Getting Ready to Travel with Family? Check Out MiniTime + Twitter Party 6/6

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
June 5, 2013
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I will receive compensation as a co-host for The Motherhood at the Twitter Party.
All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

This summer, Frank and I will be traveling with the three boys to Maui for my little sister’s wedding.  If you’ve traveled with kids before, you know that can be challenging!  Finding kid-friendly places to stay, places to eat, and activities to do can prove difficult.  How would you like to plan a vacation with kids and have it be faster, easier and more fun with personalized recommendations on places to stay and things do based on the ages of your kids.  That’s where MiniTime comes into play.


MiniTime has fantastic tools that make planning and sharing a memorable family vacation a breeze.  The site has a new Trip Planner tool that lets you make custom itineraries for your next vacation, create journal entries, upload photos and more.  You can also connect with a community of other parents with kids the same age as yours – something we really love – the share travel experiences, reviews, tips and photos.

Minitime Hawaii with Kids

Takeaways From the MiniTime Webinar Briefing

As a participant in this campaign, I had the opportunity to participate in a Webinar Briefing with MiniTime at the end of May.  The presenters included John Smelzer (CEO, MiniTime) and Suzanne Rowan Kelleher (Managing Editor, MiniTime).  Here are a few things I learned from the webinar:

What is MiniTime?

MiniTime is the first family travel site to make travel recommendations based on the ages of your children.  On the site, you can find expert travel advice for parents, as well as a community of like-minded parents.  MiniTime also provides powerful user tools  to help parents plan, book, and share their family travel experiences.  The site was launched 6 months ago and has been curating content on top family travel destinations ever since.

Traveling with Family

MiniTime conducted a survey on family travel and found the following:

– In 90% of households, moms are the key decision makers for vacations
– One in three parents consult more than nine online resources
– More than half of parents are spending nine or more hours planning a vacation
– 63% of parents would like to save time by researching and booking on the same website
– 88% of parents trust recommendations from parents with kids the same ages
– 65% trust sites offering comparative pricing from multiple online travel agents

Minitime Hawaii with kids trip plans

MiniTime’s Features 

– Over 1000 hand-picked destinations, accommodations and attractions, recommended for your family based on the ages of your kids

– Detailed kid friendly amenity lists

– Maps showing proximity of kid-friendly accommodations and attractions

– Reviews from parents with kids the same age as yours

– Tools to help you plan, book and share

 – Trip Tips:

(a)  Features original travel articles written by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher and other family travel bloggers and writers

(b)  Stories are distributed on Yahoo!, MSN, Fox News and Huffington Post

(c)  Trip Planner:

(1)  Newest MiniTime feature that allows you to create custom vacation itineraries

(2)  Makes planning easy by allowing you to drag and drop places to see, stay, and eat into your interactive itinerary

– Mobile-friendly so you can update and use Trip Planner while traveling

– Includes a daily map with turn-by-turn directions to guide families on their way, as well as a journal, calendar and the ability to store family photos.

– You can share your Trip Planner with friends and family

– Connect MiniTime with your Facebook and share your trip’s itinerary, photos and more with friends and family

– Wish List feature helps track what you didn’t get to do on a trip and remember it for future trips

What makes MiniTime different from other travel sites? 

MiniTime is the only site 100% dedicated to family travel, with recommendations based on the ages of your kids.

Only MiniTime combines:

– travel recommendations based on the ages of your children
– expert travel advice
– a community of like-minded parents
– powerful user tools to help parents plan, book, and share their family travel experiences

Minitime Hawaii with Kids Trip Plan


I found MiniTime very easy to use and even used it to start planning our family trip to Maui in July for my sister’s wedding.  I loved that I could add the hotel we are already registered with and then add various activities to our schedule with the boys.  I also love that you can find kid-friendly hotels, restaurants and activities specifically in mind for our kids, based on their ages.  Have you used MiniTime yet?

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Join Us for a #MiniTime Twitter Party on June 6th 

What:  In nine out of 10 families, mom is a decision-maker when it comes to vacation planning.  But with all of the travel websites and agencies out there, how is a mom to know the best accommodations and activities that will suit her family while traveling?  That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to MiniTime, a travel website created by parents, for parents.

MiniTime is a new family travel planning site that provides parents with travel recommendations based on the ages of their kids.  It’s the first and only site to use algorithmic rankings of accommodations and attractions based on data points, like user reviews, to give family travel recommendations.  In addition, MiniTime offers parents a combination of travel advice, a community of like-minded parents, and powerful user tools to help parents plan, book, and share their family travel experiences.

Join us as we chat about summer travel, facts, tips and more!

When:  Thursday, June 6th at 1:00 pm ET (the party will last one hour)

Where:  We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #MiniTime hashtag to track the conversation.  You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:

Hashtag:  #MiniTime

Prizes:  We will be giving away five awesome prizes to random participants who answer the trivia questions correctly.  Four winners will receive a $75 VISA gift card and a MiniTime hoodie.  And one grand prize winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card and a MiniTime hoodie.

Hosts:  @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

TweetGrid for the party:

MiniTime Website:



Co-Hosts of the Party:
Melissa, Sippy Cup Mom@SippyCupMom
Mickey, A Helicopter Mom@ahelicoptermom
Penelope, Penelope’s Oasis@_PenelopeNYC
Caryn, Rockin’ Mama@rockinmama
Crystal, Simply Being Mommy @simplybeingmom
Donna, Blog By Donna@DonnaChaffins
Shannon, The Mommy-Files@themommyfiles
Judy, Veggie Mom@judy511

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

One Response to “Getting Ready to Travel with Family? Check Out MiniTime + Twitter Party 6/6”

  1. Peter Lee says:

    I think it as a great family planning vacation site which recommends trips on the bases of ages of kids. MiniTime is a great platform to make plans. I am impressed with travel tips section. I will definitely approach this site whenever I have a plan with my family.

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