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Suitcase-Packin' Mama

Have kids, will travel: A blog for the pack-'em-up-and-go family.

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Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse fromtraveling the world, usually with one or both of her kids in tow.In addition to writing this blog and travelstories for Chicago Parent, she writes the TravelingMomwithTeens blog at TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor. She is a long-time journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor and/or columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, as well as serving as an editor at Chicago Parent. She teaches in the graduate school at Northwestern University's elite Medill School of Journalism, has won many awards for her writing and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Happy Travel Tuesday

Posted Nov 27, 2012 9:15 AM

If you're planning to travel any time soon, today is the day to book your flight.
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Win a 4-Night Stay at a Family-Friendly Residence Inn

Posted Sep 28, 2012 9:08 PM

Enter to win a 4-night stay at a Residence Inn by helping Chicago visitors feel more like a local.
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There's no better deal than free

Posted Sep 6, 2012 11:45 PM

The easiest way to make traveling with kids affordable is to do the free stuff. Or at least stuff that's free for kids.
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How to Make a Visit to Orlando Affordable

Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:09 PM

Orlando is at the top of many Top 10 vacation wish lists, and heading there doesn't have to wipe out the kids' college funds.
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Why You Should Subscribe to Travelzoo

Posted Jul 26, 2012 4:28 PM

Why should you subscribe to TravelZoo's weekly emails even if you aren't planning to travel any time soon? Because it often includes great deals close to home as well.
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Making Those Safety Videos Not Boring

Posted Jun 27, 2012 7:30 AM

Air New Zealand's new animated safety video features celebrity voices and cameos make them fun to watch.
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Groupon Deal at KeyLime Cove

Posted Jun 15, 2012 3:15 PM

If you only use Groupon to get a half-price mani-pedi, you're missing out on some big travel savings via Groupoon Getaways. Today's deal: Half off on a stay for up to six people at KeyLime Cove in far north suburban Gurnee.
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Appreciating history at the Alamo

Posted Jun 7, 2012 5:07 PM

Kids won't know they're learning if they're having fun wandering around the Alamo.
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Airlines add another family-unfriendly fee

Posted May 24, 2012 8:47 AM

A few ideas--sneaky and otherwise--for families that hope to avoid paying extra to sit next to a child on the plane.
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The Joys of All-Inclusives, On Sale

Posted May 17, 2012 11:35 AM

All-inclusive resorts are one way to make sure mom gets a vacation too. And two terrific all-inclusives are on sale now.
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