I'm a wife and mami of 4 active and globe trotting kids. I've always loved a good adventure and truly believe that it's possible to travel with kids. Join me, as I share our adventures and inspire you to get out of the house with your kiddos. Whether you're planning a family vacation, a day trip, a road trip or a trip of a lifetime to an exotic destination, I will share insights, trip reports and information that will inspire you. Check back often to stay up to date on things to do with kids at your next travel destination and to inspire you to take on family travel this year.
I earned a BA in Psychology and Latin American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Bryant University. In addition, I have a certificate from Boston College in Leadership for Change. During Covid19 social isolation, I decided to go back to learning and am currently working on a Digital Marketing Certification from Yale University.
In addition to traveling, I'm an avid reader. As a child, I would never watch a movie prior to reading the book. My love of reading opened the doors of my imagination and inspired me to see the places so vividly outlined in my books. It is in fact possible to love adventure and exploring while married and raising children.
When our eldest daughter was 2 weeks old, I was ready to get out of the house and we headed to Mystic, CT which is located just 1 hour and 15 minutes from our home. This was the start of many adventures with our now four children.
Check back often for more information on my favorite family friendly hotels and resorts. I will provide updates and reviews on family friendly travel destinations that will inspire you to not leave the kids behind as you plan your next trip or vacation. Whether you're looking to take a local day trip, an overnight road trip, a national inter-generational family vacation or a once in a life time international adventure, Have Kiddos Will Travel will be an invaluable resource to your family.
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In the age of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr it’s more difficult than ever to raise children who are traveled, well read, cultured, exposed and critical thinkers, without compromising your family values and interests. Please allow me to further break down what I mean. As I navigate the family travel blogger world, I’m often caused to critically analyze my own intent and messages being sent to my readers. As someone whose international traveling journey started at the age of five when my family immigrated to the United States, authenticity and transparency are imperative to my brand. While I may be a slight adrenaline lover whose children have been hiking, camping, skiing, zip lining and put more miles on their tiny feet than most adults, I would never recommend that someone who hates bugs, outdoor toilets and sweating, attempt to add some of our adventures to their immediate family travel list. Why? There is a transition and exploration period that is necessary to make travel with children enjoyable. Before attempting to go on a tent or RV, hiking intensive adventure, maybe you should try local camping or even a backyard camping experience. Be cautious in your consumption of social media images, and their impact on your definition of parenting success.
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One of the best ways to celebrate and acknowledge a cultural month like Native American Heritage Month (celebrated in November each year) is to proactively look for opportunities to visit places dedicated to the celebration and history of said culture. As homeschoolers, we tend to organically seek out these opportunities, but thought that Native American Heritage Month provided a chance to compile a list of USA based attractions geared toward the celebration of Native Americans.
This post is our family’s comprehensive list of sites, museums, monuments and parks dedicated to the celebration, conservation, education and preservation of the native cultures of the Americas. The list will continue to evolve throughout the month of November.
13 is a year of transition and it leads to girls going through a significant amount of anxiety and stress. A Yes Trip is an opportunity for dedicated parent – child bonding away from the responsibilities and stress of life. A Yes Trip allows for a parent to spend time nurturing and speaking into their child’s life during a critical time of life. The answer to most reasonable requests during this trip will be: “yes.” I will intentionally attempt to not say “no,” within reason. We will indulge in treats and snacks that we don’t usually eat. We will sleep in, stay up late, explore a colonial city and lounge by the pool.
My love of adventure and travel started at a young age when my parents would have us spend part of our summer vacations with family in Dominican Republic. This trend allowed me to grow up to be the type of person who thrives in exploring new cultures and experiencing new places. In this post I will share how my experiences studying abroad while in college led to my ability to take risks and be open to exposing my kids to early life travel.
This post has been a long time coming, yet I’ve been a bit hesitant to put these thoughts on paper. We’re big believers in intentional parenting. This is one of the reasons why we travel often with our children. Mark Twain said: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
Disney's Character Breakfast is a great family travel option for families looking to give their kids a Disney experience without breaking the bank.
LEGOLAND® Florida is comprised of 150 – acres offering a variety of themed lands that will be familiar to Lego fans. The park is geared toward children ages 2 – 12, but I can see my Lego loving teenager being impressed by the offerings. As kids who spend hours of their days building with bricks, they were extremely impressed with the time and energy that it would take to put together the creations throughout the park. Our kids absolutely loved their time at LEGOLAND® Florida . They are already asking for us to return and stay at the hotel, but to bring their dad and older sister next time. They are also eagerly anticipating the opening of LEGOLAND New York, which will be opening near us in the 2020. Is LEGOLAND® Florida a worthwhile endeavor while visiting the Orlando area? You must know your kid’s interest prior to making that call. For our bricks loving family, Legoland was a perfect way to spend a sunny Orlando day. .
This is an ever growing list of homeschool discount programs and educational days offered throughout the country.