Travel Blogs That’ll Inspire You to Hit the Road This Summer
Travel and kids in the same lifetime? We say, yes please! For parents determined to keep the adventures coming—even if it means with the kids in tow—we looked to our favorite travel blogs. They’ve got a been-there-done-that attitude promising to inspire you to take that trip already (even if it’s just to granny’s house and back.) From where to go and how to get there (think: kid-friendly destinations and pit stops for little ones), these blogs can help boost the kid-friendly travel factor and silence the “are we there yet?” backseat chorus.
Suitcases and Sippy Cups
There is nothing extraordinary about Jessica Bower, her husband and four kids. Which is why this blog is so special. It’s the diary of an ordinary, middle-class family who put their suburban life on hold in order to travel the world—on an average American middle-class budget. From tips on weekend camping trips to roadschooling kids Suitcases and Sippy Cups is filled with awesome resources for families who don’t have a travel agent on speed dial.
La Jolla Mom
Okay, so maybe luxe travel isn’t on the itinerary this year (more like road trips to the local lake/beach/watering hole) and that’s okay. Get your fix for all things glamourous by checking out La Jolla Mom. Luxury travel writer Kate Dillon provides gorgeous pics and daydream worthy adventures as well as giveaways, lifestyle trends and insider tips on her home city of San Diego, Ca.
Walking on Travels
For parents who don’t want life to stop when the kids arrive, Walking on Travels is a bookmark must. From real-life tips on breastfeeding while traveling to the adorable Friday Postcard Series—a digital “postcard” from some cool spot shows up every Friday—it’s a go-to resource for parents on the go.
Discerning travelers take note! With travel portfolios covering Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and other popular tourist destinations, this is a great resource for family-focused advice, directions, and accommodation information. It was founded based on the belief that traveling as a family shouldn’t mean lowering your expectations or standards.
Pitstops for Kids
The title of this site says it all—and boy, are we thankful for this much-needed resource! Pit Stops for Kids is a place to share your reviews of the places you’ve stopped during various roadtrips (whether you’ve been there once or one hundred times), and to take advantage of the experience and information other parents have to offer. It’s a community of parents who share a goal—finding kid-friendly detours and pit stops—and a philosophy: it’s about the journey and the destination.
Gone with the Family
Lisa Goodmurphy has been traveling with her kids since her oldest daughter was four months old. Fast-foward eighteen years—family adventures include playing with sled dogs in Alaska, getting lost (in a good way) in Mykonos, standing on the Prime Meridian and hanging out at Catherine’s palace in St. Petersburg. Goodmurphy is a regular contributor to Lonely Planet, Family Travel Magazine and Travelmamas.com. FYI: If there’s a devoted Harry Potter fan at home, be sure to check out the extensive info on Potter-themed travels!
Have Baby Will Travel
Yes, babies and traveling can go together…and this online guide for travel with babies, toddlers, and small children proves it. Founder and mother of two Corinne McDermott is a passionate advocate of the value traveling can have for everyone in the family. Her site is a collection of travel advice, trip reports, and helpful tips, tricks, and resources for traveling with small children. (Psst…the particularly helpful “Flying with Baby” section even breaks down travel by airline!)
The Trekaroo blog is an offshoot of the Trekaroo website—an invaluable resource for discovering activities, hotels, and restaurants, booking accommodations and flights, and contributing to reviews and discussions. The blog is more of the same great content and can-do attitude: resort reviews, “off the beaten path” guides, museum suggestions, weekly digests, and much more!
The Vagabond Family
A brainchild of the Burns Family, this site is a resource for families who have forgone the traditional two car/one mortgage lifestyle in exchange for a travel-around-the-world-experience. Register your crew, update others on your family adventures, find support from others on the same “road.” There are finance tips, road schooling tips, and of course, tips on how to get started.
The Vacation Gals
Jennifer Miner, Kara Williams, and Beth Blair are three professional travel writers — and moms — who share their favorite destinations for family trips, girlfriend getaways and romantic escapes. They also discuss tried-and-true travel gear, the latest travel news and helpful travel tips. Their writing typically covers North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, but the sky is the limit for these awesome Vacation Gals—they take at least 45 trips a year! Whew.
Family Travel Magazine
From theme parks to European vacations, Family Travel Magazine has something for everyone. The goal is to help make travel more accessible to families—readers can find killer packaged deals at affordable prices. There are downloadable packing lists, the very latest on Disney destinations and of course, founder Jodi Grundig’s tips and tricks for heading off into the sunset with the whole family in tow.
Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli launched TravelswithBaby.com as a modest site with answers to many of the real questions parents ask when planning travel with babies and toddlers. Today, it has evolved into a full-fledged trusted voice among traveling parent. Shelly is the author of several award-winning travel guidebooks. Need a worldwide directory of baby gear rental agencies? Interested in Kauai’s best beach for babies and toddlers? Travels with Baby is the place to be!
Jet with Kids
Jet With Kids.com was created by Jet Seven, Inc., as an informative site for anyone flying with kids. From important documentation requirements to the best toys on planes and true hard facts about infant safety on planes, this site makes the friendly skies a little friendlier—it’s dedicated to making aviation travel an enjoyable and safe part of the trip for all involved.
The Educational Tourist
Natalie Tanner is a teacher by trade, so her travels always include learning somewhere along the way (she just can’t help herself!) Hit up her site for great ideas on making every trip an educational learning experience, pop by her online shop to purchase one of eight ebooks she’s written, or, if you want to leave the planning to a pro, engage her services by signing up for the new Concierge Travel.
This site is for mamas (and daddies and grandparents!) who need a break from their everyday lives, want to see the world, experience new cultures, and maybe even indulge in a spa treatment or margarita while away. Travel Mamas is a community of regular women and men who want to learn and share not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their families.
Wanderlust and Lipstick
Here you can find travel stories to whet your appetite for adventures around the globe; join a women-only or co-ed tour to Bhutan, India, Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea or Santa Fe; peruse posts from the ever expanding group of WanderBloggers; read travel tips from experienced globetrotters; and learn about recommended travel gear. Be sure to check out their guidebook Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids, for specific family travel info.
If your kids complain about a few hours on the road, hit up Currently Wandering for good behavior inspiration. This family of five has been on the road with just an airstream trailer (read: 188 sq feet) for almost a year and a half. Take a tour of their humble abode, check out the amazing pics from photog mama Jess and generally just be amazed at this family’s willingness to ditch the everyday madness for a long term adventure.
Hither and Tither
Hither & Thither is a lifestyle and travel blog written by Ashley Muir Bruhn and her husband, Aron Bruhn. Since its inception, the site has grown to feature design, food, style, New York, and everything in between. And, since welcoming their son into the world in 2011, the Bruhns have added parenthood and family to the scope of Hither and Tither. Follow this family as they learn the ins and outs of New York and traveling with a little one.
Started by Elizabeth Thorp, a writer and mom to three little divas, this site is a hip and upscale family travel resource. The Poshbrood team has researched, identified, visited, and vetted chic and luxurious family travel, gathering the best of the best in cruises, travel hotspots, and even pools and spas.
The Mother of All Trips
This blog is part travelogue, part memoir, part meditation on motherhood, with just a dash of how-to. The mother behind The Mother of All trips is Mara, who emphasizes the potential for learning and fun when it comes to traveling with kids. With each post on her family’s excursions, both big and small, and helpful advice gleaned from first hand experience, she “brings the world to your kids and your kids to the world.”
This site is dedicated to making family travel-planning easier, cheaper, and less stressful with in-depth reviews of kid-friendly accommodations, expert strategies for traveling with kids, insider city-guides and advice on where to find money-saving deals on family vacation packages. As if that weren’t enough, the site also has free printables like packing lists and car and travel games for kids and a Trip Planner tool that helps you create individual itinerary and travel journals.
Travel with Bender
This Australian family of four has visited over 40 countries—we can’t imagine what their passports must look like! The site is filled to the brim with awesome things to do with kids in exotic destinations such as Bulgaria, Bangkok and Israel, travel hacks for parents and how-to tips on getting the best hotel deals.
Adventures for Families
As a Family Travel Advisor, Suzette Mack’s specialty is creating memorable vacations for families with children of all ages. As a blogger, she offers readers her expertise (for example, travel insurance is a must when planning a family cruise) and personal experience (a la if she could do it all again, she’d buy the Paris Museum Pass).
Two Kids and a Map
This awesome site is Jennifer Close’s hilarious account of her family’s travels through the good, the bad and the ugly, down the street, across the country, and around the world. “Tips to Survive Sleeping in a Standard Hotel Room with a Family of Four” and “Justifying the Cost of a Disney Cruise” are just some of the posts that will leave you entertained and informed.
Considering themselves to be digital nomads, this family of five set out for a travel trip that lasted over five years and included three continents. Currently based in Hawaii, this site offers up incredible tales and inspiration for why saying goodbye the the suburban crunch was the best decision they ever made. Look for photography contests, traveling beauty tips, the best way to spot sea turtles and finance tips for funding a traveling family lifestyle.
How much time do you spend planning your vacation when you should really be enjoying it? FamiliesGo! takes the guesswork out of organizing family trips with one simple site run by a community of savvy travelers (who happen to be parents) who share their personal advice on everything from hotel accommodations to how to pack your suitcases.
Jet Set Family
Jet Set Mom Nicole Standley cut her teeth on luxury PR so when Jet Set Tot came along, it only seemed natural to bring her along for the ride. What started as an online diary of one families travels became a luxury travel/lifestyle with contributors with the same passion for quality travel with kids. We love the Invitation Only series—glam coverage of LA premieres and Hollywood glitz—it’s a insta-getaway without leaving home.
Travel Food Family
Adventurous families will love reading the chronicles of this family as they live one day at a time. Scour through their blog for stories from around the world, and pick up on tips like “Finding the Best Flights” or “Train Travel with Babies.” Follow this family as they discover more of the world one city at a time. Bonus, they take lovely pictures of their kids having fun and all the great food they eat.
Jetlag and Mayhem
This mom has been traveling and backpacking ever since she was in her teens. Now with two kids strapped to her side, she’s still insistent on making the world her oyster. From Europe to Asia, Jetlag and Mayhem guides to make your flying, planning and relaxing an easier process. Plus, if you’re looking for travel and kid-friendly gadgets, mom-blogger Nicola has a list of recommendations just for you.
The Family Adventure Project
If you had to pick between white-water rafting in Costa Rica and checking out the latest art exhibit in Paris and you chose the former, The Family Adventure Project is the travel blog for you. Filled with incredible ideas for kid-friendly adventures, at home and abroad, it’s kinda crazy how many cool options there are for families. From taking a road trip in Patagonia to a tree-top adventure in Wales, thrill-seekers will find plenty of inspiration here.
Did we miss your favorite travel blog? Let us know in the comment section below!
–Abigail Matsumoto & Gabby Cullen
Feature photo: Highways Agency via flickr creative commons