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Vacation Mavens

Kimberly Tate and Tamara Gruber

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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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Y Travel Podcast

Caroline and Craig Makepeace

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Y Travel Podcast, is hosted by Caz and Craig Makepeace from the award winning Y Travel Blog. We explore the why's of travel - why you should, how you can, and what to do. We never escaped the cubicle or the rat race because we never joined it in the FIRST PLACE. Travel has always been the priority of our lives and we'll share our tips, stories and advice from 22 years of travel, no matter how our lifestyle has evolved. Solo travel, couples travel, expat travel, family travel, RV travel and d ...
 
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You know how you always hear people talking about getting free stays at hotels or status perks? How do they do that? Find out! This week on the podcast we talk road warrior Ed Pizza from the Miles to Go podcast about the best hotel loyalty programs for families and ways to earn status and free hotel stays. About Our Sponsor: Room Steals Today’s epi…
 
This week Kim and Tamara are catching up on their respective August travels. Kim shares what it is like to cross the land border between Canada and the USA right now, plus what you need to know before you go. Meanwhile, Tamara almost made it to the Canadian border on her Western New York road trip, but not quite. She tells us about her eating adven…
 
We all know Cancun, and maybe even the Riviera Maya, Tulum, or Playa del Carmen...but did you know there is so much more to the Yucatan Peninsula? This week we chat with Rossana Wyatt from Life is Full of Adventures to learn more about the Yucatan state of Mexico, Mérida, Mayan ruins, and other things to see on the Yucatan peninsula. ABOUT OUR SPON…
 
Wondering what it is like to visit Disneyland now that California is reopened? Want to hear about a fun place to stay near Disneyland that makes a great family vacation? Tune in this week while Kim shares her family's experience in Disneyland and Irvine, California. About Our Sponsor: Room Steals Today’s episode is sponsored by Room Steals. Listene…
 
Tamara is just back from a trip to Greece and she tells us all about this dream vacation. Find out what it is like to travel to Greece right now -- plus what to do and where to stay in Santorini and Naxos! ABOUT OUR SPONSOR – ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGES Today’s podcast is brought to you by Atlas Ocean Voyages. If you have ever dreamed of cruising to Greece…
 
Kim is back to traveling and this week she fills us in on her recent Seattle staycation and her mother-daughters trip to Vail, Colorado. About Our Sponsor - Atlas Ocean Voyages Today’s podcast is brought to you by Atlas Ocean Voyages. If you have ever dreamed of cruising to Greece or Egypt, now is the time to book! Atlas Ocean Voyages just introduc…
 
Kelly Lewis is a women’s travel industry maven and leader in the area of women’s empowerment. She is most passionate about helping women to tap into their personal power through traveling the world. In this episode, we share about how she does this through her various women focused travel businesses, how her own travel story and life was a driving …
 
This week we dive into Tamara's recent Maine road trip and explore how to get off-the-beaten path in the Downeast Acadia and Maine Highlands regions. ABOUT SAFE TRAVELS KIT Our sponsor this week is Safe Travels Kit. Founded by New York fashion executive and avid globetrotter, Adriana Martone, the Safe Travels Kit is a patent pending, first-to-marke…
 
Are you nervous about taking a COVID vaccine? Dr. Nadeen White was one of the trusted experts I followed throughout the past year of the pandemic. She eased my nerves and uncertainty and gave me confidence to the vaccine. In this epsidoe, she's share some of her expertise on the vaccine, COVID studies and tips for pandemic travel. She'll also share…
 
This week we are catching up on Tamara's recent travels around New England -- from a girlfriend getaway in Vermont to glamping in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About Safe Travels Kit Our sponsor this week is Safe Travels Kit. Founded by New York fashion executive and avid globetrotter, Adriana Martone, the Safe Travels Kit is a patent pending, f…
 
This week Kim gives us the download about her West Coast road trip from Seattle to Los Angeles, California. Planning a West Coast Road Trip Driving from Seattle to Southern California takes about three days if you want to take the scenic routes and make stops along the way. Ideally you will take 10-14 days for this trip. However, if you have less t…
 
Gary Arndt from EverythingEverywhere.com shows how travel has evolved for him from daily travel to a daily podcast living a more settled life. We’re big proponents of allowing travel to evolve with your lifestyle. There is no set way to do it. You define the rules of how it best suits your values, your dreams, and your lifestyle choices. Gary Arndt…
 
I’m delighted to share the podcast mic with my savvy and vivacious nine year old daughter, Savannah. We chat about our recent road trip to Chattanooga, TN. It was the first time, Savannah and I have taken a trip with just the two of us. Savannah shares why it was important for her to spend time with just me. We also dive into the stories and highli…
 
This week we tackle on of this year's most popular road trips -- the Grand Circle road trip in the Southwest USA. And we have the perfect guest! Anne Howard from Honeytrek shares her insights and tips after having spent weeks in this region over multiple trips. About Anne Howard Anne is the co-founder of the couples adventure travel blog HoneyTrek …
 
This podcast interview is with the inspiring Kay Akpan from the popular Instagram, YouTube, and blog, The Mom Trotter. She is also a writer, speaker and advocate for gentle parenting. Kay created The Mom Trotter to share her budget travel tips, homeschooling life, parenting as well as to connect with other families following the same path. Kay join…
 
Have you ever wondered or feared what it's like to travel with a teen? Tamara Gruber from We3Travel shares her tips on traveling with a teen and how it can evolve as your family life does. I've long admired how she has made family travel a focus of her life especially with her mother daughter trips with her teen daughter, Hannah. Tamara is a market…
 
Sometimes we want to avoid technology when we travel, but other times tech can actually make travel easier and more enjoyable. Stay tuned this week as we chat with Scott Tharler, The Family CTO, to get his recommendations for family travel. About Scott Tharler Married with three children, Scott Tharler is a gadget expert with over 20 years of exper…
 
We're headed to the ski fields of Idaho . At the beginning of Spring, we had our first family ski experience at three ski resorts in Northern Idaho: Schweitzer Mountain, Lookout Pass, and Silver Mountain . It was one of our most memorable family vacations for the adventure, the beauty and the chance to bond together as a family. We share the joys, …
 
Have you ever considered living abroad? Are you looking for a better life for half the price? There are so many reasons to live abroad, one of the main ones is that it makes the ordinary extraordinary, offers a more immersive travel experience with rich memories, and can often be soooo much cheaper. If you’re going to be living anyway, you might as…
 
This week we check in with Tamara about her family's spring break road trip to look at colleges. Find out how the trip went and why her visit to the Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado was the perfect spring break retreat. College Road Trip Stops The first stop was in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to visit Lehigh University. This historic town is popular at Ch…
 
In this episode, we head to South Florida on a week road trip from the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast. We visit the regions of Martin County, Sebring, and Manasota Key. You’ll discover enchanting ancient hammocks where Florida panthers still roam, thrill rides on air boat rides through spectacular scenery (and alongside the most alligators you ev…
 
After an almost six month break, we are back recording our travel podcast. We didn’t intend to be away for that long. We are firm believers in “do the best from where you are with what you have.” And that was been 2020 for us. Our bandwidth was limited, our stress levels high, and our challenges were numerous. I guess it just all got to much for us…
 
Dreaming of sunny skies and palm trees? Us too. Before you plan your next vacation to the Sunshine State, be sure to listen to this week's episode with Joella Doobrow from RovingJo. We break down the best Florida hotels and resorts up and down both coasts (and a few in the middle) for families, girls' trips, and romantic getaways. About Joella Doob…
 
Needs some tips for stretching your vacation budget to go further? This week we chat with dad and tech entrepreneur Nate Ritter, from RoomSteals and learn some new tricks for finding hotel deals. About Nate Ritter Nate is a travel expert, who first got started in 2007 when he was able to fly & stay in Paris for $300 (accommodation included). This f…
 
It is the five year anniversary of the Vacation Mavens podcast! To celebrate, we are talking about one of our favorite topics -- wine (and travel)! This week we are joined by Mary Jo Mazanares, from Traveling with MJ, to talk about how to go wine tasting and some of our favorite wine regions. About Mary Jo Mazanares Mary Jo is an avid traveler with…
 
Budget is often cited as a top reason why families don't travel. Given how many of us are having our budgets squeezed right now, how can we start to save for a future trip? This week we talk to Danielle Desir from The Thought Card podcast and get some insights on turning your dream vacation into a reality. About Danielle Desir Danielle Desir, and s…
 
The cost of a family vacation is one of the top factors preventing many families from traveling. When travel is safe, I know many families will be excited to take the skies and get away. This week we chat with Lyn Mettler from Families Fly Free to get her tips about saving on airfare and earning points to fly for free. Lyn Mettler is a longtime tra…
 
So many of us are dreaming about a tropical escape right now, but is it possible? This week we talk with Amber Mamian, from Global Munchkins, about her recent family trip to Hawaii. Find out what to expect in terms of testing, travel restrictions, and hotel and activity protocols when you are visiting Hawaii during COVID. About Amber Mamian Amber M…
 
Like everything, skiing is going to look a little different this year. This week on the podcast, Kim and Tamara talk about what to expect if you are planning a day trip or ski vacation this winter. Be prepared to make reservations, limited capacity, longer lift lines, and new lodge and shuttle procedures. Get the scoop! What to Expect at a Ski Reso…
 
Lake Tahoe is a great outdoors destination with plentiful vacation rental homes perfect for social distancing. This week we chat with Leslie Harvey from Trips with Tykes about her family's experience visiting the Lake Tahoe area in the winter and the summer. Find out her favorite ski resorts for families, the differences between North Lake and Sout…
 
Wondering what it is like to visit one of the Florida theme parks during these COVID times? This week the Mavens chat with Rob Taylor from 2TravelDads to get his take on the safety protocols at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Find out what you need to know to decide whether or not now is a good time to visit Orlando. ON THE PODCAST This po…
 
Are you intrigued by the music, food, and culture of Cuba? Find out what it is like to travel to Cuba with kids as we speak to Deborah Haile, author of a series of children's books about traveling with kids. ON THE PODCAST This podcast is sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. Learn more about The Open Road: 50 Best Road Trips in the USA. All opinions ar…
 
Yosemite National Park is a popular destination for families during all seasons. This week we talk to Preethi Harbuck from Local Passport Family about her many trips to Yosemite. We cover the best places to stay, good hikes with kids, and fun things to do in Yosemite. Tamara also fills us in on her most recent glamping experience at the KOA in Linc…
 
Whether you are a frequent camper or a newbie, our guest this week, Catherine from To and Fro Family, offers up some great tips on camping with kids. We talk about how to find campgrounds, packing tips, and great ideas for entertaining young kids at the campsite. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking about Tamara’s Huttopia glamping trip 16:13 - Talking w…
 
This week on the podcast, Kim fills us in on her summer family vacation to Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park in her home state of Washington. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim about her recent vacation 02:50 - Olympic National Park 08:08 - Waterfall Hikes 10:45 - Where to stay 23:20 - Mount Rainier 29:38 - How long to spend …
 
We're happy to bring back Kerwin McKenzie to the podcast, our friend and fellow travel lover, travel blogger, ex-airline worker, and plane enthusiast who has traveled to 125 countries and flown on 180 airlines!! In this podcast, Kerwin shares with us the mission and purpose behind the Black Travel Alliance which was founded by a group of Black cont…
 
Ever wondered how you can make travel a reality, while managing a full-time job, paying off student loans, saving for a house, and investing in your future? We're excited to share with you many nuggets on how to make this work from someone who has done all the above and continues to do so. Danielle Desir from the Thought Card, an Award winning affo…
 
Kim and Tamara both managed to pull off a socially-distanced, outdoor-focused vacation this summer not too far from home. Tune in this week to hear all about Tamara's summer vacation in the Adirondacks in New York and her cabin and hotel stays in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 01:50 - Tamara’s trip …
 
In this episode we wrap up our week long family road trip through Natural North Florida, a region between Tallahassee and Jacksonville down to the Gulf Coast at Cedar Key. We had a fantastic week diving for sea scallops, swimming in natural springs, kayaking down stunning rivers and across to nearby islands. Plus, loads of delicious seafood and fri…
 
Have you ever considered renting a houseboat? This fun type of vacation rental is a great way to socially distance! Find out what it is like to stay on an "RV on the water" and get houseboat rental vacation tips from Jessica Averett, from Bring the Kids, on this week's episode. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara 05:25 - What’s happe…
 
Savannah, Georgia is a wonderful destination. It is our stopover destination when we road trip from North Carolina to Florida. It's the perfect halfway point. In this episode, we chat about our first road trip after Rona - the challenges of getting back on the road, how to adjust, what travel is like now and things we love about Savannah.…
 
If there is one thing 2020 has shown you is the possibility of an alternative lifestyle. You mean I can work from wherever I am AND my kids can approach learning in the same way? Yes. In this podcast episode we share our ultimate tips for making this work. Why am I qualified to give you this advice? 15 years teaching in 5 different countries 22 yea…
 
Vacation home rentals are soaring this summer and for good reason. Renting a vacation home -- whether or it is a cabin in the woods or a beach house -- is a great way to socially distance. Listen to our tips on what to look for when renting a vacation home, plus our suggestions on what to pack to supply your vacation home. ON THE PODCAST 00:35 - Ta…
 
Christina McEvoy and family are full-time travelers, outdoor adventure travel experts, content creators and bloggers. They have been slow traveling through Central and South America since Jan 2019 and are currently in Chile, where they got "stuck" during the pandemic. They have two boys and love to seek physical challenges and off-the-beaten-path p…
 
Kerwin McKenzie is the expert you want for finding information on flights and global travel! He is an ex-airline employee who has been passionate about aviation since his first flight at 9. He's visited 125 countries, flown on 180 airlines, has written two books for airline employees, created several travel and flight websites and is a regular conf…
 
Can you just picture yourself relaxing under a palm tree on a beautiful beach with a tropical drink in your hand? When you are ready to plan a vacation to the Caribbean, get ideas on the best islands and resorts from Caribbean Expert Sarah Gabbadon Greaves. Just keep in mind that some reopening plans have changed or rolled back for Americans since …
 
We had a lot of fun recording this podcast episode and sharing why we resonate so strongly with the beach community vibe of Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Thankfully, it's less than two hours from Raleigh so we can visit often. This recording put us into Aussie mode - the connection between those two places is so great. We slip into some fun…
 
If you are ready to hit the beach, head to Virginia Beach, where there is something for everyone. This week we chat with Brianna Simmons, from The Casual Travelist, about her hometown of Virginia Beach and all it has to offer families. ON THE PODCAST 00:30 - Talking with Kim and Tamara about the beach 06:20 - Tamara’s upcoming trip 12:20 - Talking …
 
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