Its time again to check in with with some of our favorite traveling families. As usual, moms, dads, teens, tweens, siblings, pets, friends and relatives have been exploring the world in any number of unique and imaginative ways from slow round-the-world unschooling to short luxury getaways and everything in between. We hope you find time to visit each of these wonderful blogs and get some travel inspiration of your own from reading each of their stories!
We start by catching up with our favorite round the world travelers.
Updates from Long Term Traveling Families
When we last heard from Tigger and Crazy Dad from 1 Dad 1 Kid, they were packing up to leave Honduras and were heading to Columbia. In their post Welcome to Columbia, we learned how they survived lengthy inquisitions and the loss of a Kindle at the hands of US Customs and TSA agents as they changed planes in Florida en route from San Pedro Sula, Honduras to Bogota. From there they explored Bogata by bike and Couchsurfed through Medellin before heading off to Ecuador two weeks later. If you are planning to visit Columbia with kids, tweens or teens, Crazy Dad has some good travel tips and recommendations in this post.
Next we visited with world travelers Theodora and her tween-aged son who blog on Travels with A Nine Year Old. We read their series of posts about their adventures exploring the Nile and Cairo. We particularly enjoyed their photo essay titled Sailing a Felucca Down the Nile . The images are stunning enough to make anyone want to visit the area. How they find time for homeschooling and blogging amid their adventures we’ll never know but we are glad they stop to share their experiences.
We also checked with Lainie and her tween son Miro who are also in the midst of of their own long term global exploration, which is well chronicled on her blog Raising Miro. We enjoyed the videos of Miro taking an Improv class in English that is offered for travelers in Lima, Peru where they are currently based. Lainie’s post Improv for Travelers! shows how Improv can help even experienced travelers improve their verbal interactions and build self confidence.
Michelle Duffy of Wandermom, had us laughing with her post Things Your Kids Will Only Say in Amsterdam as her tween tried to convince mom that an evening walking tour of that city’s famous red light district would be educational. Never a dull moment for this family which recently completed a year long round the world adventure!
Spring Break Fun
Next we checked in with the Canadian-based traveling Goodmurphy family who share their travel adventures on the Gone With Family blog. In March, their Spring Break vacation took the family to France for 9 days including a special D-Day Tour of Normandy. They made a 2.5 hour drive (each way) from Paris for a private tour of Juno Beach where the Canadian troops came ashore during the D-Day invasion in 1944. They found the the Juno Beach Centre well equipped to educate kids of all ages about the history of Canada in the 1930’s, the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. They also paid their respects at the Canadian War Cemetery located in Reviers where more than 2000 headstones are beautifully maintained. It was a moving and educational day for their 10th grader and 8 year old.
Traci and the family from Go Big or Go Home, went to Washington DC for their Spring Break where they found The World’s Largest Collection of Espionage Artifacts at the Spy Museum. The hands on exhibits made the whole family feel like they were in a James Bond movie.
Destinations Close to Home
Kara from The Vacation Gals, tells of taking her 10 year old tween son to Denver’s LEGO KidsFest in her post LEGO KidsFest: Highly Recommended Event for LEGO-loving Kids of All Ages. If you are considering taking a LEGO-crazed tween to one of these events, take Kara’s advice on strategies for getting the most out of these highly creative and exhausting festivals.
Sue of Field Trips with Sue and her teen and tween wrote about a recent caving trip in Northwest Georgia’s Cloudland Canyon. Check out the photos of them crawling on hands and knees through an area that reminded Sue of the chocolate river out of Willy Wonka, in her post Cave Tours in Georgia. As Sue says, “Did I forget to mention the bats?”
Closer to home, Gina Martin, writing as a guest author on Albany Kid, wrote about Family Fun in New York City’s East Village : The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Kids of all ages enjoy the soft service ice cream and wide range of toppings available there.
In addition to all these wonderful travel stories we also found some great tips for traveling families by reading Sheri May’s Top Two Theatre Picks in NYC for Tweens & Teens and Travelling Mom’s Eternal Rome for Kids and Families.
Although we have never met most of our favorite family travel bloggers in person we feel like we know them well after reading about all their family adventures. We so appreciate the time they take to tell their story. We hope you visit all their sites.
Where Have You Been? Call For Links for Next Blog Carnival
We make an effort to pull together a teen and tween oriented family blog carnival every 8-10 weeks. The next one will focus on Summer Travel and as always we are looking for articles that tell a family’s story, rather than just listing things to do. We expect to publish it in late July. If you have a link to share please email it to – maryt <at> travel-with-teens <dot> com. We can’t wait to hear what you and your teens and tweens have been up to.