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Seeing The Sites

From seeking out the best kid-friendly luxury resorts to managing junk food cravings on long road trips, these three Greenwich-based mom travel-bloggers have gone far and conquered much.



Kim-Marie Evans with her sons

Kim-Marie Evans: LuxuryTravelMom.com

  • Site Mission: The mother of four explores the idea that it’s possible to be well-traveled with kids in tow. “I really do take them everywhere.”
  • Just Book It: Planning trips with four kids and a busy spouse “can be like trying to get a committee of women together.” Buy the tickets and “magically, everyone finds a way to be there.” 
  • Mommy and Me: Kim-Marie plans a sibling-free mother/child trip to mark each child’s tenth birthday. “It’s an incredible bonding thing for just the two of us.” 
  • Be Adventurous: Kim-Marie took her then nine-year-old son to Rwanda on a philanthropic mission. “People are surprised at some of the places I go, but most are much safer than we imagine them to be.”
  • Leave the Resort: “You really have to get off the property to meet the people and have interesting experiences.”
  • Dream Destination: “I’m obsessed with the Middle East. I’d love to take the kids to Morocco, Jordan, Abu Dhabi. “
  • Most Harrowing Adventures: When a baboon jumped in her car in Rwanda “just to eat my cereal,” and bobsledding at Utah’s Olympic Park “was absolutely terrifying.”

Kim Orlando: TravelingMom.comKim Orlando

  • Site Mission: Delivering a “we’ve been there” perspective. The site features fifty-eight carefully selected traveling-mom writers.
  • On Perspective: “I’ve learned so much from my contributors with disabilities. I now look at destinations with a different set of eyes. Is this place accessible so everyone can enjoy it?”
  • Tour Motto: “Don’t expect perfect trips. The imperfect moments are what make great stories.”
  • Personal Itineraries: “I have everyone in the family decide on one thing they want to do on our vacation and we include it. No one feels like the trip was about someone else’s agenda.”
  • Hop the Local Bus: “We did it in Costa Rica and Italy and it was a great way to see how people really live.”
  • Essential Technology: The Nokia Lumia “takes great videos.”
  • Don’t Bother Packing: More than five outfits. “Or else you’ve just got too much stuff.”
  • The Write Stuff: Her teens pen travel journals. “But it’s not typical stuff. I have them write down things like the craziest bathing suit they saw or the most unusual person they met.”

Scotty Reiss: SheBuysCars.comScotty Reiss

  • Site Mission: This mother of two teenage daughters features auto reviews and road trip advice in the voice of a savvy best friend, “not someone fixated just on horsepower.”
  • Trip to Remember: Taking her girls to Montreal and Quebec. “It’s like driving to Paris in less than seven hours.”
  • Travel Essentials: Anti-bacterial wipes, Altoids, a small folding umbrella and her One Kings Lane trunk organizer.
  • Great Find: The Aloft hotel chain has “fun lobbies with indoor pools and a cool vibe that is just more relaxing and upscale than your typical road stay.”
  • Rule of the Road: Turn off the video games and sing and laugh a lot because “time flies.”
  • Hot Wheels: The Tesla S is “quiet, fast and gorgeous” and boasts the “most spacious interior I’ve ever seen.”
  • Essential App: AroundMe. “Just click and find what’s nearby. It was great when my daughter forgot her bathing suit and we needed to find a store.”
  • Dream Destination: “I’d love to drive the girls to the Grand Canyon.”
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