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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.

TSA says kids can keep their shoes on

Posted Dec 1, 2011 12:13 PM

TSA has changed the rules so kids under 12 no longer have to take their shoes off for airport security. This is welcome news as holiday travel season approaches.
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The opportunity to travel

Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:28 PM

Cindy Richards is grateful that her children are free to see the world.
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Avoiding germs on airplanes

Posted Nov 18, 2011 10:41 AM

Cindy Richards points out that an airplane can be a germ sanctuary - and gives some tips on how to stay virus free.
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Where to get a military deal on Veterans Day

Posted Nov 10, 2011 3:51 PM

Destinations, amusement parks, national parks and restaurants across the country are honoring current and retired service members with deals and discounts for Veterans Day.
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The Challenges of Flying with Kids

Posted Nov 6, 2011 10:22 PM

Flying is tough; flying with kids is tougher. These tips can help blunt the pain of flying with little ones.
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Travel the World, through This Book

Posted Oct 27, 2011 5:44 PM

A new book lets you introduce the world to your kids without ever buying a plane ticket (including some great spots in America within driving distance).
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Get Back to Nature in Asheville

Posted Oct 20, 2011 4:34 PM

Introduce your kids to Mother Nature in the Blue Ridge Mountains around Asheville, N.C. Then reward yourself with a sweet potato pancake from Tupelo Honey Cafe.
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Where’s your dream vacation destination?

Posted Oct 13, 2011 10:07 AM

A survey shows where families dream of vacationing.
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When should you save money on a hotel room?

Posted Oct 7, 2011 10:18 AM

But how do you know when it's OK to go cheap? Here are a few times when there's no point in spending a lot on lodging and a recommendation on how to know it's not too cheap.
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When should you spend more money on a hotel room?

Posted Sep 29, 2011 1:23 PM

Four times when it might be worth spending a little more on a hotel room.
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