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.”

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Meet Bestselling Author Ayelet Waldman

    2014.10.30
     @ Organic Planet

    On October 30 at 10am, JCC Greenwich will present New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman, who will discuss her latest novel Love and...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...


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