Travel Blog of the Day: Kidventurous
The internet is laden with blogs about travel. You don’t have time to read them all, you have to figure out what to do with all of those leftover plastic Easter Eggs. This column will allow you to sift through the schlock and get back to figuring which one of these cool projects you are going to do. Check us out on twitter at #travelblogoftheday.
Growing up with a brother two-and-a-half years younger than me on family vacations strapped in the back of a Plymouth Reliant Station Wagon was fun for us, and frustrating for our folks. They honestly didn’t care whether our trip was educational (although we did get to all of the D.C. monuments and museums) or entertaining. For them, it was more important to just get away. Nowadays, parents have the world of technology at their fingertips, so keeping the kids quiet is not quite the priority it was 30 years ago. Parents are turning more to the content of their vacations, and making sure that the kids are getting something more out of it than just another rollercoaster ride.
Erin Gifford has been in the travel/marketing business for more than 15 years, and she has been in the “Mom” business for the last 11. In 2011, she started a great blog called Kidventurous with the mission of helping moms and dads plans family vacations that are educational and fun.
She has been taking her kids on vacations since she started the site, and has been on a three-week home exchange in Ireland, and they are getting ready for a seven-week cross country adventure. Erin says that traveling with four kids isn’t easy.
“One challenge is that because there are six of us, we are limited in where can stay. Few hotels have suites that can accommodate six people, so we end up having to get two rooms if we want to stay close in, which can be expensive. So more often than not, we get a vacation rental.” She adds, “…the trade off is generally that to get one that will sleep six, we need to stay a bit farther outside of center city.
She also talks about kids having a definite time limit when you travel whether it is in the car or at a destination.
“I used to want to see it all and spend all day exploring, but with kids, you need to respect that they get tired and don't want or need to see everything,” she says. “Also, with kids, you need to stop frequently on road trips. You can't just keep driving. Kids need to get out, run around and burn off some energy. I just like to go and get there as quickly as possible, but now I need to stop at rest stops to let them relax for a little while. We bring soccer balls and paddle ball to play for 15-20 minutes every few hours.”
She is a great compiler of resources as well. Erin doesn’t just give the top five or ten tips for The Best-Ever Family Road Trip, she scours the web to give you the 40+ tips. She has grown the site to win awards and even add a contributing staff made up of other families who impart their experiences as well. Will the children grow to become contributors as well?
“They haven't really taken an interest yet. Maybe this summer when we're gone for seven weeks. I would love it if they would write a few posts on their own personal experiences, letting others know through their eyes what they liked and didn't like on our big road trip.”
Make sure if you need help planning a family vacation, you put Kidventurous on your list. And follow Erin and the gang along this summer on their epic adventure.
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