There’s nothing quite like a family vacation to recharge, reforge, and create precious shared memories. But how can you maximize the experience for everyone?
Follow these savvy travel bloggers for practical holiday inspiration, from weekend camping trips to international destination travel with kids of all ages. You’ll also find tips and advice on homeschooling and RV living!
Travel is not only a great way to inspire families to travel, but it can also be a tool for family bonding and building lifelong memories. For this reason, travel has played a key role in the lives of many couples and their children.
Twenty-eight-year-old Eli Solidum left university without a job and set off to see the world, eventually becoming a full-time traveler. Now, he’s able to rack up $100,000 worth of luxury travel each year, completely free.
He explains his modus operandi in this inspiring video, which also includes advice on how to get the most out of your travel. This video is sure to spark your wanderlust and help you plan your next trip!
Sofia Thomas, 5, and Abby Mae Bazzell, 6, are members of Team Tiny Feet participating in the Trailblazer Challenge in April to raise money for Make-A-Wish. They’ll be joining their grandmothers, aunt, and friends including Sofia’s mother and sister. The family’s team t-shirts will be political trailblazer shirts such as Malala Yousafzai and Dolores Huerta, feminist trailblazer shirts like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Susan B. Anthony, scientist trailblazer shirts such as Katherine Johnson and Rosalind Franklin, athlete trailblazer shirts like Amelia Earhart and Joan Benoit, artist trailblazer shirts like Frida Kahlo, and more.
The family is also passionate about sustainable travel and advocating for women in STEM fields. They encourage parents to take their kids to visit countries that are leaders in environmental conservation, wildlife protection, and regenerative tourism. “These destinations provide a richer, more immersive experience for all,” says Jauncey. He adds that his family tries to visit a new destination every year, with the ultimate goal of having a child who loves nature and global citizenship.
Around the World with Kids
This amazing family travel blog has a huge team that contributes great hacks and tips for North American and overseas travel. You’ll also find destination inspiration guides, tales of home-based travel adventures, and much more.
The Wheelans are on a nine-month journey around the world, a trip that mimics the length of a pregnancy. The blog offers great outdoor adventure activities for all ages, practical dining and accommodations tips, and helpful suggestions for packing for young kids and tweens.
They’re also the creators of two curriculum options, Beautiful Feet and Around the World in Picture Books. Both are literature-based and use a variety of great country-specific picture books to teach the children about the countries they visit. The teacher guide for Beautiful Feet is a pdf and covers 30 countries in one while the guide for Around the World in Picture Books is a physical book and splits into 2 guides covering different countries.
The Family Adventure Project
Caz and Craig Makepeace of Travel have made it their mission to inspire families to travel. Their blog is a curation of articles that include family-friendly travel ideas and advice, as well as tips and tricks.
UK The Times piece about the joys, trials, and frustrations of teaching kids while traveling.
This article from the Great Family Adventure TV series looks at some of the top places in the world to see incredible natural wonders and adventure experiences.
It’s never too late to go on a family adventure! Even if you don’t have the budget to take off abroad, there are still plenty of affordable options right here in the US. Try going on a nature hike together, camping in your backyard, or even climbing Helvellyn for the night! Just remember, the most important thing is to be prepared. Always have a backup of all your travel documents and let each member of the family carry a personal bag so you can keep an eye on their possessions.
The Mom Trotter
The Mom Trotter has been a family travel influencer since 2015 and shares insightful product reviews, recommendations, itineraries, and trip tips on YouTube. She also has a website where she shares additional travel resources and information.
The Mom Trotter focuses on inspiring and encouraging families to travel the world without breaking the bank. She is also the founder of Black Kids Do Travel, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity in travel and bridging the gap.
The Mom Trotter’s content revolves around her family of five traveling the country in their RV, a journey that began after they sold their home and transitioned into a nomadic lifestyle. They believe that traveling can strengthen a marriage, create a stronger family bond, and refocus family values. The Mom Trotter shares budget travel tips, insights into RV life, and more on her blog. She also shares a wide range of travel guides and recommendations for a variety of destinations worldwide.
Suitcases and Sippy Cups
Suitcases and Sippy Cups is the blog of a family of four who travels the world full-time. They offer tips and advice on traveling with kids, including destination guides, reviews of family-friendly accommodations and activities, as well as homeschooling while traveling and budget travel.
A trip with children requires meticulous planning, especially when it comes to packing. A few key items, such as diaper bags and spill-proof sippy cups, can save parents from a lot of headaches and frustration during the trip.
Jessica Bowers describes her family as “typical” – an American middle-class mom, dad, and four boys who live in a suburban house, drive a minivan to Little League games, and spend their free time exploring the world. Despite being so ordinary, they make the most of their travel experiences and inspire other families to follow their lead. From weekend camping trips to traveling internationally on a shoestring budget, their adventures are truly inspiring.