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the founder of FamiliesGo! Media:

• Eileen loves talking with reporters about family travel.

• She has been interviewed by Good Day New York, CNN, MainStree.com, Martha Stewart Radio, WSJ Radio, ABC Digital, New York Newsday, Bloomberg Business Week, The Oakland Tribune, Family Travel Magazine, regional radio stations and regional family magazines.

• If you are a reporter looking for expert insights on parents, kids and travel please contact us: editor (at) familiesgotravel (dot) com

• For more information about our founder, see our About page.

Recent mentions in the travel and consumer media:

A Toddler-Friendly (& Free) Vacation Activity
Hint Mama (February 2014)

What To Pack for a Ski Trip
TravelFashionGirl (February 2014)

18 Ski Packing Dos and Don’ts
TravelFashionGirl (February 2014)

10 Ways to Enjoy Winter Sports Without Going Broke
Mainstreet.com (January 2014)

Hotels Roll Out Bedtime Amenities for Tiny Travelers
ABC Digital (August 2013)

Startup Stories: Making Family Travel Planning Less of a Headache
Project Eve (August, 2013)

Do You Compromise Too Much To Save On Travel?
Learnvest: Brendan Speigel (June 2013)

Things To Do Before Traveling Abroad
Famil Travel Magazine (June 2013)

3 Affordable Ways to Enjoy A Long Weekend
HomeSchool.com (May 2013)

FamiliesGo! offering tips for traveling with kids–from babies to teens
ShopatHome.com (March 2013)

Give Children the Gift of Travel
CNN.com; Katia Hetter (December 20, 2012)

Abandoning the Hearth For Christmas
CNN.com; Katia Hetter (December 7, 2012)

Mom Blogger Interview
Moms Talk Network (October 2012)

What I’ve Found Invaluable When Traveling with a Toddler
Bump To Baby Gear (August 2012)

Best Family Travel Blogs We Love
Red Tricycle: Abigail Matsumoto (June 2012)

Planning a family vacation without pulling out your hair
Profile of FamiliesGo!
StartUpAmerica.com (May 2012)

Spring break survival guide
Maryland Family Magazine: Kristy MacKaben (03/06/12)

Women Family Travel Bloggers Rule
Technorati Media: Kaleel Sakakeeny (Feb. 21, 2012)

House Vs. Hotel: Which Lodging Style is Better For Your Trip?
Go Escapes magazine: Jane Hodges (winter 2011/12)

What if Fed-Up Travelers Ran the Travel Industry?
Fox News; Paul Eisenberg (Jan 24, 2011)

The Best Travel Experiences of 2010
The Independent Traveler; Sarah Schlichter (Jan 5, 2011)

#TNI Daily Craving: Are you in favor of adult-only flights? Why or why not?
Zip Set Go; Travelers’ Night In (Feb 7, 2011)

Press releases:
Speaking/Consulting/Writing:

• Eileen is a journalist with 20 years of experience. She has blogged about FamiliesGo! for Inc.com and about family travel for Park Slope Parents and other website. She’s available to guest on other travel blogs or to take assignments related to family travel advice or family travel destinations.

• She is available to speak with parenting groups about how to make traveling with kids less intimidating, more manageable and absolutely fun!

• She is also available to advise hotels and other travel service providers on why family friendly offerings need to consider the kids and the parents and how to make their property and products attractive to the whole family.

Stories on vacations and family travel by Eileen P. Gunn

WhatToExpect: 5 Reasons You Should Make Traveling With Your Baby a Habit
Traveling with a baby is doable and, aside from all the diapers you need to pack, is in some ways easier than travel with older kids. It can provide for unique memories, make you a better parent, and get you into the habit of traveling with your children (a great habit to have). Here are five reasons to travel with your baby…

Voice Boks: One Parent’s Hotel Wish List
Post baby, we find ourselves hanging out in the hotel room a lot more because of naps and early bed times. We eat breakfast in the room more often and sometimes lunch or dinner, too, when yet another restaurant meal with a wiggly, non-eating child seems unbearable. Here is a list of things I would love to see in hotels that promote themselves as family-friendly. Think of it as an open letter to hoteliers…

The Best Beach: New York City Area Beaches

Tourists come to New York City for skyscrapers, Broadway shows and museums. But beaches? Before you say, “fuggedaboudit,” remember that the city sits on the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by ocean, bays and the Long Island Sound. Taking your own break from the concrete jungle might give you insight into local city life that you didn’t expect. Here are some metro-area beaches to try…

• The NYU CAS Alumni Blog: 6 Things to Remember When Vacationing With Children: Advice from an Alum
Before my husband and I had our daughter we were fairly adventurous travelers. We kayaked in the Galapagos, went camping in Vietnam, climbed a volcano in Bali in the pitch black to see the sunrise from the top, and drove across Mexico in a VW bug (the old kind). Then our daughter came along. We still wanted to travel, knew things had changed and weren’t sure where to begin…

• Knok.com: My Perfect Day in Brooklyn
My perfect day in Brooklyn actually begins in Manhattan, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Wear sunscreen and good walking shoes, come with a stroller for your littlest ones and consider renting bikes (our favorite way to go). You’re going to cover a lot of ground today…

• Parents.com: How to Introduce Art to Your Kids
Art educators say it’s never too early to introduce kids to art through books, projects, and museum visits, but parents often steer clear of museums for fear that kids will be bored or disruptive. Parents can make a museum trip successful….Follow these tips below to introduce museums and art to kids of different ages…

• ParentMaze: The Holidays in Every Borough
Sure, Rockefeller Center, the Rockettes and Macy’s get the most attention in New York at Christmas. But in the nooks and crannies of neighborhoods and boroughs far from midtown there are plenty of opportunities for interesting, fun, less expensive and less insanely crowded holiday activities. Here are some of my favorites…

• Parents.com: 7 Unique Playgrounds For Kids
Kids are happiest in spaces that they know were designed for them, and good playgrounds are now interactive in a way your old slide and swing set never were. Having time to run, shout, and be free can make any family trip memorable, especially if it’s at a playground that is in a cool neighborhood or has a striking view…

• Learnvest: 6 Tricks to Save Time and Money Traveling With Kids  
We are a family that loves to travel, and as the founder and editor of FamiliesGo!, a travel planning website for busy parents, I’ve found that some gizmos, gadgets and services are actually worth the price, either because we use them over and over again, or because they offer a level of convenience that really makes a difference in our stress levels. Below are six items I think are worth shelling out for, as well as the specific situations when each comes in handy…      

• Reuters: 5 spots where the dollar buys a great vacation
Here’s a nice surprise: the dollar isn’t quite the disaster it’s been for the last few vacation seasons. Even Europe might be on sale for folks holding greenbacks. Here are five countries where the dollar is stretching especially well this year. There should be something to suit just about any vacation style…

• Reuters: The new perks of first-class travel  
Hotels, airlines and other travel service providers are trying hard to win the loyalty and dollars of sophisticated and extremely lucrative road warriors like Mohr and her strategy consultant husband, Chris, who book a combined 100-to-150 nights a year in hotels (Starwood, whenever possible), racking up points and perks along the way….Here is a round-up of some of the more interesting and helpful perks you can take advantage of if you have the money or points to travel first class…

• Travel Rink: The Best Spots In Germany For Family Travel
Germany is an incredibly easy place to travel with kids. How could the country that gave us Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and gummy bears not be? Bavaria is one the friendliest, most laid back parts of Germany, making it a doubly great place for family travel. Here are our favorite things to do in Munich

• Reuters: VIP Travel Services: Are the Perks Worth the Cash?
When Chicago attorney Martin McKenzie flies, whether for business or with his family, he wants more than anything to avoid long lines. His aim is always to get through check-in and security in about 20 minutes. Then he heads to a private lounge to rest up or find snacks and entertainment for his kids. “I’ve never waited behind more than 10 people to check in,” he says…

• Learnvest: Chic Travel With A Small Child
“Family friendly” chain motels just don’t do it for me. The tiny rooms, out-of-the-way locations and lack of mini-fridges make vacationing with a small child challenging. If you’ve hidden in the bathroom or sat in a dark room waiting for your toddlers to conk out so you can stay up past 8:00, or wondered what the heck to do with the yogurt or string cheese your fussy eater can’t live without—I’ve done it all— you’ve probably wondered if there’s a better way…

• Learnvest: Is It Worth The Membership To A New Museum?
Stuck in the city on a summer weekend? No better time than to check out a museum. …Even if the Arctic exhibit doesn’t thrill you, we are betting that the Arctic air conditioning will! Now, you’re thinking, one time entrance fees are so expensive, should I join as a member?…

• Learnvest: The Best Ways To Dine Out With Small Children
Kids menus at restaurants are predictable, mediocre, and often overpriced. No one went to cooking school to whip up mac ‘n’ cheese for five-year-olds; so, no matter how good the restaurant is, it usually shows. How do you find food that will keep your tiny diner happy…without blowing your tab on a full-priced entrée…

• The Wall Street Journal: Acapulco: The Sequal
All along the main avenue, scenes of Acapulco’s popular image are on display: Bars blare out pop tunes, souvenir stores tout silver jewelry, and hucksters sell cart-and-horse rides. But about 30 minutes’ drive along a scenic coastal highway to the southeast is the resort town’s new center of gravity…

• The Street.com: Vacation Here Before Climate Change Sets In
Global warming and environmental irresponsibility are taking a visible toll on natural resources all over the world. Major tourist destinations are not immune…

• The Street.com: Best Spots for a ‘Green’ Vacation
Last week, I offered a doomsday road trip of sorts, suggesting some naturally beautiful places around the world to visit before global warming and human folly change them beyond recognition. To show that I’m not a total curmudgeon — and to combat any notion that I’m not a fun travel companion — I’m focusing this week on the umbrella-cocktail glass that’s half-full…

• US News & World Report: Days of Wine and…
Maureen Christiansen is looking forward to learning how to play bocce and is hoping to find a group to teach her bridge, too. She wants to improve her swimming, get out on some vineyard-rimmed walking trails with her husband, Edward, and maybe play more golf. Her husband is excited about attending cooking classes and wine tastings…

• Fortune: GARCON! LAGER, S’IL VOUS PLAIT!
Imagine a betoqued, heavily accented chef presenting an haute five-course feast–and eschewing his excellent wine cellar for beer. Try very hard, because it’s becoming a common image in serious restaurants around the country. Diners are learning, for instance, that Pilsner is great with fish, and porter is just the thing to go along with chocolate cake. “Beer,” explains Ken Turow, associate dean of the Culinary Institute of America, “is where wine was in the Seventies.”…

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