Harvard: Where You Find A Little Louie Love
Jan09

Harvard: Where You Find A Little Louie Love

  From the editor: I'm always looking for stories about the local flavor of college towns and surrounding communities. When I ran across this story about "Louie's Superette" by Eden Pontz on TravelingMom, I just had to share. Parents always want to know who's looking out for their kids once the kids head off to college and, at Louie's, some concerns can be put to rest. ZKQ Louie: A Parent's Secret Weapon in Cambridge, Mass. Cheng-san Chen is an unassuming man, running an unassuming store that skims the edge of Harvard University's campus in Cambridge, Mass. A banner hanging on the storefront announces "Louie's Superette" is celebrating 25 years of business. But inside, this convenience store owner/clerk, code name, Louie, is a parent's secret weapon, and known by students as the "man with the electronic eyes."  Not only does he offer all the standard conveniences that a "Superette" should stock, he holds values that parents can only hope their children develop while living away at college. And he's worth an in-person visit if you're traveling through town (continue reading on TravelingMom). For other stories about what to see and do when visiting colleges, explore our site, and also find us on TravelingMom, USA TODAY College, and...

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Where’d they go to School: Family Travel Conference Speakers
Oct16

Where’d they go to School: Family Travel Conference Speakers

On November 9th, 2012, I’ll be heading to Dallas, Texas to attend the Family Travel Conference sponsored by four great family-friendly-travel-loving companies: TravelingMom, Family Travel Forum, Taking the Kids, and Travel Media Showcase. I’m excited about the program which is “focused” on shooting video, post-production, and social media marketing. I’m also looking forward to meeting the workshop presenters and since we here at Smart College Visit tend to focus on the importance of a college education, I thought it would be fun to research and share where this great lineup of FTC presenters went to college. Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travel & Lifestyle Editor, ABC News – Emerson College, MA, Journalism St.Lawrence University, BA, English Wendy Peffin, Director of Consumer News and Digital Community at Conde Nast Traveler – Harvard University, B.A., History & Literature Rob Burgos, full circle post nyc – New York Institute of Technology, BFA, MA, Communication Arts Paul Eisenberg, staff writer Micato Safaris, ShermansTravel.com – Brandeis University BA, Psychology/European Cultural Studies Valarie D’Elia, Travel Reporter at NY1 News – University of Miami, BA, Broadcasting, Columbia University, MS, Journalism Melanie Nelson, Author, “Facebook All-In-One for Dummies” – Oklahoma State University, BA, MA, Technical Writing Kaleel Sakakeeny, CEO at New Media Travel – Emerson College, BA, MA, Technical Writing Kim Orlando, founder, Travelingmom, LLC – University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, Finance/Entrepreneurship For more information about the Family Travel Conference, visit the #FTCDallas web site. To find a hotel near campus or get directions to campus for any of the colleges listed in this post, just click on the name of the school above. Colleges interested in updating their profile on Smart College Visit should contact us. For an example of an enhanced profile page, click...

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Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?
Jan17

Travel Tuesday: Will You Fly or Drive?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Z. Kelly Queijo It’s “Travel Tuesday” (a designation on Twitter for travel related tweets posted on — you guess it — Tuesdays! Travel Tuesday Tweets carry the hashtag “#traveltuesday” or “#TT” (case does not matter).  In honor of #TT, our post today provides travel planning resources for the college-bound. Planning Campus Visit Travel If you’re planning spring college visits, then you’re likely already in the throws of making hotel reservations and wrestling with the answer to “Will I fly or will I drive?” To help you evaluate costs related to college visit travel, we’ve provided the following resources. Let us know if you find any of these useful and, please feel free to suggest other tools or tips in the Comments section. Fly or Drive Calcualtor – I ran across Fly vs. Drive: A Website to Help You Decide on TravelingMom.com (where I also blog). It allows you to compare the costs of flying to the cost of driving. You can adjust various components to get an accurate assessment of travel costs. Fuel Calculator – Developed by a college student for Smart College Visit, this is a handy fuel calculator to make it easy to find out how much you’ll spend on fuel for your college road trip. Find a Hotel Near Campus– This takes you to our Smart College Visit hotel search site. Here, you can search by city and travel dates, get hotel reviews, book online, find pet-friendly hotels, and view nearby attractions–which is always nice when traveling with family–you can turn your campus visit into a mini-vacation! Our prices are competitive and you can search for hotels by brand name, preferences, and even ratings! It takes a little extra time to plan college visit travel cost-effectively, but by evaluating costs before your trip, you may find ways to save so it’s affordable to bring a friend or additional family members along with out breaking the bank. Do you have travel tips to share with other college-bound families? Please post them in the comment section or on our Facebook page. Feel free to post these tweets and follow @collegevisit Will  you fly or drive to visit campus? Check out these handy travel tools: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com #TT Planning college visits? Evaluate travel costs with these handy tools: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com #TT HAPPY TRAVEL...

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College Visits: Hot Travel Topic on Twitter Chat
Mar25

College Visits: Hot Travel Topic on Twitter Chat

Kim Orlando, founder of TravelingMom.com (a terrific resource for family travel planning) invited me to join her and other moms of teens to chat about  planning college visits on her weekly #TMOM Twitter Party.  Here are the details: WHEN: Monday, March 28, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT) HASHTAG: #TMOM #COLLEGE For more information, go to: March 28 Twitter Party: College Visits and be sure to RSVP on the Traveling Mom site to put your name in the hat to win a prize! If you've never participated in a #TMOM Twitter Party, then you're in for some fun! Expect to come away with some great tips on planning family travel and campus tours.   Disclosure: I am a member of the TravelingMom Blogger Network and my articles appear under the handle: CollegeVisit Traveling Mom. Twitter handles to follow: @collegevisit @travelingmoms @kimorlando @CindyRichards *** College Visit Related Reading Wrapup from Theresa Smith's #CollegeChat: 7 Things to Know before You Embark on Your First College Visit on Pathway Communications College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in Advance Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid:...

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Smart College Visit Photo Friday:
Jan07

Smart College Visit Photo Friday:

Winter Frisbee at St. Joseph's College of Maine. For tips on staying informed about college visits and winter travel, see our story...

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Free Things to do in all 50 States
Apr09

Free Things to do in all 50 States

Once you've read over our Smart See, Smart Do list of featured places on college campuses and then made plans for your own college visit, why not take some time to explore the surrounding area while you're away?  Every state has something fun and free to offer travelers. Check out what else there is to do either on your way to visit college or once you're headed back home. Click on the map below to access the complete list of Free in 50 States list on TravelingMom.com....

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