I’m an award-winning travel writer and more…

Recent projects

Babble Family Travel Badge 2012A few pertinent details about this travel writer: I’ve been traveling since childhood, took my first-born on a 6-week, 3500-mile road trip when he was 3 months old, and have been writing at The Mother of all Trips since June of 2008.

Apparently I’m not the only one who likes what I do here: Red Tricycle online magazine chose The Mother of all Trips as a Top 30 Family Travel Blog in 2013; it was also named by Babble.com as a Top 25 Travel Blog for Families in both 2011 and 2012.

Recent projects include:

  • In the fall of 2013 I published The Family Traveler’s Handbook, offering balanced advice about how to travel with kids and enjoy it.
  • All Mountain Mamas: I’m a contributor to this new site from Ski Vermont that gives parents the scoop on how to plan a Vermont family ski vacation.
  • Kids in the City, Expedia:  Twelve travel bloggers created content in conjunction with Expedia’s 2012 summer sale. I wrote a fact sheet and made a video about family-friendly Philadelphia.
  • Preferred Family: In June 2012, I was selected as one of eleven family travel bloggers to share content on the new family travel website from Preferred Hotels.
  • Radio Times, WHYY Philadelphia: In April 2012, I was invited to speak about fun things to do with kids in Delaware on this popular NPR radio show broadcast out of Philadelphia.

Other brands and destinations I’ve worked with include Acura, HomeAway, Kimpton Hotels, Atlantis Resort, Vail Resorts, Smuggler’s Notch Resort, Destination Hotels, Marriott International, Smart Destinations, and various CVBs around the country.

I’m also a founding member of Best Family Travel Experts, a collaborative group of top family travel bloggers working together to deliver top-notch content and social media campaigns.

USA Today Kids' Health Magazine cover

And finally, I am an award-winning freelance writer and editor with over ten year’s experience working on websites and in print covering topics like travel, parenting, lifestyles, children’s health, and education for clients like USA Today (where I’ve written about everything from musical education for children to local eats in Lancaster, Pennsylania) and AOL Travel (where I’ve covered fun things to do outside in Phoenix, history in Philadelphia, and upscale dining destinations for families).

You can see more about my experience (and see a longer list of samples of my work) by visiting my LinkedIn profile.

So what can I do for you?

I’m so glad you want to know! I’d love to write for you on a freelance, contract, or barter basis. But preferably not for free, thanks for asking. If you’d like to sponsor content or advertise on my blog, please let me know and I can send you my media kit.

I’m also open to travel campaigns and have worked successfully with a variety of CVBs, resorts, and travel brands. I have a loyal and international audience of parents and other people who love to travel and read about travel and buy things that are related to travel. I also have a husband and two boys who are open for just about anything, from learning to downhill ski  to kayaking with manatees to visiting Colonial Williamsburg. If you have a fantastic location you’d like us to visit or a brand you’d like to promote, please let me know.

I know a lot about traveling with kids, but also about social media, parenting, and well, about blogging. If you work for a museum, resort, or attraction that’s trying to reach out to families or about what kind of in-person, online, or blogging campaigns might work best, I’d be happy to discuss a paid consulting relationship with you.

I live in Delaware. Yes, it’s a small state (it is a state though; not, as I’ve been asked, a town in New Jersey). No, I don’t think there are any other travel bloggers here. I’m very interested in visiting points of interest in the MidAtlantic region of the United States, pretty much of all of which is an easy drive from my house. Represent one of those points of interest? Please let me know!

And finally: I like to give back to communities I’ve visited and  those I hope to visit in the future, especially to the children who live in those communities. I’ve participated in the travel blogging fundraiser Passports With Purpose since it started in 2008 and in 2013 I joined the board.  If you’ve got a philanthropic project or travel campaign that you think would be a good fit for The Mother of All Trips, I’d love to hear about it.

Editorial and advertising policy

I do accept sponsored posts (although those posts will be written by me and will be clearly marked as sponsored).

This is not a product review site, but from time to time I may make mention of a product or book that has the potential to make traveling with kids easier or better. If the product was sent to me for free, I always disclose that information.

I do take trips that are sponsored or paid for by airlines, resorts, or other tourist attractions. I always share when this is the case and am explicit about who paid for what. I also keep my writing relevant and honest so that you know you are getting a fair review. (That means sometimes I say I don’t like things. But I also say why). And I’ll never accept money to plug a product, book, or destination that I haven’t used, read, or visited myself.

Think you’ve got a product I’d like to use or place to visit that I’d like? Let me know – but please make sure it is relevant and relates somehow to travel.

I also don’t exchange links with sites I don’t have a relationship with or publish guest posts from people I’ve never met before online or in person.

Connect with Mara

I love social media, and when I’m not blogging, you’ll often find me on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Want to advertise? Interested in having me write for you? Got questions? Let’s talk!

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