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When I was pregnant with my son, I remember daydreaming about all of the places I would take him.  Europe was at the top of the list because he has lots of cousins, aunts and uncles there.  Twelve years have flown by and we are just now getting around to taking this trip. I could (and did) blame it on lack of time, money, etc., but the truth is that taking an 8 hour flight with an infant or toddler was not comfortable for me.  I wrestled with feeling somehow inadequate for not packing up and taking us all on a trip far far away.  I had read all of the uber-mommy accounts of “just going.”  And I could breastfeed anywhere so what was the big deal?  It seemed to be a competitive right of passage – to have to apply for his second passport before he turned 3. But I realize now, yes just recently, that now is the right time for me to take my kids on a long overseas flight.  I was not ready then.  And that is just fine.  

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Kim Orlando
After years of traveling every week for business, Kim sought out other moms who traveled to understand how they dealt with the guilt, the scheduling and their family relationships. Advice from the trenches made travel–and life–much easier and often much more fun. Kim realized that other traveling moms would appreciate these insights, too, and was born. Just a few years later, TravelingMom is among the best known family travel web communities with the leading travel writer network. The advice and insight of this community is sought out by national news networks, travel companies and traveling moms who need to know.

She has been selected as the travel expert for Wyndham’s Women on Their Way, Mom Talk Radio and has been featured in Good HouseKeeping, NY Times Travel,, Hannah Storm’s CBS News Blog, JuJu Chang’s Moms Get Real and The Montel Williams Show.

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