Family Travel Resources
The theme of my website is Take Your Kids Everywhere. I want to encourage you to take your kids to adventurous, cool, amazing places in the world. I want to inspire you to find a destination you’ve never been to, book plane tickets, book a cool hotel, plan the most amazing/educational activities and go. Obviously that requires money, and while I plan obsessively and travel hack to get plane tickets for free or as little as possible, and I try to choose less-expensive travel dates and destinations, I don’t focus my writing on how to make each trip work financially. Everyone has different budgets and access to different airports, and there’s no way to tailor this content to everyone.
I also don’t write about how to build social media followings, or how to become a travel writer/blogger. Writing about travel is far more interesting to me than writing about blogging. And I’m never going to be a budget or nomadic writer.
So if you’re looking for any of the above, fear not! I’ve got you covered. Here are my favorite resources:
Travel hacking refers to the process of using frequent flier miles, hotel rewards and other tricks to travel largely for free. It requires work, but it can open up the world to you and your kids. I wrote about how to make family travel affordable here, and one of my main tips is to play the frequent flier game. We couldn’t travel nearly as much as we do if we were paying for all of our tickets.
The best round-up of travel hacking sites that I’ve found is at TravelTheGlobe4Less. That list includes every site that I subscribe to (typically through newsletters or on my Facebook newsfeed), and is divided into regions. Play the game! Next time you find a cool destination, don’t do a quick airfare search and say “Oh well, it’s $1500 a ticket. I can’t afford that.” Ask yourself instead “how do I get there for free?”.
How to Build Your Instagram Following
Yahoo Travel asked me and several other travel writers how to be successful on Instagram. Check out our responses here. Every tip is excellent. Personally, when I look for accounts to follow, I’m looking for people who post great images once or twice a day, who always include place names, and who use their real names. (Put your name on your account! I like to know who I’m following. This goes for Twitter too.)
How to Start a Travel Blog
If you want to start a blog, go for it! But have a niche. Ask yourself what you’re doing that no one else is, and make that the focus of your blog. It’s hard to build up a large following if you’re the 3,000th person writing about traveling from hostel to hostel in Thailand.
Sabina at Girl vs Globe has an excellent guide on how to start a successful blog here. I like her list more than others because she leads you through the basics without telling you how to blog. You can figure that out for yourself. You don’t have to post three times a week. You don’t have to pay money for the Travel Blog Success program. You don’t have to have affiliate links. What works for others may not work for you. Blaze your own path.
Other Travel Blogs
I’m going to keep taking my kids to the coolest places I can find and writing about it. I’ll also be expanding my list of California Getaway ideas. If you’re looking for information on places we haven’t been, or destinations that fit into different budgets, there are a lot of excellent family travel resources out there – listed below. Most family-travel writers write about broad spectrums of travel, so it’s impossible to classify all of these websites based on exact niches. Any that skew overwhelmingly into one category I’ve included in that category. Otherwise there’s a general category at the end that includes a lot of my favorite sites, so don’t overlook those.
Atlanta: We are champions of exploring the great outdoors, seeking out hidden gems, and unearthing the goodness within reach of our home here in the Southeast. We believe in stepping out of the comforts of a regularly-scheduled life, and tuning into an extraordinary adventure – with the entire family in tow.
Florida: I travel the state of Florida, coast to coast, with 4 kids in tow. My emphasis is Florida Family Travel but I can also help people plan any sort of vacation in Tampa/ St.Petersburg/ Clearwater.
Seattle: A family of four with twin boys based in Seattle. We love travel for outdoor adventures, bakeries, coffee shops, animals and are trying to see where we can get to by electric car.
Boston: We are a family based in a suburb south of Boston. With a busy 2-career household we strive to celebrate every weekend by exploring near and far! There is always a celebration waiting somewhere within 1-2 hour drive from our home!
Slovenia: Specializes in funny travel with kids, family adventures and travel in Slovenia.
Vermont: Focusing on family travel and specializing in Vermont.
Virginia/DC: Family activities in Northern Virginia (metro DC area) and travel to nearby areas.
Midwest US: Off the beaten track travel with a focus on the Midwest, camping & RVing.
San Francisco: We focus mostly on family-friendly and activities and travels in the San Francisco Bay Area.
UK/ Europe: We are a family of 5 who take extensive trips around the UK where we are based and then weekends away throughout Europe (Italy, Denmark, France, Spain) and adventurous travel to everywhere from Cuba to Malaysia and Russia to the Cook Islands.
Georgia / Southeast US: Outdoor family travel adventures, especially in Georgia (US) and around the southeast. Includes camping, biking, and paddling gear & destinations.
Cincinnati: I’m the author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati. My website covers places to hike in the greater Cincinnati area.
Ireland: Exceptional advice for a magical Ireland vacation. The only website 100% devoted to family travel in Ireland.
If you’re looking for day and weekend trips in the New York/New Jersey area, check here. We highlight everything from kid-friendly Broadway show reviews to weekends in Northeast locations.
Europe: We are a US military family of five living in Germany. I do travel alone with my children. I offer travel tips, e.g. on European train travel.
Mexico/Latin America: We live in Mexico and spent a month in Belize. We love to travel and plan on seeing more of Latin America.
England and Europe for Italians: An Italian mom of three now living in the UK and traveling around Europe.
Nebraska: A teacher/mom exploring the places and people of Nebraska, both past and present.
France/Europe: We are an American family of four currently living in France. We specialize in traveling through Europe as well as cruising with kids. I’m currently working on an extensive guide for family travel in Nice, France and the French Riviera.
California: This Is My Happiness is a travel & lifestyle blog that focuses on slow family travel in California. Find the best of California day trips, cultural attractions, wine country, and outdoor travels here.
Living a rich experience without boundaries. We’ve been out and about for nearly 6 years now.
Family of 4 from NZ with two small kids travelling long term. Spent 18 months road tripping around North America.
My husband is a retired enlisted united states marine and we have been traveling full time in an RV with our family since 2013. We live a nomadic life in the US.
Erin has been travelling with her husband and two children since May 2012. It’s an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip discovering amazing places for families. They have stayed in hostels and 5 star luxury resorts, travelled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and cuddled tigers. Nothing is out of bounds or out of reach.
Traveling slow with the little ones in tow and letting the world be our teacher. We slow travel for up to half the year with the strong belief that travel is the best way to educate our children.
Budget travel doesn’t mean cheap, it means smart. We share destination and attraction reviews, suggested itineraries to make planning easy, tips to save on travel and stories from our own family adventures.
A family of four with 2 girls aged 7 and 10. We explore Europe and Australia. More on the budget end of travel.
Global Munchkins is a luxury family travel & lifestyle blog featuring the very best kid-friendly resorts and destinations uncovered by founder Amber, her husband, and their 5 munchkins. GM also provides families with helpful guides, plus tips & tricks to make vacation planning a breeze.
The JetSet Family is an award-winning travel + lifestyle blog designed to win the hearts of the most discriminating pint-sized travelers. Founded almost a decade ago, JetSetFam has expanded to feature a collection of the best trends in luxury travel, restaurants, style, events + first hand “do not miss” experiences, becoming a trusted source in the family travel and lifestyle communities both on and offline.
My emphasis is on luxury family travel but I can also help people plan any sort of holiday in San Diego.
Luxe Recess is for parents who like luxury hotels and resorts and for families whose family vacations focus on wellness, real food, design, or culture.
Luxury Travel Mom is an award winning lifestyle blog specializing in luxury and family travel. Kim-Marie Evans travels with her four children in tow (no nanny) to destinations as far flung as Mauritius and as accessible as Disney.
Pint Size Pilot (Survival Skills for Travel with Kids) is a luxury family travel blog dedicated to parents looking for unique and educational travel experiences.The site is designed to help readers plan a family holiday through useful destination guides, hotel and resort reviews, product recommendations and essential travel tips. Our family travel guides include Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.
A luxury family travel magazine style blog dedicated to the art of traveling well with children. The site includes family travel tips, must-see experiences, luxury resort reviews, global destination tips, and unique family-friendly restaurant recommendations written by Sarah Hirsch and her team of international writers who have mastered the art of traveling well with kids.
A focus on adventures and travel to try solo, with friends, family or on a date.
Along for the Trip is all about reviews, tips, hacks, and anything else that will make traveling as a family easier and more fun. We love taking our kids on awesome adventures and discovering the best family-friendly food, attractions, and accommodation in every place we visit.
We specialize in enriching family travel whether around the globe or around the block. Our blog and book, “Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids”, aim to make family travel fun and educational as well as to foster multiculturalism.
All Adventure. Mostly outside! Adventuring together from the backyard to points afar. Exploring the best gear to get you outside.
Founded by Victoria and Katja, globetotting aims to inspired and inform families who want to travel the world. Between us we’ve trekked in Nepal with toddlers, discovered the adventures of Christopher Columbus in Spain, climbed pyramids in Mexico, sailed the San Blas islands in Panama, celebrated the Indian festival of Holi and more.
Kids Unplugged is a vibrant family travel site whose goal is to discover fabulous destinations where families can unplug from their digital lives and truly connect to one another and the world around them through travel and adventure.
Family travel at home in Southern California and abroad with a 5 year old in tow. Focus on outdoor adventures, day trips, exotic world adventures and how you can do it too!
A collection of unique and meaningful adventures and activities that make families stronger and give something back.
I specialize in children under 12, solo traveling with kids, and adventure travel and hiking. Mostly getting outdoors whenever possible.
Family adventure travel, hiking, backpacking, skiing, paddling.
A directory of travel blogs.
The Wandering Wagars are Kevin and Christina, two working parents who believe that travel is not just a wonderful way to help their family grow, but also an unmatched educational tool to help their two young boys grow both culture and intellect.
We’re raising our 2 kids (ages 4 & 1) in a world of adventure. We love to travel, hike, enjoy the outdoors, and explore our city (Seattle, WA)! On our blog, we share tips and inspiration to equip families to get out and explore their world.
All of the Above!
Road tripping across America with two teens and learning how to embrace adventure at any age. I provide inspiration for travel, family, and self.
A Family Travel Blog, is a resource to inspire families to travel more. In addition to destination-specific coverage (lots of US, Mexico, and Africa), I cover Worldschooling (taking kids out of school to travel, making travel educational, medium- to long-term travel with kids).
I’m part of a family of 4, and write about our family travel adventures, as well as family travel news, reviews, and trip reports.
Family adventure and cultural travel.
Family travel site & podcast dedicated to long-term travel, short-term travel, slow travel, gap year travel and living abroad with kids. Nomadic since 2013, we share what we’ve learned while interviewing other inspired family travelers every week.
My website is for all families but especially for those with autism.
I focus on travel with teens, American road trips, camping, and state and national park adventures.
Focuses on lifestyle with traveling with a family to Paris, Amsterdam, Florida, NY, etc…
Travel.Learn.Evolve. We are a mixed culture family (Filipino/Spanish and South African/ Portuguese) with 2 kids. We are traveling the world, one country at a time, building memories with our kids along the way. We hope to inspire families to travel more and to help them with their travel needs.
We are a Canadian family with two young boys. We are on the hunt for family-friendly activities around the globe! Our blog is full of travel tips and destination information.
Carpe Travel works to inspire real families to explore their wanderlust – together. The site focuses on reaching value luxury travelers – real families seeking amazing experiences and are willing to pay a little more for it, but still expect exceptional value for the money spent. At Carpe Travel, “luxury” is defined as the experiences that combine enrichment, enjoyment and education while appreciating your surroundings – not the number of stars a hotel or destination boasts. The site focuses on family travel and wine-related get aways for couples within the United States, Mexico and Europe.
I’m a flight attendant mom giving tips for flying with kids. I also talk a bit about traveling with special needs, especially autism and SPD.
We specialize in family travel , couples, girlfriends getaways , travel tips and ways to save on travel
Family travel destinations and tips from a family who sold it all bought an RV and are traveling the U.S. full-time while focusing on deepening their family bond.
Food and Family travel writers traveling full-time with a tween daughter. Currently in Europe. Former fashion professionals from NYC. Regular contributors to Ytravelblog and HuffPost Travel.
Family travel and destination blog featuring tips and tricks to travel with young children.
We strive to help parents more easily plan vacations the whole family will enjoy with original, quality content on destinations, products and advice on traveling with kids of all ages.
A blog about family travel including restaurants, hotels, attractions and more. A place to get travel reviews, tips and information to plan your next vacation.
Specialties: 1) Budget Family Travel; 2) Long-Term Slow Travel; 3) Travel with Kids under 5 years old.
We are an online magazine style blog that offers tips and reviews to make traveling with family easier and more enjoyable.
If you believe that family travel shouldn’t be limited to theme parks and beach destinations, join us! We’re a Belgian family with three boys exploring the world’s most amazing destinations one trip at a time.
A blog that inspires parents to explore the world with their kids one trip at a time. We primarily cover destinations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe including theme parks and cruising.
A website with a mission to inspire, motivate, and help families travel with babies, toddlers, and young children. Featuring tips on great destinations, as well as packing lists and advice for flying with babies and toddlers at every age and stage.
We blog about traveling with hands-on learning.
We are an online magazine that caters to moms – we have a bunch of stories coming up including how to travel to Italy with your children and other destinations.
Inspireroo is a digital family travel and outdoor adventure magazine, published every 3 months online and downloadable as a PDF. Lots of inspiration for families to fill their spare time with once-in-a-lifetime travels to day-to-day nature activities they can do anywhere.
We are a family of 5 who loves to explore the world and share our travel tips and adventures. Based in Chicago, we cover popular travel destinations in North America and Europe.
I cover popular travel destinations North America and the Caribbean (including cruises and theme parks). The blog focuses on travel tips and reviews for parents with young children and limited vacation time.
A resource directory of books categorized by country with blog posts that include travel and book reviews.
We are a multicultural family of 7 with roots in Mexico, the US, China, and Ethiopia who incorporate education and cultural experiences into our travel. We learn about the world and diverse culture through travel, food, books, art, and projects.
Learning Escapes is a family travel blog about cultural travels with kids. We are an Irish-Italian family of four and our blog wants to inspire parents to travel with children and build great family memories. We specialise in city breaks in Europe, family travel tips and home swaps for young families.
A Texas family who moved to Asia and back, grabbing every chance we have to explore the globe with our three kids.
Family of 10-14 who have been traveling the US fulltime, for over 6 years, in an RV. We share our favorite family friendly destinations, money-saving ideas, travel trips, and all things big-family and RV-travel related.
Specializing in domestic and international family travel with a focus on education and outdoor adventure.
PointsandTravel writes adventure and culture articles for the older teens (age 15-18) and parents who want to get out and see the world. As a family, we generally stay together in a vacation villa, rental home or suite.
They love to travel with their 3 children and explore the latest exhibits and shows and share them with you here. Since Esti and her husband both started to keep kosher later in life, they also share kosher, dairy-free, recipes and food products here too.
Around since 2009, Road Trips for Families is an excellent resource for families interested in planning their next road trip. We feature destinations and “what to see” along the way.
Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between! is a travel/lifestyle blog that focuses on everything from the beach to the slopes – and all of those happy moments in the middle. We love sharing our travel tales & tips, the best restaurants in our neck of the woods and beyond, and products to make your life easier and have a passion for all things Disney.
I specialize in family travel with a special needs child.
We’re an American family living in and exploring Europe. Our focus is short family trips (3-5 days) with young kids (mine are 1, 3, and 5).
Stuffed Suitcase is packed full of tips for travel and life between trips. Aimed at encouraging families to make lasting memories together through travel, tech, and life at home.
Suitcases and Sippy Cups is the story of average family, living in the middle of the suburbs with a minivan and a typical middle-class income. We don’t have an unlimited budget or a travel agent on speed dial, but our stories prove that an ordinary family can have extraordinary travels.
Suitcases & Strollers is an online magazine that provides inspiration for intrepid travellers with young kids. Beyond the theme parks and child-centric resorts, Suitcases & Strollers has ideas about family holidays that are culturally and intellectually stimulating for adults who love to travel – that can still be done with children.
A modern mom’s guide to family travel sanity, from camping to luxe. Travel tips and destination advice for travelling with all ages from babies to teens – Canada, US, Europe.
A travel and lifestyle website from three moms of children ranging in age from 1 to 16, covering our adventures away and happiness at home: family travel, kid-free trips, local fun, healthy living, gear, clothing and more.
Specializing in part-time family travel while maintaining a full-time job and raising two kids (currently ages 6 and 2). Features U.S. travel, especially Midwest, as well as international destinations.
Family of four, weekend travels around the USA and Southern CA as a family with two full-time working parents outside the home and two active school-age kids. We focus on short trip itineraries to National Parks, cities around the world and we love islands. These are travels with a dash of outdoor adventures and quirky attractions.
We are a U.S. based family travel blog that believes that travel makes families stronger, smarter and happier. Large family or small, east coast or west, toddlers to teens – we’ve been there.
A site about travel destinations and tips for visiting all 50 states with your kids. We accomplished our goal last summer, a couple months before one of my children left for college.
We are Cam & Nicole Wears, a Canadian couple and newbie parents that choose to make travel a priority. It is possible to build a career and family AND travel the globe and follow your passions. Our blog is where we share our travel stories and helpful travel tips we learn while balancing travel, work and family.
Traveling in Heels is about women exploring the world. We are moms, grandmoms, wives, daughters, sisters, and friends, and we love to travel, writing about our own vacations — the destinations, cities, resorts and hotels that we’ve experienced firsthand.
Discover the world through travel and beyond with this travel and lifestyle site. Go here for tips on family travel and romantic getaways, printable packing lists, and a comprehensive baby travel gear rental directory, plus stories about home life.
We are a French family of 5, based in Rome. Our focus is part-time travel, with kids in age from 3 to teens. Our travel style, random display: art, culture, history, local food, train & boats, in and off the beaten paths with kids in tow.
Trekaroo is a community of traveling families sharing reviews and road tested guides for family-friendly destinations. Their iOS app makes it eays to assemble personalized guides that are easy to access on the go.
I focus on travel with babies, toddlers, and young kids with a special focus on the logistics of air travel with little ones and a decent-sized dose of Disney. We’re a family of four (kids ages 6 and 2) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We travel regularly on weekends and holidays around work and school schedules. We fund a lot of our travel through frequent flyer miles and points and careful planning.
A family travel podcast featuring weekly interviews with destination specialists and family travel experts with ideas for your next vacation and tips to get you out the door.
An American family of 4 with expert tips & amazing experiences about travel & lifestyle. Currently living as expats in Spain, with travels around Europe, as well as a year nomadic in Southeast Asia.
Walking on Travels is the site that gives hope to today’s active parent who doesn’t want to put their lives on hold when they have children. They want to learn how to take their kids along for the ride. We’ll show you how through food and activity reports, hotel reviews and destinations guides that prove you can continue doing the things you love even with kids.
At Waytostay’s blog you can find everything from comprehensive guides to top tips on all things travel. From Family Travel Guides to Packing Tips, we have everything for you to make your trip stress-free
Specializing in travel with tweens both domestically and internationally, providing the tips, reviews and sample itineraries to make family vacation planning easier.
The faith and family travel community. We exist to encourage your family to travel on purpose and on budget for education and a legacy of memories, building a generation of world changers.