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Vacation Mavens is a family travel podcast offering destination inspiration and travel tips for traveling with kids. Co-hosted by Family Travel bloggers, friends, and moms Kimberly Tate from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara Gruber from We3Travel. Each week we chat about our recent travels and interview fellow parents and family travel experts about destinations or travel tips to provide the info you need to jumpstart family vacation planning and tips to get you out the door.

Vacation Mavens is a family travel podcast offering destination inspiration and travel tips for traveling with kids. Co-hosted by Family Travel bloggers, friends, and moms Kimberly Tate from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara Gruber from We3Travel. Each week we chat about our recent travels and interview fellow parents and family travel experts about destinations or travel tips to provide the info you need to jumpstart family vacation planning and tips to get you out the door.
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Vacation Mavens is a family travel podcast offering destination inspiration and travel tips for traveling with kids. Co-hosted by Family Travel bloggers, friends, and moms Kimberly Tate from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara Gruber from We3Travel. Each week we chat about our recent travels and interview fellow parents and family travel experts about destinations or travel tips to provide the info you need to jumpstart family vacation planning and tips to get you out the door.

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English


Episodes

138 Canadian Rockies Banff and Jasper

9/10/2019
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Dreaming about a trip to the Canadian Rockies? Listen in as Tamara shares the highlights from her mother-daughter trip to Kananaskis, Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. Plus Kim chimes in on what she did in Banff before boarding the Rocky Mountaineer train earlier this year. ON THE PODCAST 01:53 - Talking about Tamara’s Mother Daughter Trip 05:45 - Kananaskis 09:52 - Via Ferrata in Banff 12:50 - Driving the Icefields Parkway 13:43 - Peak Nic with Jasper Food Tours 15:45 - Horseback...

Duration:00:33:06

137 Maine Girls Trip

9/3/2019
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Have you ever thought of planning a girl's trip to Maine? In August, Kim and Tamara headed up to the Northwoods of Maine for a girls' trip filled with hiking and laughs, with a stops in Portland and Freeport along the way. Find out more about their trip and some things you can do with the family too! ON THE PODCAST 02:20 - Where to go in Maine 05:37 - Moosehead Lake Area 10:13 - Moose safari adventure 16:45 - Hiking 23:50 - Appalachian Mountain Club 32:50 - River Rim trail 38:15 -...

Duration:00:39:04

136 Florida Keys Girls Trip to Key Largo Key West

7/30/2019
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The Florida Keys is a perfect road trip destination for families, or friends. This week Kim and Tamara talk all about their recent trip to the Florida Keys and Key West, with stops in Key Largo and Key West. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about their time in the Florida Keys 02:31 - Getting to and around the Keys 10:45 - Key Largo - Baker’s Cay Resort 17:35 - Playa Largo Resort 23:00 - Islamorada 30:45 - Driving to Key West 38:20 - Stock Island 42:44 - Places to...

Duration:01:12:02

135 Our Summer Travels - Orlando, Alaska, France

7/16/2019
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Happy summer!! While we have been on a short break, Kim and Tamara have kicked off their summer with some fun travel -- of course! In this episode we tell you all about Tamara's trip to Orlando with teens, Kim's last-minute Alaskan cruise romantic getaway, and Tamara's wine-tasting trip to France with her hubby. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Tamara about her time in Orlando 04:25 - Dinner and a movie at Studio Movie Grill 05:08 - Rental car vs. Uber in Orlando 06:55 - Kayaking on...

Duration:01:03:09

134 Great Smoky Mountains National Park

6/25/2019
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Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the United States? Find out what to do in the park and the surrounding area, including Pigeon Forge, on this week's podcast. We are chatting with Tennessee native Sarah Wilson from The Wandering Rumpus to get her take on visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with kids. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about summer travels 11:20 - Talking with Sarah Wilson 13:12 - Where is the...

Duration:00:38:35

133 Johnston County North Carolina near Raleigh

6/18/2019
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Find out why Johnston County, North Carolina makes a great weekend getaway from Raleigh or a perfect place to stop on a road trip down I-95. This week Karen Dawkins from Family Travels on a Budget joins us to share her knowledge and love for this special part of North Carolina tucked between 95 and 40 just outside of Raleigh. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Visit JoCo Sponsor introduction 01:14 - Road trips on Interstate 95 03:22 - Johnston County, North Carolina 04:30 - Talking with Karen...

Duration:00:41:28

132 Planning a Couples Romantic Getaway

6/11/2019
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Sure we love to travel with our kids, but sometimes parents need to get away too! This week we share our suggestions and tips for planning a couples romantic getaway, and some of our favorite trips with our respective partners. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Kim and Tamara talking about couples vacations 03:33 - Kim’s upcoming trip 05:16 - Tamara’s upcoming trip 08:40 - Thoughts behind their trips 13:47 - Kim’s past getaways 16:40 - Wine tasting with or without kids 17:45 - Time away versus...

Duration:00:42:01

131 Tips for Flying Budget Low Cost Airlines.output

6/4/2019
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This week we cover everything from luxury train rides to flying budget airlines. Join us as we chat with Hilarye Fuller from Dotting the Map as she and Tamara dig into the pros and cons of budget airlines. Kim also shares her experience aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim about her time on the Rocky Mountaineer train 17:20 - Talking with Hilarye Fuller 20:40 - Hilarye’s book 22:23 - Airlines traveled with kids 25:20 - Tips for budget...

Duration:01:03:28

130 Traveling with Toddlers

5/28/2019
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If has been a while since Tamara and Kim traveled with toddlers, so this week we check in with Lydia Blanchard of My Adventure Gang to learn her best tips for traveling with toddlers. Also hear all about Tamara's recent trip on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas and her visit to the brand new "Perfect Day at CocoCay." ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking Tamara’s trip on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas 18:49 - Talking with Lydia 20:58 - Travel with toddlers 23:21 - Trying to be...

Duration:00:58:30

129 Visiting Paris with Kids

5/21/2019
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If you are planning a trip to Paris with kids, why not get tips from someone who has gone half a dozen times in the last few years! This week we are chatting with Michelle Millett, a Francophile and experienced family travelers about visiting Paris with (and without) kids. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 05:40 - Talking with Michelle 10:38 - How long to spend 12:03 - Where to stay 21:35 - Top sites to see 31:33 - Structuring your days in Paris 37:09 - Day...

Duration:01:02:38

128 Travel to Ireland and Northern Ireland

5/14/2019
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Kim and Tamara are back from 10 days in Ireland and giving listeners the 411 on their trip. Tune in to hear about their adventures in Dublin, County Wicklow, Waterford, Kilkenny, Belfast, Derry, and the Coastal Causeway. Plus, Game of Thrones fans will love to hear about some of the filming destinations and experiences in Northern Ireland. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about adjusting from jet lag 03:07 - Driving in Ireland 07:10 - Guinness Storehouse tour in...

Duration:01:33:03

127 Switzerland

4/30/2019
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Let us whisk you away to the land of chocolate, cheese, and gorgeous mountain trails! This week we chat with Claudia Laroye, from The Travelling Mom, who has visited Switzerland over two dozen times. She shares her love of all things Swiss and best tips for planning a trip to Switzerland. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - What Tamara Learned from the Switzerland Tourism Board 13:26 - Talking with Claudia 17:30 - Number one area to visit in Switzerland 19:44 - When to visit 25:30 - How to plan...

Duration:01:03:56

126 California Coast Road Trip

4/23/2019
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Happy Easter, Passover, and Spring to all our listeners! This week Kim is giving us the low down on her massive road trip from Seattle to Disneyland, including stops along the California Coast. If you have ever thought of taking an epic California coast road trip, don't miss this episode! ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Thank you Listeners!! 01:18 - Talking with Kim about her road trip 01:50 - Itinerary 07:15 - Redwoods 08:45 - Fort Bragg 14:52 - San Francisco 22:37 - Unplanned stops 26:30 -...

Duration:00:57:14

125 Planning a family trip to Morocco

4/16/2019
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We are back from our spring breaks and this week, Tamara is telling us all about her family trip to Morocco. Tune in for tips on visiting Morocco with kids and what you need to plan your own trip. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim about her ski trip 13:55 - Talking about Tamara’s trip to Morocco 14:30 - Weather in Morocco 16:36 - How long to spend 18:28 - Travel to and from Morocco 19:40 - Itinerary 24:40 - Riads 29:39 - Food tour 34:20 - Shops 37:28 - Camping in the...

Duration:01:07:05

124 Traveling with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

4/2/2019
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Today is World Autism Awareness Day and we wanted to share some tips and strategies for traveling with kids on the Autism spectrum. Nicole Thibault shares her personal story and learnings to encourage families that feel that travel isn't possible or is just too hard. Learn about some of the resorts, theme parks, and brands that have been certified to support guests on the Autism spectrum. ON THE PODCAST 00:32 - Talking with Tamara traveling with special needs 05:10 - Talking with...

Duration:00:40:21

123 Top 10 Podcast Episodes Anniversary Celebration

3/12/2019
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Happy anniversary to us!! Thank you to all of our listeners who have been with us all along our three year journey and those who have joined in along the way. This week we are celebrating our third anniversary by recapping our top 10 most popular episodes of all time. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - 3 years, top ten episodes 01:57 - New York City 05:36 - Summer Travel 08:36 - Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship 10:18 - Our Top 100 Travel Products and Experiences 14:07 - More Summer Travels 15:44 -...

Duration:00:33:42

122 Florida Keys

3/5/2019
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Does the winter weather have you down? It is time to start thinking about spring break and summer vacations. This week we are talking about another warm-weather destination, the Florida Keys. Bryanna Royal from Crazy Family Adventure has spent a month in the Florida Keys and shares her tips for visiting the Florida Keys with Kids. ON THE PODCAST 00:32 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about Florida 06:25 - Talking with Bryanna 09:55 - Florida Keys 11:30 - Not about the beaches 12:10 -...

Duration:00:47:58

121 Puerto Rico

2/26/2019
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Puerto Rico has come a long way in its recovery from the hurricanes in 2017 and is waiting for you! Seriously, you can help in the recovery by spending your vacation dollars here. And why not, between beautiful beaches, a rainforest, history, and culture, there is so much to show the kids -- and you don't even need a passport. This week we chat with Jessica van Dop DeJesus from The Dining Traveler, who has literally written the book on dining in Puerto Rico and she shares her favorite places...

Duration:00:41:17

120 Civil Rights Sites

2/19/2019
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It is Black History Month and the perfect time to honor the Civil Rights heroes by planning a trip through the South. Today we talk to Mia Henry from Freedom Lifted about which civil rights sites to visit, how to plan a trip, and what to expect along the way. If this type of trip isn't on your radar, be sure to listen to hear why it should be and the powerful impact it can have on you and your kids. ON THE PODCAST 00:32 - Talking with Tamara about her Civil Rights road trip 08:08 -...

Duration:00:48:31

119 Planning a trip to Antarctica

2/12/2019
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Is Antarctica on your bucket list? Everyone wants to see the penguins, but what does it take to get there and how much does it cost? These are just some of the questions we asked Shellie from KidTripster, who just returned from her trip to Antarctica with her teen son. Plus, get the scoop on Seattle Museum Month! If you are thinking about visiting Seattle and like to explore museums you should definitely go in February. February is museum month! This is a partnership between museums and...

Duration:00:54:39