Tell the world you’re about to head off and travel with your kids and you’ll often get one of two reactions.
The first? “Wow.”
The second? “Are you crazy?”
But as all travel-keen parents know, itchy feet don’t disappear because you have a kid or two (or more!) in tow.
At Babies Who Travel we’ve searched high and low to bring you 50 of The Best Family Travel Blogs on the planet that every parent should follow.
So if you want to travel with kids, you’ve come to the right place!
From experts at navigating airports with young children to families of boundary-pushing adventurers and global nomads, you’ll find loads of the best family travel tips, tricks and get up and go in our 50 top family travel blogs.
Are they inspiring?
We think so.
Are they crazy?
Either way, dust off your passport, and happy travels!
The 50 Best Family Travel Blogs Every Parent Should Follow (To Travel The World With Their Kids)
Why this made the list: Caz and Craig are a dynamic Aussie couple and travel addicts from way back. They’ve lived in five countries, and adventured across 52 – and counting!
The pair travel with their two daughters and emphasise that – kids or no kids – life doesn’t need to fit in a box.
Want to travel on a dime?
Make memories in a country you know nobody?
Or just create lifelong memories with your family?
This is the couple that helps over 310,000 visitors to their blog each month do just that.
“We caught the travel bug 16 years ago, and have been traveling on-and-off ever since. It’s our absolute passion to help others follow the same bliss.”
Website : https://ytravelblog.com
Twitter : @yTravelBlog
Most widely shared article : 14 Best Road Trips in Australia
Why this made the list: With two young kids, this Canadian couple decided to make travel a priority, even though their home base, Vancouver, is an inspirational home base.
With over 65 countries and territories under their belts in the last ten years, they’ve now exchanged their dusty backpacks for large wheelie suitcases to accommodate their family for four.
We recommend checking out their post with tips on how to balance work, family and travel – good sensible advice for those who sometimes feel travel with kids is all too hard.
“We go to work every day, like most people, but we choose not to sacrifice travel for work, and vice versa.”
Website : http://travelingcanucks.com
Twitter : @travelcanucks
Most widely shared article : The colourful streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Family On Bikes
Why this made the list: A family of four spends three years traveling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina – on bicycles!
Oh yes, and the kids were in third grade. Need we say more?
The Vogel family’s epic adventure is inspiration for everyone who’s ever wondered what’s possible with children in tow.
Check out the website for pics, inspiration for families and tips on cycling with kids.
“We believe everyone can (and should) pursue their passion and follow their dream – wherever it may lead.”
Website : http://familyonbikes.org/
Twitter : @familyonbikes
Most widely shared article : On Travel and that Socialization thing
It’s a lovely life
Why this made the list: This travel blog has grown with Heather’s family – it started out focusing on spots within driving distance of their California base.
Now, as the children grow (she has two teens and a five year old), the clan is jaunting further afield and are currently travelling 100 days a year to round out the family wish list.
Also interesting – this family of vegetarian and vegan travellers don’t do things on a budget: “We want wonderful experiences and are willing to pay for it,” writes Heather.
“Family is everything and life is meant for adventures!”
Website : http://itsalovelylife.com/
Twitter : @itisalovelylife
Most widely shared article : 10 Things You Need To Know Before Going Vegan
Why this made the list: The fact that there’s not just one, but many Traveling Moms posting here means this family travel blog is packed with tips, tricks and destinations from experienced travellers and writers.
Editor-in-Chief Cindy’s children (now teens) have travelled with her since they were preschoolers, while other ‘traveling moms’ focus on everything from cultural heritage to national parks and getting a bargain on the road.
Website : https://www.travelingmom.com/
Twitter : @travelingmoms
Most widely shared article : 13 Things I Bet you Didn’t Know Are Free At Walt Disney World
PSSST. How are those itchy feet going? Ready to book your next family holiday yet? This will help.
World Travel Family
Why this made the list: With 2.5 years of non stop travel under their belts already, this family of global nomads was originally from the UK before they emigrated to Australia’s beautiful Port Douglas in 2007.
However, itchy feet reigned and the family set off in 2013 for an epic roadtrip that covered Malaysia, Thailand, Loa, Sri Lanka, England and Wales – and that’s even before their feet hit the ground in North America.
As well as blog posts about their adventures, families heading off to travel for an extended period can read about how this family has homeschooled on the road (it’s going well and they’ve no plans to stop any of the above while there are mountains to climb, cultures to explore and great food to enjoy).
“A lot of people find the idea of setting out into the world with a backpack a little scary. Add children to the picture and it can look impossible. We know it’s not”
Website : http://worldtravelfamily.com/
Twitter : @worldtravelfam
Most widely shared article : Traveling in India, Our Favourite Country to Travel.
Travel Savvy Mom
Why this made the list: Jamie’s approach – to see and laugh about the funny side of travel can’t be faulted.
She’s right – there IS one (and if you don’t see it, you will after the fact, we promise.)
With tips for family travel on everything from ‘dude ranches’ to llama trekking, there’s plenty of good fodder for humour in this entry to our best family travel blogs list, but it’s not all a laugh a minute: we find Jamie’s entertaining posts great to read, with loads of great family travel tips woven in.
As you’d expect – this mum has been to 4 continents, 20 states and 22 countries with her kids.
“I see and blog about the funny side of family travel. Yes, there is one.”
Website : http://www.travelsavvymom.com/
Twitter : @TravelSavvyMom
Most widely shared article : Best audio books for family road trips
Why this made the list: Camping and cruising, roadtrips and Redwoods, Seattle-based mum Kim’s beautifully laid out site, Stuffed Suitcase makes for great reading.
Between the (mostly US) destination posts are some solid family travel tips on the practicalities of travel with kids – including on how to pack the car on that all important roadtrip.
For a sneak peek into Kim’s life back home with her husband and two daughters, explore her “life between trips” section.
“We’re not a family who dreads packing or planning for trips. I actually start to get an itch if I don’t have a trip on my books to research, plan, and book.”
Website : http://stuffedsuitcase.com/
Twitter : @StuffedSuitcase
Most widely shared article : 5 Organization Tips for Road Trips
(She’s right – that travel itch really does need to be scratched regularly! Perhaps it’s time to book your next trip? We know just the place.)
Why this made the list: With the goal of keeping kids creative, curious and connected to the world around them, Edventures writers share tips and activities that are equally good at home as on the road.
Although the ‘formal’ travel posts here are on Kansas City, where founder Jacquie (an outdoor enthusiast) is based, parents will find posts like the one on nature activities for kids, and ‘what to do over the winter break” will help you bring a holiday feeling to the everyday.
“I’ve realized that when kids don’t just read about things, but also get to experience them and discuss them with others, they learn so much more!”
Website : http://www.kcedventures.com
Twitter : @KCEdventures
Most widely shared article : 40 Free Printable Road Trip Activities for Kids
Soul Travelers 3
Why this made the list: With blog posts on their family travels going back years, the long list of countries in the left sidebar of this huge website shows just how far and wide this family of three has travelled.
The blog posts may be less frequent now, but the archives are full, and the family is very active on twitter, as well as YouTube, where teen Mozart and long time musician (she travelled with her parents for 8 years to 47 countries and started playing the violin before she was 2) now showcases her singing and songwriting skills.
Back on the website, check the family’s books list for recommended travel reads as well as books to help new destinations come alive for your children.
“[Our daughter] has been raised bilingual from birth, which has been no easy feat because her father is not a native speaker.”
Website : http://www.soultravelers3.com/
Twitter : @soultravelers3
Most widely shared article : The Top 10 Reasons to Travel with Kids
Why this made the list: As wonderful as travel with kids is, there’s no doubt that sometimes, it’s easier to stay home.
But since mum Margalit decided travel was the key to helping her autistic son, she hasn’t looked back.
What’s more, she’s documented it all in what we believe is one of the best family travel blogs to follow if you have special needs kids, as she shares what she’s learned from visiting over 30 US states and 60 countries.
This site is practical, comprehensive and inspiring and should be a go to resource for those with special needs kids.
“[My son] was in front of me, tears in his eyes, stressing over his test the next day. He stated meekly, “How can I memorize this, mom—do you have a mnemonic?” I looked at him and thought, “He needs to imagine these places; he needs to see, touch, smell, hear, and even taste these places. That’s the only way to make them real, that’s the only way to make him understand this material.”
Website : http://autisticglobetrotting.com/
Twitter : @autiglobetrot
Most widely shared article : Why Traveling with Autism is Beneficial for Families
(60 countries! Okay, life is NOT a race, but it does make you realise how much of the world there is to explore – perhaps it’s time to book your next trip?)
Global Mouse Travels
Why this made the list: We’re not sure what really qualifies as ‘large’ families in this day and age, but regardless, it’s always impressive to find a family heading out with more than a couple of kids in tow.
World explorer Nichola has three, and they’ve gone everywhere from North Korea to the Cook Islands.
Home is the UK, so expect plenty of Europe travel posts on this jam -packed blog – look out, you could end up here for hours!
“We really don’t like being tourists and love to search out the unusual.”
Website : http://www.globalmousetravels.com/
Twitter : @globalmouse1
Most widely shared article : 50 places around the world to take your kids before they grow up
Why this made the list: For over twelve years, Marina and her family have been living as expats in Central America (Costa Rica and Guatemala).
In their spare time, the family of four has travelled through a good slice of this fascinating continent, including Belize, Cuba and more.
Marina shares plenty of tips on her family travel blog, but she also works as a travel consultant, helping families, honeymooners and groups visiting Central America plan the trip of a lifetime.
“The best part about being an Expat is the fact that you always have an excuse to travel!”
Website : http://travelexperta.com/
Twitter : @MarinaVillatoro
Most widely shared article : Europe, Kids and a Car – Find Out Why This is the Perfect Family Travel Combination
Raising Dick and Jane
Why this made the list: If you’ve ever wished your travels had a bit more, well, “verve” you’ll love retro mum Mary’s site – particularly her travels through America in her 1950 sea foam green Bel Air, where she seeks out the quirkiest retro roadside attractions.
Part travel blog, part lifestyle blog, expect a strong dash of travel served with a slice of fashion, home design and food – a lovely family travel blog to follow.
In fact, it’s the perfect retro recipe!
“I really have fallen in love with the vintage lifestyle as a whole – the clothes, the home decor styles, the wanderlust, the food (well, maybe not the food).”
Website : http://raisingdickandjane.com/
Twitter : @RaisingDickJane
Most widely shared article : How To Summer Vacation Like It’s 1950-When It’s 2015
Mother of all trips
Why this made the list: Mara’s approach – to bring the world to your kids and your kids to the world – has won her a loyal following since she began Mother Of All Trips in 2004.
Part travelogue, part memoir, part “meditation on motherhood” Mara throws in a spot of how to in her quest to entertain and inspire other parents to travel with children.
She’s also a keen skier – so has lots of good tips on skiing with kids.
“I don’t know when or where I got bit by the travel bug – perhaps it was in Italy when I was nine? In France when I was nineteen? Or India when I was twenty nine? But having children has done nothing to cure me of it.”
Website : http://www.motherofalltrips.com/
Twitter : @motherofalltrip
Most widely shared article : Taking Kids Out of School For Family Travel
Ski trip? That sounds good! Or, like Mara, maybe France or Italy? (Seems both worked out for her!). Where to go? Maybe it’s time to get your ‘next holiday’ booking boots on!
Travel blogger Colleen’s writing hasn’t just led her around the world – it’s led her to the White House. (She was invited their a summit there on studying around, but even better – returned later for a tour of the Oval Office).
An American who has also spent time living in France, Colleen now lives in Arizona with her husband, two children and two dogs. Although she founded the site, today Colleen is just one of a team of Travel Mamas on this jam-packed family travel blog, which aims to help parents and children connect with each other and the world around them through travel and beyond.
Fun fact: The site has lots of tips on US theme parks, including Disney.
“My greatest passions in life are travel, parenting, writing, teaching, and hotel pools (not necessarily in that order).”
Website : www.travelmamas.com
Twitter : @TravelMamas
Most widely shared article : 4 Family Travel Packing Dilemmas Solved
Jet Set Life
Why this made the list: Because sometimes, okay, often – all of us dream of being ‘location independent’, or even just being fit, healthy and jaunting about the world.
This couple doesn’t just talk about how they’ve done it – they show others how to do the same.
Rob and Kim’s website is less about armchair travel or family travel than it is about changing your life to earn money wherever you’re based from (and yes, even though she’s not a key feature on the site – they have a young toddler along for the ride).
So if you feel like you need a push to change your life before you become one of those families who travel with kids seemingly non stop – check these guys out!
“Our motto is “Excuses are Over. It’s Time to Live!“
Website : http://JetSetLife.tv
Twitter : @jetsetlife
Most widely shared article : 3 Weeks, 2 Carry-Ons And 1 Baby
Australian travel blogger and travel addict Sharon has visited a whopping 90 countries, many of them with her husband and two young children in tow (a third is on the way in 2016).
She recently spent 13mths in Asia and Europe with her young family and her family travel blog is packed with tips, guides and inspiration to get families travelling.
We love this site and chose it as one of our best family travel blogs because it’s comprehensive, practical and can keep you hooked for hours!
“No matter where in the world we go, our kids are an incredible entry point to the local culture.”
Website : http://www.wheressharon.com/
Twitter : @wheressharon
Most widely shared article : Bali with Kids: Complete Guide for a Bali Family Holiday
Despite openly admitting she’d love nothing better than to call her RV home, Jody’s home base is America’s Midwest (Iowa, to be precise).
A fan of travel with children, Jody is also proud to say her kids have never visited Disney – instead, her family’s travels usually involve driving, hiking and campfires, all part of Jody’s quest to help her kids grow up as free-thinking individuals who “see obstacles as opportunity”.
Jody’s also a big lover of Ireland, where she visits at least once every year.
“My family has been rambling since the girls were infants and in these years of travel we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great family trip [including] how to spend days in a car without going crazy!”
Website : http://familyrambling.com
Twitter : @Jody Halsted
Most widely shared article : Do You Need Travel Insurance for Your Family Vacation
Have Baby Will Travel
Why this made the list: Like Babies Who Travel founder Sue, Corinne (the mum behind Have Baby Will Travel) started the site when she was frustrated by the ‘scattered’ information on baby travel. She succeeded: this site is packed with useful information for those heading off with young kids.
By all accounts, Corinne doesn’t pause for breath – the Canadian blogger, magazine writer, editor in chief of The Movie Network and mum of two is also an independent travel consultant.
“A lot of people thought we were nuts for taking the baby on vacation, but it was such a wonderful experience that I wanted to make it easier for other families as well.”
Website : havebabywilltravel.com
Twitter : @hvbabywilltrvl
Most widely shared article : Travel Stories: Lessons Learned from Camping with Baby
Wow, you’re still reading and you HAVEN’T stopped to book your next trip? Great willpower! (If you change your mind, this link will sort you out.)
Why this made the list: Because we applaud anyone who says travel can be both educational and fun!
Mum of four from Washington DC in the US, Erin, aims for site visitors to take away more from their next vacation than “a bag full of shells and shoes full of sand”. Although, she’s able to give tips on that too!
Some great practical posts among the posts on (mostly) US destinations – look for best road trip games or how to teach your kids to be better photographers. Fabulous!
“I’m an early-riser (4:45 am on weekdays), a runner (two marathons completed)” [wow! From Sue At Babies Who Travel]
Website : http://kidventurous.com/
Twitter : @kidventurous
Most widely shared article :
Why this made the list: With the motto of ‘exit rate race, enter adventure’ this family of five are now global nomads.
The couple dropped out of the traditional nine to five over seven years ago, heading across the world with their three sons after simplifying their life, or in their words “selling our crap”.
First stop was Central America, then, Southeast Asia.
The family ‘travel school’ their kids, and have some great blog posts on this as well as plenty of tips for aspiring digital nomads on this inspiring family travel blog.
“Traveling and living with kids in exotic locations, homeschooling our boys, and working as digital nomads has taught us many useful life lessons….It’s a heck of a lot more exciting than the suburban rat trap.”
Website : http://www.bohemiantravelers.com
Twitter : @TravelBohemian
Most widely shared article : 5 best beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii
(Hmm…Central America, Southeast Asia, Hawaii…they sound pretty good. Maybe worth booking your next trip?)
Why this made the list: While it’s more a lifestyle blog than a straight travel blog, there are a few things we really love about this site.
First, under the ‘travel’ category are plenty of family travel tips for the Boston/New England neck of the US – handy for those travelling locally.
Second, we also loved the ‘Edit your life” category – handy tips for those parents keen to get rid of some life/emotional baggage and just live a better life.
No surprise when we find out who is behind the site: neuroscientist turned multimedia creative, Christine, also cowrote a book, “Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less.”
“I’m passionate about the various dimensions of healthy living –nutrition,fitness, mental health.”
Website : http://www.bostonmamas.com
Twitter : @bostonmamas
Most widely shared article : Traveling With Kids: Brattleboro, VT
Ireland Family Vacations
Why this made the list: When searching for the best family travel blogs to follow we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the destination specialists – particularly those who know exactly what families will love.
On this site, Jody from Family Rambling shares her love of the land of the leprechaun via travel tales, podcasts and plenty of family travel tips.
“Even if you’re beyond the age when you’re “supposed” to believe in faeries, the moment you step foot in Ireland a feeling of possibility washes over you.”
Website : http://irelandfamilyvacations.com
Twitter : @IrelandFamTrvl
Most widely shared article : Ireland Travel Question: Which Side of Ireland for a First Vacation?
Chic Family Travels
Why this made the list: Who doesn’t love a luxury experience?
But Mum of 3 Tamala has made it an art with this luxury family travel blog.
The North-America centric site has beautiful destinations in the US and Caribbean for those who have a few more dollars at their disposal.
“Hubby and I are just two big kids, who love our children more than anything in life.”
Website : http://www.chicfamilytravels.com
Twitter : @ChicFamTravels
Most widely shared article : Fun Things To Do In New York City That You Haven’t Heard About
(We know: Luxury. Budget. Who cares? You just need a holiday, right? Perhaps it’s time to book your next one now.)
The Traveling Praters
Why this made the list: When Tonya started The Traveling Praters, she never intended others to read it.
But the chronicles of living for 18 months in a 31-foot motor home with her husband, three homeschooled teenagers and a rescued puppy caught on with readers.
Seven years later, the blog is still going strong as Tonya prepares for life as an empty nester she’s getting ready for even more roadtrips.
Readers who travel with older children will appreciate her post on travel with teens – great tips for those with teen explorers.
“As my husband AND I adjust to life as empty nesters WE have big travel plans, which include a New England road trip so we can say we’ve visited 49 of the 50 states (Hawaii will have to wait), a trip to Mexico to visit our kids, and we’re gearing up for a 300-mile bike ride from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. I hope it doesn’t kill me.”
Website : http://www.thetravelingpraters.com/
Twitter : @travelermom
Most widely shared article : Downtown Wooster: a City Full of Surprises
Why this made the list: Mum of three Debbie also co-founded and co-managed Passports with Purpose, an annual bloggers fundraiser that’s already raised over $200,000 to help kids across the world.
Back on Delicious Baby, we love the travel tips section, with posts on things like how to baby proof a hotel room, and on preparing kids for travel, while blog posts and city guides are good for US travellers.
Debbie also recently launched a free app called TripDoc that helps families keep track of their travel wish list.
“If you’re like me, you’re always dreaming of the next trip.”
Website : www.deliciousbaby.com
Twitter : @deliciousbaby
Most widely shared article : Ten Tips for Keeping a Toddler Busy on a Plane
(Where have YOU been dreaming of traveling next? A Hawaiian beach? A gorgeous European city? Perhaps it’s time to turn the dream into reality, here.)
Why this made the list: Heather aims to live a “no regrets” life, so with her husband and two kids, spent a year travelling the globe.
“We aren’t rich. We can’t afford to do this,” she says.
But equally: “We couldn’t afford not to.”
The journey through six continents and 20 countries is all here on her family travel blog, as well as more recent posts on everywhere from Ireland to Miami.
“We imagined having more time to do nothing (and everything) together. We hoped that one day we’d make it happen. And then one day we decided to do it.”
Website : globetrottingmama.com
Twitter : @greenwooddavis
Most widely shared article : Road Trip: Backseat Chronicles By The GlobeBros
Why this made the list: Now the mum of two teenage boys, Michelle and her husband relocated to the US from Dublin, Ireland, back in 1995.
They’ve since backpacked the world for a year (visiting 26 countries on four continents) and managed to squeeze extensive travel into life fulltime work live.
An adventurer at heart, Michelle now takes her kids hiking in South America, scuba diving in Vietnam or trekking in Kyrgyzstan. In this entry in our best family travel blogs, we particularly like the easy to use snapshot on the homepage (simply click the country you’re interested in for a bunch of posts or her one page travel guide – perfect for time poor parents!).
“I am a technology geek at heart, and when I’m not working my day job at Google, I’m traveling.”
Website : http://wandermom.com/
Twitter : @wandermom
Most widely shared article :
Road Trips for Families
Why this made the list: There’s nothing better than a good road trip.
And if you’re about to do some family travel in the USA, this blog is packed with them.
Written by various family travel bloggers, there are trips on everywhere from the redwoods in California to enjoying a family-friendly Mardi Gras in Louisiana.
“Every chance we get, we load up and find somewhere to go.”
Website : http://www.roadtripsforfamilies.com/
Twitter : @roadtripseditor
Most widely shared article : Family Fun And Adventure In Auckland, New Zealand
Wander Mum (UK)
Why this made the list: The UK based mum of one (a second is on the way) is a former adrenaline junkie.
Bungee jumping, sky diving, tubing and trekking were all part of her regular travels, before her first child was born.
Now, the adventures are somewhat tamer but still involve as many far-flung locations as the journalist can squeeze in.
On this site, great for those with young kids, Elizabeth also writes about the personal story that has helped shape her family’s ‘live for the moment’ approach; her husband’s life threatening illness.
“There is nothing like having a brush with a life threatening illness to make you look at life differently…We believe in making the most of everyday and helping Mrs T to get the most out of her life and experience as much of it as possible. Also, we want to prove wrong those who said our lifestyle would have to completely change now we have children.”
Website : www.wandermum.co.uk/
Twitter : @Wander_mum
Most widely shared article :
My Travel Monkey
Why this made the list: Ting from My Travel Monkey is the first to admit her life was moving along ‘textbook’ style: “I went to school, then university, travelled for a few years, got a job in publishing…” and so it goes.
But then, she realised the travel bug wasn’t going away.
The blog, started to record Ting’s trips with her son “Monkey” now covers the UK based blogger’s family adventures at home and abroad.
Plenty of good posts on London, the UK, Europe and Asia, just for starters.
“The more I see, the more I want to see.”
Website : http://www.my-travelmonkey.com/
Twitter : @my_travelmonkey
Most widely shared article : 9 Comments On Urban Monkey Guide: Top things To Do This Summer With The Kids Part One (2015)
1dad 1kid 1 crazy adventure
Why this made the list: A single dad traveling the world with his teen son? Fabulous!
This family of global nomads has been on the road for years, and the website (mostly by dad, Talon) is honest and inspirational in equal measure.
The single parent, scuba instructor, former hospice chaplain and yes, Zen monk, has been travelling with his now teenager (Tigger), since Tigger was 9.
“After years of working in intensive care, trauma and with the dying, my family and life motto became Vivez sans regrets! (Live without regrets!)”
Website : http://1dad1kid.com/
Twitter : @1Dad1Kid
Most widely shared article : Well, we’ve found home
(So, where’s your own next crazy adventure going to be? Time to get started – make some plans here.)
Why this made the list: “Can you really keep travelling with a child in tow?” Cathy from Mummy Travels was keen to see – so she set out aiming to travel as much as possible with her baby girl (now a toddler).
Some great travel with kids checklists in there, particularly for those travelling with young kids – check out her post on essential toddler travel toys, very useful!
“I’m a 30-something travel-obsessed writer who’s never knowingly underpacked.”
Website : www.mummytravels.com
Twitter : @Mummytravels
Most widely shared article : 30 Things To Do In Devon With Kids
Hither and Thither
Why this made the list: Well first, this has to be one of the most visually gorgeous blogs we’ve stumbled across.
An airy design and big beautiful images make for a sense of “ahhh”.
Travel isn’t the sole focus of this site, founder Ashley also talks lifestyle, home and design from her Northern California base, but it’s so gorgeous you just want to snuggle up in an armchair and browse.
(Travel posts are mostly US based and not all are family specific, but trust us, you’ll enjoy this site so we wanted to make sure it made our list of best family travel blogs to follow!)
“Searching for flight bargains? “A little flexibility at the onset will yield the best results.”
Website : http://hitherandthither.net/
Twitter : @ASHLEYMUIRBRUHN
Most widely shared article : Through Hiking The Appalachian Trail
Why this made the list: For everyone who has ever thought, “I wonder if I really could take my kids on the road long term” this site answers with a loud “Yes!”.
Single mum Lainie and son Miro are taking on his global education through their nomadic, ongoing life on the road.
The blog shares not just their adventures, but issues like unschooling, world schooling, slow travel, volunteering and living in the moment.
Tip: Start on their ‘about’ page – you’ll learn lots about this inspiring traveling duo.
“We are blessed to be accidental unschoolers.”
Website : http://www.raisingmiro.com/
Twitter : @ilainie
Most widely shared article : How one family found their “Worldschooling Groove”.
Why this made the list: In an interweb packed with female-run travel blogs (hey, nothing wrong with that, but variety is nice too) it’s nice to give the guys a look in on occasion.
Not that Eric from Travel Babbo is on the sidelines, especially in terms of our list of best family travel blogs – he’s an uber keen traveller from way back who says like travel got even more fun once he had his wife and kids along for the ride.
Two of his kids hit Europe before their first birthdays and once they clock their fourth birthday, all three get to choose any destination in the world they want to travel to just with their dad that year.
This alone is enough to make us instant fans!
“There are a lot of ways to travel with kids – the most important thing is just doing it. Book a trip and go.”
Website : http://travel.com/
Twitter : @TravelBabbo
Most widely shared article : Ten Incredible Places To Visit In India
(Hey, he said it – we just happen to agree! Book a trip and go!)
2 Travel Dads
Why this made the list: With their two young sons in tow, Chris and Rob are keen to experience the world as an LGBT family and share their adventures with the world.
The Seattle-based couple mostly post about holiday spots in their (beautiful) corner of the USA, and hikes, waterfalls and outdoor adventure feature strongly in their travel with kids tales.
“We will deal with a scary room in a pinch. We will camp in odd places. We’re not afraid of taking our kids on adventures.”
Website : http://2traveldads.com/
Twitter : @2TravelDads
Most widely shared article : The Olympic Peninsula: almost paradise in the PNW
Selim Family Raasta
Why this made the list: This family of four is a self described ‘medley’ of Bengali, Punjabi and Yorkshire backgrounds, and parents Samiya and Ashique made sure the travels didn’t stop once the kids came along.
Their kids started traveling at 8 weeks old (if you don’t count their son’s birdwatching trip at 7 days young!) and together the four have travelled to more than 19 countries as a family.
While they are northern hemisphere based, a big trip to Australia and New Zealand features heavily on the site.
“We try to eat local, fly less, do car/train travel whenever possible and tread lightly on all the beautiful natural places we visit.”
Website : http://selimsraasta.com
Twitter : @rassta2014
Most widely shared article : Review of Te Puia, Rotorua – largest geyser in southern hemisphere and learning about Maori culture
Why this made the list: First, we love how this site looks.
Gorgeous generously sized pics make browsing the site a pleasure – reason enough to make sure it made our list of best family travel blogs.
But dig deeper and you’ll find some of the Wagar family’s global jaunts to places like Canada, Chile, Colombia and plenty of countries that DON”T begin with the letter C.
Don’t miss the tips and advice section – we personally enjoyed the post on helping kids find nap time on the road. So important!
(We also liked the pics of crashed out kids – inspiring for the mum of a toddler – Sue from Babies Who Travel – who is writing this post!)
“We believe travel is not just a wonderful way to help our family grow, but also an unmatched educational tool to help our two young boys grow both culture and intellect.”
Website : http://www.wanderingwagars.com/
Twitter : @wanderingwagars
Most widely shared article : Iceland With Kids – An Incredible Adventure
Walking on Travels
Why this made the list: Travel. Food. Culture. Adventure. Families. What more could a travel-keen parent want?
Keryn from Walking on Travels has put together a lovely mixed bag of blog posts on everything from jet lag tips and breastfeeding on the go to destination tips on London, Seattle and Kauai in Hawaii.
She’s also keen on helping families find great travel deals, and, as part of that – plan a trip from the saving money stage to the documenting the memories on your return.
“I’d rather be on a 10 hour flight with my boys than grocery shopping with them any day.”
Website : Walking On Travels
Twitter : @walkingontravel
Most widely shared article : How to build a sleeping tent on a plane
(Couldn’t agree more about the grocery shopping. Ditch it – plan your next trip here instead!)
Kids on a Plane
Why this made the list: Like the Aussies, Canadians love to travel, and Cheryl’s Toronto-based family of four is no different.
Their main travel focus is exploring North America and the Caribbean, in keeping with her plan to not do flights over five hours while her children are still young (aged 6 and 3 at our last count).
While they’re not just showcasing Canada, it’s a great site for those traveling here – lots of family travel tips.
“I want to show my children that there’s more to life than just toys and TV shows.”
Website : http://www.kidsonaplane.com/
Twitter : @KidsOnAPlane
Most widely shared article : Pressed Pennies: The Cheapest Souvenir at Disney
The Deal Mommy
Why this made the list: The real life mother of two ‘tweens’ is also a travel addict.
But once kids came along, she struggled to balance travel and ‘real life’.
The solution? The Deal Mommy – a site helping travellers get ‘the best for less’.
Note: the site isn’t all travel based tips, there are a heavy dose of ‘life’ tips in there too (but hey, who can’t use more of those?) Still, in the travel corner, we particularly enjoyed a post from the archives on whether all- inclusive resorts are a good deal (spoiler – she says no!).
“I go out of my way not to move once we’re set up in a location. This means I plan activities based on what’s a do-able daytrip from our home base, and I plan our home base based on what we want to do.”
Website : https://saverocity.com/thedealmommy/
Twitter : @TheDealMommy
Most widely shared article : Is Hong Kong Disneyland Worth it? Yes! 14 Tips to Make the Most of Your Visit
(Speaking of deals – maybe you’ll snag one for your next trip here?)
Why this made the list: Created by a mum as a family nature club, Kids Unplugged’s initial goal was to provide tips to give children (and their parents) a break from screen time by enjoying the natural world – and each other.
When her kids grew older, the site expanded, and today, Gina – a mum of three girls – shares tips and tricks for fabulous, off-the-grid travel destinations families will love.
“As a mother, I quickly became aware of the amount of time children spend connected to some form of technology from a very young age–my own included. …I knew some kind of balance was necessary.”
Website : http://kidsunplugged.org
Twitter : @KidsUnplugged
Most widely shared article : 7 Steps to Planning the Perfect Family Road Trip
Trips with tykes
Why this made the list: Mum of two Leslie is a laywer by trade, a training that’s paid off for readers of her blog.
Her eye for detail and love of a list pays off for readers of Trips with Tkyes, where her posts on the logistics of travel with young kids make easy reading.
A self confessed ‘miles and points addict’ Leslie also shares tips on how to make your frequent flyer points add up.
Ooh – before we forget –are you heading to Disneyland with a baby? Don’t miss Leslie’s post on how to get the most out of your Disney day.
“After surviving our first trip or two with an infant, we realized that we could do it. So, we simply kept doing it.”
Website : http://tripswithtykes.com/
Twitter : @TripsWithTykes
Most widely shared article : Top New Products for Travel with Kids in 2015
Why this made the list: A keen traveller and cruise lover, this Florida-based mum often jets off on trips muiltiple times a month (often with her tween-aged daughter in tow).
A particularly good site for those interested in US-based cruises, as Stefanie covers many of the major cruise lines on the site.
Fun fact? Her husband is also a popular blogger in his own right – find him @Rick_OntheRocks or rickontherocks.com
“Cruising is a really awesome way to travel. If you haven’t tried it, you have no idea what you’re missing!”
Website : http://www.mommymusings.com/
Twitter : @MommyMusings
Most widely shared article : Cruise Food That Will Change Your Life
Travel With Bender
Why this made the list: With 65+ countries under their belts, this wildly popular site showcases the travels of Aussie’s Erin and Josh who left Perth, Australia in 2012 with their two young kids and haven’t stopped yet!
The site is packed with destination info from their travels spanning South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America and frankly – enough destinations to make even the keenest family traveller’s head spin.
They’re also great on ‘travel hacks’ – pro tips to help others travel better and for longer.
“Contrary to the most common question we get asked – no, we have not won lotto. We are just an ordinary Australian couple who use our laptops, internet connection and a bit of creativity to keep working on the road wherever we go.”
Website : http://travelwithbender.com/
Twitter : @TravelwitBender
Most widely shared article : Bali With Kids: Top 51 Things To Do
(Bali…Who can resist? If you’re ready to book Bali – or another fabulous beach destination – this link will sort you out.)
Travel with twins
Why this made the list: There are plenty of parents who are scared to travel with just one person (we’re guessing, not you!).
But twins? That’s another matter.
This family provides tips on the practicalities of travel with twins – offering advice on things like dealing with jetlag, choosing airline seats and how to pack light with twins. (Surely a great life skill!)
“Travelling with twins is in constant evolution. It presents some challenges, and isn’t as easy as travel without children, but it is absolutely doable.”
Website : https://travelwithtwins.wordpress.com/
Twitter : @twinstravelblog
Most widely shared article : How to choose the best double/twin stroller when traveling with twins
Tales of a Twin Mum
Why this made the list: Not only does UK expat Karen have twin sons, but she also has a daughter, giving this this UK expat (now resident Aussie) plenty off good material showcasing their real life adventures.
Not just a travel blog, Karen shares the family’s migration journey as well as general posts on all things family.
Parents of multiples will also enjoy her ebook, titled Don’t Panic: A practical guide to twins, triplets and more.
“I wanted to share my experiences with other families of multiples to show that although life can be manic with twins, it’s still pretty awesome.”
Website : www.talesofatwinmum.com
Twitter : @TalesofaTwinMum
Most widely shared article : How I coped with twins: An ode to twin clubs everywhere
Why this made the list: Run by a team of local parents, this fabulous, comprehensive site is a must for anyone visiting Amsterdam, or indeed The Netherlands.
Search for kid friendly activities by day, time and age group, and keep up with their Facebook page for regular inspiring round up posts on the city’s best food, activities and more.
“Even in the city, it takes a village.”
Website : http://www.amsterdam-mamas.nl/
Facebook : Amsterdam.Mamas
Most widely shared article : 12 Signs You are Turning Dutch
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What a great list! I can’t wait to read some of these
Wonderful – enjoy! Yes, pretty much guaranteed hours of reading pleasure.
Love this list! Such a great resource. Looking forward to some vicarious adventures from the comfort of my lounge 🙂
Sometimes it’s the best place to be snuggled up! Enjoy 🙂
Thanks so much for including us Sue and for writing such an epic and useful post. We want to spread the word that travel with kids is possible, and these sorts of posts further show all the people who are proving it to be true and inspiring families to get out there and travel more.
Hi Caz and Craig,
A pleasure! Thanks for the lovely comment – “epic and useful” – my work is done! You guys do a top job and I particularly love your ‘can do’ ethos – it really does give people the courage to do it themselves. Here’s to happy travels for all. 🙂
Thanks so much for including us in this awesome post! There is really no better education nor better way to bond than through family travel. Welcome to the world of family travel blogging Sue! We’re passionate about the joy and rewards of family travel, so excited to see you and so many spreading the word! Our decade of non-stop world travel and our trilingual daughter being fluent/literate as a native in Chinese & Spanish has been & will continue to be a HUGE advantage in her life. In our shrinking world, every kid should be a global kid!
A pleasure! Yes, you guys have done some pretty amazing stuff and I’m aiming to get some serious kms on the board with my son – he went to 6 countries by age one so it’s a good start 🙂
But I’m always envious of the trilingual (and beyond) – I’ve got 1.5 languages ( the .5 is some reasonable Spanish) – really determined my son gets to at least 2. Think we’ll start with Spanish (currently working on English – hat, ball and NO” are big for this 21mth old). Happy continued travels to the 3 of you 🙂
Thx! You go girl!! I do think learning languages is KEY for global kids & we started with her in the womb! So much easier to get it as a kid & life long benefits!! I wrote a series on this topic that may be of use to you – http://www.soultravelers3.com/2011/06/how-to-raise-a-bilingual-or-multi-lingual-child.html
Spanish is a great second language and you are lucky that you can start now on giving him both since you already know some Spanish. Mozart was already fluent in Spanish when we arrived in Spain ( like you my husband was a .5 in Spanish) when she was 5, so it made the transition so much easier for her ( and then easiest to learn to read and write it in Spain).
Good luck!! Happy Travels!!
Oh fab – that post looks very comprehensive (ie: helpful!). Will get into it. 🙂
Great list! We’d love for you to check out our website next time as well: strolleringtheglobe.com
Thanks Stacy for the comment. Your site is great, love the beautiful pics too. Will def keep it in mind for updates to the list 🙂
Thank you so much for including not only Family Rambling but Ireland Family Vacations as well. You’re list is so incredibly comprehensive- and I love that you told why you chose the sites as well as listed popular articles. Bravo!
Thanks Jody! Yes, the ‘why’ is sometimes as important as the who/what I think! A pleasure to have included you (twice!).
We’re new to the blogging scene, but no strangers to traveling with kids.
My daughters are 16, 12, and 1; and my son is 8.
We average about 200 nights a year on the road, traveling to engage in educational opportunities for the kids.
My oldest has been through all 48 continental states, my middle 2 have been through 41, and the baby has been through 10 so far. We’ve been to thousands upon thousands of zoos, museums, and aquariums; local, state and national parks; historic sites; geologic formations; and other cultural attractions.
Our blog is mostly photos so far, but as soon as we start adding more writing, we really hope to join the ranks of such esteemed travel bloggers!
Feel free to check us out as we grow!
Hi Trips n Toys! Thanks for dropping by. First, wow – 200 nights a year on the road, that’s no small feat! Do you move fast or slow? Do you stay in one place quite a while? I managed 90 days in my son’s first year and that was pretty intense. This year we are probably going to hit about 60 days I’d say…but he’s almost two so I’m ‘taking it easy’, ha ha 🙂 I’ll look forward to keeping an eye on the site.
Thanks so much for including me in the list of so many incredible family travel bloggers! I’m really looking forward to finding some new blogs to read in this list. Well done – this must have taken hours and hours to put together!
Thanks Karen – a pleasure to have you on it! Yes, tons of inspiration on there, the problem will be when to stop 🙂 And yep – took ages. Actually 3 months to research, write, etc. So people enjoying it is very much welcomed!
Awesome list Sue. So many new blogs to follow. Not a parent but I love to read about families and people doing things their own way, and of course travelling…down the rabbit hole I go!
Thanks Ashleigh! Good luck with that rabbit hole – took me months to climb out of this one! Agree – anyone following their own path is inspiring to me too 🙂
Great list, I feel honored to be included! Thanks so much, I enjoyed reading and although I’ve been at this for quite some time now I discovered a few I hadn’t heard of yet!
A pleasure! Glad you enjoyed the read too – wonderful we’ve been able to surprise with some of the entries 🙂
What a great list! I knew already some of these inspiring travelers and will check-out with a lot of interest the others! Hope to join them one day on your list 😉 I am a French globetrotting mom of 3, living in Rome, blogging in French about family travels since 6 years. My English blog : http://travel-with-my-kids.com is much more recent, but I do take care of this little one 😉 Cheers from Rome 🙂
hello! Thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comments. Wow – blogging in. 2 languages, I’m impressed! My Spanish is passable but not blog-passable. 🙂
Great list! I”d love to be considered for a list in the future! I make the journeys educational, too! http://www.theeducationaltourist.com
Lovely to have it on my radar now -site looks great. Thanks for dropping by and happy reading/traveling!
Nice list. Wish you had considered FamiliesGo! we really strive to make travel seem manageable and fun for parents who want to travel more with their kids but are sometimes overwhelmed. Lots of practical and useful information. http://www.familiesgotravel.com
Thanks Eileen! Site looks great, I’ll keep it in mind for updates 🙂
It’s a awesome things you shared. Visit my site also. http://www.ieagle.com/business-class-flights-from-los-angeles-lax-to-bangkok-bkk
Terrific list. Lots of blogs I already follow and some new ones to catch up on. I’d have to recommend one more – mine: http://coolkidzcooltrips.com – the goal of the blog is to show how travel with kids can be fun(ny), we share info on travel with kids and family activities.
Ha! Travel with kids is definitely both fun AND funny – not necessarily in that order. Will check it out. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the list 🙂
Thanks for including us ( World Travel Family). We’ve been doing this a long time now, we’re into our 4th year. We have 2 other sites you may want to consider, one from a travelling dad http://worldtravelchef.com and one specialising in a place close to our hearts, Romania. We spend a lot of time there these days http://simpleliferomania.com . We’re passionate about showing kids the world, it’s vital that they see things for themselves and a massive part of their educations. There are lots of us spreading the message and more and more people are changing their lives. It’s a priviledge to inspire them.
A pleasure Alyson – thanks for the inspiration! Romania – interesting. It’s actually on my personal to do list, but what made you choose it? I imagine it’s not the first place families think of. (I’ve heard it’s beautiful by the way.)
It chose us really Sue. We went there by chance, an invitation, we fell in love. Our village is the most beautiful, incredible place with the warmest people. It’s like stepping back into history, scythes, horses and carts, growing, making and producing everything by hand. We just love it. The far north, Maramures County, it’s an incredible part of the world with long hot summers and cold winters, bears and wolves, myth and legend. We’ll be back there soon ready for the ski season. Something I’ve discovered about myself after travelling for so long is that I need 4 seasons, snow, and a connection with the land. The kids love their freedom there, they can roam the countryside safely, no cars, just kind people who will look out for them as they tend their fields. My husband’s Ironman competition is keeping us in the UK at the moment. ( that and a car problem!) Looking forward to being back in the village for winter. Cheers!
I had a look at your Romania blog – I can see why you fell in love with the house! And the bigger picture sounds super interesting – I got really engrossed reading about it all on your blog last night. I’ve subscribed, and will look forward to following the journey.
Thanks Sue. Unfortunately Brexit happened. That may have changed everything and we won’t know anything for years. We’re pretty gutted. But we’ll be home soon, see what the feeling is with our friends in the village, there are a few other British expats there.
Phhhhhtttt. Brexit is impacting so many people I know. I don’t know anyone happy about it. 🙁
Hi Sue, what a great list.! There’s a few blogs we have been following for a while now, but lots of new ones to inspire us along our journey! We sold up in the UK earlier this year and have moved with our two kids to live in a ski resort in France. We’d love it if you had chance to check out our blog: http://www.up-stix.com
Thank you…and keep up the interesting, informative posts, epic or not, we’ll follow you!
Thanks Nina! Glad you enjoyed the list. Wow, life in a ski resort in France – is that as romantic as it sounds? Will check out the blog. Happy travels 🙂 Sue
I guess it depends on what your idea of romantic is! It’s pretty good though, I must admit… Dropping the children off at school in our gear and snowboarding (mountain biking in the summer) together for a couple of hours is something we’ve dreamed about for a few years now! It’s a roller coaster of a life though, as the town swells with tourists during the season then everything shuts while the locals take a much needed holiday during the ‘interseason’. We are loving the experience so far and are so excited to see the preparations for winter unfolding. Bring on the snow!!
Let it snow let it snow let it snow. Yep, sounds like a pretty nice school drop off!
Massive list. Surprised that Points With a Crew was not on your radar. Loved seeing some friends here, though.
Good to know 🙂
Great list! Thanks so much for the good work!
I would like it if you would consider my family travel blog: http://www.easyplanettravel.com
It would mean the world to me 🙂
I wish you a great year 2017!!
Thanks for dropping by Dominque – am glad you enjoyed the list. Your site looks great – my eye went straight to your cheapest day to fly post – great info! Happy travels in 2017 🙂
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