Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Israel

Ripe with history and bursting with spiritual significance, Israel is the birthplace of two major world religions, Christianity and Judaism, and home to important religious sites for another, Islam. Before my recent visit, I had my own ideas about what this country would be like. While there, I was shocked to learn the following fascinating facts from my group’s […]

Peace and Remembrance in Flanders Fields, Belgium

The lovely modern farm fields of Belgium and France are dotted with villages, beer-brewing monasteries, and church steeples. It’s difficult to imagine this idyllic landscape filled with mud trenches and home to the horrific battles of World War I during the early 20th century. Today Flanders Fields, Belgium is an important monument for peace and remembrance. Flanders for peace Flanders, Belgium became the […]

Are You Rude Quiz

Inconsiderate people suck. And they seem to be everywhere lately. After a few run-ins with cranky, manner-less people this week, I started wondering…do rude people even realize they’re being jerks? Maybe they don’t know how they’re supposed to behave in public to be courteous human beings. But then again, maybe they’re just jerks and they don’t […]

Get to Know the Growing Travel Mamas Team

TravelMamas.com is growing! We’re adding three contributors to our crew so we can bring you additional perspectives and cover more destinations. Do you think you’re defined by what you like? Get to know our entire team of seven fabulous family travel bloggers via our favorite words, scents, sounds and travel destinations. Stacy Jessee, The Restless Travel Mama […]

Find Vitality and Wellness at Mountain Trek Retreat, British Columbia

Signing on for a week of hiking, fitness and weight loss at Mountain Trek Retreat in British Columbia’s Kootenay Mountains may be one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself or someone you love. This realization hit me before I’d even had the chance to get out and actually experience the retreat. Whether it was the fresh […]

5 Gift Ideas for Traveling Moms

Sure, moms love a handcrafted card and breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day or their birthday. But if you’re a Travel Mama like me, your heart melts when you receive a thoughtful gift that makes travel easier or more memorable. Here are five gift ideas for traveling moms that are sure to please, no matter your […]

West Wing and Oval Office Tour – Feeling Like a VIP in DC

When I learned I could bring a guest with me on my West Wing and Oval Office Tour, I knew right away who to ask: my dad. An invitation to visit the White House enabled me to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with my ever generous, American history buff dad. Why was I invited for a West Wing and Oval Office tour? […]

Travel Mamas 6th Anniversary – Our Best Travel Stories of the Year

So much has changed since TravelMamas.com launched six years ago. When I founded this blog, I was a Travel Mama to a teething toddler and a clingy preschooler. Today my sweet babies are big grade school kids, who can (thankfully!) pack and tote their own suitcases for our trips. Back then it was just me sharing my love of travel with a […]

7 Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy & More Sweet

I felt like I had lost my sweet daughter. She had become much sassier and more argumentative. She didn’t laugh as much or want to play with her little brother. Now? Things are getting better. So much better, in fact, that I have been reflecting on what helped get her back to her kindhearted self. Based on […]

Life Coming Full Circle at the White House Travel Blogger Summit

The White House Travel Blogger Summit brought me full circle this year. The first time I visited Washington DC, I flew there in an airplane with about 100 or so other noisy, excited eighth-graders…without our parents! We visited numerous museums, memorials and the Library of Congress. The one disappointment was not getting to visit the White House. The freedom, excitement […]

Wild Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

Wild is one of those movies that stays with you for days and weeks after the credits have rolled, begging you to be present and appreciate what you have in your life today, because it might not be there tomorrow. It’s a story about travel and finding yourself during the journey. It’s about adventure, family, love, […]

Hot and Cold in Arizona – Adjusting to Life in the Desert

“I am moving away from Arizona the minute I graduate and I am never, ever moving back,” I said, all red-faced and out of breath from my blazing hot 3-mile bike ride from Arizona State University. My former roommate and current best friend recently reminded me that I told her this almost daily during my senior year of college. But here […]