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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.

Terror alert for Europe


Posted Oct 3, 2010 9:44 AM

The U.S. State Department issued a "terrorism alert" for Europe on Sunday. Does that mean you shouldn't travel there with your kids?
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Win a family cruise


Posted Sep 23, 2010 11:02 AM

Here's your chance to win a family cruise aboard the new Allure of the Seas as a reporter.
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Last Minute Labor Day Deal at Stonewater Cove Resort


Posted Aug 31, 2010 5:46 PM

Stonewater Cove is a charming, small, family friendly resort that offers elegance is an all-inclusive package.
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Can you still travel once the kids are in school?


Posted Aug 23, 2010 5:25 PM

The best travel deals happen after Labor Day--when our kids are back in school and we have to make the tough decisions about whether we can take them out of school for a family vacation.
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Save Money When You Travel: Go to the Playground


Posted Aug 18, 2010 12:39 PM

Finding the free things to do--like playing at the neighborhood park--is the key to having an affordable family vacation.
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What to tell kids about air rage


Posted Aug 10, 2010 1:09 PM

The JetBlue passenger-flight attendant incident raises questions about what we should tell kids when adults act so inappropriately.
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Where to stay in Traverse City


Posted Aug 3, 2010 10:44 PM

Sometimes the hotel itself is a worthwhile travel adventure. That’s true of two resorts we visited in Traverse City, Michigan.
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Making the Most of Road Trips


Posted Jul 1, 2010 12:17 PM

Chances are good you'll be spending some time in the car over this Fourth of July weekend. If the trip will be longer than a couple of hours, you'll need to be prepared. These four tips can help.
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Kids sail free on Disney Wonder Mexico cruise


Posted Jun 15, 2010 5:58 PM

Disney is discounting its Mexican Riviera cruise for sailings in early 2011.
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Albuquerque's Explora museum encourages family togetherness


Posted Jun 11, 2010 11:23 AM

Most children's museums are racous, chaotic places that kids love and parent tolerate. But the Explora children's musem in Albuquerque has a different approach: a calming environment that encourages parents to play with their kids.
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