USCT 015: Family Budget Travel – With Author Kelly Merritt

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USCTIn this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast, you get to meet fellow urban enthusiast Kelly Merritt, the acting Florida Editor for The Tasting Panel beverage magazine and the author of “The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel.” Her work has been featured in Forbes Travel, Southern Living, AirTran Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Today we’ll be talking about a mixture of family and budget travel, along with must-see destinations from across America that the entire family is sure to enjoy!


More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about: 

  • First time parents can get advice for traveling with the youngsters.
  • Hear about some common mistakes that parents often make and how they can be best avoided.
  • Get some “staycation” ideas for living it up on the cheap.
  • Find out which city that Kelly believes is the most kid friendly city in America.
  • Get Kelly’s top tips for visiting Charlotte and Asheville, NC
  • Tips for visiting the Everglades!
  • Find out which items are typically better off left at home!
  • Get advice on first time family cruises.
  • Hear why Kelly loves taking the kids to Seattle!
  • Learn which city Kelly believes has the best salmon EVER!
  • Hear about some of our nations coolest children’s museums. Plus, check out my article on the 10 Best Children’s Museums In America!
  • Hear about the places that every child should visit before growing up!
  • Get the ins and outs on taking a road trip with kids.
  • Learn why baby proofing hotels is a must!
  • Find out about some incredibly educational (yet still a wee bit fun) trips for families.
  • Get the dirt on how can we learn to recognize travel scams.
  • Find out about some of the best luxury experiences for families.
  • Words of wisdom on sending your child off to college.
  • Plus, so much more!


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Thank you for listening! I hope you enjoyed this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast and will start planning to bring the kiddos along for the trip of a lifetime! Check us out for more great family vacay tips! Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Cheers!

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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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