Sure moms across the nation roam suburban streets in minivans and SUVs, picking up their kids from school and chauffeuring them to various activities and events. But I’m a soccer mom too dangit. Just because I drive a 4-door sedan, doesn’t mean I can’t have that title. Stereotype me! I deserve [ ... ]
There’s a reason “Follow the Honey,” in Cambridge, Massachusetts is not just a simple honey store. For founder and owner, anning, traveling the world on her personal journey led her to open a shop filled with honey stories to tell, and products with a conscience.
In Search of Healing an [ ... ]
Must we trade brunch dates and Bloody Mary’s for barely edible pancakes and sippy cups once we have kids? Hardly. Chicago restaurateurs, many of whom now claim the title of parents themselves, know how to host a good brunch which welcomes us and our progeny. Unlike some downtown areas which only [ ... ]
For those living in the middle of Missouri, there are only a few options for hitting the "big city" -- St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.
Our trip to Memphis might be one of the most unorganized trips I've ever take [ ... ]
I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned candy shop. I just love the candy-filled bins, the drugstore-feel complete with a bar and soda jerk…it makes everyone feel like a kid. With unique treats like Elvis Bark and chocolate-covered bacon, the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas is a fun treat for any [ ... ]
When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
The first time I drove through Wyoming was in the summer of 1981 on a road trip with my my Mom. Somehow, in a pre-Internet [ ... ]
Vegetarian travel gets easier in the summer, when farmers markets and their bounteous produce draw tourists and local chefs. Summer is also know for outdoor eating, and New York City has one of the best (I’m slightly biased) eating extravagnzas, orgasburg. Actually, make that two. Smorgasburg ha [ ... ]
As a mom who has traveled for business for over a decade now, I’ve developed my loyalty toward certain brands. The best part of this loyalty is that they reward me for it. I’m a Marriott gal with almost 1 million points in the Marriott rewards program. Granted, 250,000 of those points came as a result of buying a couple of Marriott Vacation Club properties. Because I fly from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, I’m a dedicated Continental Airlines patron with over 750,000 lifetime miles. Because Avis “tries harder” I keep my Avis wizard number handy. Loyalty programs are a great perk for moms who travel with kids or on business.
Because I rack up the points all year along, we take a family vacation on Marriott and Continental yearly. A week-long family vacation in the family-friendly Residence Inn with its pool, sport courts, and family video rentals is courtesy of the Marriott rewards program. We stay in a two bedroom suite for FREE. That’s an extra $1400 to spend on carnival rides and vacation t-shirts.
Our flights are like a BOGO deal. We pay for our flights and the boys fly on the points we’ve accumulated. It’s kind of a turn on that we are earning points and using points at the same time. Though rental car loyalty programs don’t save you much money off of the already low prices of a rental they do save you plenty of time. If you’ve ever traveled with kids you know that standing in a 20-person line a rental counter is no fun. Membership has its privileges and you can go right to your car and get on with your family vacation.
There are many ways to provide affordable family vacations. One of my favorite is through loyalty programs of travel brands. Get the points!