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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.

Kids eat free at Johnny Rockets

Posted May 10, 2011 6:31 PM

Kids 12 and under can get a free Rocket Kids meal (two mini burgers, fries and a drink) for free if they show up at the Bolingbrook or Naperville restaurants dressed in patriotic colors.
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Tips for less stressful travel

Posted May 5, 2011 5:35 PM

Family vacations have the potential to create as much (or more) stress than our daily lives. These five tips can take some of the stress out of travel.
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Tips for multigenerational travel

Posted Apr 27, 2011 4:51 PM

Traveling with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and kids is one of the hottest trends in travel. But a multigenerational trip requires far more planning and coordinating than your average family vacation.
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Win a $150 gift card from American Airlines

Posted Apr 20, 2011 2:39 PM

This $150 airline gift card could help make a family vacation more affordable, even as fuel prices continue to rise.
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Why all-inclusives are great for families--and how to win one

Posted Apr 15, 2011 3:55 PM

Three reasons all-inclusives are great for traveling with kids and details on how you can enter to win a trip for four to Mexico.
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How to save on checked baggage fees

Posted Apr 8, 2011 11:17 AM

These four tips can help save a bundle in checked-bag fees for traveling families.
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Roses for moms on Mother's Day

Posted Apr 4, 2011 11:48 AM

All-suites hotels can be a money-saving option for traveling families. One of the nicest, Residence Inn by Marriott, is wooing moms with roses on Mother's Day.
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A Kaua’i sail can be tough on land lubbers, but whales are worth it

Posted Mar 23, 2011 1:25 PM

For the feint of stomach, March is not the best time to climb aboard a boat for a sail around the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. But we went for it anyway.
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Tips for saving money on family travel

Posted Mar 16, 2011 7:32 AM

The keys to a truly affordable family vacation are to lower the cost of transportation, lodging, entertainment and (I would add) food as much as possible. Here’s how.
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Buy one, get one deal from Jackson Hole

Posted Feb 4, 2011 9:44 AM

Jackson Hole, Wyo., is offering to pay for two planes tickets to entice families out West for a ski vacation.
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