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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.

Atlantis Resort on sale for limited time


Posted Feb 8, 2012 9:44 AM

The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is one of those places you want to take the kids—there’s an open-air marine habitat with sharks and other swimmers, the largest waterpark in the Caribbean, dedicated spaces for tweens and teens that will make your kids swoon, great pools and an expansive white sand beach—but a trip there can cost the equivalent of a year’s tuition. So this deal is one worth considering.
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New airline pricing regulations make prices seem higher


Posted Feb 2, 2012 7:59 PM

Three cheers for US Transportation Secretary, Illinois' own Ray LaHood.Thanks to his truth in pricing rules, the price airlines advertise for their flights is much closer to the price you'll actually pay to fly.
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Lakeshore Express: Is this how the 1 percent flies?


Posted Jan 28, 2012 11:20 AM

Lakeshore Express provides direct air service from Midway to northern Michigan. The personal service is just about as close as most of us in the 99 percent will ever get. And right now, kids fly free.
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Don't let the Costa accident scare you away from cruising


Posted Jan 16, 2012 1:53 PM

If you were planning a cruise with your family, don't let this accident stop you any more than you would let news of a multi-car pileup on the highway keep you from taking a road trip.
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What to do before you leave home


Posted Jan 15, 2012 3:39 PM

Heading off on a family vacation is always exciting. But prepping to go can require a long to-do list.
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Tips for taking the family on a ski vacation without breaking the bank


Posted Jan 5, 2012 12:49 PM

Our travel blogger, Cindy Richards, has some ideas and strategies for making ski trips inexpensive - if you're one of those people who likes to recreate outdoors in the winter.
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Travel resolutions for 2012


Posted Dec 30, 2011 8:50 AM

Some tips to help you travel more in 2012.
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Merry travels to you and yours


Posted Dec 23, 2011 8:13 AM

If you're planning to fly somewhere for the holidays, here are a few things you need to know to ensure your travels are merry.
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Disneyland Holiday Treats Worth the Extra Pounds


Posted Dec 18, 2011 4:16 PM

Disneyland Resort revs up its sugar output in honor of the holidays. Try some of these treats if you’re headed to Southern California for your family holiday vacation.
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Win a trip to Aspen--or some place warm


Posted Dec 8, 2011 5:31 PM

Win a family vacation for four to ski in Aspen, or win plane tickets for four to anywhere in the U.S. in two separate family vacation giveaways.
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