Key Tips and Exercises to Keep Fit While on Vacation


This is a guest post written by Sloane Davis.

Trying to stay fit and healthy can be challenging when traveling.  I always tell my clients that the goal should be to maintain, not gain while away.  And while I am an advocate for living life and enjoying all that is has to offer, going on vacation shouldn’t become a free for all to throw in the towel when it comes to health and fitness.

A common question I receive from many prospective clients is “I am going on vacation soon.  Should I wait to start the plan or start right away?”  My answer is always this: There is never a “good” or “easy” time to start.  You have to learn to live a healthy lifestyle which is what my plans aim to do.  In other words, start the plan today.  That way, when it does come time for vacation, you have the tools you need to maintain, not gain.

While you won’t track every food that goes into your mouth on vacation, subconsciously you are much more aware of how your meals should look and be balanced if you are following a plan prior to vacation.  I can’t tell you how many clients come back to have not gained an ounce.  THAT is WINNING!

Here are some tips to help you stay fit and healthy when traveling:

Drink a lot of water

Lots of walking, hours spent outside in the sun… traveling can be exhausting. The airplane ride alone will dehydrate you from the altitude.  I love to take a reusable water bottle and fill it up after I pass through security to take on the plane with me.  This ensures that I am drinking throughout the flight and don’t have to wait for the flight attendants to serve me. And when they do come to serve, take it! Drink all the water you can.  You will feel so much better getting off the plane hydrated instead of tired, queasy, tight, and drained.

When you get to your destination, continue to drink water.  Incorporate foods that also contain a lot of water such as lettuce, watermelon and cucumbers.

Stick to your normal routine as much as possible

Just because you are away doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel and eat everything in sight.  This goes especially for all inclusive resorts or a buffet.  Just because you pay for something doesn’t mean you have to overdo it.  Breakfast included in the hotel?  Stick to an omelette, a piece of toast or oatmeal, some fresh fruit and one “treat.” You don’t need muffins, bacon, hash browns, pancakes AND french toast if you normally don’t eat that at home.  That’s just being a glutton.  Pick one savory food and enjoy it. Tomorrow is a new day and a few hours later you will be eating your next meal again.

Keep things in moderation

You don’t have to have everything in one day.  Bread, alcohol, dessert all add up at one meal.  All 3 along with your meal could mean your total daily allowance of calories or more.  So pick one, and choose another the following day.  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

If you tend to eat more at night, then keep your breakfast and lunch on the lighter side.  If you know you are going to have a few cocktails for happy hour then moderate your intake during the day. It is all about balance.

Try to keep active

If you normally workout daily then try to go to the gym half the amount of days you are on vacation.  Vacation is just that…a break, so don’t feel like you have to hit the gym at 7am each morning to feel good about yourself.  Let go of some of the stress.  Go for a walk, enjoy the outdoors and do something entirely different then you are used to.

If there is no gym and you do want to workout, pack resistance bands.  They are super light and there are so many exercises that you can do with them (see my video on how to here) .  You could also incorporate some body weight exercises or plyometrics in your hotel room (see the above video).  Just 20 minutes a day will make you feel a whole lot better and most likely help you make better decisions throughout the day.

Have the willpower to stay on track

I know sometimes this is easier said then done, but I can guarantee that you will feel so much better coming home from a vacation knowing you enjoyed it yet didn’t gain a pound rather than coming home 5 pounds heavier only to have to work it back off.  We all know how easy it is to put weight on and how difficult it is to take it off.  Just a few minor tweaks each day while away can mean the world of difference.

You are stronger than you think.  Choose your battles while you are away.  Don’t cave into defeat.  You can do it!  Vacation is so much more than eating everything in sight.  Take the time to enjoy those you spend it with, the scenery, and the culture it has to offer. The food is just a bonus, not the entire package.

About the author:

Sloane Davis is a Certified Nutritionist and Personal Trainer who has helped thousands of people, both men and women, around the world get in to top shape both mentally and physically. Sloane has her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University and became accredited through ISSA with her degree in Sports Nutrition and Personal Training. She works personally and online with thousands of clients around the US and globally.

She has been featured in People, Fitness Magazine, New Beauty Magazine, Apple News, The Daily Mail, Yahoo News, Westchester Magazine and Fox 5 Good Day New York.

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Celebrate with Red Roof as they reach a special milestone


When you travel it’s important that you find a hotel that suits your needs and one that provides you with the comforts of home.

When I was younger my family and I traveled a lot. We stayed at a lot of hotels. Some hotels were awesome and offered a lot of perks, and other hotels were just lackluster. I spent many summers staying at several different hotels during the course of our summer vacation from school.

As an adult, I don’t travel as much as I did, but finding the right hotel is still important to me.

One popular hotel chain – Red Roof – recently reached a big milestone just this past year. They opened their 500th Inn in  Biloxi, Mississippi.

I stayed at Red Roof many times when I was a young adult. My boyfriend lived way upstate (a 6 hour drive from where I lived) so we used to meet half way for the weekend at stay at a Red Roof. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with the hotel chain.

In addition to opening their 500th Inn, Red Roof also opened their 50th PLUS+ property.

The celebrate, Red Roof is offering travelers some great incentives, including 500 RediCard bonus points.

To take advantage of this great incentive, you simply need to sign up for Red Roof’s loyalty program, RediCard, and register for the 500th Property Promotion to get rewarded. You’ll be able to earn 500 bonus points on your very first stay at any Red Roof location up until February 28, 2017.

The Red Roof loyalty program, RediCard, is the richest in the industry, rewarding members with free nights with only 6,000 points and many other exclusive offers and services.

You must be registered in order to be eligible to receive the bonus points. Non-members can click to join; then register to receive all the benefits. The 500 bonus points will be added to the member’s account after completion of their paid stay. There is a limit of one bonus per member.

My husband and I recently spend a night at a nearby Red Roof PLUS+ location.

Every now and then my husband and I like to get away – even if it’s just overnight. We live in a tiny condo and have to sleep on a sofa bed in the living room. There are times we simply want to get away – just the two of us (like a “date night”). Having the opportunity to sleep in an actual bed is also wonderful.

We traveled up to Poughkeepsie, New York to spend the night at Red Roof. It’s located in an ideal location – very close to plenty of restaurants, the mall and local movie theater.

We were very impressed with how kind and courteous the young lady at the front desk was upon our arrival. Check in was quick and easy. She even let us know about some local restaurants that we might be interested in checking out.

There are different room options available – regular, supreme and premium. We were in a premium room. The premium room came with these amazing perks.

Our room was incredibly spacious. It was almost too much room for just two people to spend one night. Living in a tiny condo it was a nice change of pace to have such ample room.

Our room came with a huge desk, flat screen television, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator. It’s would be a great room to stay in if you needed an extended stay. The fridge came in handy for my left over dinner.

I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels, which means I have slept in a lot of hotel beds. The bed we had at Red Roof was by far the most comfiest bed I have slept in. It wasn’t too hard. It wasn’t too soft. It was just right. It also wasn’t very high off the ground. I don’t like “high beds.” I always feel like I am going to roll out of it.

Whenever we visit a hotel the first thing my husband and I do is check out the bed. Like I said earlier, we sleep on a sofa bed, so having a real bed is a big deal for us. The bed at Red Roof was so comfortable that we didn’t want to get out of it to go get something to eat. We both looked forward to coming back to the room to jump back into the bed. Even the comforter and pillow were “just right.”

The room had a nice, modern look to it but at the same time it felt “homey,” if that makes any sense?

Microwave and drawers

Flat screen TV

Large desk area

Seattle’s Best Coffee, Tea and coffee maker.

Roomy closet.

The hair dryer came with the room.

Large dressing mirror

Large room!

Nice, clean shower with a colorful curtain (very cheery)

Modern sink

Shampoo, conditioner and bath soap

I like how Red Roof supplied us with a wealth of information, which was found on the night stand next to the bed.

We checked out the fridge when we first got into our room. Inside we found a box. We opened the box and found a bottle of water, orange juice, microwave popcorn and other goodies. We assumed they were the kind of treats that you have to pay extra for. Just to be on the safe side we checked with the front desk on our way out to get dinner. The nice lady at the front desk told us they were complimentary for premium hotel guests.

WOW! That was a pleasant surprise. At most hotels you have to pay for those types of goodies. I wish more hotels would offer freebies like this for guests. Thank you Red Roof! That was a pleasant surprise.

Nice size fridge. It kept things really cold.

What’s inside the box?

Yum! Water, juice, microwave popcorn, granola bars and more!

My husband and I really enjoyed our overnight visit to Red Roof. The staff was friendly, the bed was AMAZING, it was quiet (no noisy guests), the room was well appointed, the goodies were a nice surprise and we were able to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we plan on staying there again in the summer time (another weekend getaway).

If you are planning a trip and would like to find a Red Roof or Red Roof PLUS+ near you, visit this link to properties.

For more information and to book, please visit www.redroof.com/reservations/500th_property_promotion/ or call 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663).

Don’t forget – the 500 bonus points promotion ends on February 28, 2017!

Have you ever stayed at a Red Roof or Red Roof PLUS+? Did you enjoy your experience? Feel free to share your thought. I always enjoy hearing from readers.


*I received a complimentary stay in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influence in any way. 

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Fun Things for Kids to Do In Central Park, NYC



Central Park is a vast and fantastic park in the heart of New York City. It’s an 843-acre green space dotted with meadows, lakes, monuments and architecture–a great place for a family day out. It has many attractions for kids that will keep them hooked for hours. From playgrounds, the zoo, carousel, lakes, the Pond, bike rides, boating, sailing and much more, the park is a real treat for kids of every age group.

Here is a list of fun things for kids to do in Central Park, NYC.

Play areas

Central Park has 21 play areas where kids can unleash their wild side and have great fun. The Heckscher Playground is the largest of them all and is a magnet for fun-loving kids. It’s packed with slides, swings and climbing towers to keep children hooked for hours. Multiple foundations are there for kids to play around as well.

Boat rides on the lake

You can rent a rowboat and take your kids around the lake. Boating is a great opportunity in the park whether you visit here during the summer months or spring. While boating, visitors can take in the lush green scenery around the lake and also spot swans and ducks.


Climbing on rocky outcrops

If climbing is a favorite pastime of your kids, then a trip to Central Park will be great fun for sure. There are huge rocky outcrops in the park and kids can climb on them or play. They are at either side of Heckscher Playground and interest children and adults alike.

Swimming at the Lasker Pool

Kids love swimming and that’s why a trip to Central Park will delight them to no end. They can swim at the Lasker Pool and enjoy the fun that water offers. The pool is a major attraction for visitors during the summer months.

Interact with animals at Children’s Zoo

Close to the main zoo – the Central Park Zoo – is located the Children’s Zoo where kids are sure to have a great time. Interacting with animals is a major attraction here. Your little ones can even feed the cows, goats and sheep!

Belvedere Castle’s “Woods and Water Exhibit”

Kids are sure to love this amazing exhibit that enlightens them about the flora and fauna of Central Park. Learning apart, kids will enjoy the stay while adults can revel in the panoramic views of the park.


Model Boat Racing

Give your kids the joy of boating at the Conservatory Water. Your child can put their remote-controlled boat into the water and enjoy the pleasure of racing. Swaying, swinging and pacing the boat will keep kids engaged here for hours for sure.

Biking through the park

Your kids can rent a bike and go on biking through the tree-lined and charming paths of the park. On the way, they can enjoy the scenic beauty and architectural charm all around. A guided biking tour is a major attraction in the park.

Fishing at the Meer

Give your child the joy of catching and releasing fish at the Meer. With bamboo fishing poles to go on the hunt, your child will surely create a well-controlled chaos in the calm waters of the Meer. They can catch a variety of fish including:catfish, grass carp, rock perch,golden shiners and more.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

Ice skating at Wollman Rink is a major draw for visitors during the winter months. You can enjoy the sport on weekdays or weekends, as and when you happen to be here. Your child can learn a lot from youth skating and hockey programs.

New York City tours promise a  lot of great things for kids to do in the Central Park.


Author Bio:

Kabir Khan is a digital marketing enthusiast with a keen interest in analyzing brands and their promotion or advertising strategies over the internet. He has written extensively for different topics in digital marketing. Currently, he shares his experience by contributing content for GoNyTours.com.

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Road Trip Car-Packing Tips from the Experts at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com (giveaway ends 8/22/16)


Summer Road Trip

How has your summer been going? Have you gone on your vacation/family vacation yet? Are you driving to your vacation destination, or taking other means of travel?

My family and I always drive to our vacation destination. We tend to stick close to home.

Packing for a road trip is easier said than done. It’s not always easy to squeeze everything you need into your automobile’s trunk.

Just recently our daughter, her (ex) boyfriend and his family went to South Carolina for a family vacation. They had way too much stuff that they had to pack stuff on their car’s roof. That wouldn’t have been so bad but what would have happened if it rained? All of their stuff would have been ruined.

Are you familiar with Kelley Blue Book? Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is the leading authority in helping consumers choose the best cars for their lifestyle.

KBB knows the struggle families go through when packing up a car, and actually vets hundreds of vehicles to create its official “Best Family Cars for 2016” list. Their criteria includes everything from testing child safety seats to checking the availability of Apple CarPlay and even conducting a real-world test with real-world families.

KBB has some tips to help you pack up your vehicle for your summer vacation or any road trip you might be going on this year (and beyond).

Safety First

Put heavier items on the bottom of the cargo area and toward the front, and avoid loading SUVs beyond the height of the rear seat backs.  Keeping heavier items up closer to the center of the vehicle can help preserve handling integrity in emergency avoidance situations, while imposing a height limit on your stack of stuff will help maintain rearward vision and prevent objects from becoming projectiles in a collision.  If you wouldn’t want somebody throwing it at your head, don’t keep it unsecured and at head level in your car. 

Bag It 

Consider large trash bags for smaller loose items and soft items like blankets and pillows.  It’ll be easier to transport these items to and from the car, and their flexibility makes them more space efficient than a large box, for instance. 

Think Short-Term

There’s often plenty of action in the time between packing the car and fully unpacking it at your destination, and planning ahead can save plenty of headache.  Obviously you’ll want to keep plenty of food and drink within reach, along with napkins, a trash bag and medicine, perhaps.  And any modern family road trip is sure to benefit from a full complement of electronics and related accessories, like power cords and headphones.  But if your journey will include a side trip that will take you away from the car, remember to pack any valuables within easy reach so that you can take them with you on your detour.  Alternately, pack those valuables deep within your stack.  If you plan to arrive at noon and check-in isn’t until 4pm, keep the swimsuits and sunscreen easily accessible so you don’t have to unpack and re-pack the whole car in the middle of the hotel parking lot.

My car’s trunk was a total mess. So much so that there was no way I could pack anything in it for a road trip.


My trunk was filled with everything. The boxes were books I planned on donating – I just never got around to it. There are also outdoor games I used at work stuff in there, first aid kit, car products, reusable tote bags and so much more. I’m surprised our kitchen sink wasn’t stuffed in there. I literally could not stuff one more thing in my trunk – let alone luggage and supplies for a road trip.

KBB challenged me to organize my car and make it ready for a road trip. Challenge accepted!!!

Here is my updated trunk.


I donated the stuff I needed to get rid of, put the outdoor toys in my husband’s car (for now – I need to leave them at work when I return this September) and used and Automotive Trunk Organizer from Miu Color to organize the rest of my “stuff.”

Trunk 1

Audio Books, car cleaning products and emergency products.

Trunk 2

Car vacuum tucked neatly to the side. Handy wipes, tissues and more tucked in the outside pockets on the organizer.

Trunk 3

More supplies tucked in the outside pockets and reusable totes that are easy to find (unlike before when I couldn’t find any of them in my messy trunk).

Now that my trunk is cleaned out and organized it’s ready for any family road trip we might go on. I even have plenty of room for carry on luggage, snacks and other things we might need on our journey.

KBB Trunk

Next up – organize my husband’s trunk. We have every intention of doing so, but the weather here in New York has been unseasonably hot – feeling like TRIPLE digits on many days. We’ll have to wait until the weather gets a bit more bearable before tacking my husband’s trunk.

We did use KBB to check on the price of my car when we were buying it. It actually helped us to knock almost $2,000 off the price. In hinesight I should have looked up more information about my car. I LOVE my car (I love it A LOT) but I have very little trunk space. Thankfully my husband’s car has a bigger trunk.

My husband is in the market for a new (used) car. We plan on checking car values on KBB when we go car shopping this fall.

If you would like to learn more about Kelley Blue Book you can visit them online at KBB.com. In addition you can check them out on social media.


KBB would love to give a lucky reader a great prize package to help with their next road trip. The prize package includes:

  • One Carry-On Luggage Set (this is REALLY nice!)
  • Kelley Blue Book Swag (sticky note book, tumbler and Bluetooth speaker) – My kids love the speaker.
  • $25 Visa Gift Card (great for gas or snacks on the road)

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 22, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – OR – what road trip you have planned this summer (or at some point this year)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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*I have partnered with Kelley Blue Book to bring you these great times. I received a similar prize package for my participation. There was no additional compensation. Kelly Blue Book is providing the prize package. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Summer Car Readiness Giveaway with Autotrader (ends 6/26/16)


Summer Road Trip

Summer is almost officially here (June 20th is the official day). It’s time to swap out backpacks with luggage and boots with flip flops.

A lot of people plan their vacations during the summer months. Some prefer air travel whereas others find it less expensive and more fun to drive to their vacation destination.

Before you head out on your driving journey, be sure to give your car a once over to ensure that your car is in tip top shape. That last thing you want is car issues ruining your much anticipated vacation.

Autotrader has a lot of great advice surrounding vehicles, whether buying, selling or taking care of the one you have. Inspired by the changing seasons, Autotrader wants to make sure you are ready for safe summer driving, whether it’s to a game, a park or even a cross-country road trip.

If you have a moment, I would recommend checking out Autotrader’s top summer safety and car care tips.

Before my family heads out on a road trip we always give our cars a once over and look for any possible trouble. For example, the other day my husband found rocks stuck inside the grooves in my tires. It’s a good idea to check your tires to make sure there is nothing stuck inside of them that could lead to a flat on your road trip (nails, metal, other debris…).

Check Tires

Speaking of tires, makes sure if you have a spare tire that it’s also in good shape. Check the air pressure and make sure it’s suitable to use in the event you have a flat.

If you don’t have it already, I would highly recommend buying into an emergency car service like AAA. Trust me, it’s well worth every penny. It’s nice to know you have something available to you should you need a battery jump or a tow to a local service station. We even gifted a one year subscription to our daughter who just got her first car.

I would also recommend investing in either a GPS system (if your car is not already equipped with one) or download a GPS-like app on your phone. That last thing you want to have happen is to get lost. They are also handy to have should you need to take an alternate route.

Check the weather before you go an plan accordingly.

A hundred years ago when I was a child (ha ha) my family and I (including aunt, uncles and cousins) planned a huge family vacation to Massachusetts. We piled into two cars and headed off for our destination, not knowing a hurricane was going to hit the area hard. We got half way there and had to turn around and go home (we were in New York) because of the impending hurricane. Some how being stuck in a hurricane while driving didn’t sound like the type of vacation we wanted.


Make sure you have plenty of snack, drinks and fun things to do to keep everyone in the car happy. It’s OK to stop for snacks too, but you’ll make better time if you save the stops for “potty breaks” and to stretch your legs.

Lastly, make sure your car is equipped with a First Aid kit filled with essentials you might need like medication for bee stings (or bug bites), medication for Poison Ivy and so forth.

Be sure to check out the tips on the Autotrader page too.

For more information about Autotrader visit Autotrader.com. In addition you can check them out on social media – Twitter (@AutoTrader_com), Facebook,  Google+ and YouTube.

To see what others are saying about Summer Car Readiness, check out the hashtag #DrivenBySummer on social media.

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I have a great giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Autotrader. The prize package includes:

  • Visa Gift Card ($25)
  • Autotrader branded charger ($15)
  • Tire Pressure Gauge ($11)
  • Roadside Safety Kit ($26)
  • Sunscreen ($18)
  • Poncho 4 pack ($7)
  • Safety Tool – Seatbelt Cutter, Hammer ($10)
  • Emergency Wind Up Flashlight ($10)

This is a $122 value! Thank you Autotrader!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me your best summer travel tip (either one mentioned on Autotrader, here or one of your own).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a similar prize package from Autotrader in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Autotrader will be providing the prize package. 

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Book a megabus.com ride for Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is this weekend. Have you found the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

I don’t know what my teens have planned for Mother’s Day. I’ve left them a few hints of what I’d like for Mother’s Day. They are not actually gifts – more so things I’d like.

  • A clean home
  • A clean car
  • Sleep in
  • Dinner out (or delivered)

These things don’t necessarily cost money (except dinner). They also might not sound overly exciting, but trust me, it’s what I really want. I am not a fan of cleaning (but I LOVE a clean home). My car is getting a big grungy looking and I have been craving pineapple pizza for weeks.

I know it sounds like a cliché thing to say, but I LOVE handmade gifts from the heart. Those are my favorites.

Over the years some of my most favorite Mother’s Day gifts included a plate that had a photo my daughter drew printed on it. Also, stationary (cards) that featured my son’s artwork (they were professionally printed). I still have them (although they are currently in storage).

My mom passed away 13 years ago. I can’t help but think about her on Mother’s Day too.

I used to always give my mom handmade gifts. She wouldn’t have it any other way. If we bought her anything she would quibble about it.

One thing I think would have make for a great Mother’s Day gift is to go on a mini-trip to some place special. Or if you don’t live near your mom, what about surprising her with an unexpected visit?


Have you ever heard about megabus.com? They are a bus company that travels across the country as well as Canada.

Megabus.com great for weekend getaways, traveling to sporting events, and visiting family out of town – like mom! In fact, megabus.com recently did a survey and the results found that a majority of megabus.com customers miss their moms (64%). Many of those surveyed said that they would cry tears of joy if they were surprised with a trip (53%) or an surprised visit (46%). In addition, the survey also found that more people are planning to go home for Mother’s Day, over a spa or the beach.

Our daughter is in college. She plans on transferring next spring. I can’t imagine what life would be like without her around. I really hope that she is able to come home often, especially on the holidays and Mother’s Day.

What makes megabus.com the perfect choice for surprising mom with an unexpected visit or trip, is that megabus.com offers customers great rates. Fares start at only $1 (plus a reservation fee). Plus they offer FREE WIFI to every passenger, a restroom, comfortable reclining seats and modern buses.

This year marks megabus.com’s 10th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, megabus.com has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 10,000 trees along megabus.com routes and on college campuses throughout the country over the next year. I think that is a wonderful thing that they are doing.

If you are interested in learning more about megabus.com, or interested in surprising mom with a special trip (or plan a trip to visit mom) go to megabus.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What are your plan for Mother’s Day? Will you be visiting your mom to celebrate with her in person?

Have you ever planned a trip as a Mother’s Day gift? If you could, where do you think you and your mom would go?

If you have every used megabus.com, feel free to share your experiences.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of megabus.com . The opinions and text are all mine.

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