The Top 12 “Art of Family Travel’ Experts – Amazing Families, Amazing Travels

Denning kids with friend 'Vel' on his motorcycle in India

“Travel is a heightened state of awareness, in which we are
mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed.”

Discovering strange foods in Asia. Biking from Alaska to Chile. Language immersion. Investigating new cultures. Wandering in the shadow of a volcano. Serving in India. Backpacking in Bali.

And doing it with kids.

I am pro family travel. In fact I’m head-over-heels, crazy converted to family travel.

That’s what Discover.Share.Inspire. is about.

But as I search on the web for other families who are doing it, they are few and far between. And difficult to find.

I’m not looking for the family travel gear review sites, or family travel tips. But blogs about actual families who are actually traveling.

That’s why I’ve compiled this list (in no particular order) of the twelve most amazing families (that I could find) who have mastered The Art of Family Travel.

Jennifer Miller at Edventure Project

www.EdventureProject.com

“Hello Fellow Adventurers and Dreamers of Big Dreams…”

We are the Millers, all six of us.  At the moment our kids are all fourteen and under… everyone is potty trained and no one is driving… the perfect ages for big time adventure!

So far our adventures have included trips all over the U.S. of A. including Hawaii (twice), Mexico (five times), Canada (more times than we can count) and one big bike ride through Europe and North Africa that spanned almost 9000 km and took us a whole year.  And then there was the winter’s long drive down through Central America last year.

We home school our children, which gives us plenty of time and opportunity to turn every day into an adventure.

Follow @edventuremama

Christine Gilbert at Almost Fearless

www.AlmostFearless.com

My name is Christine Gilbert and in July 2008 I took the leap from being a manager in a large Fortune 500 company to being a writer — traveling and working remotely from anywhere.  Some people call it being a digital nomad, location independent, vagabonding, or even flashpacking.  All I know is that I live where I want, earn enough to support my family and travel when the mood strikes– all thanks to a good wifi connection and strong coffee.

In March 2010, I became a mom and we now travel with our infant son, Cole.

Follow @AlmostFearless

Jeanne & Da Vinci at Soul Travelers 3

www.SoulTravelers3.com

WHO

We are a family of three from Santa Cruz, California. Mom and Dad are in our early 50′s and our “nina” is 5 years old.   MORE DETAILS>>

WHAT

An epic odyssey: open-ended, years long slow trip around the world as a family adventure, unschool, spiritual journey and lifestyle.

Follow @soultravelers3

Adam Baker at Man Vs. Debt

www.manvsdebt.com

My name is Baker. Well, actually it’s Adam Baker, but I have lazy friends.  Most just prefer Baker.

I create the far majority of content around these parts, however I’m blessed to be joined on my journey by my thrill-seeking wife, Courtney, and our two-and-a-half year old daughter, Milligan – a spunky, stubborn toddler with a newly found attitude problem!

Our message is simple:

The first step to living a life of passion and purpose is to remove the barriers that hold you back.

Follow @ManvsDebt

The Vogel Family at Family on Bikes

www.FamilyonBikes.org

After nearly three years on the road, the Vogel family of Boise, Idaho is nearing the end of their epic quest. The Vogels – John (56), Nancy (50), Davy (13), and Daryl (13) left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in June 2008 to cycle to the southern end of the Americas. The family is now a mere 500 miles from Ushuaia, the southernmost town of the world, and expects to reach their destination in mid-March.

Follow @familyonbikes

Heidi and Sean at Family Rocketship

Who?
Heidi and Sean Marshall and two little daughters ages 4 & 2. 

What?

  • First and foremost, Wife & Mother, Husband & Father – completely blessed with a super cool family
  • Just your average everyday people trying to make the world a better place (cliché & vague we know but sincere)
  • Happily “Outside the System” – unemployed & part-time vagabonds
  • Published Author & Chicken Soup for the Soul Contributor

Why?
We love helping people playing big in life. Really. To help others be awesome. Life is more than what most people think it is.

Follow @famrocketship

Colin Burns at Our Travel Lifestyle

www.OurTravelLifestyle.com

Our family of four are off on what we hope will be a life altering journey throughout the world. We have very little planned other than we will first travel through South East Asia, before heading to northern Asia and on to the Americas. If you want to know a little bit about our roughly planned itinerary then have a read here or if you want to know why we’d do such a thing you can have a read about it here.

Follow @ccburns

‘A’, ‘M’ and ‘J’ at Got Passport

www.GotPassport.org

We are a family of three, with a passion for travel, seeking out new experiences, meeting new people, and living simply.  We are striving to relocate, yes, you read correctly, as in MOVE, to Thailand Uhumm – as of July 2010, we did move.  We did it!   we sold just about everything we own in a city we’ve lived for 30 yrs and relocated to Chiang Mai, Thailand with our now 7yo daughter.

We want to experience Asia sloooooowly!    And when we are done with Asia– well, how about we  just wait and see which continent the wind will take us to next! (Why Asia you ask?  Click here to find out!)

Follow @GotPassport

Jeff & Kristy at Vagabond Kids

www.VagabondKids.com

We are an upper middle class family living and working in Singapore. We have lived in Asia for almost 13 years and have loved and learned from every single minute. There are four Vagabonds in the family, Vagabond Dad (aka Jeff), Vagabond Mom (Kristy) and the Vagabond Kids. The Vagabond Boy(D) is 9 and Vagabond Girl (K) is 7 going on 13…

Follow @vagabondkids

MummyT and ‘Z’ at Travels With a Nine Year Old

www.TravelsWithANineYearOld.com

We are a single-parent family from London, England, and this is the story of our long-term round the world trip.

Z and I have travelled since he was teeny-tiny. He took his first trip to Europe aged six months, and to Latin America at two. He rode an elephant at three, went to Africa aged five, and since he was small we’ve talked about taking time out to travel the world when he turned nine. Now, we’re finally doing it.

Follow @mummy_t

Debbi at Delicious Baby

www.DeliciousBaby.com

DeliciousBaby is for parents who want to travel with their children, but don’t know how to start or who want to learn how to make travel easier and more fun. I share my own travel stories (in the US and internationally) and my best tips and advice on issues like how to keep kids busy on a plane, surviving jet-lag, and flying with carseats.

Follow @deliciousbaby

Corrine McDermott at Have Baby, Will Travel

www.HaveBabyWillTravel.com

Corinne McDermott wanted to take a family vacation before her first maternity leave was over.  Frustrated by the scattered information on destinations, packing, flying tips, and family-specific hotel reviews, she decided to create a one-stop web brochure for busy parents with questions on traveling with baby.  Her supportive husband taught himself the basics, and Have Baby Will Travel was launched from their basement in the Spring of 2007.

Follow @hvbabywilltrvl

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Do you know of any other amazing families who are traveling the world? Are you one of them? Please share a link to their site (or yours) in the comments below.

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