family travel Travel Articles

Embarking on a RTW Journey with RedheadWanderer
Meet Arlie.  She’s a spunky 14 year old girl who is just embarked on a RTW trip with her family.  She is also the creator of the blog Redhead Wanderer.   Before she left, she let us interview her to ask questions about what it’s like preparing for such a big trip:   Hi Arlie.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m 14 and from Boise, Idaho.  I like reading, art, diy, sewing, cooking, baking, school.   Tell us a bit about your family you are traveling with: My dad, Steve, owns a construction company, so he is able to work remotely and go on this trip. He loves fishing! My mom, Dottie, has red hair just like me, and she loves cooking, baking and running.  My little sister, Millie, is 10 years old, in 5th grade, and she likes school, art. My other little sister, Norah, is 8 years old, and she loves playing basketball, roller-skating, ice-skating, and being spunky.   How did the idea to take this trip come about? My parents have always wanted to do something like this. Last January, my mom was watching “House Hunters”, and both of my parents realized that if they were ever going to go on a trip around the world, it would have to be now, because […]
Meet the Bootsnall Team – Jenn Miller: Supermom Edventurer
What is your name, and what do you do for BootsnAll? I’m Jenn Miller and I’m the editor for  I’ve been a long time columnist and collaborator with the company and it’s been a lot of fun to watch the growth and be part of something I feel so passionate about: the intersection of education and adventure.  I’m also the co-ordinator of the Travel Access Project, which aims to get a Gap Year on every resume.   How did you get started working with Bootsnall? Way back in 2006 I reached out through the community feature to start planning what we thought would be a 1 year trip on bicycles through Europe and North Africa with our four kids.   I wrote a couple of “traveler” articles as we prepared to launch and then started writing features and doing special projects in 2008.   I’ve been a weekly columnist for several years now and I think that I have more articles on the site than any other author.   I’m laughing, thinking about that, because I didn’t set out to take over Bootsnall, I was just really carefully aligning myself with communities that share my core values, which Sean, and Bootsnall, always have. You’ve been traveling around the world with your family for a while now.  How long have […]
Family Travel: This Week on BootsnAll
Family Travel: This Week on BootsnAll As the founders and staff at BootsnAll have grown up over the years, so have our ideas about indie travel. Back in 1998, for instance, a young and single Sean Keener wasn’t thinking about how having kids someday might impact his travel plans. These days, he’s acutely aware of how many people think their traveling days are over once they reproduce – and he hasn’t let that stop him and his growing family from still hitting the road. In fact, they just got back from spending 4.5 months in New Zealand, and Sean’s son’s first trip was to New York at the ripe age of six weeks. We’ve recently featured a couple of stories (here and here) by kick-ass traveling families who are forcing people to re-think their assumptions about traveling with kids, and we’re expanding the theme a bit this week. You’ll read about why it’s important to raise kids with indie travel in mind. You’ll read excellent tips to make traveling with kids easier, which should leave you with pretty much no excuses not to get your family on the road. And in case you need more inspiration to not put off your trip any longer, you’ll also read about how to go from dreaming to traveling in just four weeks. Week 18 of the Indie Travel Challenge 2012 […]
Family Travel Roundup: Indispensable Ideas, Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids
Family Travel Roundup: Indispensable Ideas, Tips and Tricks for Traveling with Kids That first trip as a family can be nerve-wracking. Figuring out what to pack so that you have what you need but aren’t laden down with stuff, worrying about how the kids will react to a new environment and a disruption in their routine, and trying to please everyone can almost take the fun out of the vacation.     But with a bit of advance planning and a few simple measures, you can ensure a great trip for everyone. Traveling with an infant for the first time can be a scary proposition, but traveling with very young kids can actually be easier than traveling with toddlers as most of the time they’ll be sleeping, in a stroller, or carried by mom or dad. Having the right gear for traveling with kids can make all the difference. When choosing hotels, look for those that offer family services like daycare and kids clubs. If you don’t think you’re quite ready to handle the kids on your own in an unfamiliar place, enlist help and invite the grandparents. Multi-generational travel can strengthen the family bonds and allow mom and dad some time away from the kids. Just choose a trip that works for all age ranges; small-ship cruises are great because they offer a range of activities during the day but keep […]
This Week on BootsnAll: Grab the Kids and Hit the Road!
This Week on BootsnAll: Grab the Kids and Hit the Road! Happy 4th of July! If your family is anything like mine was, the 4th of July meant piling in the family’s wood-paneled station wagon and heading “up north” to a cabin in Michigan or driving a few hours to explore the more southern states. It was all about the road trip for us back then, just as it is for many families today. But if you’re anxious to take your family vacation beyond the road trip, stay tuned this week for great tips, advice and inspiration for planning an epic adventure with your kids. Tomorrow, we’ll give new parents the scoop on traveling with an infant, including what to buy and pack, tips for scoring the best seat on the plane, and how to get around with a baby in tow. On Wednesday, Adam Seper talks to families who have taken their kids on a round the world trip and explains the benefits of a nomadic life with children. If you’re dreams aren’t as grand as an RTW, stop by Thursday to get tips on how to make any family vacation easier and more fun, and on Friday, satisfy your sweet tooth with a look at great destinations for chocolate lovers of all ages. For more on family travel, read: 5 New Ideas for Places to Take the Kids Literary […]