the family travel expert mom
For people to refer to you as a family travel expert, you have to put in the work. I do not just create amazing vacations for clients and call it a day. I am continually learning how to do my job better and travel better as a family. I share this knowledge as often as possible as a speaker and writer, and am also featured in publications. Here is a collection of my contributions.
‘Why Work and Go to School From Home When You Can Do It From—Anywhere?’ – AFAR, September 2020
After the Coronavirus pandemic forced many of us to log into meetings and classes remotely, these families saw it as an opportunity to transport their entire operation to new and beautiful places. Here’s how they did it.
‘Taking virtual events to the next level’ – Travel Weekly, May 2021
Jen Campbell Boles, owner of Explore More Family Travel in Cornelius, N.C., opened her business in 2019. Then the pandemic hit, and brands everywhere, including in the travel industry, turned to virtual events to help connect with current and prospective customers … read more.
‘Take a Schoolcation’ – This Week In Travel Podcast, September 2020
The show that talks to some of the most interesting and notable travelers in the world, as well as providing useful tips and actionable information.
‘Vacation For The Generations’ – Limitless, April 2020
‘What’s Trending In Family Vacations’ – Lake Norman Currents, February 2020
10 Best All Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean For Families
If you are looking for the best all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean for families, you are in luck. One of the easiest destinations for American families to travel to, particularly those on the East Coast, is undoubtedly the Caribbean. Due to its close proximity to the United States, this region is especially attractive to those relatively new to international travel since it caters to American travelers. They provide you options which eliminate the stress of decision making and unexpected expenses which allows you to concentrate on your time together. Many of these resorts have the added bonus of Kids Clubs giving you and your partner an opportunity to connect which is not always easy to do when you are back home living your hectic lives … Read More
Explore London in 48 Hours – Tips for Families
London is a popular gateway city to all of Europe. It is the perfect place to stop and recoup before continuing on your European adventures. There is so much to see in London, you could spend a month there and still not see everything. However, children do not have that kind of endurance, so it is probably better to spend a few days here and move on. Here are some tips for families to explore London in roughly 48 hours … Read More
This is the Best Greek Island For Families Who Love to Travel
Ever wondered what the best Greek Island for families is? Wonder no more! You have come to the right place for a definitive answer on the best Greek Island for families who travel.
Drum roll please ….. Crete is the best Greek Island for families who travel!
Why do you ask? Please read below to understand why Crete is the answer and why you should start planning your Greek adventure to this family friendly destination! … Read More
Spain and Portugal Trip: The Perfect 8 Day Itinerary
While there is much to do in both Spain and Portugal and you could easily spend weeks in each country, they are side by side and can easily be combined into a Spain and Portugal trip. For those looking for a quick trip to visit some of the top spots in each country, we have developed an itinerary that allows the best of each country to be highlighted … Read More
Making The Most Out of 72 Hours in Budapest
No discussion about Budapest can take place without first discussing the difference between Buda and Pest, which were originally two different cities divided by the Danube River. There was actually a third town, Obuda (Old Buda) that also joined to become Budapest in 1873. Why were they joined you may ask? The reason was to create a capital city for the newly formed Austro-Hungarian empire …Read More
Vacation Inspiration For 2020
The holidays are behind us, it is a new year, and it is time to start planning your 2020 travel. This is the busiest time in the travel industry as people start thinking about their travel for the remaining year. However, you may not want to do the same old trips you have done year after year. If you are looking to spice up your vacation days this year, here are some trends that are gaining in popularity in 2020 to give you some vacation inspiration. …Read More
7 Reasons You Should Use A Travel Advisor
Sometimes you just need help. And sometimes help is just nice to have. Either way, if you are looking to travel, the service of a travel advisor can be invaluable. So, let’s start with the obvious question …… Read More
15 Hilton Head Family Activities
When you cross the bridge from the mainland to Hilton Head Island, you immediately know you are somewhere else. Not to say that the island is undeveloped, but it is done in such a way that you do not notice it. Trees buffer shops and restaurants from the main road. Business signs are low to the ground and done in natural colors that blend into the surroundings. Thus, you notice the grand oak trees draped with Spanish moss, palm trees, and marshlands before anything else. Read More
Traveling with Kids Around the World
If you mention traveling with kids around the world, some people look at you like you are certifiably insane. However, it is not crazy at all. In fact, taking your kids around the world is one of the most rewarding experiences for both them and you.
The Best Places To Travel With A Baby
When you have a baby, you are going to be tired. Would you rather be tired at home or in a new and exciting place? For many people, travel releases endorphins which are known to affect our moods. Many people are afraid to travel because of disruptions to a baby’s routine, but you will find that babies are very adaptable. Babies also have an uncanny ability to sleep anywhere, so take advantage of this while you can!
The Best Places To Travel With A Toddler
Many of the things you need to consider when traveling with babies also applies to those traveling with toddlers. However, there are some additional factors to consider that are outlined here.
Cultural Understanding: Teach Your Kids About The World Around Them
Our world is a big beautiful place full of diversity and it is important that as parents you teach your kids about the world around them. However, many of our children grow up in a bubble surrounded only by those who look and sound just like them. To understand and appreciate other cultures and customs, you may have to go outside of your comfort zone, but this is what must be done for us to understand those who are not just like us. In order to teach your kids about the world and raise children who are globally aware, we must be global citizens ourselves.
International Travel Checklist For Before You Go!
Going on a trip overseas can be overwhelming. Most people think that packing is the first step of preparing to leave for a trip, but there is a lot to do before you even start packing. Below we have gathered tips you should follow in the days leading up to your departure to ensure you will not be caught off guard while traveling … Read More
International Travel Checklist Departure and Arrival
Your bags are packed, so you are ready to go, right? Not quite. While being packed feels like a huge accomplishment, you are not quite home free yet. There are a few more items to check off your list before you arrive at your final destination … Read More
The Cruise Packing List You Need For Your Next Sailing
If you have never been on a cruise before, or perhaps have not been on one in a long time, it may seem intimidating to know what to pack. It’s not like you can easily obtain what you forgot when you are in the middle of the ocean. Some cruises, like repositioning cruises, are even more intimidating because you are going multiple days without seeing land. Do not worry, this packing list will help with all the items that you specifically need for a cruise outside of the items you would normally pack for a trip. We are also throwing in a few tips to help you have a better experience on board. … Read More
6 Perfect Travel Pillows For Every Type Of Traveler
There are two kinds of people in this world. The people who fall asleep as soon as a plane takes off and those who can use all the help they can get falling asleep. It is particularly important to get some decent sleep during a flight because it is one of your best tools for fighting jetlag.
For those who need additional help falling asleep on the go, there is not a universal pick for the best travel pillow. The best travel pillow depends on the type of sleeper you are, so this list will give you the best travel pillow option for your preferred sleeping style … Read More
Why You Should Always Purchase Travel Insurance
You may be wondering why you should spend the extra money on travel insurance when you just spent so much money on your vacation. Ironically, that reason you question buying travel insurance is the exact reason you should purchase it. You should protect the money you have spent on your trip because things can and sometimes do go wrong. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
There are many reasons to buy travel insurance, but this list article concentrates on the top four.
- Medical & Evacuation Coverage
- Trip Cancellation & Interruption Coverage
- Supplier Default Coverage
- Baggage Delay, Loss, or Theft
Guide To Bike Tours For Your Next Trip
One of the best ways to discover a destination is by bike. Bike tours allow tourists to get up close to a destination. Riders can feel the destination around them without being separated by a piece of glass and can hear the sounds of the destination without a radio playing in the background. While riding a bike, you will notice things that you would likely never see while whizzing by in a vehicle. A bike tour is a perfect antidote for our fast-paced world. It allows travelers to literally choose the path less traveled.
Best Travel Magazines For The Wanderlust In You
If you love to travel and try to resist getting stuck in the rabbit hole that is the internet, maybe it is time for a subscription to a travel magazine full of beautiful photos to fuel your wanderlust. But which one should you choose? It really depends on your travel style, so we have tried to narrow down the choices for you below.
10 Movies About Travel To Fuel Your Wanderlust (Until You Can Travel Again)
Movies have a way of stirring up emotions. Right now, most of us are emotional. We are living in an unprecedented time during the COVID-19 crisis. Those of us who love to travel and are constantly fueled our wanderlust may be a little more emotional than normal. We are sad that this big, beautiful world that we love has been compartmentalized. The countries we love to visit are shut off from each other, and we are meant to stay within our borders and not stray far from home. While we know these steps are necessary, it still breaks our hearts that we must stop doing what feels so natural for us.
Everything You Need To Know About National Twins Day
I know this is not exactly travel related, but I wrote it and my adorable twins are featured, so I just had to include it here! Read More
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