Looking for some inspiration and advice for hitting the road with your family? These 12 travel experts make packing up everyone from toddlers to teens look effortless. Follow along for the best family travel advice.
Three longtime travel journalists share inside info from the vacations they take with their families. Not only do they share tips on destinations around the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean, they also review the best travel apps, outfits and must-have in-flight gadgets.
Travel Family Time
While there are many contributors to this blog, we’re fans of Rainer Jenss and his family’s adventures. Jenss is a longtime contributor to National Geographic; he and his family vacation all over the world and he gives tips on great insider experiences. The rest of the blog includes stellar contributors and content from all the National Geographic publications.
Travels with Baby
For traveling with infants, the definitive guide is definitely Shelly Rivoli’s Travels with Baby. Winner of multiple awards and author of two guidebooks, Shelly provides great information on how to make family trips to destinations near and far easier on everyone. Be sure to follow her tips blog for the latest and greatest in products, tips, and recommendations.
More than just a travelogue, Ciao Bambino‘s goal is to comprehensively plan your vacation. Started by Amie O’Shaughnessy, Ciao Bambino offers the most personal recommendations in their “editorial” section. Also be sure to check out the travel tips for curated advice on your travels or use their destinations page to see a listing of guides by location.
Globe Trotting Mama
If you’re looking for truly global destinations, check out Heather Greenwood Davis’ blog. She and her family embarked on an around-the-world trip and wrote about each location. We especially like that you can see all of the destinations the Davis family has visited on a map. Click on the pin and you’ll be taken to the post all about their adventures there. Heather also contributes to the National Geographic Family Time blog.
Travel Savvy Mom
Mortifying mishaps in Belgium with her then 3-year-old daughter led Jamie Pearson to start Travel Savvy Mom. The site has now grown and includes a mix of voices sharing both tips and personal experiences for destinations around the globe. We’re big fans of the audiobook recommendations by age group for those long car trips.
Just like the name implies, this blog is focused on vacations that will get your family active — no sitting on the beach for this family of four. This should be your first stop for planning an active trip for your family. Get inspiration and guidance on trips based on the type of activity you want to try — biking, climbing or sailing — or the places you want to visit. They also do a great job of addressing the topic of risk in their adventures.
Whether you prefer to read travel blogs as an escape or you’re actively planning a trip, there’s something for everyone at Gone with the Family. Blogger Lisa Goodmurphy writes about her trips in posts as they happen, and then compiles a trip report with links, destination ideas and more after the fact.
Started by Margalit Sturm Francus, a California mom who grew up abroad, Autistic Globetrotting is a great resource for parents of autistic children who want to make sure they get the chance to experience the world. In addition to travel stories and recommendations, Margalit also includes helpful packing and travel checklists.
Butterfly Diary, started by Charu Suri, is a travel site focused on luxury and eco-conscious travel. If your budget allows for a more expensive trip, this is the site for you. The blog also focuses on options for vegetarian travelers. A great resource for many travelers.
Yes, the main focus of this site is selling a kit to kid-proof your hotel room, but the blog from the founders provides a lot of great information on how to stay safe with your kids while traveling. A must-read for any parent taking a trip with her child for the first time.
While you might not be planning to embark on a multi-year nomadic journey around the U.S. in an RV, you can still find inspiration from the Ticknor family’s travels. With 12 kids, the family spends nearly eight months each year on the road visiting national parks and other historic sites around the country. Worth a read if for no other reason than it will make even the smallest home feel spacious.
If you can, book flights to coincide with nap times. That will make your in-flight experience much better.