Today, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Vacation Mavens. In our very first episode we tell the story of how Vacation Mavens was formed while kayaking the back canals of Fort Lauderdale. Vacation Mavens will cover destination guides, family travel tips, and ideas for parenting on the go.
Each week, co-hosts Kimberly Tate from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara Gruber from We3Travel, will chat with leading parenting and family travel experts to cover deep-dives into family-friendly destinations and all the expert travel tips we can gather. You’ll hear about our latest travels and we will share our tip or app of the week. You’ll get the inside scoop on travel itineraries, destination recommendations, ideas for traveling on a budget, and tips for traveling with kids of all ages, interests and needs. From cruises, Disney and all-inclusives to destinations as exotic as Bali, China and Peru, we’ll cover it all and how to make the most of every family vacation.
ON THE PODCAST
:39 How the Vacation Mavens got started
2:35 What we are going to talk about
4:25 About Tamara from We3Travel
5:58 About Kimberly from Stuffed Suitcase
8:55 How we travel
9:34 Where Tamara traveled in 2015
11:20 Where Kim traveled in 2015
12:35 2016 Travel outlook
15:35 What to do in Rhode Island
18:53 What to do in Seattle
22:04 What topics we are covering next
22:16 Traveling hacking…coming next!
23:20 Tip of the week — create a master packing list
25:50 What we wear when we travel
28:30 How to subscribe and get in touch
Tamara is a marketing consultant, mom, travel writer on We3Travel, and Family Travel Advisor for Ciao Bambino. On We3Travel, she provides tips, reviews, destination information and sample itineraries to help make family vacation planning easier. She travels with her daughter Hannah, age 11, and husband Glenn. When not traveling, she is home in Rhode Island planning her next trip.
For families visiting Rhode Island, Tamara recommends a visit to Newport or attending Waterfire in Providence. Tamara’s family had a busy travel year last year, including Quebec City, California, Alabama, Iceland, Virginia, Montreal, Vancouver and Orlando. Her plans for 2016 are still in the works.
Kimberly writes about family travel and life between trips at Stuffed Suitcase. She provides tips and ideas to help make it easier for families to travel. Her traveling companions are her husband Paul and daughters Lizzy, age 11, and Mia, age 9. Kimberly is originally from Kansas but lives in Seattle with her family. She recommends that when families visit, they take a ferry ride for amazing views of the city skyline and Mt. Ranier.
Her husband is originally from Canada so they often travel to Edmonton to visit family. Last year, she also visited Turks & Caicos, San Diego, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale, and Louisiana. This year she has an exciting year ahead, starting with a work trip to Arizona for the Cactus League spring training.
Favorite Travel Gear
- Tamara loves her Anatomie travel pants because they are so comfortable, flexible, lightweight and fast drying.
- Kim has fallen in love with LuLaRoe leggings in all colors and patterns.
Tip of the Week
Kim also shares a tip on creating a master packing list to solve that problem of constantly forgetting something. Here are links to some of her packing lists:
Mentioned on the Podcast
- Quebec City
- Virginia roadtrip
- Universal Orlando
- Turks & Caicos
- Newport, RI
- Providence, RI
- Seattle, WA
- Captiva, FL
We really hope you will stick with us, subscribe via iTunes or your podcast player or choice, and, if you like what you hear, leave a review.
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