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According to recent family travel statistics, 33% of travelers visit online communities or travel blogs to seek information before they plan trips. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that. If you travel with kids, what you may not know is which family travel blogs you can rely on for consistently great advice. Which are the best family travel blogs?
When I first began planning my own family trips, I found very little information on things to do specifically with young kids. Years later, I’m happy to say I’ve found a lot. After years of using them, I’ve narrowed it down to the best family travel blogs. No matter what type of family travel you pursue, you’ll find a blogger with great information in the list below. It is in no particular order. I read them, use them, and trust their editors and writers with my family trips.
Best Family Travel Blogs
1. Ciao Bambino
This is a blog rich with international family travel experiences for kids. Plus, each of the hotels and resorts listed on Ciao Bambino is fully vetted for quality, kid-friendliness, and location. Blog founder Amie O’Shaughnessy walks the talk. She and her family live abroad and have made good use of the experience traveling Europe finding the best hotels for kids.
Here is a fascinating site detailing the round-the-world travel of editor Michele Duffy and her family. Seriously, grab a cup of coffee and a cozy chair, because you’ll quickly get sucked into her travel adventures from South America to Asia to the Middle East. Full of practical advice as well as day-to-day itinerary suggestions, WanderMom is a must read for anyone contemplating long-term travel with kids.
3. The Vacation Gals
This site is comprised of a trio of experienced family travelers covering everything from resort travel to outdoor adventure travel, both with kids and without. ‘SoCalGal’ Jen Miner, ‘ColoradoGal’ Kara Williams, and ‘TwinCitiesGal’ Beth Blair have been there, done that. Find the latest and greatest kid-friendly hotel chain, read about the best snorkeling excursions, and get up-to-date travel news at this one-stop travel site.
4. The Mother of All Trips
Part travelogue, part travel inspiration, and part practical advice site. After reading even just a few entries on everything from museum picks to city touring, you’ll feel like you know founder Mara Gorman and her family. And bonus: she’s a foodie, so you’re sure to get great restaurant picks to help your kids become adventurous eaters.
This site offers detailed, down-to-earth reviews on luxury family travel both in the U.S. and abroad. Reading founder Anne Taylor Hartzel’s entries (with beautiful photographs) is eye candy for the family travel planner. If you’re looking to splurge (or luxury is just how you roll), you’ll love scrolling through her comprehensive collection of reviews. But most refreshing is Hartzel’s celebration of the family travel lifestyle. Her entries make you want to pack up and go, just for the joy of spending time with your family, no matter what your budget. Plus, many of her posts include hotel discounts and deals. That gorgeous resort may not be out of your grasp!
DeliciousBaby is a one-stop resource for young child travel tips, product reviews, and hotel and restaurant recommendations. Editor Debbie Dubrow’s City Guides are extremely useful, as are her extensive travel product pages. If you travel with young kids, this site needs to be on your subscription list!
Trekaroo is a mega-review site covering hotels, resorts, museums, and other attractions in all fifty states. You can find reader reviews (or submit your own) on just about every attraction from California to Maine. The real gold is on the blog, where editor Sharlene Earnshaw and other top travel bloggers report the latest travel industry news, review the newest resorts and theme park openings, and offer crucial travel tips.
This offers exactly what the name suggests: smart travel tips and great destinations across the U.S. I particularly appreciate the site’s outdoor travel bent, and how easy it is to find reviews on exactly where you’re thinking of going using their sidebar navigation.
TravelMamas is a family travel site based in San Diego, CA, but takes travelers all over the world with an emphasis on travel tips and advice from editor (and soon to be book author) Colleen Lanin. Learn how to pack for a long trip, keep kids happy on the plane, organize a home exchange, book a cruise, and more.
Of course, the above list of the best family travel blogs represents only a fraction of the quality family travel blogs out there. It doesn’t begin to cover all the great regional blogs, specialty blogs, and blogs dedicated to only one age group.
What family travel blogs do you turn to for advice? As a traveler, what are you looking for in a travel blog?