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This site was founded by Talon Windwalker, a single parent, author, former hospice chaplain (and Zen monk), scuba instructor, photographer, and lover of traveling, languages, and cultures. In 2011, he left his traditional work life behind and embarked on life as a full-time nomad, traveling around the world slowly with his adopted son (a.k.a. Tigger). He “world schools” Tigger, teaches languages, writes, does photography, teaches scuba, and does other online work along the way. Their blog covers adventure, budget, and cultural travel for families, but the great tips and information they share are universal.
Sample Post: Our Adoption Story
EXPLORAMUM & EXPLORASON
Exploramum and Explorason are a single mother-and-son duo from Australia. They set out over 3 years ago with a mission to “perform random acts of kindness” as they explore the world. Exploramum Ruth Johnston says, “We’ve tried to keep our feet on the ground as much as possible, often exploring the road less travelled. So far we’ve ventured to 64 countries, with many more yet to come, we hope!” They share stories about their world-schooling experiences, and how you can incorporate education into your daily travel life. They also offer expert travel advice for families wanting to experience luxury travel. Johnston says their favourite countries include Guatemala, Romania, Fiji, and Kenya, “but it is so hard to choose because, in some ways, we’ve loved them all!”
Sample Post: Sharing Love in Uganda
Born in New Zealand, wife/mother/writer Bethaney Davies has been traveling since her early 20s. She loves exotic and adventurous destinations as well as busy and bustling cities. Bethaney has been to 33 countries thus far, and has a goal of visiting 100 countries before the age of 40. For the last 18 months, her family of four has been traveling the world together full-time. Along the way they uncover amazing things to do with kids in all the places they visit, and share them on their blog. Flashpacker Family also has a ton of tips on family travel and how to travel “flash” on a budget.
Sample Post: Long-Term Travel With Kids- How We Do It
GIRL GONE TRAVEL
The goal of Girl Gone Travel is to inspire people to travel, whether that be with friends, as a couple, or with family. The site was started by New York native Carol Cain, who was born in Brooklyn to a Dominican-Puerto Rican family and spent her adolescence living in the Dominican Republic. After returning to NYC to get her MBA, she left her career in public relations in order to more fully enjoy life with her husband and three sons. In the process, she learned to incorporate her lifelong love for travel into the mix, and now lives to share her wonderful adventures with others.
Sample Post: Family Fun in St. Martin
Globetotting discovers the best in adventurous family travel. Created by Katja and Victoria, two moms who are determined to show their children the world, Globetotting hopes to inspire and inform families who want to visit less traditional family destinations. You won’t find reviews of Disney on this travel blog, but you will find tips on how to visit Machu Picchu with kids. Between them, Katja and Victoria have trekked in Nepal with toddlers, celebrated the colourful Indian festival of Holi, climbed pyramids in Mexico, sailed the San Blas islands in Panama, and much more. They believe that traveling with your kids is the best thing you could possibly do.
Sample Post: A Journey to Machu Picchu, Peru With Kids
LA JOLLA MOM
La Jolla Mom is a luxury family travel and lifestyle site named for the seaside San Diego community that owner/editor Katie Dillon and her family live in. The site has become a go-to guide for people visiting San Diego that covers the best hotels, restaurants, beaches, and fabulous attractions. But as a former expat, Katie also has no problem crafting far-flung vacations with her 8-year-old in mind. Readers will also find detailed reviews of Katie’s favorite five-star hotels, premium class airline reviews, tips for flying with kids, an extensive guide to Hong Kong (the family’s former home), must-eat cuisine, and other fun things to do around the world.
Sample Post: Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in San Diego
SOLO MOM TAKES FLIGHT
Sarah Pittard from Solo Mom Takes Flight began traveling with her two kids from the day they were born. Her website focuses on family travel, with a keen eye towards eco-friendly tourism and tips to help parents travel alone with kids. Most recently, she took the kids to Kenya to celebrate Christmas in local villages and on safari. Sarah also covers cool adventure travel options for families with young kids. From ziplining to hiking up mountains, her blog is great for moms and dads who want to get outside and educate their kids about the wild in the wild.
SUITCASES & SIPPY CUPS
Texas resident Jessica Bowers claims that hers is a typical middle-class family– mom, dad, and four kids (all boys) with a typical house in the suburbs and two cars (one of which, naturally, is a minivan). What makes them interesting is that this average family of average means dared to do something extraordinary, packing everyone into a camper trailer and leaving everything “typical” behind in order to travel. Following their traveling dreams (and homeschooling their kids along the way), this average family shares their tips and tricks for navigating the road less traveled one little baby step at a time, hoping to inspire others like them along the way.
Sample Post: How We Roll
Based in California, Eric Stoen is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel. His goal is to encourage everyone to take their kids to unique destinations, and he provides first-hand information through Travel Babbo to make it easier for people to plan those trips. He’s traveled with his three kids to 38 countries and seven continents now, with destinations including Antarctica, Kenya, Bora Bora, and Easter Island. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination (literally) in the world for a one-on-one trip. He also travels with the entire family internationally for several months a year. He believes that you can/should take your kids anywhere and everywhere!
Sample Post: 10 Amazing Things to Do With Kids Around the World
TRAVEL WITH BENDER
The Bender family left their home in Perth, Australia back in May of 2012 and have been traveling the world nomadically ever since. They’ve visited over 65 countries on an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip, discovering amazing places for families along the way. They’ve stayed in hostels and 5- star luxury resorts, travelled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns, and abseiled cliffs. Their goal is to help make your next family holiday amazing, with first-hand guides and expert travel tips. From packing tips and accommodation review to sightseeing guides, you’re always covered when you Travel With Bender!
Sample Post: Top Things to Do With Kids in Langkawi, Malaysia
THE VACATION GALS
WALKING ON TRAVELS
As a full-time freelance travel writer, the only way for Matt Villano to manage as a dad has been to take his wife (a.k.a. Powerwoman) and three daughters (a.k.a. L, R, and Baby G) with him. With Wandering Pod, he shares some of the insights he’s gleaned along the way, as well as tips, tricks, reviews, and other fun stories. Before Wandering Pod, Matt blogged about family travel for Parenting magazine and adventure travel for SeeAmerica.com (which is now known as Brand USA). When he’s not busy running one of the best family travel blogs, he freelancers for a variety of publications around the world.
Sample Post: Four Secrets to Wine-Tasting With Kids
One of the world’s most popular family travel blogs, yTravel Blog was founded by Australians Caz and Craig Makepeace. They’re serial travel addicts, having lived in 5 countries and had adventures through 52. For the Makepeaces, life is all about accumulating memories rather than possessions. Now they’re creating precious memories with their two daughters. Their mission is to show that you can travel anywhere in the world on a limited budget, travel with the one you love and have a thriving relationship, and create a strong life-long bond with your children through the shared memories of travel. If you’re looking for a place to fuel your desire for travel and learn how to do it yourself, you’re in the right place!
Sample Post: 25 Tips for Travel With Kids –by Bret Love
BIO: Bret Love is a journalist/editor with 23 years of print and online experience, whose clients have ranged from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and American Airlines to National Geographic and Yahoo Travel. He is the co-founder of ecotourism website Green Global Travel and Green Travel Media.