Packing lunches, making sure everyone is on time, ensuring everyone has pants on, knowing where you’re all headed, dealing with tears, breaking up fights – being a parent in your own house can be extremely difficult, now try doing all that on a vacation either in the US or abroad. Add in a language barrier, some extreme weather, currency conversion and kids not agreeing on what is “fun” vs. what is “so not cool” and you can be in line for a major headache if you don’t know tips and tricks to making this whole thing go smoothly.
If you’re bringing the whole family on vacation, one thing’s for sure though: booking an affordable FlipKey vacation rental will make your stay more enjoyable. When you opt for a family-friendly rental over a hotel, you’ll get more space and many of the comforts of home–all while saving money.
For more tips for your next trip with the kids, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite family travel bloggers who have seen (and conquered) it all. Please follow them on social media or on their blogs for all the latest in family travel.
DeliciousBaby is packed with the tips and advice I learned through many years of travel with my young kids. I cover everything from what to pack for a long haul flight to the best places in Istanbul for kids. – Debbie Dubrow, Delicious Baby
Family and destination travel and lifestyle blog featuring everything from tips, advice, articles and reviews to enhance vacations and everyday life. Peak into the lives of a family who is passionate about living out dreams and actively traveling with three young children. – Hilarye Fuller, Dotting the Map
Family Travel Magazine® is an online magazine-style blog that has been inspiring families to travel since 2011. It’s written by Jodi Grundig, whose goal is to make family travel accessible – whether it’s taking a cruise with the whole family, touring National Parks, or visiting theme parks. We offer tips and reviews to make traveling with family easier and more enjoyable. – Jodi Grundig, Family Travel Magazine
Hither & Thither, written by Ashley Muir Bruhn, combines the world of travel and lifestyle with original and well-curated photography, featuring family-friendly travel tips, discussions on modern parenting, style inspiration, delicious recipes, product reviews, and personal stories. – Ashley & Aron, Hither and Thither
What originally began as a travel journal to document JetSet Tot’s adventures has become a go-to guide and online resource for parents who are still consumed by wanderlust, looking for the feel of a higher-end ‘couples getaway’, but now have to ‘double-date’ with J.I.T.’s or Jetsetters In Training! We make it a point only to feature best-of-the-best on The JetSet Family, and unless mentioned otherwise, I have personally experienced every product, resort and service. Welcome to our family travel blog. The JetSet Family, so happy to have you! – Nicole, Jet Set Family
I am a freelance lifestyle and luxury travel writer who loves mother-daughter trips, Pinterest, my husband’s sense of humor, a nice glass of wine and one very needy pitbull mix. Living at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong spoiled us for life so we regularly check in to Four Seasons and other luxury properties around the globe. When not on the road, we are at home in seaside La Jolla, CA (an affluent community in San Diego). – Katie, La Jolla Mom
Hello! — Thanks for stopping by Mommy Musings. My name is Stefanie Fauquet, and I’m a Mom Blogger, Family Traveler and Foodie. I currently reside in Southwest Florida (Tampa Bay area) with my husband and our 9-year-old daughter. This blog is a culmination of my adventures in life, food and travel — truly all of my favorite things! – Stefanie, Mommy Musings
Hello! Hello! Welcome to Nap Time is My Time. My name is Emily and I am so happy you’re here! Grab yourself a cup of coffee or a margarita and stay a while. Through this blog, I share my thoughts and reflections on what I have learned about being a woman, a wife, and a mother with loyal readers like you! You’ll also find blogging tips, easy crafts, monthly Reader Appreciation giveaways, and healthy and no-so-healthy recipes, too! – Emily, Nap Time Is My Time
Poshbrood.com is a curated catalog of luxury family-friendly hotels, resorts, villas, cottages and inns. Each Poshbrood property has been “Mom-tested and “Poshbrood-approved.” Poshbrood was launched in October 2010 by a national travel writer and mom of three little girls. Poshbrood is quickly becoming a leading travel site for parents in the U.S. – Elizabeth Thorp, Poshbrood
We believe the best memories are created when families do fun things together and we believe every day is an opportunity to create new stories. Our mission is to help every parent feel like a rock star by inspiring them to do fun things with their kids. We offer ideas that are aspirational and actionable that you can do at home, in your city or wherever your adventures take you. We know you’re busy (we’ve got kids too), so we wade through the multitude of ideas to present a small, well-edited list of activities that are really worth your time. We also love hearing your suggestions (Know a great camping spot? A recipe for making bubbles? A lunchbox hack? Let us know). We’ll do our best to organize the information in an easy-to-skim format, so you can spend less time in front of a computer screen and more time on things that really matter –like making snow angels or digging for buried treasure. Now get out of here. Skedaddle. Go build a sand castle. Or fly a kite. Get Out and Play! – Red Tricycle
Native Texan Jessica Bowers is a little bit country and whole lot travel obsessed. Having children has done nothing to slow down her globetrotting; instead she packs up the whole family and brings them along for the ride. Her family travel adventures are chronicled in her blog, Suitcases and Sippy Cups, where she shares travel tips and inspiration for other families on the go. – Jessica Bowers, Suitcases and Sippy Cups
A Mom to Lennox who attends Montessori school, a Wife to Kyle, a UX Designer at a travel company and a toes in the sand girl at heart. Heather traveled across the country to meet her husband and raise their family in Texas. Heather loves to write about Travel, Recipes, Crafts, Montessori, Parenting and all the fun adventures they have together. Between being a mom, wife, blogger and working full-time, she stays very busy! – Heather, Terrell Family Fun
Miss ET, the Educational Tourist, is a proud and involved mother of 2 chickadees – ages 7 and 9. She is married to a geologist who shares her passion for travel. She has served in various roles in elementary education in Texas and Oklahoma, including language arts instruction kindergarten through grade 6, Building Writing Specialist, and has accumulated over 15 years of hard earned 😉 teaching experience. She has also written for The Mailbox magazine for teachers. Throughout her life, 2 passions have been prevalent: teaching children and traveling to new exotic places. Now her life has afforded her the opportunity to do both and she has decided to share this labor of love with you. Happy Travels! – The Educational Tourist
We’re Stuart and Kirstie, a husband and wife team who share an adventurous spirit, a passion for independent travel and three growing children. Our marriage is the semi-controlled fusion of an adventure addict and misadventure magnet and our Family Adventure Project is a long term experiment in doing adventurous things together as a family. – The Family Adventure Project
This is the blog of The Family Without Borders – a traveling family. Together with our small daughter Hanna, we decided to to live the life we always dreamt about. In 2010 made a 6-months long road trip Around the Black Sea and through the Caucasus to the Caspian Sea and back to Berlin. Then, in 2011 and 2012 – already with our second daughter Mila – we went on the Between the Oceans Tour through Central America from Mexico down to Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. In summer 2013, we have been on a wonderful trip through the blue, mountainous Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2014 we went on the next big trip: Looking for Taka-Tuka-Land – through New Zealand and the South Pacific just with two big backpacks, sleeping in the tent, hitchhiking on sailing yachts. – Anna & Thomas, The Family Without Borders
The goal of Travel Experta is to inspire families to travel with kids. On the site you will find all you need to know about where to eat, stay and play with your family. – Marina, Travel Experta
On my blog, I try to offer the kind of family travel advice you’d get from a close friend: useful, funny, and brutally honest. Since I’ve been to 4 continents, 20 states, and 22 countries with my kids, chances are I know something that can help you plan your trip. – Jamie Pearson, Travel Savvy Mom
G’day, we are an Aussie family who share fun tips on the best places to take your young kids on holiday. Join us as we travel worldwide with our 5 & 6 yr old looking for family adventure! – Erin, Josh, Mia & Caius, Travel With Bender
Trekaroo is the brainchild of Brennan and LiLing Pang, fanatic travelers who were determined not to let parenthood stop their quest to explore the world. When their son was 4 months old, they ventured to the stunning ruins of Macchu Picchu in Peru. They soon discovered that traveling around the world with a young child was a whole different ballgame. “I wanted to find other parents who had been to Peru with their kids and absorb every ounce of wisdom I could from their experiences. But there weren’t any resources to help me connect with the parents who had the answers.” More than a year after the initial idea and with no go-to resource for traveling parents, they realized that they had to build it. We know from first hand experience that the correct advice can mean the difference between going and staying home. – Trekaroo
Welcome to Walking On Travels, your resource for all things family travel. If you’ve ever stopped short of booking your dream vacation because you were afraid of jetlag, because you thought your kids would be too difficult on the plane, because you worried that your kids wouldn’t have fun … Walking On Travels is here to show you how to tackle the scary stuff so you can enjoy the best parts about traveling with your little people – Adventure, Growth, Education, Fun. Amazing memories. We’ll also take you on our adventures as we feed our own travel bug and show you how we handled the ups and downs of exploring the world with children. – Walking on Travels