16 Family Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016

16 Family Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016
As any new parent will tell you, the simple concept of family travel can be a bit terrifying. All of the traditional travel fears seem to become heightened tenfold when there are kids or grandkids involved.


Yet traveling with kids can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lifetimes, taking us away from the humdrum rituals of our daily routines and allowing our families to spend time together, creating wonderful memories that can last a lifetime.


Here at Discover Corps (where many of us travel with kids of our own), we’re big believers in the benefits of family travel. We’re proud to offer what we consider some of the Best Family Volunteer Vacations in the world, from working with sea turtles in Costa Rica and manatees in Belize to taking care of elephants in Thailand and feeding baby rhinos in South Africa.


But how do we ensure our family’s vacation goes off without a hitch? Where are the best places for families to travel together? How do we save money along the way? For the answers to these and many other questions, we often turn to the world’s best Family Travel Blogs. Here are 16 of our favorites worth following in 2016.


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- 1 Dad 1 Kid

1 DAD 1 KID 

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 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 


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Flashpacker Family


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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- 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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Globetotting


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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- 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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- 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.

Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Suitcases and 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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Travel Babbo


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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- 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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Traveling Canucks


TravelingCanucks.com is the personal family travel blog of Cam and Nicole Wears, newbie parents from Canada who choose to make travel a priority. They believe that life’s great adventures do not need to be put on hold just because you’ve had children, and that it’s possible to build a career and family AND travel the globe and pursue your passions. The Canadian couple brings their two little boys, aged 4 and 2 years old, on all of their travel adventures, from the Canadian Rockies, to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean, to magical castles of Western Europe. On their popular blog, you’ll find humbling travel stories and helpful travel tips that they learn while balancing travel, work and family.


Sample Post: Baby Travel Tips  

Best Family travel bloggers to follow- The Vacation Gals


The Vacation Gals– Beth Blair, Jennifer Miner and Kara Williams– are professional travel writers and moms of children ranging in age from 1 to 16. They love to share their experiences with family travel, both locally and all over the world. They cover a lot of family travel destinations, as well as kid-free trips, local fun, outdoor escapes, healthy living, favorite gear, comfy clothing, and much more on their award-winning website, which was launched in 2009.  They try to instill a sense of curiosity and wonder about the larger world in their children when they’re young. They also document how that develops into empathy, fearlessness, and excitement to learn about the world’s many sites and cultures.

Sample Post: The River of a Thousand Lingas in Siem Reap, Cambodia


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Walking on Travels


Most days you can find Keryn Means dragging the three men in her life across the globe or writing on her award-winning travel website Walking On Travels. The site gives hope to today’s active parent, who doesn’t see kids as a roadblock to travel, but an excuse to get out the door and explore. Keryn has laughed at the naysayers by bringing her boys to far-off lands like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Hawaii, back and forth across the USA, Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Keryn loves to encourage families to take that first step out the door– the hardest step of all– through restaurant lists, reviews of beautifully designed hotels, activities that everyone in the family can enjoy, and meaningful moments that make any tantrum worth it.



Best Family travel bloggers to follow- Wandering Pod


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


Best Family travel bloggers to follow- We3Travel


We3Travel is a family travel blog that follows Tamara Gruber and her family of three on their adventures, both close to home and around the globe. Tamara believes that a mix of education, culture, food, and adventure is the recipe for a fun family vacation. She shares her best family travel tips, destination information, reviews, and itinerary suggestions to make planning your next family vacation easier. By starting early and involving kids in the planning process, she believes that you can raise global citizens that are resilient, open to new ideas, and appreciative of the world around them.



Best Family travel bloggers to follow- yTravel Blog


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


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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.

25 responses to “16 Family Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016

  1. Awesome list and thank you so much for including Exploramum and Explorason as part of it.
    I’ve managed to find a couple of new families to follow from this ist too, which is fantastic.
    Well done!

  2. Thank you for sharing these amazing blogs, lovely work from families who travel with kids. I have already followed some of these blogs, good to know there are much more. Great content and wonderful families.

  3. My wife, 3 young sons, and I have started off on a grand adventure. We are exploring Costa Rica for a year, so the kiddos can get their feet wet and learn Spanish. We are enrolling them in a local school tomorrow! In June we will head back to Maine, hop aboard our small sailboat, and begin a sailing adventure.

  4. Great list. We would like to be featured as well on your future list of family travel bloggers. 😉


  5. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or
    guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would love
    to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers
    would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

  6. Wow it’s great to hear that! StumbleUpon is something we haven’t focused much on over the last year, but we’ll have to take another look. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more – welcome to the Discover Corps community!

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