in the celebration, enjoying ButterBeer, Chocolate Frogs, and many others treats. At TravelingMamas.com, we’ve taken you along virtually via our social media channels each time one of us has visited this amazing theme [...]


Carnival Fun Ship Towel Animal

When we took our first family cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, one of the fun things we liked to do each evening was to guess what type of towel animal would greet us in our cabin. Would it be an elephant? A monkey? A bear? No matter what the terry towel animal creation would be, [...]


Inspiring travel and making family travel memories that last is what TravelingMamas.com is all about. But with the economy, telling readers about exotic locales isn’t exactly practical all the time. As a working mom who works shift work to help make ends meet in my household, I know it isn’t always easy to finance that [...]

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Travel Blogger Shannon Hurst Lane working from Four Seasons Lanai Manele Bay

I’ve always had the travel bug and enjoy traveling to new places and experiencing all the world has to offer, that’s why I created TravelingMamas.com. Sometimes I can’t always hop on a plane, train, or cruise ship. That’s when I travel vicariously through some of my blogging friends that I’ve met along this journey of [...]


Cancun is definitely not what it used to be. What was once known as the party capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, is now a vacation hot spot for families and couples a like. I recently traveled to Cancun, Mexico to check out the family-friendly Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. If you remember, last year [...]

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Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme Outdoor Flashlight

Father’s Day is just around the corner and we Traveling Mamas love our Traveling Papas. For me, I credit my own father for my love of travel. He worked extra shifts at the fire department to make sure our family took a family vacation each year, be it to the Smoky Mountains or the Gulf [...]


Parlor Market in downtown Jackson, Mississippi

Last week, as part of the Southeast Louisiana Gumbo Express Tour on Amtrak, we stopped for the night in Jackson, Mississippi. After checking into the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Jackson, located across the street from the train station, a few of us set out in search of something to eat on a Monday night. Before [...]

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