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Travelodge Zoocation #Giveaway + Interview with Keith Bellows

by Holly Duce on June 24, 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler and author of 100 Places that Can Change Your Child’s Life live from Zoo Miami.  He shared some really great information with me including how to get free tickets to over 135 zoos across the country, tips for families to get more out of their summer plans and why the zoo is a great place to visit.  Watch the interview in the video above for some great advice (Please excuse my nervous-ness — it was my very first interview!)

In a partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and National Geographic, Travelodge has a new promotion that allows families looking for a summer adventure to get children into a zoo for FREE just by staying at a Travelodge Hotel.  They’re calling it Zoocation!  You can find more information and a list of participating zoos at

About Keith Bellows

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Keith Bellows has launched 30 magazines, television and radio properties and has lectured around the world. He is editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and senior vice president/editor in chief of National Geographic Travel Media. A graduate of Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Dartmouth College, Bellows has appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Feeling lucky?  Enter to win  2 free nights at a Travelodge in the form of Wyndham Rewards points which includes 2 free children’s tickets to a participating zoo when redeemed during the Zoocation promotion. 

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This giveaway is open until July 1, 2013 at 12:01 am EST to U.S residents.

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Candice June 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I liked the advice about slowing down on vacations. I am guilty of having lots of plans and an agenda, so it’s great to just think of enjoying the moment more.

holly June 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I thought that was the best piece of advice too! Along with involving the kids in planning

Natalie J Vandenberghe June 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Try to know child’s personality…and not impose my desires on them. Slow down.

Sunnie June 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I like how he said you can still have fun family time without spending a lot of money. And that kids need to be out in nature more, I agree!

Sarah C June 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I think the part about involving the kids in the planning was good.

Vanessa June 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Zoos are a great way to combat Nature Deficit Disorder!

betty wojnar June 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

You don’t need to spend alot of money to have fun

tina reynolds June 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I like including kids in the plans I do with mine and they love it

Ellen B June 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

you can have fun and not have to spend a ton of money

ELIZABETH C. June 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

Wonderful advice and I Definately agree with it.

Katie K June 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Including all the family. including kids in planning!

Kimberly Schotz June 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Involving kids in the planning is a good idea

Amy Tolley June 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm

love how you can stay some where within their travellodge and get free tickets to a zoo so kids can learn and connect with wild animals…and enjoy the experience without if costing a lot of money…

Karen June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Planning your trip/activities and to have a lot of fun you don’t have to spend a lot of money that you don’t have.

Caycee Bregel June 26, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Getting kids ideas when planning a vacation

Jay Gillespie June 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm

you can have fun and not spend a lot of money

Serena Powell June 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I loved that he said you can have fun and save money

renee walters June 27, 2013 at 1:09 am

I liked the advice about slowing down on vacations.

PF Sweepstakes June 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

The best advice was probably to take it easy and slow down while on vacation. I am so guilty of trying to do it all.

Jennifer June 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love the advice on getting the kids involved in planning!

sandra June 27, 2013 at 10:07 am

get kids exposed to nature

crystal smith June 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I like how he pointed out that kids now are growing up with a “nature deficit disorder” I thought that was a neat term for a valid point- and that a fun zoo trip would be a great way to combat this problem :)

Angela Tyler June 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm

“Getting kids exposed to wild creatures”, “It is a safe experience.”

amy deeter June 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

involving the kids in the planning

Jacob June 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

There are a lot of fun options that are cheap or even free!

Sharon Kaminski June 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

great advice about getting free tickets to local zoos around the country, would love to win, thanks.

Linda G. June 28, 2013 at 10:19 am

Get the kids involved in your trip planning

sarah hirsch June 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

i like the idea of having the kids help out with the planning

Gena June 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Let the kids be involved in planning and they will be more excited to do whatever you’re doing

Mary Happymommy June 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

Have the kids be involved in the planning.

Miz Vickik June 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm

That you don’t need a lot of money to have fun!

Brandon Bethea June 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I like his idea about more things in nature and enjoying vacation time more, without having to spend more.

Timmy deeter June 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

involving kids in planning

Geoff K June 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I thought Keith’s best tip was to gear vacation ideas to your children’s personality and interests, and to slow down and savor the experience while on the trip!

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