So You Think You Can Pack?

May 16th, 2013 | by Jamie Pearson Comment

How to pack for a family vacation.  Or any vacation. When Condé Nast Traveler asked me to join their Family Travel Bloggers Panel as an expert, I didn’t hesitate.  After all, it’s a subject I know inside and out.  Along with a handful of other family travel writers, I hopped on board. The first topic [...]

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Bad news about turbulence

April 18th, 2013 | by Jamie Pearson Comment

If you struggle with fear of flying, you might want to get help now In a widely reported article on climate change, British scientists are predicting that by the middle of the next century the frequency of turbulence over the North Atlantic will increase by 170% and the intensity will increase by 40%. This is [...]

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A Guide to Snow Vacations for 2012-13

December 3rd, 2012 | by Jamie Pearson Comment

Where and when to have family fun in the mountains this winter I think we can all agree that the internet is great, but it’s just too BIG to be a time efficient trip-planning tool.  Don’t believe me?  Open a browser and type in the words “family ski vacation”. Paralyzing, isn’t it? My friend Eileen [...]

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Win a 26-day Trip through Central Asia

December 1st, 2012 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment

Somebody’s going to luck out — it might as well be you Passports with Purpose (the annual travel bloggers’ fundraiser that does nice things around the world) is back. Last year, it was libraries in Africa.  This year, it’s wells in Haiti. Here’s how it works: you make donations in $10 increments.  Each $10 is [...]

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A Different Kind of Gift Giving

November 1st, 2012 | by Jamie Pearson 1 comment


Sick of sweaters, socks, and soap?  Try experience gifts this holiday season. As much as I like the tradition of exchanging brightly wrapped baubles with the people I love, I have way too much stuff.  Assuming my family felt the same, I started giving experience gifts like theater tickets, golf lessons, and food tours a [...]

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Best Travel Toys

October 9th, 2012 | by Jamie Pearson 3 comments


Need travel toys or gift ideas?  Here you go. Some time back (but not so long ago that it’s now out of date), we published an age by age guide to some of the best — and quietest — travel toys we know. Since it’s getting to be that time of year when travel and [...]

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Babble’s 2012 Top Travel Blogs for Families

April 6th, 2012 | by Jamie Pearson Comment

You know what’s better than winning?  Pretty much nothing. Once again, Travel Savvy Mom has been named by Babble as one of the Top 25 Travel Blogs for Families of 2012.  And it’s only April! Take a moment to admire our badge over there on the right.  Isn’t it pretty? All kidding aside, we’re very [...]

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Sex, travel, writing and parenting

January 3rd, 2012 | by Jamie Pearson Comment

A conversation with DIRTY MINDS author Kayt Sukel Maybe you know her as one of the stalwart partners here at Travel Savvy Mom.  Perhaps you remember her as the woman who championed exotic travel with children by taking her toddler to Jordan. Or maybe you put two and two together and realized she’s the writer [...]

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Passports with a Purpose 2011

December 1st, 2011 | by Kayt Sukel Comment

Make a donation.  Build a library.  Change the world, $10 at a time. It sounds a bit like a fairy tale.  Travelers across the globe have come together to help build a school in Cambodia.  They’ve helped built a village in India. And now, they are working together to build two libraries in Zambia.  It’s [...]

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Audio Book Review: Dead End in Norvelt

September 29th, 2011 | by Jamie Pearson 2 comments

History, mystery, and unexpected laughs in one small town summer My kids and I listen to a lot of audio books, and not just when we take road trips.  Because we’ve always got a story going in the car, we probably get through about 30 unabridged books a year.  We listen in bite-sized pieces on [...]

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