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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.

Time for a new passport?


Posted Sep 13, 2011 10:51 AM

Saturday (Sept. 17) is National Passport Day. That means you can apply for passports for you and the kids at a regional passport office without an appointment on a Saturday.
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Museum Free Admission Day: Sept. 24


Posted Aug 30, 2011 10:56 AM

How to get two free tickets to one of hundreds of museums nationwide on Museum Day.
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How a Penny Can Protect You During Your Vacation


Posted Aug 23, 2011 5:18 PM

This easy trick will tell you whether the power went out while you were traveling.
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Cheap Car Rentals Across the US


Posted Jul 27, 2011 2:07 PM

Hotwire's list of the 16 US cities where you can rent a car for less than $16 per day.
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The Atlantis Resort is having a sale


Posted Jul 12, 2011 1:20 PM

Deals include kids eat free and $99 a night rooms.
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Traveling with a kid with food allergies? There's an app for that


Posted Jun 21, 2011 2:46 PM

Got a kid with a scary food allergy? These smartphone apps will help keep your child safe, even when you're traveling.
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Teach your kids to love history this summer in Springfield


Posted Jun 12, 2011 10:45 AM

Springfield has a long list of living history events planned this summer, the second year of “History Comes Alive – A Living History Program.” The program includes period re-enactors and musical and theater performances, nearly all of them free.
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Try goby, then enter to win an iPad2


Posted May 22, 2011 5:34 PM

Try goby, a fun app for travel planning. If you don't have an i-anything, use it online at goby.com, or enter to win an iPad2 or iPod so you can use the mobile version.
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Orlando, Hawaii, Caribbean are top 2011 vacation destinations


Posted May 17, 2011 11:01 AM

Americans are reclaiming their right to a family vacation, despite the rising costs.
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Kids are no reason to give up couchsurfing


Posted May 11, 2011 2:44 PM

A growing number of websites such as Tripping.com, BeWelcome.org, Servas.org and Couchsurfing.org are attracting families who want to stay in the home of another family, are willing to host traveling or simply want to set up playdates so their kids can meet kids from other cities, states or countries.
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