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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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

156: Tips for your First Visit to NYC

2/18/2020
We have talked about the Big Apple before from a local's perspective and the borough of Brooklyn, but what do you do on your very first visit to NYC? Tamara and Kim talk with Claudia from The Travelling Mom to get her advice (and share their own) about what to do, where to stay, what tours to take, and where to eat for NYC first-time visitors. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about NYC 03:14 - Talking with Claudia Laroye 06:15 - Planning your stay 10:30 - Traveling...

Duration:00:40:21

155: How to Handle Delayed or Cancelled Flights

2/11/2020
What do you do when you get that dreaded alert on your phone or when your listing on the board of departing flights turns red? This week Kim and Tamara give their past tips as road warriors for what to do when your flight is delayed or cancelled, including how to be prepared for the inevitable. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 01:10 - Planning ahead 08:05 - Flight apps 12:10 - Tips for a delayed flights 21:52 - Connection issues 28:50 - Airport hotels 32:35 - Rental...

Duration:00:41:29

154: Cruising Beyond the Big Ships

2/4/2020
Do you think cruising is all about the big ships? Think again. There are many types of cruising including river cruising, sailing cruises, barge cruising, small ship ocean cruises and more. Join us as we chat with Dana from Dana Freeman Travels about all sorts of cruising from the big ships to the smallest windjammers. Don't worry, we also chat about a few of the newer big ships too so you can decide what is right for your next cruise. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara...

Duration:00:36:57

153 Weekend Getaway to Madison, Wisconsin

1/28/2020
Who knew the small city of Madison, Wisconsin could offer so much to do -- especially in the winter? This week Tamara fills us in on her recent trip to the Wisconsin state capital, and home to the University of Wisconsin - Madison and shares why this college town makes a cool winter weekend getaway. Warning: you may end up craving cheese curds if you listen to this episode! This episode is part of a paid partnership with Destination Madison, allowing Tamara to experience what Madison has to...

Duration:00:32:08

152 Visiting Egypt with Kids

1/21/2020
Nothing like starting off the new year with a bucket list destination! This week we chat with Keri Hedrick, from Family Travel in the Middle East, about visiting Egypt with kids. We dig into what you need to know -- is it safe? how should you book? when should you go? and more. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 04:11 - Talking with Keri Hedrick 06:25 - How long to spend in Egypt 09:05 - Getting around Egypt 15:50 - Visas/Money/Safety 21:50 - Tour companies 23:15 -...

Duration:00:32:44

151 Tips for Booking Hotels

1/14/2020
Have you ever traveled to a new city and been overwhelmed by all the hotel choices? Wonder how you go about choosing a hotel or finding the best deals? Wonder why you are stuck in a noisy room by the elevator? Find out our tips for booking a hotel and requesting a hotel room that is best for your family. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking about Tamara’s recent trip to Naples and Marco Island, FL 12:36 - Kim’s trip planning for Tokyo 20:24 - Evaluating hotels 21:50 - Comparing ratings 27:10...

Duration:00:47:30

150 Things to do in Brooklyn New York with Kids

1/7/2020
Most visitors to New York City only explore Manhattan. But what do you do when you want to explore the other boroughs? Local mom Ranjana Armstrong shares what she recommends to do with kids in Brooklyn -- beyond just walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 04:25 - Talking with Ranjana about Nugget 11:05 - Neighborhoods in Brooklyn 18:58 - What to do in Brooklyn 28:00 - Coney Island/Aquarium 29:20 - When to go 31:20 - Where to...

Duration:00:43:00

149 Visiting Miami with Kids

12/17/2019
It is time to head to Miami and explore the street art of Wynwood Walls, the beaches of South Beach, the food of Little Havana, and the wilds of the Everglades. This week we are chatting with Guiomar Ochoa to get her insights on what to do in Miami with kids. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about the holidays 08:06 - Talking with Guiomar 09:40 - How long to spend in Miami 10:20 - What to do in Miami with kids 21:00 - When to go 22:17 - Favorite restaurants 26:50 -...

Duration:00:34:13

148 Our Travel Favorites of 2019

12/10/2019
At the end of every year we like to look back at some of our favorite travel experiences, destinations, hotels, and products and share those with our listeners. So settle in and listen up as we share our favorites for 2019! At the end of every year we like to look back at some of our favorite travel experiences, destinations, hotels, and products and share those with our listeners. So settle in and listen up as we share our favorites for 2019! ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Sponsor 01:09 -...

Duration:00:56:16

147 Visiting Amsterdam and LEGOLAND Denmark

12/2/2019
This week we are chatting with Lee Huffman from the We Travel There podcast about his recent father-son trip to Amsterdam and Billund, Denmark. Learn about everything LEGO including LEGOLAND Denmark, LEGO House, and the LEGO Hotel. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Allianz Travel 02:19 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 06:58 - Talking with Lee Huffman 10:10 - Break down of trip 14:45 - LEGO 26:27 - Final tips 32:09 - Lee’s favorite travel gear ABOUT ALLIANZ TRAVEL We all travel for different...

Duration:00:35:26

146 Santa Rosa California

11/19/2019
The Vacation Mavens love a fun girls' trip and what could be better than pairing up some wine tasting and adventure? This time, we head to Santa Rosa in the heart of Sonoma's wine country to learn all the things to do with friends, or with family. From zip lining to hiking to glamping within view of giraffes, listen to all we experienced during our four days in Santa Rosa, California. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Sponsor - Allianz Travel 01:16 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about...

Duration:00:44:36

145 Tips for Booking Rental Cars

11/12/2019
Do you show up to the rental car counter and get overwhelmed with all the choices? Do you want to prepay for the gas? Do you want additional insurance? Do you know what your existing insurance covers? Ack! It is all so confusing, so this week we chat with road warrior Ed Pizzarello and get his car rental tips. Listen to Ed's tips for renting a car so you are armed with the info you need to make good choices when planning your next trip. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Sponsor 01:12 - Talking with...

Duration:00:47:29

144 Visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Isle of Skye in Scotland

11/5/2019
Slip on your wellies, don your kilt, and grab a Scotch because this week we are chatting with Moon Travel Guides author Sally Coffey about Scotland. Sally fills us in on things to do with kids in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Isle of Skye. About our Sponsor Moon Travel Guides If you’ve traveled the Americas, then you already know Moon Travel Guides are the go-to guidebooks for truly immersive experiences. Now with expanded coverage of Europe, your family can enjoy everything you love about...

Duration:00:35:47

143 Family Travel to the Channel Islands and Santa Barbara, California

10/22/2019
The Channel Islands is one of the most unique, but also one of the least visit, National Parks in the United States. This week we chat with Travis Timmons of the So How Was Your Trip? podcast about his family's recent trip to Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Sponsor 01:14 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 03:28 - Talking with Travis 07:30 - How long to spend 10:10 - Taking a boat to Channel Islands 12:20 - What to do on the Islands 17:50 - Animals on the...

Duration:00:38:48

142 Visiting Santa and his Reindeer in Finnish Lapland

10/8/2019
Now that it is fall, we are turning our attention toward winter getaways. If you have ever dreamed of visiting Santa Claus, taking a reindeer safari, and sleeping under the Northern Lights, tune in to hear about Finnish Lapland. Kevin Wagar from the Wandering Wagars shares his family's experience in Finland during the winter and all the things there are to do in Santa's wonderland. ON THE PODCAST 00:35 - Sponsor - Allianz Travel 01:13 - Talking with Kevin Wagar 04:16 - When to go to...

Duration:00:36:07

141 Silverwood and Coeur d'Alene Idaho

10/1/2019
Where is the largest amusement park in the Pacific Northwest? Silverwood, just outside of Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Find out more about this lakeside gem and tips for visiting Silverwood as Kim shares her family's experience this summer. ON THE PODCAST 00:34 - Sponsor 01:40 - Kim’s trip to Idaho 10:08 - Tips for Silverwood Theme Park 15:36 - Where to stay 23:06 - Bike trail 25:38 - Winter activities 28:15 - Coming up TIPS FOR VISITING COEUR D’ALENE MENTIONED ON THE PODCAST Allianz...

Duration:00:29:10

140 Getting Off-the-beaten Path in West Iceland

9/24/2019
Have you been to Iceland and want to go back to see something new? Or maybe you would love to see Iceland's natural beauty without the crowds you find in the Golden Circle or the South Coast? Tamara shares how to get off-the-beaten path with Hidden Iceland. Tune in to hear about her girls' trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the West Fjords. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Tamara about Iceland 02:15 - Getting around Iceland 04:00 - Tamara’s Itinerary 10:20 - Warning signs 12:55...

Duration:00:38:33

139 Victoria British Columbia Canada

9/17/2019
Kim recently took a weekend getaway to Victoria, British Columbia on the Victoria Clipper ferry from Seattle. Find out where they stayed, what they did, and tips for taking the ferry. Wait until you hear about the orcas on the whale watch they went on! ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim about Victoria 04:15 - Traveling on the Victoria Clipper 07:43 - Where to stay in Victoria 10:45 - Things to do in Victoria 28:10 - Where to eat in Victoria 33:10 - Final tips 35:16 -...

Duration:00:36:37

138 Canadian Rockies Banff and Jasper

9/10/2019
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
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